It’s a standalone event for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With that being said, it’s a great opportunity for the regulars to stand out without any Cup or XFINITY Series drivers in this race.
Knowing that, here are the top five drivers to watch in Saturday night’s Las Vegas 350 (8 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN).
The list starts with the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver. He won the opening playoff race last weekend at New Hampshire and enters with a ton of momentum. He has 10 top 10 finishes in his No. 4 Toyota over the last 11 races of the season. Also, seven of those 10 finishes were inside the top five too.
But, he’s 1.5-mile Christopher this year. In six 1.5-mile starts this season, Bell has won exactly half of them (Atlanta, Texas, Kentucky).
He’s creeping up at earning his first career NASCAR victory. Truex, finished second last weekend at New Hampshire and enters this weekend’s race with three straight top five finishes and five in the last six.
On 1.5-mile tracks in 2017, Truex has four top six finishes, including three fourth place runs in the last four of them in his No. 16 Toyota.
He’s a huge sleeper in his No. 27 Toyota. Rhodes, has five straight top 10 finishes this season. In fact, over the last six races entering this weekend, he’s had a top 10 in five of them. On 1.5-mile tracks, the ThorSport driver has three top fives and four top 10’s.
Watch out for Rhodes on Saturday night.
No one is arguably as hot as Rhodes’ ThorSport teammate. No, he’s not in the playoffs and is looking to play spoiler, as he has four top eight finishes over the last five races. In fact, he has eight top fives in his last 12 Truck Series starts and three in the last four.
On 1.5-mile tracks, he’s finished worse than 11th just once.
Enfinger and his No. 98 Toyota will contend.
This is Gragson’s home track. The Las Vegas native has had this event circled on his calendar all year. With that being said, he’s going to have a ton of effort in his to have his No. 18 Toyota contending this weekend. He may be pushing harder than ever before.
At one point in the season, Gragson has a streak of seven straight top 10 finishes. But, in the six races since, he has just three.
I think he is a favorite though as counter the hometown track with improvement on 1.5-mile tracks (4 straight top 10’s) and he’s going to be a front runner.