5 Favorites For Saturday’s UNOH 175 (1 P.M. ET/FS1/MRN)

The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs are set to begin on Saturday afternoon at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Through 19 Truck races at the Magic Mile, we’ve seen 15 different drivers go to victory lane. With a past winner not being in this year’s field, we will see another new winner this weekend.

Maybe it will be among these five drivers. 

Matt Crafton

Crafton, has raced in every race there since 2001. Also, since 2009, he hasn’t finished worse than sixth. In fact, his results are, fourth, fourth, sixth, third, second and third respectively. He’s also had four top six finishes over his last six starts on the season. This could be the weekend Crafton gets his No. 88 Toyota back to victory lane.

He was fourth and second respectively in practice.

Johnny Sauter during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

Johnny Sauter

Sauter could be right there too. He’s made 18 New Hampshire starts between Trucks, XFINITY and Cup. Only six of those 18 came in the Truck Series, but among those six races are six top 10 finishes. He’s finished worse than fifth just twice and enters this weekend with a ton of momentum. He won the regular season finale last weekend at Chicagoland and has 13 top 10 finishes in his last 15 starts on the season.

He was sixth in each practice on Friday.

Christopher Bell

KBM has been to victory lane at New Hampshire in four of the last six years, including last season with William Byron. That’s great news for Christopher Bell. He’s made one New Hampshire start where he qualified third and finished second last season. He also led 11 laps.

So far this year, he has four wins, three of which were on 1.5-mile tracks, the other on a 2.5-mile track at Pocono. He’d love to add a short track to that and it’s entirely possible to do so.

Bell, has seven top six finishes over his last 10 starts on the season, including a third place run last weekend at Chicagoland.

The Oklahoma native was fifth and first respectively in practice on Friday.

HAMPTON, GA – MARCH 03: Noah Gragson, driver of the #18 Switch Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 3, 2017 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Noah Gragson

Kyle Busch Motorsports was fast on Friday, as they had three of the top five speeds in practice. Gragson, was best among all of them, as he was quickest in session No. 1 and fifth in final practice. Gragson, barely missed out on being a part of this year’s playoffs, but the rookie driver is trying to play the best spoiler role that he can in the postseason otherwise.

He’s off to a great start and has some solid momentum on his side too. He had a career-best second place finish at Canada on Labor Day weekend and 10 top 10 finishes over the last 12 starts on the season.

Ben Rhodes

The Kentucky native is inching closer and closer to his first career Trucks victory. Maybe that comes this weekend at New Hampshire. Rhodes, is a part of the playoffs and was in the top 10 in both practice sessions at New Hampshire on Friday, eighth and second respectively to be exact. Also, five straight top 11 finishes on the season, three of which in the top six.

 

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