Friday night’s 37 Kind Days 250 (8:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after having four weeks off prior. That should spark some intense racing on the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway this weekend.
Here are the top five storylines surrounding this weekend’s race.
Old Guys Rule
Last weekend, youngster Noah Gragson crashed out while trying to pass Johnny Sauter for the win at Dover. 40 year old Sauter won. 40+ year old Matt Crafton finished second as a result. Both Sauter and Crafton have to be favorites for this weekend’s race too. Sauter has won two of the five races so far in 2018 and came home second in this very race last year. Crafton, has four top two finishes in his last five Kansas starts.
These are the ones to beat.
Kyle Busch Is Back
If anyone is going to beat Sauter or Crafton this weekend, it’s Kyle Busch. He’s going to be making his third start of the 2018 season and should be 2-for-2 already. If not for a late race pit road problem in Atlanta, Busch could have won. He made up for it later at Las Vegas. Now, he’s hoping to win this weekend in Kansas. He’s won the last two Truck Series races that he’s competed in at Kansas and three straight in the XFINITY Series.
He’s also going to be tough to beat.
Gragson Bounce Back
Gragson left Dover in tears last Friday night. He had one of his best races of his Truck Series career and crashed out heading to the white flag while battling for the lead. Now, with his three race stint in the XFINITY Series behind him too, he’s looking to bounce back this Friday night at Kansas.
Can he do so? He has some tough veterans to beat this weekend.
2nd Straight Friday Night Race
Last weekend, the Truck Series drivers raced on a rare Friday evening. Instead of a night time affair, the race had to start at 5 p.m. ET due to Dover not having any lights. This weekend, it’s another Friday night race, this time under the lights. It’s the second of three straight Friday night races as Charlotte will run on Friday night next weekend too. After having four straight weeks off, the series now has three straight Friday night races.
It’s really up to Kyle Busch Motorsports to keep this string going this weekend, as Toyota is eyeing their sixth straight Truck Series victory at Kansas. The last two have come from KBM themselves with William Byron and Kyle Busch. Can they win again this weekend?