This weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series heads to Iowa for the Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams. But who exactly is this Newton?
The question is actually where, not who. Though cookies, Cam and Isaac may come to mind first, Newton, Iowa, is a city of just over 15,000 and the Newton we're becoming familiar with. About 30 minutes away from Iowa's largest city of Des Moines, Newton has hosted Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races since 2009. And this weekend, it's all about the track's hometown.
"Newton has so many great amenities -- excellent schools, unique entertainment venues, outstanding parks and an ideal location," Newton Mayor Michael Hansen said in a press release announcing the city's sponsorship. "However, many people don’t know about them. Iowa Speedway's investment in our campaign will ensure that people across the state, region and country will have the chance to get to know Newton."
Here are a few more fun facts about the host city of "The Fastest Short Track on the Planet" courtesy of the Newton Chamber of Commerce and government websites:
• Newton once held the nickname "Washing Machine Center of the World," with six companies in the area.
• Maytag Blue Cheese comes from Maytag Dairy Farms, of Newton, Iowa.
• Cigar factories, medicines and farm equipment manufacturers have also made a presence in Newton.
• It is believed there really is a man behind the town's name: Sgt. Newton, who fought during the American Revolution.