NASCAR DFS Cheat Sheet: DraftKings Picks for Iowa 250 presented by Enogen
Each week, we’ll have an early week cheat sheet for the NASCAR DFS contests at DraftKings. This week, we look at the Iowa 250 presented by Enogen.
NASCAR DFS CONTESTS
Hawkeye: $8 entry, $100k guaranteed – $20,000 to 1st
Slingshot: $3 entry, $25k guaranteed
TOP 5 FAVORITES TO WIN
1. Christopher Bell
Iowa is a seven-eighths-of-a-mile short track that races like an intermediate one. It was modeled after Richmond. Christopher Bell won the Richmond race in April. Last year in his second ever Xfinity race, Bell led 152 laps and ran 76 fast laps at Iowa. A Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has scored the most or second-most fantasy NASCAR points in each of the last four Iowa races.
2. Justin Allgaier
Allgaier won the last Xfinity race that didn’t feature Cup talent. He was busted cheating, but that doesn’t affect his fantasy NASCAR points. Allgaier was a favorite at Richmond, but he got doored by Daniel Hemric early in the race. The damage from the incident prevented Allgaier for running with the top cars. In the last four Iowa races, Allgaier has three top 10s. In the non-top 10 finish, Allgaier led 106 laps, but he had to refuel under green resulting in a 20th place finish at the short track.
3. Elliott Sadler
The only drivers in the Xfinity series with more experience than Sadler park right after the race starts. It’s never pretty, but Sadler and his team battle through every race. If he could get through a race without adversity, then he would likely win. He has more experience at Iowa than any other driver in NASCAR history. Sadler has competed in 14 of the 16 Iowa races. He has 13 top 10s and a win at Iowa. He’s practically a Hawkeye.
4. Daniel Hemric
The RCR driver worked his way to the Xfinity series by racing at short tracks in North Carolina. He is regarded as one the best short track racers in the Xfinity series. Hemric finished third at Bristol and Dover. But then, he threw his Richmond race away by tangling with Allgaier. Last fall at Iowa, Hemric finished seventh.
5. Tyler Reddick
His JR Motorsports car is fast. It might be too fast. In his rookie season, Reddick has quickly developed a reputation as a wreck-prone racer. He’s drawn comparisons to Ricky Stenhouse’s early years in the Xfinity Series. “Wrecky Spinhouse” nearly bankrupted Jack Roush, and “Tyler Wrecked-ick” is forcing Dale Jr. to work overtime in the booth. Roush kept Stenhouse around because he saw something. It’s the same with Reddick. When he’s not wrecking, he’s a top five driver. In two part-time races at Iowa last season, Reddick finished third and 36th.
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LONG SHOTS TO SCORE BIG
1. Jeremy Clements – Last spring, Clements finished seventh at Iowa. Clements has finished 15th in the last two races. At Richmond, Clements finished eighth.
2. Ryan Sieg – This is a low-budget team. They cannot afford the regular amount of tires. Still, Sieg has finished 21st or better in the last 11 races.
3. Alex Labbe – The Pinty’s Series (NASCAR Canada) is mainly a short track series, and Labbe is the 2017 champion. At Richmond, Labbe finished 16th.
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Cole Custer – The second-year Xfinity driver has 10 top 10 finishes this season (second most). He enters Iowa on a three-race top five streak.
Daniel Hemric – Just behind Custer in top 10s is Hemric with nine. He enters Iowa on a four-race top 10 streak.
Ryan Truex – The #11 team is an underdog organization. They’re not a part of a major Cup team operation. That has not stopped Truex. In 13 races, he has earned 12 top 15 finishes. He enters Iowa on a three-race top 10 streak.
Ryan Preece (Fall 2017)
William Byron (Spring 2017)
Erik Jones (Fall 2016)
Sam Hornish, Jr. (Spring 2016)
Ryan Blaney (Fall 2015)
PICK TO WIN
Christopher Bell – The JGR Toyotas are on another level, and Bell only gets better each week.
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