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BREAKING: Keselowski coming to Iowa Speedway

Reigning Sprint Cup champion will race in August Nationwide Series event

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 10:58 a.m. CDT
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The Penske Racing #22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang made an appearance at the Iowa Speedway earlier this month. Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski will pilot the ride around the .875-mile tri-oval in August during the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Enlist Weed Control System.

Thursday afternoon, the Iowa Speedway announced that defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who won the Newton track’s inaugural Nationwide race in August of 2009, will drive the Penske #22 Discount Tires car in the U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Enlist Weed Control System NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday evening, Aug. 3.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brad Keselowski and his full-throttle style of racing back to Iowa,” Iowa Speedway President Stan Clement said.  “No doubt, Brad is a fan favorite at Iowa Speedway, but he also loves our track and knows how to get to Pizza Ranch Victory Lane.  You shouldn’t bet against him when the Nationwide Series returns to Newton for the U.S. Cellular 250 on August 3rd!”

Keselowski, whose popular win over perennial rival Kyle Busch captivated one of the largest crowds in Iowa Speedway history, will split his time between Iowa Speedway’s second Nationwide Series event of the year and the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

“I always enjoy getting a chance to go back and race at Iowa Speedway,” said Keselowski. “My win there in 2009 ranks as one of the biggest of my career. I still remember being able to hear the crowd as I passed the 18 car for the lead that day. The support of the fans and the community there is unmatched.”

See more on this story in Friday's edition of the Newton Daily News.