After a two week break, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers are back in action this weekend. They’ll take to the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night for the eighth race of the 2018 season.
Here are the top five favorites to take the checkered flag first in the Rattlesnake 400 (9 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
This is a no-brainer. Sauter, has by far been the best driver this season with three wins in seven tries. But, he’s also been the best lately at Texas too. He won the last time out at Texas last fall getting his second win in his last three Texas starts. He’s a four time winner at Texas including five top eight finishes in his last six starts. He also has 11 top 10’s finishes in his last 13 Texas tries.
Furthermore, the GMS Racing driver has won two of the last three races on the season and has six top five finishes, five of which in the top three through the first seven races of the season.
If not Sauter, watch out for Crafton. He’s won at Texas in the past and was ninth in both races last year. He was also runner-up in both races in 2016 as well. In fact, he has 13 straight top 10 finishes on the track and 19 top 10’s in his last 22 starts in the Lonestar State. That dates all the way back to 2007. He was second, sixth and 11th in the last three races on the season too.
He’s going to be a factor too. Kyle Busch Motorsports has won the last two June Truck Series races at Texas and now it’s Gragson’s turn. William Byron won in 2016 and Christopher Bell in 2017. Gragson, finished seventh and 10th respectively last year in Texas and has four top 10 finishes in his last six starts on the season.
This could be his shot at his first career NASCAR victory. He started on the pole and finished fifth in his last Texas start last fall. He finished sixth in this very race last year. He has two top 10 finishes over his last three starts on the season too.
A solid sleeper is Stewart Friesen. He has been great on 1.5-mile tracks as his finishes on them in 2018 are sixth (Atlanta), fifth (Las Vegas), third (Kansas) and sixth (Charlotte) respectively. He has four top six finishes in his last six starts on the season.
Another sleeper is Brett Moffitt. He too was quick on 1.5-mile tracks with finishes of first (Atlanta), third (Las Vegas), 16th (Kansas) and fourth (Charlotte) respectively. In Kansas, he was strong before an issue took him out of contention. He has five top four finishes in his last seven starts on the season.