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The relationship between Iowa Speedway and its hometown reached another level Thursday.

The 0.875-mile track announced Thursday that the City of Newton will be the title sponsor of its season-opening May 18 race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The Get to Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams will be the first of two Nationwide races at Iowa Speedway, which also hosts one race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

"The City of Newton is, and has been, a tremendous supporter of Iowa Speedway since it was built," said Jimmy Small, track president. "We consider this entitlement an investment in Newton and are excited to provide our community the opportunity to deliver its message in the national spotlight on a grand stage. 

"We're extremely proud of this association with Newton and not only consider this an investment in our hometown, but also the fulfillment of a pledge made to the state of Iowa that NASCAR is committed to Iowa Speedway and its fans for the long term, starting right here with our own community." 

Earlier Thursday, the track announced that it would host an open test for Nationwide teams on Tuesday, May 6, saying that five teams -- Richard Childress Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, JR Motorsports and Team Penske -- were scheduled to attend the test.

The track's "Wide-Opening Weekend" will also feature a May 17 race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, combining its East and West tours. The Nationwide Series returns to Iowa Speedway on Aug. 2; the Camping World Truck Series makes its lone appearance at the track on July 12.

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Jimmy Small, Iowa Speedway President (L), and Mike Hansen, Mayor of Newton, announce the sponsorship for the "Get to Know Newton 250 Presented by Sherwin-Williams" NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway on May 18. (Credit: Jennifer Coleman)

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