Report: Iowa Speedway owners plan to sell track

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The U.S. Motorsport Corporation is planning to sell the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa according to NBC affiliate WHO-TV in Des Moines. Iowa Speedway currently hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and IndyCar Series.

WHO-TV reports that the company will sell to an undisclosed buyer – only known as “Iowa Speedway, LLC” in documents given to Newton City Council members. The Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow to vote on approving the terms.

The news comes more than two months after the track’s CEO, Doug Fritz, resigned. At that point in time, The Des Moines Register also was reporting that the track was behind on some vendor payments.

In 2011, the Manatt family sold the U.S. Motorsports Corporation to the family of Featherlite Trailers founder Conrad Clement. NASCAR legend and track designer Rusty Wallace remained involved as a minority owner through the exchange.

Iowa has earned praise for its short-track brand of racing, but has had to reduce its schedule from five major weekends this past season to three for 2014. The NNS will visit twice next May and August, while the Trucks and the IndyCars will pair up next July.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.