This weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide race, at Iowa Speedway, is sure to have race fans tuning in. As we all know, especially after the ho-hum weekend at Indy last weekend, the competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series has been fairly lack luster this season. As drivers from the Sprint Cup Series, like Kyle Busch, continue to dominate the ongoing complaint heard from NASCAR fans is “when will we see some true competition in this development series again?”
This long desired request could be answered on Saturday night in the US Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. What makes this race so special? Two stand out NASCAR rookies and past teammates will take to the track to prove that they have what it takes to be a winner at Iowa.
24-year-old, Tennessee native and NACAR K&N Pro Series East regular, Ryan Gifford will have double duty responsibilities this weekend at Iowa Speedway. After competing in Friday night’s Pork Be Inspired 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West summer combination race for NASCAR’s Diversity team Rev Racing, Gifford will climb into the No. 33 Menards NASCAR Nationwide Series ride for Richard Childress Racing.
Gifford, who also works with RCR supported Team Dillon dirt racing team, said that he is looking forward to this amazing opportunity.
“The biggest thing that I am looking forward to is getting out there on the track and learning more about the Nationwide cars,” said Gifford. “I have zero experience in this series and I am going to have to take my time feeling out the Menards Chevy and by the end of the race I hope to have it up front.”
There will be another rookie that could stand in Gifford’s way. Former Rev Racing teammate Kyle Larson, who has been turning heads throughout the season , will be sure to give Gifford a run for his money in Saturday night’s US Cellular 250. Although he will be racing hard for the win Larson said that he is looking forward to competing with his former teammate again.
“I think this is a great opportunity for Ryan,” said Larson. “He’s been running really good in the K&N Pro Series East this season and I am sure that he’s going to do a good job in his first Nationwide race.”
All eyes will be on these drivers who both have a goal to someday compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. For more information about the NASCAR Nationwide Series as well as broadcast schedule for Saturday Night’s US Cellular 250 visit nascar.com/nationwide-series.html.