NEWTON, Iowa — Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski will run in the NASCAR Nationwide series event in Iowa in August.
Iowa Speedway said that Keselowski has committed to race in the Aug. 3 event before flying to Pocono for the Sprint Cup race the next day.
Keselowski, who won the inaugural Nationwide race in Iowa four years ago, has a win and three top-five finishes in seven series events this season.
He’s ninth in the Sprint Cup standings heading into this weekend’s race in Kentucky.
TRUCKS SERIES: In Sparta, Ky., Ty Dillon overtook Kyle Busch with 26 laps remaining and held on to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Dillon, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, started 22nd and drove the Chevy with the iconic No. 3 made famous by seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt.
It was his second career Truck victory and first in four starts at Kentucky. He also derailed opening bids by Keselowski and fellow Cup star Busch for a weekend sweep on the 1.5-mile oval.
Keselowski overcame midrace issues to finish second, while Busch edged defending Truck Series champion James Buescher for third. Rookie Ryan Blaney, who started on the pole, was fifth.
HONORING RESPONDERS: New Hampshire Motor Speedway will honor and welcome first responders from the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shootings at the July 14 New Hampshire 301.
The announcement at a “Champions Event” luncheon Thursday at a Boston bar next to Fenway Park was made by the track’s general manager, Jerry Gappens.
“We’re going to honor first responders from throughout New England,” Gappens said at the event, which featured NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. “If you think about the swift and capable response that they brought to us in Boston that day, and they answer the call every day, they really go the extra mile.
“And our race in July is 301. And the reason that it’s not a 300 is because we talk about people going the extra mile, and there’s no better illustration of that than what they do.”
Gappens – who took a cue from Charlotte Motor Speedway, which honors military personnel – said the track has joined forces with corporate sponsors to share the expense of the seating. And he also unveiled a T-shirt that will be sold, with proceeds going to the One Fund in Boston.
“So far, we’re up to almost 2,000 tickets to hand out to first responders throughout our great region here,” he said.
“They’ll be able to come out and enjoy the race.”