After a week off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers are back in action for Thursday night’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 (7:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the Kentucky Speedway.
Here are the top five favorites to win the 150 Lap race.
He’s now known as the driver that crossed the finish/line first in last weekend’s XFINITY Series race at Daytona but wasn’t awarded the victory. In a controversial finish, Haley passed both Kyle Larson and Elliott Sadler for the win but was below the yellow out of bounds line while doing so.
Now, he returns to his Truck Series ride hoping to make up for it.
Haley, finished third at the Kentucky Speedway last year and has three top six finishes in his last four starts on the season.
He hasn’t had a ton of success at Kentucky in the past but that changes on Thursday night. Sauter, has had just two total top five finishes in his career in the Bluegrass State but one of those was a fifth place run in 2016. Speaking of top fives, heading into this weeks race, Sauter has seven of those in-a-row. To go along with that, he has finishes of third, second, fifth, first, first and third respectively on 1.5-mile tracks in 2018.
He’s due for a win. It’s been 23 long races since he last went to victory lane as that came on July 19 of last year at Eldora. But, Kentucky has been kind to Crafton lately. In two XFINITY Series starts (both coming in 2013) he finished third in each. He also won this very race in 2015 and has seven straight top 10 finishes at Kentucky too.
While his last top 10 finish was a fifth place run at Texas a month ago, I think that changes on Thursday night in his No. 88 Ford.
He won the last race on a similar shaped track at Chicagoland two weeks ago. In fact, Moffitt has won two of the last three Truck Series races overall. On 1.5-mile tracks this season, he’s finished in the top three in two of his six starts with two of those finishes being a win.
He was fifth in this very race last year and his Kyle Busch Motorsports organization has won in each of the last two years at Kentucky. He’s scored six straight top 10 finishes heading into this weekend and five top 10’s in six starts on 1.5-mile tracks this year. One of those was a win in Kansas.