In the heart of the Hawkeye State, a new chapter in NASCAR’s storied 75-year history is being penned. The air was abuzz with anticipation and genuine excitement as key figures from the racing world and local governance converged in Des Moines on October 3, 2023, to unveil a momentous announcement that promises to etch Iowa Speedway into the annals of NASCAR’s legacy.
The announcement, delivered with palpable excitement by Ben Kennedy, Senior Vice President of Racing Development and Strategy for NASCAR, revealed that on June 16th, 2024, the NASCAR Cup Series will grace the tracks of Iowa Speedway for the first time. It is a moment that is not merely a triumph for the organizers and stakeholders but is a victory lap for the fans who have long yearned to witness the spectacle of a NASCAR Cup Series race on this revered track.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds eloquently highlighted the symbiotic relationship between Iowa and NASCAR, both entities embodying the spirit of community, hard work, and a steadfast commitment to their roots. The partnership is not merely a business venture but a harmonious alignment of values and traditions that both parties have long held dear.
Brad Keselowski, 2012 NASCAR Cup Series champion, expressed his advocacy for bringing the Cup Series to Iowa, praising the track’s facilities and the fan experience it offers. His enthusiasm was mirrored by Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Hall of Famer and the designer of Iowa Speedway, who has witnessed the track evolve and is now thrilled to see it host a Cup race.
As engines come to life on that anticipated day in June 2024, it will symbolize much more than the start of a race; it will mark the fruition of years of dedication, collaboration, and the unwavering spirit of all those who made it possible.
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