It took a late race pass from Trevor Bayne on Austin Dillon for Bayne to win his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the first of his 2013 season. Bayne had been running in the top five all day long but began to chase down Dillon in the closing stages to win the DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway. Bayne was thrilled with the victory.
"This team is so good at Iowa," Bayne said in victory lane.
Bayne passed Austin Dillon with just 12 laps to go and pulled away from the Dillon in the late stages. Dillon maintained second with Elliott Sadler coming home third, Sam Hornish Jr coming home fourth and Kyle Larson finished fifth. Brian Scott finished sixth, Regan Smith finished seventh, eighth was Justin Allgaier, ninth was Ryan Blaney and Mike Bliss finished in the tenth position. Blaney was filling in for Joey Logano in the Discount Tire Ford because Logano had to run the Cup race at Pocono.
Austin Dillon pulled away early in the event and led until lap four when the races' first caution of the day flew when Brad Sweet, Cole Whitt and Kevin Swindell crashed in turn three. Whitt and Sweet made contact sending Sweet's car up the track and collecting Swindell. Whitt had the least damage of the cars and finished 16th. Swindell and Sweet weren't as fortunate. Swindell finished 28th but would continue several laps behind. Sweet would continue but would have issues later in the race and finish in the 34th position.
The race restarted on lap nine with Sam Hornish Jr out in front. Hornish led for 16 laps until Dillon battled back and passed Hornish on lap 25. Dillon led until lap 52 when the races' second caution of the day flew when Brian Vickers spun off of turn two. NASCAR made that the competition caution and Sam Hornish Jr's pit crew would get him out of the pits first and he would lead the field to green on lap 54. The race would stay green for the next 94 laps. Hornish would lead for just four laps until Austin Dillon took the lead and pulled away on lap 59. Dillon would lead until the lap 135 mark. Green flag pit stops happened and Dillon was in front after the round of pit stops were completed.
Dillon led until the lap 151 mark when debris was spotted on the front stretch causing the races' third caution. Trevor Bayne would lead on the restart on lap 154 but the biggest accident of the day happened on lap 157. That's when Brian Vickers and Alex Bowman made contact in turn two spinning out both drivers and sending Vickers hard into the wall. Vickers slid up the track and collected Travis Pastrana. Bowman slid down the track and clipped Nelson Piquet Jr. Pastrana slid and came down the track as well and collected Max Papis. Papis and Pastrana were both done for the day and finished 31st and 32nd respectively. Vickers, Bowman and Piquet would continue. Vickers finished 29th, Bowman finished 22nd and Piquet ended up 25th.
Rain would then come and cause the race to go under a red flag for over an hour. When the race would continue with Dillon out in front on lap 169. Dillon pulled out to a lead but the races' fifth caution of the day flew on lap 174 when Michael Annett and Drew Herring made contact sending Annett hard into the wall. The accident ended Annett's day in the 30th position. Herring finished 11th driving for Joe Gibbs Racing in the #54 Toyota.
From that point forward the race was green and Dillon shot out to the lead on lap 179. Dillon's lead was stretched to as far as two seconds before Bayne started chipping away at the lead. With ten to go, Bayne passed Dillon and pulled away for victory. It's a bright spot for Bayne in a rather dismal season so far in 2013.
Other notables in the field included Johanna Long in 12th, Kenny Wallace in 13th, and Parker Kligerman in 14th.
Regan Smith still leads the point standings after Iowa by 23 points over Sam Hornish Jr. Third in the standings is Justin Allgaier who is 44 points back and Austin Dillon is 46 points back in fourth. Fifth in the points is Elliott Sadler 60 points behind. Parker Kligerman is sixth in the standings with Brian Vickers seventh in the points, Brian Scott in eighth, Trevor Bayne in ninth and Kyle Larson is tenth in the standings.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will run the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway next weekend.
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