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Brett Thompson At Home On Speedways Anton Hopes To Repeat Strong Run At Iowa East Drivers Look For Redemption In Return Trip Meeting In The Middle Best Of The NASCAR Camping World Series Head To The Heartland The entry list reads like a 'who's...

Brett Thompson At Home On Speedways
Anton Hopes To Repeat Strong Run At Iowa
East Drivers Look For Redemption In Return Trip

Meeting In The Middle

Best Of The NASCAR Camping World Series Head To The Heartland The entry list reads like a 'who's who' of NASCAR short-track drivers, from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series development teams to seasoned veterans with championship resumes.

The US Cellular 200 marks the only time the NASCAR Camping World Series East and NASCAR Camping World Series West will meet in the same race with points on the line. And the event has produced an all-star roster of cars.

Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Toyota) and Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) will resume their championship battle in the NASCAR Camping World Series West. A trio of drivers, including Holmes' Bill McAnally Racing teammates Austin Cameron and Moses Smith, are lurking right behind the leaders.

"It's exciting to go back and see what we've got," said David. "When the East Coast guys and the West Coast guys get together, you have the best Camping World Series cars all across the nation. That's what we do it for: the competition. It should be a lot of fun."

Austin Dillon (No. 3 Garage Equipment Supply Chevrolet) leads a contingent of NASCAR Camping World Series East drivers that includes Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Marc Davis (No. 18 Slim Jim Toyota) and a bumper crop of Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders. Five of the top 10 finishes in the season opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina were rookies.

The roster also features NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge) and 18-year-old Alex Haase (No. 51 Kyle Busch Foundation/Electric Sunglasses Chevrolet) in a car fielded by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Kyle Busch. Three former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions -- Greg Pursley (2003), Mark McFarland (2004) and Peyton Sellers (2005) -- will attempt to qualify for Sunday's race.

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The Race: US Cellular 200

The Place: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
The Date: Sunday, May 18

The Time: 4:15 p.m. CT
Track Layout: .875-mile paved

TV Schedule: HDNet (Live)
SPEED (enhanced replay)

Race Purse: $199,970

2007 Winner: Joey Logano
2007 Pole: Kevin Harvick

Schedule:
Saturday: Practice 4:30-6 p.m.
Sunday: Practice 9-10 a.m., Time Trials 12:30-1:30 p.m.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne , Brett Thompson , Mike David , Greg Pursley , Eric Holmes , Mark McFarland , Austin Cameron , Joey Logano , Marc Davis , Austin Dillon , Kyle Busch