Hello everyone and welcome to the Truck Series Setup. This week we will be looking ahead to the Truck race at Iowa Speedway. I’m Ryan Larkin aka the NASCAR Warlock and you can follow me on twitter @Larkin8. If you are just finding the DFSArmy and are not a VIP member sign up and use code Xfinity to save 20%!! Our DFSArmy VIP members get access to the Domination Station and Research Station post qualifying. Also, VIP members get access to our VIP Slack and direct contact to the NASCAR coaches. Come join the best team in NASCAR DFS!
Iowa Speedway is a 7/8th of a mile short track with speedway characteristics. It has multiple grooves which allows for consistent side by side action. Passing is still difficult however as the drivers on the top are able to prevent fast cars from completing the pass by using the momentum of the top lane. This makes for some really exciting battles all over the track especially on restarts. We generally don’t see many cautions here however, given how horrific the driving has been so far this year we will probably see that change. We typically see long green flag runs with the leader rattling off many laps led due to the passing difficulty. Long Run speed will be important and the trucks who are good over a 50 lap run will most likely move their way into the top 10.
There is a bunch of driver news this week as well. Juan Ma Gonzalez is in the #10 with Jen Jo Cobb running a 2nd truck the #0. Trey Hutchins III who I believe wrecked his only family owned truck last week will be in the #8 for Nemco. Raphael Lessard jumps in the #17 with Ankrum out due to lack of sponsorship. CJ Mclaughlin is in the #33 and Mason Massey will be in the #34. Chad Finley returns this in the #42 which has produced some solid races this year. Ross Chastain moves to the #44 with Kyle Benjamin staying in the #45. Riley Herbst will be in the #46 and Chandler Smith will be in the #51 both driving for KBM. Tyler Hill shows up with his family owned #56 and lastly Lou Goss makes his debut in the #74.
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Date: June 15th
First Practice: Saturday 9:30 am ET.
Second Practice: Saturday 11:30 am ET.
Qualifying: Saturday 5:35 pm ET.
Race: Saturday 8:30 pm ET.
Laps: Stages: 60/120/200
Defending Champion: Brett Moffitt
AVG. # of Cautions: 5 excluding stage cautions
AVG DNF’s: 8 per race
Dominator / Top Tier
Iowa should be a rather straight forward race. 2 dominators with 1 stud will be the direction to go in almost every lineup. If we get a strong pole sitter I would go heavy on them as the leader tends to be able to dominate the first stage if their truck is good. Brett Moffitt is my favorite heading into the weekend. Moffitt won this event last year leading 76 laps in the process. He also has a K&N Series win here as well. He also comes in at $9700 which means playing him is a lot easier than his $11400 from two races ago. As far as other top tier drivers with good upside, Crafton, Sauter and Friesen will all have good chances at a win but it might be wise too look outside the top tier this week for dominators.
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Mid to Low Tier
Normally I classify all drivers below $9,500 in the same category and shoot for the best position differential. This week however I believe there are multiple dominator threats. Let us start with the KBM trucks which have won 3 of the last 5 here. Todd Gilliland comes off leading 30 laps and running top 3 before a late wreck took him out of contention last week. Gilliland has won at Iowa twice in the K&N Series leading 114 and 147 laps out of 150 in those races. Harrison Burton led 30 laps in the Truck race here last year before finishing 3rd. I believe both can lead laps and also be threats for the win. Next up in dom potential class is Sheldon Creed. Creed dominated the ARCA race and won at Iowa last year. This is great experience for a driver who has seen many tracks for the 1st time this year. While he has been out of control at times, he has legit speed and coming to a track he knows may set up nicely for him.
Mid to Low Tier Part 2
I really just want to call this the Chandler Smith section but there is still much to cover. Chandler Smith is a 16 year old driver out of Georgia who is a future champion in the Truck Series if he doesn’t skip it entirely for an Xfinity Series ride. He is everything you want Burton and Gilliland to be. While this is his first start he is in the #51 that Kyle Busch has dominated in and only cost $7000. He has 6 poles, 3 wins and 13 top 10s in 13 ARCA starts including a 2nd at Iowa. Brennan Poole has looked good with 3 top 10s in his last 4 races. Kyle Benjamin has top 10 upside and has a great history here. Benjamin has a K&N win here, a 2nd in his only ARCA start and 2 top 3 Xfinity Series finishes in two races. Jesse Little also has a K&N series win at Iowa but more importantly two straight top 10s in the Truck Series.
Update: Chamdler Smith won another ARCA race. That makes 4 wins in 14 starts.
Based off the wreckfest that this series is every week all drivers are basically in play. We have seen a high DNF rate at Iowa the last couple years due to part failures or start and parks but I think that might be smaller this year. There are tons of great mid to low tier plays that can help avoid this section but when in need it is safe to play some of these drivers. Try to pay attention to certain Trucks that tend to attempt the entire race consistently. As an example of the craziness lately, Norm Benning is averaging 36 points the last two races. Absolutely ridiculous.
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