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.