An incident involving the lapped cars of Ross Chastain and Jamie Dick with two laps to go in the 3M 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton on Sunday played into Chris Buescher’s hands. Buescher was able to take advantage on a green-white-checker restart and take his second-career win.
“To finally get a win on an oval,” Buescher, who claimed his first series win last year on the road course at Mid-Ohio, said. “This is amazing.”
Chase Elliott finished second after leading a race-high 114 laps. Buescher led 94 in the race that was extended to 259 laps by the green-white-checker attempt. The only other driver to lead more than two laps was Daniel Suarez, who led the opening 48 laps of the race.
“We were awesome today, and this Roush Performance Mustang was amazing,” Buescher said. “We knew we were really good. We just had to hold on to it. I don’t think we touched a wedge wrench all day.”
Elliott pitted for the final time on lap 177, while Buescher and other front-runners stayed out. When the yellow flag waved the final time for the Chastain-Dick incident, Elliott was one of only two drivers, the other being Ryan Reed, to stay out, while everyone else on the lead lap pitted for their final sets of tires. When the race restarted, Buescher went from third to the lead. Elliott, while unable to hold off Buescher, was able to hold off everyone else for runner-up honors.
“It’s part of racing, man,” Elliott said. “I’ve seen them go both ways. I’ve been on both sides of it.”
Erik Jones finished third after starting in the back in a car he didn’t practice or qualify. Jones was at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, qualifying day for the Xfinity Series, on standby for Kyle Busch for the Sprint All-Star Race. Drew Herring qualified the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the pole on Saturday, while JGR teammate Daniel Suarez qualified second. As a result of the driver change, Jones dropped to the back at the start. He was halfway up through the field by the second caution of the race on lap 10. After getting into the top-five, he was a mainstay there throughout the remainder of the race.
Brian Scott finished fourth, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five.
“Little disappointed. I thought our Shore Lodge Chevrolet was going to be better based on practice,” Scott said. “Too bad we didn’t have another lap or two. It was going to get interesting.”
The yellow flag waved nine times throughout the race, including once for an incident between Brennan Poole and J.J. Yeley with about 100 laps to go. An early-race incident between the two drivers sent Poole to garage for repairs to his car. When he returned to the track, he made intentional contact with Yeley in a move of retaliation. As a result, Poole returned to the garage and was escorted by a NASCAR official to the Xfinity Series trailer.
Finishing sixth through 10th were Darrell Wallace Jr., Ben Rhodes, Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler and Brendan Gaughan.