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Lap-by-Lap: Iowa

August 04, 2012, , NASCAR.com

Lap 250 -- CHECKERED FLAG: The victory goes to Elliott Sadler, and he hollers "They are NOT taking this championship from me!" as he crosses the finish line. It's the fourth win of the 2012 season for Sadler, and yes, he goes back to the top of the standings. Sam Hornish Jr. finishes third to score the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus, and better yet, the same amount goes to race fan Tammy Altieri!

Lap 246 -- The gap between first and second has remained steady at a little more than a second for several laps now.

Lap 244 -- Kurt Busch has a flat right front tire. He pits, and there's a small fire in the wheel well.

Lap 243 -- Brett Moffitt and Darrell Wallace Jr. are having a great battle for ninth place.

Lap 240 -- Ten laps to go. Nice comeback for Elliott Sadler after the disappointment of the restart penalty at Indy. It ain't over yet, however.

Lap 237 -- In Olympic beach volleyball news ... sorry. Got distracted by the crawl at the bottom of the ESPN screen.

Lap 234 -- Youngsters Brett Moffitt and Darrell Wallace Jr. are having a great run. Moffitt is ninth, while Wallace has rebounded to 10th.

Lap 230 -- Twenty laps to go. Elliott Sadler has picked his pace back up.

Lap 226 -- Sam Hornish Jr. is in fourth place, the best of the four drivers in the running for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus. Show me the money!

Lap 223 -- Justin Allgaier has chopped about 4/10ths of a second off Elliott Sadler's lead in the last few laps. Is Sadler slowing down or Allgaier speeding up?

Lap 220 -- Wonder how Elvis is enjoying the race?

Lap 218 -- Elliott Sadler's gap on second-place Justin Allgaier is about 1.1 seconds.

Lap 215 -- There are 35 laps left. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in sixth place, so his win streak here appears dangerously close to being over.

Lap 212 -- Danica Patrick has lost a couple of spots on the race track since her scrape with the wall.

Lap 209 -- Danica Patrick, running 10th, slides up the track in Turn 4 and she lightly brushes the wall.

Lap 206 -- Austin Dillon's spotter says there's a piece of debris that's really close to getting blown onto the race track. That has NOTHING to do with the fact that he's in the lucky dog position, right?

Lap 204 -- The temperatures in Kurt Busch's Toyota are going up.

Lap 200 -- Fifty laps to go.

Lap 196 -- Elliott Sadler leads second-place Justin Allgaier by nearly 6/10ths of a second.

Lap 192 -- Elliott Sadler dives under Justin Allgaier for second place in Turn 1.

Lap 189 -- The top-five drivers are Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Kurt Busch, Sam Hornish Jr., and Michael Annett.

Lap 187 -- Justin Allgaier's lead over Elliott Sadler is now about half a second.

Lap 183 -- Wonder if the "POET" sponsorship on Austin Dillon's car refers to Ginsberg, Sandburg, Frost or Kerouac?

Lap 180 -- Seventy laps to go.

Lap 179 -- Elliott Sadler gets by Kurt Busch for second, then Busch tries a crossover move to retake the spot.

Lap 178 -- GREEN FLAG: Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Kurt Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. are the leaders. Allgaier blasts clear for the leader before hitting Turn 1.

Lap 174 -- The leaders are pitting for what should be the final time.

Lap 172 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: There's debris in Turn 3.

Lap 169 -- Michael Annett is working his way under Sam Hornish Jr. for fourth place.

Lap 167 -- Look for the leaders to be pitting in about 15 laps or so.

Lap 162 -- Justin Allgaier's lead is back up to about 8/10ths of a second.

Lap 160 -- After leading earlier, Darrell Wallace Jr. is now running in 11th place, 13.9 seconds behind leader Justin Allgaier. C'mon, dude ... you've got to peddle harder!

Lap 157 -- Only 15 cars remain on the lead lap.

Lap 155 -- Justin Allgaier has moved back out to a lead of several car lengths over Old Man River Elliott Sadler.

Lap 153 -- MRN just called Elliott Sadler a "cagey old veteran." Wow ... I'm old.

Lap 150 -- One hundred laps to go.

Lap 147 -- Still no movement at the top of the leaderboard.

Lap 142 -- Elliott Sadler has caught Justin Allgaier for the point. He's caught Stenhouse, but he hasn't passed him ... yet.

Lap 138 -- Complaining of a vibration, Austin Dillon drops out of third place to come down pit road.

Lap 137 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. doesn't have any side bite in the turns.

Lap 133 -- Michael McDowell made contact with a lapped car on the backstretch. Running fifth at the time, he's dropped a couple of spots.

Lap 130 -- Brett Moffitt is having a good night in 10th place.

Lap 127 -- The top-five drivers are separated by about 6.2 seconds.

Lap 125 -- Crossed flags. Halfway.

Lap 123 -- Justin Allgaier's lead is now down to 1.8 seconds.

Lap 120 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is in eighth place.

Lap 117 -- Elliott Sadler has been able to cut into Justin Allgaier's lead by about a second.

Lap 111 -- Justin Allgaier's advantage up front is still growing. Elliott Sadler is now in second.

Lap 109 -- The top five are Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon and Michael McDowell.

Lap 107 -- While the rest of the top five fights for position, Justin Allgaier has jumped out to a lead of nearly four seconds.

Lap 103 -- Danica Patrick goes three wide under Kurt Busch and another car to grab ninth place.

Lap 101 -- Sam Hornish Jr. gets back around Michael McDowell for the runnerup position.

Lap 100 -- Michael McDowell finally gets past Sam Hornish Jr. for second.

Lap 98 -- Sam Hornish Jr. and Michael McDowell are fighting hard for second place.

Lap 96 -- GREEN FLAG: The leaders are Justin Allgaier, Sam Hornish Jr., Michael McDowell, Jason Leffler and Cole Whitt. Allgaier clears Hornish for the lead before he crossed the stripe.

Lap 89 -- The leaders are pitting for the second time tonight. The rear tire changer on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s crew slips, costing him some time. Austin Dillon drops nine spots. Several take fuel only.

Lap 87 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: John Blankenship has spun off Turn 4.

Lap 85 -- How about Michael McDowell in ninth?

Lap 83 -- Jason Leffler is having a decent run in seventh place.

Lap 79 -- Austin Dillon's margin over Elliott Sadler has grown to 1.8 seconds.

Lap 75 -- Brian Scott is on pit road. It's unplanned.

Lap 71 -- Elliott Sadler is about a second back of leader Austin Dillon.

Lap 67 -- The top five are Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier and Kurt Busch.

Lap 65 -- After losing ground while entering pit road, Darrell Wallace Jr. is now back in ninth place.

Lap 63 -- His crew tells Austin Dillon not to wear out his equipment now that he's back in the lead.

Lap 60 -- Austin Dillon clears Elliott Sadler for the race lead in Turn 2.

Lap 59 -- Austin Dillon and Elliott Sadler are side by side for the lead off Turn 2.

Lap 57 -- GREEN FLAG: The leaders on the restart are Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Brendan Gaughan, Justin Allgaier and Sam Hornish Jr. Sadler grabs the lead in Turns 1 and 2.

Lap 52 -- The leaders are pitting.

Lap 51 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: This is the planned competition caution.

Lap 50 -- Caution, anyone?

Lap 47 -- Austin Dillon's advantage up front is about 1.4 seconds.

Lap 44 -- If Darrell Waltrip is "ol' D.W.," does that make Darrell Wallace Jr. "young D.W."?

Lap 42 -- Austin Dillon has already opened up a healthy cushion over Darrell Wallace Jr.

Lap 40 -- The competition caution should be coming out in another 10 laps or so.

Lap 37 -- Austin Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. are still going after each for the top spot. Dillon has the spot right now.

Lap 35 -- Lapped traffic allows Austin Dillon to slide past Darrell Wallace Jr. for the lead on the backstretch.

Lap 34 -- Austin Dillon has moved to within just a few car lengths of Darrell Wallace Jr.

Lap 33 -- Darrell Wallace Jr.'s only other start in this division came here at Iowa last year. He finished ninth in that event.

Lap 30 -- This is just the second start of Darrell Wallace Jr.'s Nationwide Series career. So far, so good ...

Lap 26 -- Austin Dillon powers his way under Justin Allgaier for second place on the backstretch.

Lap 25 -- Austin Dillon is catching Justin Allgaier for second place, but they're having to work through some traffic.

Lap 21 -- The top five is currently Darrell Wallace Jr., Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 18 -- Austin Dillon has moved around Richard Childress Racing teammate Elliott Sadler for third place.

Lap 12 -- Darrell Wallace Jr.'s lead over Justin Allgaier is now 1.4 seconds.

Lap 11 -- Kurt Busch had not turned a lap here at Iowa until qualifying earlier Saturday. He's currently shown in ninth place.

Lap 9 -- Elliott Sadler is going back after Justin Allgaier for second place, and again, he drops back.

Lap 7 -- Elliott Sadler tried to retake the runnerup spot from Justin Allgaier, but thought better of it and dropped back into line.

Lap 4 -- Justin Allgaier gets under Elliott Sadler for second place going into Turn 3.

Lap 3 -- Darrell Wallace Jr. has jumped out to a lead of several car lengths over Elliott Sadler.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 8:18 p.m. ET. Darrell Wallace Jr. clears for the lead on the backstretch.

8:17 p.m. ET -- Going green next time by ... the field is in Turns 1 and 2.

8:16 p.m. ET -- There will be a competition caution at Lap 50.

8:13 p.m. ET -- The field is rolling off pit road. Let's get ready to rumb ... wait a second. That boxing announcer dude has that phrase copyrighted, doesn't he? In that case, boogity ... oh, forget it.

8:09 p.m. ET -- Kathy Hust, the vice president of sales for U.S. Cellular's mid-central region, gives the command to fire engines.

8:08 p.m. ET -- Going out on a limb for a winner here ... Darrell Wallace Jr. The kid can drive.

8:04 p.m. ET -- The KC Flight RV Formation Team does the fly over from Turn 4 to Turn 1.

8:02 p.m. ET -- J.T. Hodges sings the national anthem.

8:01 p.m. ET -- The Iowa National Guard handles the presentation of colors, and then the invocation is given by Jeff Arp, chaplain at Iowa Speedway Ministries.

7:48 p.m. ET -- ESPN just shared a very emotional segment on driver Joey Gase, whose mother Mary Jo was an organ donor following her sudden passing last year. Gase met Jordan Shaw, who received one of his mother's kidneys, here in Iowa this weekend.

7:47 p.m. ET -- Sam Hornish Jr. has made five trips between Iowa and Pocono in the last couple of days. Holy cow ...

7:38 p.m. ET -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won the last three races at Iowa. Let's just go ahead and give him the trophy and call it a night ... whaddya say?!?

7:31 p.m. ET -- Hey!!! Elvis is alive and well and attending the race here in Iowa. ESPN just caught a glimpse of him in a crowd shot!

7:20 p.m. ET -- Elliott Sadler set quick time -- and a track record -- during qualifying Saturday afternoon. He'll be on the pole, followed by Darrell Wallace Jr., Austin Dillon, Jason Leffler and Justin Allgaier in the top five. Brendan Gaughan, Sam Hornish Jr., Michael McDowell, Brian Scott and Brett Moffitt round out the top 10.

3:35 p.m. ET -- Qualifying for the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway is set to begin in one hour. Young phenom Darrell Wallace Jr. was fastest in the second practice session.