It’s getting close to playoff time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as Saturday’s Corrigan Oil 200 (1 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be the second to last race of the regular season. With that being said, here are the top four storylines for this weekend.
The last few years, the Truck Series race at Michigan has produced some of the best racing of the weekend. In 2016, Brett Moffitt made a last lap pass to steal an upset victory. He led just one lap the entire day, the final one. Last year, Darrell Wallace Jr. won a thrilling race. Will we see a third straight year of a part time driver reaching victory lane?
13 Straight Different Winners
The Truck series race has just two drivers with more than one win, Greg Biffle and Travis Kvapil. That’s it. Will we see a 14th straight new winner on Saturday? Since Dennis Setzer won in 2005, we’ve had a new winner every year since.
Does that trend hold true this weekend?
Only Brett Moffitt and Johnny Sauter are on the entry list as a past winners.
Ford Looking For 3rd Win Over The Last 4 Races
Michigan is in the backyard of the automotive industry. Ford and Chevrolet take a little more interest in this race weekend than most others. Ford, struggled out of the gates of this season, but over the last three races, they’ve won two of them. ThorSport Racing has since said that they should have some new found speed over the remainder of the season.
Does that speed stay around on a horsepower track like Michigan?
There are just two races left in the regular season, Saturday in Michigan and next week at Bristol. Currently, there are only three wildcard spots available. With how much of a gap that Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton have, unless someone further back than them win this week or next, the playoff field is likely set.
Crafton, Sauter Not Likely Among The Favorites
Among my top five favorites for Saturday’s race, neither Matt Crafton nor Johnny Sauter are on it. I went with some youth this week. The reason? Sauter, has since struggled as after 10 top five finishes in his first 11 races of the season, he’s had just one top 10 since. His best finish over the last three races is eighth. At Michigan, he won in 2014, but has finishes of fourth, ninth and 18th respectively since.
Crafton is getting better and better, but he has just one top five finish in his last five Michigan starts. He has three consecutive top 10 finishes on the year, but he’s not really close to winning just yet.