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John Weitendorf was able to not only notch his first win of the season last week, but also take over the points lead in the process. Gerald Campbell sits 5 points behind Weitendorf heading into the Iowa race tonight, with third place Hank Steinmiller a distant 100 points behind both. The G-Force Grand National Series powered by The JuiceBox Pod hits Iowa this week for a 150 lap daylight to night race. Car control will likely be a big key in who has a solid points run in this race.
The 7/8 mile Iowa Speedway is a progressive banked, D-shaped oval modeled after Richmond Raceway by Rusty Wallace. The larger track provides higher speeds for the drivers than Richmond and many different grooves to race. Two wide racing will not be uncommon and you may even see three wide racing as tires start to wear. Passing on the bottom with worn tires will prove to be difficult and cost the driver a ton of time if the pass can’t be completed.
This race falls once again in the wild card category of the short tracks with Richmond going relatively caution free, yet USA last week showing 15 cautions. If drivers can take care of their tires early and not be hard on the throttle, we should get a long green flag run much like the Richmond race earlier this season. The track is wide enough for side by side racing, however if drivers aren’t aware of their surroundings, hard racing will prove to cause wrecks like the Nashville and USA races.
Iowa sits in the short track-ish category so as usual, expect Blaine Akin to be strong. The way the track drives however falls into Campbell and Morse’s hands with tire wear over a long run. Short runs will be Akin’s strong suit. Long run’s could be up for grabs based on track position and traffic navigation. Keep an eye on Anthony Guarnieri as well, with back to back strong runs. Bonus points will be key to keeping the championship close. Campbell, Weitendorf, Steinmiller, and Hounshell can use all they can get.
An early spin off of turn 4 won’t come as a surprise but after 30 laps or so the race should spread out and settle down. Single car qualifying will begin at 9 pm et with the race to follow right after on the Flatout Racing Network. The link can be found below.
Blaine Akin 3/1
Gerald Campbell 4/1
Chris Morse Jr 5/1
Jake Hounshell 8/1
Anthony Guarnieri 10/1
Over/Under on Cautions 5.5