NNS at Iowa postponed to Sunday morning

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, originally slated for a 8 p.m. ET start on Saturday night, has instead been postponed to later today at 11 a.m. ET due to inclement weather.

According to the Associated Press, rain began to fall less than an hour before the scheduled start and then came back just as workers were close to drying out the 7/8-mile short oval.

“There comes a point in the evening where it is simply not feasible to wait any longer,” Iowa Speedway director of communications Craig Armstrong told NASCAR.com. “All the gains we made on [drying] the race track [became] voided.”

The wet stuff had held off for qualifying earlier Saturday, which saw Austin Dillon lead a group of 11 drivers in smashing the old NNS track record. Dillon earned his third consecutive NNS pole – one shy of a series record – with a lap at 136.737 miles per hour and will be joined on the front row by Sam Hornish Jr.

The postponement of the DuPont Pioneer 250 means that there will be no Sprint Cup regulars within the field. Joey Logano was slated to drive Saturday night at Iowa before taking part in Sunday’s Cup race at Pocono Raceway, but with Cup duties taking precedence for him, Ryan Blaney will take over Logano’s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford for the NNS event.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.