We’re one race down, two more to go in the opening round of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs. Justin Haley lucked out with a win in Mosport a few weeks ago and took one of the six spots into the second round of the postseason. There are now five spots left for seven drivers.
Currently, Johnny Sauter (+35), Brett Moffitt (+29) and Noah Gragson (+24) look good. But, the other five drivers are in for an entertaining fight.
From fifth place Matt Crafton down to eighth place Grant Enfinger, just 12 points separate them. If you have a bad night early on in Friday night’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, missing out on stage points could in turn cost you a shot at advancing through into the next round. Crafton and Stewart Friesen are literally tied for the final two wildcard spots that will advance into Round 2.
But, those two drivers are only one point clear for seventh place driver and first one on the outside looking in right now Ben Rhodes. Enfinger, is behind Rhodes, 12 points back.
Furthermore, just look at their stats on 1.5-mile tracks like Vegas this year.
Crafton, has four top six finishes in seven tries. He was only 29th in Vegas back in the spring though. Friesen, has six top six finishes in those same seven races including a fifth place run on this very track in March. He also finished runner-up at Kentucky in the last race on the 1.5-mile track back in July and has two runner-ups in his last three starts on these tracks. Heading into Vegas, both Crafton and Friesen have six consecutive top 10 finishes on the season.
Rhodes, well he’s kind of struggled lately with no top five finishes over his last five starts. But, Rhodes did win the last race on a 1.5-mile track in Kentucky and finished second in the race prior to that at Chicagoland. Both are similar to Vegas. Plus, Rhodes is the defending race winner of this event weekend and finished seventh at Vegas back in the spring.
Enfinger, has six top 10 finishes over his last seven starts on the year and also has finished in the top 12 in all seven races on 1.5-mile tracks this season. Six of those seven were in the top 10 including a fourth place run at Vegas.
See how tight this field is and how strong Friday night’s race is set up to be?