This weekend is all about the NASCAR feeder series’ as the premiere series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is off this week. But, both the NASCAR XFINITY Series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers will share the Iowa Speedway for a Saturday/Sunday show in the nations heartland. In terms of Sunday’s Iowa 250 (5 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) here are the top five favorites to watch.
In 12 starts at the Iowa Speedway, Allgaier has finished in the top 10 in eight of them. Last year, he led 106 laps but finished outside the top 20 in the July race. So, even in the races that he didn’t grab a top 10, he was still competitive. Also, Allgaier has scored three top 10 finishes in his No. 7 Chevrolet in the last five starts on the season. Furthermore, his car has been great on short tracks in 2018 as he finished second in Phoenix, third in Bristol, 14th in Richmond and won at Dover.
One of these races he’s going to put his No. 00 Ford back to victory lane. Custer, finished fifth in the July race at Iowa last year and 24th in June. He’s also made three Truck Series starts on the 7/8-mile track with finishes of eighth, ninth and second respectively. On the year, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver has scored three straight top five finishes including a runner-up finish last weekend in Michigan. He has also nabbed 10 top 10 finishes in his last 11 starts in 2018 and too has been superb on short track with finishes of eighth (Phoenix), eighth (Bristol) and sixth (Richmond).
He’s looking to get back to victory lane after his season opening victory in Daytona. Last year, William Byron took this No. 9 Chevrolet to victory lane in this very race at Iowa. Can Reddick get it back? He’s made five total starts in Iowa, three in Trucks where he finished ninth, third and fifth respectively and two in the XFINITY Series (3rd and 36th last year).
See a theme here? I have a good feeling for the JR Motorsports bunch. Sadler, hasn’t won in a while but that could end this weekend. He had 13 straight top 10 finishes in Iowa before a 12th place run last July. He also had 12 straight top 10 finishes to start 2018 off with before a 30th place finish last weekend in Michigan. I think he gets those streaks back going on Sunday and puts his No. 1 Chevrolet in the top five, if not the victory circle.
Like Custer, he’s got to win sometime soon right? Hemric, has had nine top seven finishes in the series in his last 11 starts on the season. He’s had three top three finishes in the last four races in his No. 21 Chevrolet in fact. Maybe this is the weekend he can get that car to victory lane. He’s made four career Iowa starts, two a piece in Trucks and XFINITY and should contend this weekend.