Overtime Finish at U.S. Cellular 250 in Iowa

In a standalone event that features only Xfinity Series drivers NASCAR runs the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.

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After qualifying earlier in the day, Ryan Preece wins his first career pole and will bring the field down for the green flag start of the race.

The starting lineup for the U.S.Celluar 250:
Ryan Preece
Kyle Benjamin
Daniel Hemric
Sam Hornish Jr
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler
Blake Koch
Brennan Poole
Ty Majeski
Matt Tifft
Brian Scott
Spencer Gallagher
Ben Kennedy
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Brendan Gaughan
William Byron
Ryan Reed
Brandon Jones – moved to the back of the field for a tire change
Dakoda Armstrong
Brett Moffitt
Ross Chastain
Michael Annett
Jeff Green
Ryan Sieg
Harrison Rhodes
Jeremy Clements
J.J. Yeley
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
BJ McLeod
Dylan Lupton
Morgan Shepherd
Garrett Smithley
Tommy Joe Martins
David Starr
Ray Black Jr
Brandon Brown
Stan Mullis
Mike Harmon

Stages one and two of the race 60 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps.

Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag and gets out in front to lead the race.

On lap three Ryan Preece continues to lead the race.

Jeff Green is one lap down.

Lap five, Ryan Preece has a lead of nearly a second.

Lap seve, Ryan Preece has increased his lead to over a second. Jeff Green is off the track.

Lap nine, Ryan Preece has a lead of over a second.

Lap 17, Ryan Preece has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Benjamin. Reed Sorenson is off the track.

Ryan Preece has led all 22 laps so far.

On lap 24 Ryan Preece has a lead of a second and a half. Morgan Shepherd is the last car on the lead lap in 36th place.

Lap 26 Ryan Preece has a lead of nearly two seocnds on Elliott Sadler. Morgan Shepherd is now one lap down.

Halfway through stage one and Ryan Preece has led every lap of the race so far. There are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 37 Ryan Preece has a lead of nearly three seconds over Elliott Sadler. There are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 40 Ryan Preece’s lead is now three seconds over Elliott Sadler and Kyle Benjamin.

Daniel Hemric is reporting a vibration and brings his car down pit road.

Lap 45, Ryan Preece continues to increase his lead with 3.5 seconds ahead. He has led every lap. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

The top five is – Ryan Preece, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Benjamin, Sam Hornish Jr, and Brennan Poole.

Lap 52, Ryan Preece continues to dominate the race.

Daniel Hemric’s vibration was a loose wheel that he has had since the beginning of the race.

Lap 53 Morgan Shephard is off the track.

Lap 57 Ryan Preece has a two and a half second lead on Elliott Sadler with 23 cars on the lead lap.

Leading every lap of the race, pole sitter Ryan Preece wins stage one.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Preece
Elliott Sadler
Kyle Benjamin
Brennan Poole
Sam Hornish Jr
Justin Allgaier
Cole Custer
Matt Tifft
Ben Kennedy
Blake Koch

Kyle Benjamin wins the race off of pit road. Ryan Preece comes out in sixth place.

Tyler Reddick is in the garage with electrical issues. If his crew can get the car repaired, he will be able to re-enter the race since there is no crash damage.

Kyle Benjamin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 68 but Elliott Sadler takes over the lead of the race.

On lap 70 team mates Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier battle for the lead of the race with Allgaier edging out for the lead.

Ross Chastain brings out the caution flag on lap 73 when he spins out with a flat tire.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 78 and gets out in front for the lead.

On lap 81 Justin Allgaier’s lead less than half a second on Elliott Sadler with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 85 Justin Allgaier maintains his half second lead on Elliott Sadler.

Lap 90, the top five – Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Benjamin, and Ben Kennedy.

On lap 97 Justin Allgiaer has a half second lead on Ryan Preece with 24 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 100, in traffic Justin Allgaier catches Ryan Preece and challenges for the lead and taking over the top spot.

Lap 112, Justin Allgaier has led over 40 laps and has a half second lead on Ryan Preece.

Lap 117, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Ryan Preece in second.

On the last lap of stage two, Ryan Preece catches Justin Allgaier and challenges for the lead of the race; but Allagier holds on for the lead.

Justin Allgaier wins stage two for his third stage win of the season.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Preece
Elliott Sadler
Ben Kennedy
Kyle Benjamin
Brennan Poole
Sam Hornish Jr
Cole Custer
Ty Majeski
Matt Tifft

Justin Allgiaer wins the race off of pit road.

Michael Annet is on pit road with the hood up. The team reports no power and is searching for the source of the electrical issue.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 129 and gets out in front for the lead.

On lap 131 Ty Majeski brushes the wall but the track stays green. Justin Allgaier leads the race by less than half a second with Ryan Preece in second.

Lap 135 Ryan Preece challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead of the race and after battling for several laps Allgaier manages to hold on to the lead of the race.

On lap 142 Justin Allgiaer holds on to a narrow lead over Ryan Preece with Elliott Sadler in third.

On lap 150 Justin Allgaier still holds on to the lead of the race as the leaders encounter lapped traffic.

With drivers getting three wide across the track, Ryan Preece challenges Justin Allgaier for the lead on lap 155.

On lap 158 Justin Allgaier has a quarter second lead on Ryan Preece.

On lap 161 Ryan Preece continues to challenge Justin Allgaier for the lead of the race.

Ryan Reed comes down pit road.

Spencer Gallagher brings out the caution flag on lap 170 when he hits the wall after cutting a tire.

When pit road opens, Justin Allgaier stays out on the track while the rest of the field comes down pit road.

Ryan Preece wins the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 178 but Ryan Preece gets out in front to lead the race.

On lap 181, Justin Allgaier has fallen back in the field to tenth place; Ryan Preece and Elliott Sader are one and two.

Lap 187 Ryan Preece continues ot lead the race with Elliott Sadler in second.

Lap 193, Ryan Preece leads by over a second on Elliott Sadler with 22 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 200 Ryan Preece continues to lead the race. Justin Allgaier has fallen back to fifteenth place.

Ben Kennedy brings his car down pit road reporting a right front tire issue. During the pit stop he is penalized for having an uncontrolled tire and must serve a pass through penalty.

On lap 210 Ryan Preece has pulled out to a lead of nearly three second on Kyle Benjamin. There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

With 32 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Preece has a two second lead on Kyle Benjamin.

With 24 laps to go, Ryan Preece continues to lead the race with Kyle Benjamin in second. Justin Allgaier brings his car down pit road for fuel.

Sam Hornish Jr brings out the caution flag with a cut tire and spins outhitting the wall.

Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 1e laps remaining in the race; he edges out Kyle Benjamin for the lead of the race.

The sixth caution flag of the race comes out with only eleven laps remaining in the race with Garrett Smithley gets into the wall.

Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in the race and takes over the lead as the drivers get three and four wide behind him. Preece is unable to break away from the field and gets challenged by several drivers.

Matt Tifft brings out the seventh caution flag of the race when he spins out. Ty Majeski and Dylan Lupton were also involved.

The race goes into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.

Ryan Preece brings the filed down for the green flag and holds off the rest of the field for the lead. After making it to the overtime line, Ryan Preece earns his first career win.

The unofficial results of the U.S. Cellular 250:
Ryan Preece
Kyle Benjamin
Brian Scott
Brennan Poole
Cole Custer
J.J. Yeley
Daniel Hemric
Blake Koch
William Byron
Brandon Jones
Brett Moffitt
Elliott Sadler
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Sieg
Harrison Rhodes
Ty Majeski
Dakoda Armstrong
Ross Chastain
Matt Tifft
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Reed
BJ McLeod
Ben Kennedy
Joey Gase
Dylan Lupton
David Starr
Tommy Joe Martins
Jeremy Clements
Brandon Brown
Ray Black Jr
Mike Harmon
Stan Mullis
Michael Annett
Sam Hornish Jr
Garrett Smithley
Tyler Reddick
Spencer Gallagher
Morgan Shepherd
Reed Sorenson
Jeff Green


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