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Notes: Stenhouse looks to win again at Iowa

August 01, 2012, Official Release, NASCAR.com

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. should be excited about returning to Iowa Speedway this weekend. In his past three trips, Stenhouse has left victorious.

On May 22, 2011, in only his third trip to the track in the Nationwide Series, Stenhouse led 41 laps and beat Carl Edwards to the finish line by 0.435 seconds. Three months later, he followed up with another victory at Iowa, once again besting Edwards to the checkered flag, after leading 25 laps.

Dash 4 Cash


Dash 4 Cash rewards the highest-finishing eligible driver at each of four designated races with $100,000, creating a "race within a race" that could reward the overall winner with $1 million.

Earlier this year, in the series' first visit to Iowa, Stenhouse led 209 of the 250 laps to run away with the victory by 1.465 seconds over Elliott Sadler. He now goes for four wins in a row. Kyle Busch most recently won five consecutive series races at Texas between 2008 and '10

* Final Laps: First career win | The season sweep | Three in a row

A winning performance in Iowa will not only continue Stenhouse's streak at the track but, more importantly, place him in a better position to make a serious run at his second Nationwide title. He sits third in the standings, 13 points behind leader Sadler and 12 points behind Austin Dillon (Championship Predictor).

The U.S. Cellular 250 could be Stenhouse's last hurrah at the Midwest track as he steps up to the Sprint Cup Series to drive a Roush Fenway Racing Ford next season.

Future stars getting opportunities with powerhouse teams

Ryan Blaney, whose mother is from Iowa, Brett Moffitt and Darrell Wallace Jr. will all be behind the wheel of a Nationwide car this weekend at Iowa Speedway. All three are drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, but have an opportunity to prove their mettle driving for strong NNS teams.

Blaney will compete for Penske Racing. Racing a partial schedule in the Pro Series this season, he has made three starts with two top-five finishes and is currently 22nd in the standings. This will be his fifth start in Nationwide with a best finish of seventh at Richmond earlier this year.

Moffitt, who currently sits atop the standings in the Pro Series East, will be driving for RAB Racing. He has two wins, seven top-fives and eight top-10s in nine starts in the regional series. This will be Moffitt's first national series start.

Wallace returns to Iowa Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing'. His trip to Iowa earlier this year where he finished ninth is his only start in the series. He sits in 10th in the Pro Series East standings with one win, three top-fives and four top-10s in nine starts.

Dash 4 Cash wraps at Iowa

It all comes down to Dillon, Stenhouse, Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael Annett as they make one final attempt to grab an additional $100,000 bonus.

Annett, a Des Moines native, is on a career-best roll as the NNS stops at his home track. In the past five races, Annett has three top-five finishes and a sixth-place performance in last week's inaugural race at the Brickyard. The Indianapolis finish was good enough to earn him the $100,000 bonus for Round 3 of the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash.

Dillon also has seen success on the track recently. In his past five races his finishes are first, fourth, third, sixth and fifth. Hornish had a runner-up finish at Indy last week and has posted seven consecutive top-10s. In the past five races, Stenhouse has posted five top-10 finishes with two runner-up performances.

As in years past, the four drivers will each be paired with a fan for the last leg of the Dash 4 Cash. In addition to the highest-placing driver receiving a $100,000 bonus, the fan paired with that driver also will win a $100,000 prize.

Nationwide Series, Etc.

Kurt Busch will pull double-duty this weekend by appearing in the U.S. Cellular 250 for brother Kyle's No. 54 team and in the Cup Series race for Phoenix Racing at Pocono Raceway. ... Jason Leffler makes his return to the Nationwide Series in the No. 30 for Turner Motorsports. ... Iowa native Joey Gase of Cedar Rapids will run for Go Green Racing. ... Jeremy Clements and Travis Pastrana are both coming off career days at Indianapolis after finishing third and 10th, respectively.