Xfinity Series Races Under the Lights in Iowa

The second race of a triple header weekend is the American Ethanol E15 250 from Iowa Speedway.

Iowa Speedway is a fast 7/8ths of a mile track that has the drivers running laps of less than 25 seconds.

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Christopher Bell won qualifying and is the pole sitter for the race.

The starting lineup for the American Ethanol E15 250:
Christopher Bell
Kyle Benjamin
Sam Hornish Jr
Elliott Sadler – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Justin Allgaier
William Byron
Dakoda Armstrong
Brennan Poole
Matt Tifft
Ty Majeski
Daniel Hemric
Scott Lagassee Jr
Blake Koch
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Reed
Jeremy Clements
Spencer Gallagher
Michael Anett
Ben Kennedy
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Cole Custer – moved to the back of the field with a tire change
J.J. Yeley
B.J. McLeod
Quin Houff
Dylan Lupton
Harrison Rhodes
Tommy Joe Martins
Garrett Smithley
David Starr
Dexter Bean
Ray Black Jr
Jess Green
Morgan Shepherd
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
Carl Long
Mike Harmon

Stages one and two will last 60 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps.

In his first career pole Christopher Bell brings the field down for the gren flag start of the race and pulls out in front of the field.

Lap six Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Kyle Benjamin.

Lap eleven Christopher Bell has increased his lead to over a second on Kyle Benjamin. Jeff Green is off the track.

Lap 20 Christopher Bell now has a lead of over a second and a half on Kyle Benjamin. Elliott Sadler has moved up inside the top 15 after starting at the back of the field.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 25 when Dexter Bean spins out. Joey Gase is the “lucky dog”.

Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 and takes over the lead of the race. Sam Hornish Jr is in second place nearly a half second back.

Lap 34 there are 34 cars on the lead lap with Carl Long, Morgan Shepherd, and Jeff Green off the track.

Lap 38 Christopher Bell has a near half second lead on Sam Hornish Jr.

Lap 50 Christopher Bell has a lead of over a second on Sam Hornish Jr with 34 cars on the lead lap Elliottt Sader has moved up to sixth place.

Lap 55 Christopher Bell has a two second lead on am Hornish Jr.

Christopher Bell wins stage one.

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The top 10 drivers at the end of stage one:
Christopher Bell
Sam Hornish Jr
William Byron
Justin Allgaier
Elliott Sadler
Kyle Benjamin
JJ Yeley
Scott Lagasse Jr
Ryan Reed
Daniel Hemric

William Byron wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Benjamin was penalized for having a loose tire on pit road

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 70 and takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 73 William Byron has a lead of over half a seocnd on Justin Allgaier. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 77 William Byron’s lead is over a second on Justin Allgaier.

Sam Hornish Jr brings out the third caution flag when he gets turned around and hits the wall.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 87 but Justin Allgaier gets out in front for the lead.

William Byron challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead on lap 92 with Byron retaking the lead. Wiliam Byron, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier – 1,2,3 – are all owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Lap 103 Christopher Bell passes William Byron to retake the lead of the race with 30 cars on the lead lap. Justin Allgaier is reporting an “unhappy tire”.

Lap 109 Christopher Bell has a half second lead on William Byron.

The fourth caution flag of the race comes out when Ty Majeski and Kyle Bejamin tangle it up. The drivers on pit road on the crash clock.

William Byron wins the race off of pit road but several drivers stayed out on the track.

Brendan Gaughan brings the field down for the green flag restart with just two laps remaining in the stage.

Brendan Gaughan wins stage two.

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The top 10 drivers at the end of stage two:
Brendan Gaughan
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Elliott Sadler
Jeremy Clements
Ben Kennedy
Ryan Sieg
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Reed
Dakoda Armstrong

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 129 but gets a challenge from Christopher Bell. Byron holds off Bell to hold on to the lead of the race. Elliott Sadler is in third with Ben Kennedy in fourth. Daniel Hemric rounds out the top five as the drivers get three wide through the field.

Lap 134 William Bryon is getting a challenge from Elliott Sadler for the lead; so far William Byron holds on to the lead.

Lap 140 William Byron continues to lead the race but has less than a tenth of a second lead over Christopher Bell.

Lap 143 Christopher Bell finally gets around William Byron for the lead. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

The sixth caution flag comes out when Ty Mejeski hits the wall. When he comes down pit road, his tire is on fire.

Christopher Bel brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 154 and jumps out for the lead of the race.

Lap 157 Christopher Bell has pulled to a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

The seventh caution flag of the race comes out when Spencer Gallagher spins out and hits the wall. Dexter Bean also has damage to his car.

Ryan Reed was penalized for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Christopher Bel brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 166 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 170 Christopher Bel has a lead of half a second on Elliot Sadler.

Lap 180 Christopher Bell has a lead of nearly a second on Elliott Sadler. There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 184 Christopher Bell now has a lead of over a second on Elliott Sadler.

Lap 200 Christopher Bell continues to lead the race by half a second on Elliott Sadler. A number of drivers will have to make a scheduled pit stop for service.

Lap 210 Christopher Bell continues to lead the race by over a second on Elliottt Sadler with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Elliott Sadler is reporting that he may have lost a cylinder. Scheduled green flag pit stops have begun.

Lap 167 Christopher Bell has a lead of neary 12 seconds on William Byron.

Ryan Reed spins out and brings out the eighth caution flag of the race. Christopher Bell has some significant damage to his car. Brennan Poole was also involved. Reed and Poole get into a wreck and leader Christopher Bell has no where to go.

Once pit road opens, the drivers who have not stopped for service come down to get fresh tires and fill up with fuel. William Byron has run over 100 laps on his current fuel run.

Ryan Reed and Christopher Bell pitted before pit road opened and will have to start at the end of the longest line.

Dylan Lupton brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 229 but William Byron jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 231 William Byron has a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Sieg.

Ryan Reed brings out the caution flag with a left front issue. Justin Allgaier is the “lucky dog”.

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 10 laps remaining in the race and holds on to the lead of the race.

Eight laps remaining in the race and William Byron has a half second lead on Ryan Sieg.

Five to go and William Byron has a lead of nearly a second on Ryan Sieg.

Two to go and William Byron’s lead is one second over Rya Sieg.

William Byron takes the white flag.

Crossing the finish line, William Byron gets his first career Xfinity Series win. The 19 year old rookie does an impressive burnout in celebration of his win in Iowa.

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The unofficial results for the American Ethanol E15 250:
William Byron
Ryan Sieg
Tyler Reddick
Ross Chastain
Dakoda Armstrong
Michael Annett
Jeremy Clements
Elliott Sadler
Justin Allgaier
Garrett Smithley
Tommy Joe Martins
Quin Houff
JJ Yeley
David Starr
Dylan Lupton
Christopher Bell
BJ McLeod
Joey Gase
Ryan Reed
Ben Kennedy
Daniel Hemric
Matt Tifft
Brandon Jones
Cole Custer
Blake Koch
Brendan Gaughan
Brennan Poole
Timmy Hill
Ray Black Jr
Spencer Gallagher
Kyle Benjamin
Scott Lagasee Jr
Dexter Bean
Ty Mejeski
Mike Harmon
Harrison Rhodes
Sam Hornish Jr
Carl Long
Morgan Shepherd
Jeff Green


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