The last race of the second round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs is here. The Lucas Oil 150 (8:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN) at the Phoenix Raceway, will set the Championship 4. With Johnny Sauter’s win last weekend at Texas, he’s automatically into the final round. But, three spots remain open. Will any of the favorites be a playoff driver?
He’s made one career start at Phoenix and finished inside the top 10. On the season, Bell has had a top 10 finish in all but two races. Plus, Bell has had five top three finishes over the last six starts on the season.
I’m going with Bell on Friday night.
Since Crafton won at Eldora in July, he’s had just two total top five finishes in the 10 races after. But, among those 10 races was eight top 10 results, including five straight. On top of that, Crafton has three top five finishes in his last four Phoenix starts.
I think he will be in the hunt on Friday night.
While he doesn’t have to win on Friday, he’d like to play spoiler. Sauter, has seven top 10 finishes over his last eight starts on the season, including two straight top three efforts. At Phoenix, he has six top 10 finishes in eight career Truck Series starts with a runner-up last year and four top five results.
He’s on the bubble and would like nothing more than to score stage points and get a top 10 result in Friday night’s race. If he can do so, he will be advancing to Homestead with a shot at the championship. Cindric, has had five straight top 10 finishes to his credit to go along with 12 top 10’s over his last 13 starts on the season.
I expect another solid outing out of him on Friday.
He’s already played spoiler once at Martinsville, then he backed that up with a 10th place run last weekend in Texas. Gragson, is ready to contend and I think he does this weekend.