Nascar Cup Series to debut at Iowa Speedway in 2024

Premier division of stock car racing series will race at circuit for first time on 16th June.

Nascar has confirmed it will stage its first ever Cup Series race at Iowa Speedway in 2024.

Confirmed:

  • Cup Series race to take place on 16th June
  • Xfinity Series and Arca Menards Series will form a triple-header weekend

Context:

Nascar’s Xfinity Series and Truck Series previously raced at Iowa Speedway between 2009 and 2019, but the Cup Series has never turned a wheel in anger at the circuit since it opened in 2006. The Arca Menards Series, which acts as a feeder series into the three national series of Nascar, has raced at the circuit every year since it opened, except for 2014.

Comment:

Ben Kennedy, senior vice president of racing development and strategy of Nascar, said: “We’re really excited to be heading to Iowa Speedway. The first time in what will be the 76-year history that we’ve had a [Cup] race at Iowa Speedway, and the first time in a really long time that we’ve had a [Cup] race in the state of Iowa, so we’re excited to get there.

“We talk a lot about the racing product and what that looks like, and we hear from a lot of our fans that would like to see more short tracks. And then we also hear how good intermediate racing is with this Next Gen car. And I think Iowa in a lot of ways shows both the short track as well as an intermediate racetrack in the way that it races. I’m so excited to see it on the schedule.”

Coming next:

Nascar is yet to fully reveal its 2024 schedule, but has so far confirmed its preseason Clash event at LA Coliseum, its return to oval racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and that the Bristol Dirt event will return to concrete for 2024.

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