The penultimate event in the first round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs will take place on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With that being said, this race will feature strictly Truck Series drivers as it’s a standalone event.
That would normally mean that Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter would be the easy favorites right? Those are both highly decorated veterans in the series and two with the most experience at the 1.5-mile track.
But, if you look at their stats on the season as well as at Vegas, I don’t expect much out of them. Granted, I do think both nab top 10 finishes under the lights this weekend, I just don’t think they will land in victory lane.
First off, take Crafton for example. He has six top 10 finishes over the last eight starts on the season. But, out of those six top 10’s in his No. 88 Toyota, Crafton has just two top five results in that same time frame.
Also, on 1.5-mile tracks in 2017, Crafton has one top five and that came back at Atlanta. At Vegas, he only has on top five in his last four starts there.
What about Sauter?
Yes, he won on the last 1.5-mile track at Chicagoland and four top five finishes in six starts on those circuits this season, but he has just two total top five finishes over the last eight starts on the season. At Vegas, he has just one top five in his last five starts there too.
So, stats are saying we can’t pick these veterans this weekend.