5 Takeaways From Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300

For the first time of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, I was watching and covering the racing from afar. It will be like that next week too as I’m still on the NASCAR side of things. Don’t worry, I’ll be back at the end of the month at Mid-Ohio. With that being said, I was able to watch the race just like everyone else on Sunday. What I saw, well there were some interesting storylines to come out of the Iowa Corn 300. Here are my main takeaways. 

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Hinchcliffe Passes Newgarden With 44 Laps Left To Win Bizarre Iowa Corn 300

I wrote earlier in the week that we shouldn’t take the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports duo lightly for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300. Just look what they’ve done in the previous ovals in 2018. James Hinchcliffe started fifth, led 20 laps and finished sixth back at the ISM Raceway in April. In Texas, he charged from his 15th starting spot to bring his No. 5 Honda home fourth. He did it again on Sunday. Hinchcliffe, started 11th but by Lap 20, he was battling for positions inside the top five. What about…

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Ferrari’s Prevail With Vettel Earning 51st Career Victory After Raikkonen Derails Hamilton’s Race Early On

It appeared that all Ferrari had to do on Sunday was to just play damage control. Lewis Hamilton entered Sunday’s Rolex British Grand Prix with four straight home race victories and was starting on the pole. He was fastest in two of the three practice sessions this weekend and second in the other. With the pace there, he would likely be hard to beat. So, in Sebastian Vettel’s championship hopes, he had to just minimize the incoming deficit. He had neck pains that sprung on him for practice and qualifying…

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O’Ward Closes Points Gap By Leading Flag To Flag In Iowa Victory

Pato O’Ward needed to go on a dominating race string, similar to one that his Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta did during the Month of May. Herta, caught and passed O’Ward in the Indy Lights championship standings and heading towards this weekend’s race at the Iowa Speedway he held a double digit advantage for the 2018 title. But, O’Ward started up front and did what he had to do in leading flag-to-flag in Sunday’s race on the 7/8-mile bullring. He led all 100 laps en route to his fourth career…

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Jones Leads 1 Lap But Wins Saturday Night’s Wild Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – For the second race in as many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points paying races at the Daytona International Speedway in 2018, the race winner led just one lap. In February, Austin Dillon led really just a 1/2 of a lap en route to a Daytona 500 victory. On Saturday night, Erik Jones got by his former Furniture Row Racing teammate of Martin Truex Jr. in Turn 2 on the final lap around the 2.5-mile track and won the Coke Zero Sugar 400 as a result. It…

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Truex, Toyota’s In General Shock The Fords At Daytona On Saturday Night

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Former Furniture Row Racing teammates worked well together in the final laps of Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Erik Jones was a rookie last season with FRR and he pushed his former teammate Martin Truex Jr. to the lead on Lap 161. After he did so, a caution flew making this race extend to a second overtime. Instead of Truex and Jones finishing 1-2, they’d have to do it all over again. But, on that final restart, Jones made a great move to the lead and…

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Crucial Pit Stop Penalty Costs Johnson Shot At Coke Zero Sugar 400 Victory

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – When Jimmie Johnson narrowly missed the Lap 53 melee in Turn 3, I instantly thought then that this could be his night in his No. 48 Chevrolet. Johnson, is in the midst of his longest winless drought of his storied career and unfortunately for him, that streak extends to 41 long races. Johnson, led 10 laps in Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 and looked well on his way to earning his fourth career points paying victory at the Daytona International Speedway. I mean, when all the big…

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Bowman Does Just Enough To Keep Playoff Standings Advantage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Alex Bowman did what he needed to do last weekend at the Chicagoland Speedway in bringing his No. 88 Chevrolet home with a 10th place finish. The week prior, he came away with a ninth place run in Sonoma. After a 10th place run in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, Bowman is not only showing that he’s finding his stride, but he’s also showing that he’s doing just enough to keep his playoff advantage going. Heading into tonight’s race, Bowman narrowly…

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