The name of the race was the Hy-Vee Homefront 250, but it will be remembered as the Team Penske Trio 250 at Iowa Speedway after Josef Newgarden, polesitter Will Power and Scott McLaughlin toyed with the field while leading 248 of 250 laps during an afternoon of total dominance.
Only a slight mistake by Power derailed a 1-2-3 for Penske, but Newgarden and McLaughlin still delivered for The Captain as they ran away from Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward in third-place and sealed an all-Chevy podium for the Bowtie.
Entering the race holding third in the championship, Newgarden put the 50 points for the win, the point for leading a lap, and the two points for leading the most laps to great use and trimmed Alex Palou’s 117-point lead to 98 heading into Sunday’s second Iowa round. He also improved to second in the standings. Power owned the first half of the race and spent 119 laps in the lead, but once Newgarden motored by, he led 129 laps and controlled every aspect of t