On May 20, 2007, history was made in the small town of Newton, Iowa. On that day, NASCAR came to town and has remained a mainstay ever since.
By the time the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race that combined the East and West factions of the series finished, NASCAR’s inaugural jaunt to the .875-mile track was a success and a youngster by the name of Joey Logano stood victorious.
Logano went on to win that year’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title on the strength of five wins and 10 top-five finishes in 13 races.
This weekend, the now-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular returns to Iowa and will be pulling double-duty by competing in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa and Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart at Pocono Raceway.
The Iowa race will be Logano’s first appearance at the track in one of NASCAR’s three national touring series. Last year, Logano won a series-high nine races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series while only competing in 22 of the 33 events. He’s currently ranked 18th in points in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.