Nationwide race underway after rain delay
June 09, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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NEWTON, Iowa -- The DuPont Pioneer 250 is back underway after being red-flagged on Lap 164 due to a sudden, but powerful, rain shower at Iowa Speedway. The delay lasted 1-hour, 9-minutes.
During the delay, the cars were called to pit road in the middle of a caution-flag period following a four-car incident that saw Travis Pastrana’s No. 60 Ford hit the high wall, then careen down the track and drill Max Papis, which sent the No. 33 Chevrolet airborne.
Pastrana took an ambulance ride to the medical center, where he checked out OK. His car was a different story. His front hood disintegrated upon impact with Papis, spilling debris all over the track and bringing out the tow truck as the skies darkened overhead.
“It’s really unfortunate because we made great adjustments on the last pit stop,” Pastrana said after being cleared. “I was behind two guys I really trust a lot, the 99 (Alex Bowman) and the 20 (Brian Vickers). The 99 overshot his corner a little bit and hit the 20, and I just couldn’t get stopped before those two hit the wall.
“We made the call to come in because we knew there would be another caution, and we had a car we believed could run well in the top 10. … It is disappointing.”
Bowman instigated the incident when his Toyota got loose and nudged Vickers, sending both cars into the wall. It was the second spin of the day for Vickers, who also got free on Lap 51 while battling Trevor Bayne for fourth place. Vickers saved his car and stayed on the lead lap in the firstincident, but wasn’t so lucky the second time -- his car needed a trip to the garage.
Austin Dillon wrestled the lead away from Bayne as the No. 6 battled with series points leader Regan Smith just before the caution for the four-car wreck. Dillon led 103 of the first 125 laps after starting from the pole for the third consecutive week.
“We’ve had a good car the whole day,” Dillon said during a TV interview in the midst of the red-flag period. “We made a good move to get us back in the lead, and we just want to go ahead and get this thing over with and win it one way or the other.”
The race was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but was postponed to Sunday at 11 a.m. ET due to rain.
NASCAR officials said Friday that Iowa Speedway takes approximately 90 minutes to dry, although the rain storm that caused the red-flagging dumped a large quantity of water on the track in a short period of time.
Six jet dryers began the drying process at approximately 12:35 p.m. ET. Drivers were called bck to their cars at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET.