When the Cat’s Away: Hornish and other NNS drivers thrive in stand-alone Iowa

(Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The saying goes, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” Well, these mice threw a wicked awesome party Sunday afternoon.

In Newton, Iowa, the NASCAR Nationwide Series ran in a stand-alone event. Series regulars filled the field as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stepped back and allowed them to take the reigns. The results were impressive performances, battles that were tough-as-nails, and a victorious man in a Monsters Energy firesuit.

That man was Sam Hornish Jr., who took the No. 54 to the edge and prevailed. His domination was only rivaled by Ryan Blaney, who finished second after a spirited run. The young Team Penske driver sat on the pole for the event and wasn’t backing down. The two tangled often on restarts, and the initial start handed the lead to Hornish. Blaney chased him down and attempted to pass him multiple times before securing the lead ninety laps later.

It was going to be a thrilling day.

As they continued to battle, other fights took place throughout the field. Already a two-time winner this season, Chase Elliott searched for a win to cap off his weekend, which centered around his high school graduation. His efforts were thwarted by unorganized pit stops. He powered after each setback and ended up fourth. Michael McDowell ran in the No. 20 for Joe Gibbs Racing and managed seventh place. Other names that filled the top ten were Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne, and Landon Cassill.

Seizing the day, the Nationwide regulars put on a show. This is a official notice to Cup drivers: take a vacation more often.

Point Standings after the Get To Know Newton 250

1. Chase Elliott (–)
2. Elliott Sadler (-2)
2. Regan Smith (-2)
4. Ty Dillon (-35)
5. Trevor Bayne (-36)
6. Brian Scott (-64)
7. Brendan Gaughan (-97)
8. James Buescher (-110)
9. Chris Buescher (-119)
10. Landon Cassill (-121)

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One thought on “When the Cat’s Away: Hornish and other NNS drivers thrive in stand-alone Iowa”

  1. Trevor Bayne started outside the top-10 and finished inside it. That’s good. I wanna seem keep on with the top-10’s. He’s better than last year 10 races in. I bet if Biffle or Edwards leaves Roush, he’d be the replacement, if his health holds. He’s Roush’s senior Nationwide driver. If we didn’t know, we wouldn’t know, on the health front. He’s been good three years now. NASCAR’s been lucky to have him and I hope it holds a long time..

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