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Iowa Speedway to get 'Confirmation test'

May 05, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com

Iowa Speedway to get 'Confirmation test'
Get To Know Newton 250 scheduled for May 18 at Iowa Speedway

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Five NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will participate in a test session Tuesday at Iowa Speedway as the track prepares to host the Get To Know Newton 250 on Sunday, May 18. 

Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing No. 2 Chevrolet), Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford), Chase Elliott and Austin Theriault (JR Motorsports No. 9 Chevrolet), Brad Keselowski (Team Penske No. 22 Ford) and Sam Hornish Jr. (Team Penske No. 54 Toyota) will be on hand.

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"It's basically a confirmation test for the track," Wayne Auton, NASCAR Nationwide Series director, said. "There are a couple of areas we want to look at and, if necessary, address before we get into the race week.

"We told the teams they can bring as many drivers as they want, but we limited them to just the five cars. There's an open test on Friday of race week, so we believe everyone will have (adequate) track time." 

According to track officials, fans are welcome to attend Tuesday's test, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-6 p.m. Backstretch viewing will be available.

Following the open test on Friday, May 16, Nationwide teams will qualify Saturday (May 17) with the race scheduled to get underway Sunday, the 18th, at 2 p.m. ET.

The race will be the first time the series has visited Iowa Speedway since it was purchased by NASCAR late last year.

"It's an attractive asset in a region of the country that is very NASCAR centric," NASCAR CEO Brian France said in December. "They run multiple events for multiple series and they've had a lot of success. 

"We've got a lot of talent through our system that we'll be able to deploy to promote, run, operate and execute that facility and we'll do our best to position it."

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