The final race of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season is upon us. Thursday night’s UNOH 200 (8:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the cutoff race to set the field for this year’s playoffs. Currently, five drivers have stamped their names into the playoffs by virtue of their wins. There are some bubble drivers that still need to win to feel good about themselves.
Are any of them on this favorites list?
John Hunter Nemechek
He’s been very good in the Truck Series this year and should be good on Thursday night. Nemechek, has made four starts in the Truck Series at Bristol before and has had top 10 finishes in all of them. He finished third twice including last year, so can his No. 8 Chevrolet steal a win under the lights this week?
He was sixth fastest in final practice but on the 10 lap average chart in that session, he was quickest.
You can’t go against the top driver of the season. Sauter, narrowly finished second last weekend in Michigan for his 11th top five result of the season. He’s been very good at Bristol since 2011 too with finishes of second, 11th, fourth, fifth, ninth, fifth and sixth respectively. His No. 21 Chevrolet will be a factor Thursday night. He was fifth and second respectively in practice and second in final practice on the 10 lap average charts too.
He’s only part-time but Kligerman has shined in his limited Bristol starts. In four career Truck Series races, Kligerman has finished in the top 10 in three of them including a runner-up. In four career XFINITY Series starts, he has three ninth place runs. Watch out for him this week. He was 11th and 10th respectively in practice on Thursday but on the 10 lap average chart Kligerman was first and fifth respectively in his No. 75 Chevrolet.
While he doesn’t necessarily need a win, he just needs to finish ahead of his ThorSport Racing teammate of Matt Crafton. Enfinger, is 147 points to the good right now of the final playoff spot and 53 points to the good ahead of Crafton. Enfinger, finished fourth in this race last year and enters with five straight top 10 finishes in his No. 98 Ford. He was eighth quickest in the first session on Thursday morning.
He can play the spoiler to Crafton this weekend. Gilliland, enters this week with three top seven finishes over his last four starts on the season. He’s been very good at Bristol before too with winning the K&N East race back in the spring. He was second and ninth respectively in practice.