The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to the Texas Motor Speedway for the second time of the 2017 season. The annual fall pilgrimage to the 1.5-mile track is always intense. With that being said, who are the favorites for Friday night’s Jag Metals 350 (8 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN)?
This list should help.
Bell doesn’t need a win but I think he will get one Friday night anyways. He’s likely far enough ahead in the points right now to advance to Homestead with a shot at this year’s championship. But, I don’t think the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver is going to just settle for that. I think he goes out and wins this race.
Bell, led 92 laps and won at Texas in June. Also, three of his five wins this season have come on 1.5-mile track. He’s finished in the top 10 in every playoff race this season including 13 of his last 14 starts on the season.
Crafton hasn’t finished outside the top 10 at Texas since June of 2011. That’s a streak of 12 straight races. In fact, out of his last 21 starts on the 1.5-mile track, the ThorSport driver has finished inside the top 10 in 18 of them. He’d led laps in seven straight races at Texas and his ninth place run in June ended a streak of six straight top five finishes.
Texas is also one of Sauter’s best tracks too. In 18 career Truck Series starts in the Lonestar state, Sauter has finished in the top 10 in 14 of them. He has 10 top 10 finishes over his last 12 Texas starts, including three wins to his credit. In fact, Sauter has eight top four finishes there.
He’s been improving a lot each week this season and I expect the younger brother of Martin Truex Jr. to contend this weekend. Truex, finished fourth at Texas in June and has been very good on 1.5-mile tracks in 2017.
If we’re going to have a non playoff winner win this week, Truex and Enfinger are those guys. Enfinger, finished third at Texas in June and has had 12 top 10 finishes over his last 15 starts on the season.