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Live from Iowa Speedway

7:30 p.m.: Brad Keselowski couldn’t be happier to win, and Kyle Busch couldn’t be more ticked off at his second-place finish. This guy doesn’t care about anything other than winning races. He lengthened his points lead in the series, but the only thing he focused on after the race was the fact that he has finished second 12 times this season. Check out qctimes.com  soon for a full story, notes and video.

6:02 p.m.: Michael Annett update: He’s in 10th.

5:40 p.m.: Time for the pit crews to make their money. This will be the last pit stop, for sure. It’s a shame for Justin Allgaier, who was having a good day. The Illinois native led the race earlier. The question now is to pit, or not to pit, and how many tires, two or four.

5:25 p.m.: Wallaces update: Kenny, who started 24th has moved up to 10th, which is where he finished last weekend in Indianapolis. His nephew, Steve, is in 12th after starting eighth.

5:15 p.m.: It’s official, today’s crowd was the largest in Iowa racing history. The total: 56,087. That can’t hurt the track’s case for a Sprint Cup date, if one ever comes open.

5:06 p.m.: And as soon as I hit the publish button on this post, the caution comes out. Debris on the racetrack. Really? I thought they only had phantom yellows in Sprint Cup. I guess not.

5:05 p.m.: This is starting to look similar to this year’s IndyCar race at Iowa. Drivers got silly at the beginning of the race and caused six cautions in the race’s first 110 laps. There was one caution the rest of the day. It appears the Nationwide drivers are settling in. Here’s hoping it continues and we can see some green-flag pit stops. The pit crews can really earn their money.

4:55 p.m.: Michael Annett update: He’s up to 18th, 6.5 seconds behind leader Brad Keselowski. He has struggled a bit with the handling of his car and narrowly missed being collected in the last wreck. The Des Moines native started the race 36th.

4:45 p.m.: Can these cars run three-wide here? Not so much. Not for long anyway. I have seen it happen a few times, usually when a lapped car is involved. But going three wide is part of what caused the last wreck. Of course, Brendan Gaughan’s cut tire didn’t help.

4:40 p.m.: After 95 laps, nine cars are out. And as a sign of the times, there was one start-and-park.

4:20 p.m.: Pole sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has slipped to 10th place. It’s only his sixth Nationwide Series start, and he’s got Kevin Harvick breathing down his neck. Welcome to the show, kid.

4:15 p.m.: Illinois native Erik Darnell was the biggest loser on that last pit stop. He dropped down to 10th. But he gained three spots on the restart. Casey Atwood was treated and released from the infield car center.

4:05 p.m.: The guys on TV won’t shut up about how many spots Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards have gained. Right behind those guys is Kyle Busch, in 14th. He started 27th.

3:40 p.m.: As the engines fire, here are some pre-race notes.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole in his sixth Nationwide Series start.

Justin Allgaier posted his fourth top-10 start of this season.

Erik Darnell (third) took his fifth top-10 start in nine races.

1:50 p.m.: Word is spreading around the media center that almost 60,000 tickets have been sold for today’s race. That’s unofficial, and likely an exaggeration, but we’re approaching Kinnick Stadium numbers here.

1:30 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start on the pole for today’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Riverton, Ill.’s Justin Allgaier will start second. Fellow Illinoisan Erik Darnell starts third, Trevor Bayne is fourth, and Brad Coleman starts fifth.

Local favorite Michael Annett will start 36th. Kyle Busch will start 27th, Kevin Harvick starts 34th, and Carl Edwards will start 40th. I’ll post comments from the drivers when I get them and video, too.  Stay tuned.

1 p.m.: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is on the provisional pole for today’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. That much you know, if you’re watching on TV or at the track.

The surprise in qualifying, if there can be such a thing, because qualifying matters so little in these races, is Justin Allgaier. The Riverton, Ill., native leads the Nationwide Series rookie of the year standings and has run well at Iowa in the past is in second place, provisionally.

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