“This thing was so good on the long run,” Bayne said. “After 30 laps this thing came to life. I’m so proud of this time and what they accomplished here today by not giving up. We were so far back I could barely see the 3 car (Dillon). He caught some lapped traffic and we ran him down and were able to race him.
“This team here at Iowa has been so good. It is such an opportunity and such a blessing to be a part of this team,” Bayne said. “I got married this week so Ashton told me I had to win so nobody could say it was because I got married I went into a slump.”
This was the fourth victory at Iowa Speedway for Bayne’s crew chief Mike Kelley in the last five Nationwide events at the seven-eighths-mile oval. Kelley won three races at Iowa Speedway as crew chief of two-time Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The victory was also Ford’s 200th in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition and the 999th overall in NASCAR’s top three divisions (Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Trucks).
Dillon ended up second after leading 203 laps. He said that Bayne simply had a better car at the end of the race.
“I just lost forward drive. We struggled at the end of long runs, actually a few times. We could get a big lead and then started fading,” Dillon said. “Just didn’t have the drive at the end that we needed off the corner.
“He just had a better car at the end of the day.”
Elliott Sadler, who won at Iowa Speedway in 2012, finished third. Sam Hornish Jr. and rookie Kyle Larson completed the top five.
The race was slowed by a rain storm with 86 laps left, which resulted in a red flag period that lasted just more than an hour.