The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers are on a roll as they will end their stretch of seven races in eight weeks. With that being said, here are the top five favorites for Saturday’s Gander Outdoors 150 (1 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Through the first eight races of the season, Johnny Sauter won exactly half of them. In his other four races that he didn’t win, he had three top fives. But, over the last five races, he hasn’t been to victory lane since. While he does have three top fives, his last two finishes are 15th and 16th respectively.
Can he get back on track at Pocono?
Sauter, has made eight career Truck Series starts on the Tricky Triangle and has scored a top 10 in five of them including four straight.
This race is his to lose right? He’s the only Cup driver in the field with his own team that has won the last three years at Pocono. Busch, has made three Truck Series starts on the Tricky Triangle with two of which resulting in a top two finish. Last year, he led 32 laps and was on track for another win before being crashed out. He’s started second in each of his three starts too.
In XFINITY Series competition, he’s made two straight, both coming from second and fourth respectively. He’s finished fourth and first respectively too. He’s had three poles in his last six Cup starts there as well.
He’s led a ton of laps, started up front and if not for a few races of bad luck, would have won every time.
By virtue of KBM having three straight wins at Pocono, he joins this list. Plus, Gragson has eight straight top 10 finishes on the season. Need I say more?
He’s on a roll lately too. He started on the pole last week in Eldora and won the race prior at Kentucky, his home race at that. Last year, he started on the pole and finished second at Pocono. The year prior he qualified third on the Tricky Triangle. Coming into this weekend, he has two top two finishes over his last three starts on the season.
Rhodes’ ThorSport teammate is on this list too. He’s had two top four finishes the last two weeks and five top 10 finishes in eight career Pocono starts. With their new found speed, watch out on Saturday for Crafton’s No. 88 Ford.