Driver Group Game Picks for Iowa


The NASCAR Cup Series is ready to compete for the first time at Iowa Speedway. This is a 7/8-mile track with banking similar to Richmond Raceway. There are a lot of people in the Midwest who have been waiting a long time for the Cup Series to race at Iowa Speedway. We finally get to see what the best stockcar drivers in the world can do at this small track. The Iowa Corn 350 can be seen Sunday night at 7 p.m. on USA Network.

The Cup Series had the same schedule for the race at Iowa that they had last week at Sonoma. Iowa is a new track so NASCAR gave the teams 50-minutes to dial in their cars during a practice session Friday. Most of the teams were able to make some long runs in practice, so we have plenty of data to work with this weekend. I still think track position will be king since the Gen-7 car does not promote passing. I will be making my picks based on the drivers who were fast in practice and qualified up front for Sunday night’s race.

Here is my starting lineup for the Iowa Corn 350


GROUP A PICK: Group A is kind of messed up this week. I posted on X (Twitter) and my Facebook page to switch Denny Hamlin to Kyle Larson if it looked like qualifying was getting rained out. Some people made the switch and others didn’t. I will start KYLE LARSON in all leagues, except my league, because I do not think it is fair for me to switch since some people did not get the message.

I will play CHASE ELLIOTT in my league. I suggest taking a chance with Elliott Sunday night if KYLE LARSON is not available. DENNY HAMLIN will also be good, so you can use the No. 11 car with confidence if Larson and Elliott are not available.


JOEY LOGANO (6): Whenever NASCAR races somewhere new, Logano wins the race. At least that is what it seems like. He totally dominated the All-Star Race at North Wilkboro by leading every lap but one. NASCAR will use the same tire Sunday that they race at North Wilksboro. He also finished second at Richmond earlier this season. Logano did not post the fastest laps in practice, but he qualified 11th for the race. Logano will be one of the best picks in the field if he simply repeats his performances at Richmond and North Wilksboro.

BRAD KESELOWSKI (4): Keselowski tested at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago. He has two wins and five finishes in the top-five at Iowa Speedway in the Xfinity Series. He knows this track well. The No. 6 car did not turn the fastest laps in practice, but Keselowski is a smart driver. I am sure he is setting his car up for a night race when the pay window is open and not a 4:30 p.m. practice on Friday. The Achilles Heel for Keselowski is qualifying. Well, he starts fifth Sunday night.



CHASE BRISCOE (4): Briscoe is at his best on the short, flat tracks. He has a win at Phoenix in the Cup Series on his resume and he has a win at Iowa in the Xfinity Series on his resume. Briscoe posted the 10th-fastest speed in practice and qualified sixth for the race. He should be the best pick in Group C Sunday night.


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