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Hy-Vee PERKS 250
NASCAR Xfinity Series
VenueIowa Speedway
LocationNewton, Iowa, United States
Corporate sponsorHy-Vee
First race2011
Distance218.75 miles (352.04 km)
Laps250 (Stage 1: 75 Stage 2: 75 Stage 3: 100)
Previous namesIowa John Deere Dealers 250 presented by Pioneer (2011)
Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 (2012)
DuPont Pioneer 250 (2013)
Get to Know Newton 250 (2014)
3M 250 (2015)
American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen (2016–2017)
Iowa 250 presented by Enogen (2018)
CircuitCity.com 250 presented by Tamron (2019)
Most wins (driver)Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr. (2)
Most wins (team)Roush Fenway Racing (4)
Most wins (manufacturer)Ford (4)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length0.875 mi (1.408 km)
Turns4

The Hy-Vee PERKS 250 is a 250-lap, 218.75-mile NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The race has been held in May or June from 2011 to 2019 and was going to be held again in 2020 before being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] The race was removed from the Xfinity Series schedule entirely in 2021.[2] The race returned to the schedule in 2024.

In the race's first year in 2011, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned his first win in what was then the Nationwide Series despite his engine blowing coming to the start/finish line on the last lap. His Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards, who was running 2nd, could not see through the smoke coming from Stenhouse's car and as a result, he hit the back of Stenhouse's car which allowed him to cross the start/finish line 1st and win.

The race had different title sponsor almost every year in its first stint on the schedule. The revived Circuit City brand was the race's title sponsor in the last of those years in 2019.[3] On March 27, 2024, Hy-Vee was announced as the title sponsor of the race in 2024 in its first year on the series' schedule since 2019. The grocery store has been the title sponsor of the IndyCar Series doubleheader races at the track since 2022. The store is highlighting their rewards program PERKS in the name of the race. The track also announced in that announcement that the 2024 race had been sold out.[4]

Past winners

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Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
2011 May 22 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[5][6] Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 218.75 (352.044) 2:03:40 106.132
2012 May 20 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.[7] Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 218.75 (352.044) 2:02:29 107.157
2013 June 9* 6 Trevor Bayne[8] Roush Fenway Racing Ford 250 218.75 (352.044) 2:08:05 102.472
2014 May 18 54 Sam Hornish Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 218.72 (352.044) 2:04:28 105.45
2015 May 17 60 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford 259* 226.625 (364.717) 2:24:17 94.242
2016 June 19 18 Sam Hornish Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 218.72 (352.044) 2:07:51 102.659
2017 June 24 9 William Byron JR Motorsports Chevrolet 250 218.72 (352.044) 2:32:52 85.859
2018 June 17 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 250 218.72 (352.044) 2:08:33 102.100
2019 June 16 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 218.72 (352.044) 2:19:02 94.402
2020

2023
Not held
2024 June 15 1 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 253* 221.375 (356.317) 2:36:27 84.899

Multiple winners (drivers)

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# Wins Driver Years Won
2 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2011, 2012
Sam Hornish Jr. 2014, 2016

Multiple winners (teams)

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# Wins Team Years Won
4 Roush Fenway Racing 2011-2013, 2015
3 Joe Gibbs Racing 2014, 2016, 2019
JR Motorsports 2017, 2018, 2024

Manufacturer wins

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# Wins Make Years Won
4 United States Ford 2011-2013, 2015
3 Japan Toyota 2014, 2016, 2019
United States Chevrolet 2017, 2018, 2024

References

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  1. ^ Leistikow, Chad (May 14, 2020). "In realigned schedule, NASCAR cancels its Iowa Speedway events for 2020 season". Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Crandall, Kelly (October 30, 2020). "33 races on tap for 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series". Racer. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  3. ^ Page, Scott (June 6, 2019). "Circuit City to sponsor Iowa XFINITY race". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Sold-out NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Iowa Speedway named Hy-Vee PERKS 250". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. March 27, 2024.
  5. ^ Malloy, Mike (2011-05-22). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins Nationwide race in Iowa". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  6. ^ 2011 Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 Results
  7. ^ Hamilton, Andy (2012-05-20). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dominates Nationwide race at Iowa". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  8. ^ "Bayne celebrates wedding with Nationwide win at Iowa". USA Today. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
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