5 Favorites For Friday Night’s Lucas Oil 150 (8:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN)

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?

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 13: Christopher Bell, driver of the #4 Toyota Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13, 2017 in Talladega, Alabama

Christopher Bell

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.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – OCTOBER 28: Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota, leads Matt Tifft, driver of the #11 Brain Gear/Surface Sunscreen Toyota, and John H Nemechek, driver of the #8 Fire Alarm Services Inc Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

Matt Crafton

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.

Johnny Sauter

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.

KANSAS CITY, KS – MAY 11: Austin Cindric, driver of the #19 PIRTEK Ford, drives his truck during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on May 11, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Austin Cindric

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.

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

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.

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