It’s Been Awhile
The Camping World Truck Series may have been an afterthought for many fans as we haven’t seen the trucks in action since Aug. 13 at Richmond.
Chandler Smith won that race for those that remember, but now the series returns at Kansas Speedway for the final event in the playoff round of 10.
Two drivers will be eliminated after the Kansas Lottery 200, which features higher stakes than usual in NASCAR.
JHN’s Race to Win?
John Hunter Nemechek is the +400 favorite to win the Kansas Lottery 200 on Friday night. It’s been a minute since the truck series has been in action, but when we last saw Nemechek in this series, he was finishing second to Smith in Richmond.
When the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver laces them up, he’s usually in contention, finishing in the top 10 in 12 of his last 14 truck races. Interestingly enough, that’s only translated to one win this year — at Darlington back in May.
Nemechek had five wins last season and placed fifth in the race at Kansas. He’s still one of the best-returning contenders from last year’s race as Kyle Busch (first) and Ross Chastain (second) are focused on the Cup Series while Austin Hill (third) is driving in the Xfinity race this weekend.
Christian Eckes is +1200 to bet online, and he finished ahead of Nemechek in fourth here last season.
No Ringers Here
The good thing about the Camping World Truck Series playoffs is that we don’t have any Cup Series of Xfinity ringers to come in and throw the handicapping all out of whack.
That wasn’t the case at Kansas last season when Busch, Chastain, and Hill took the top three spots — or even earlier this year when William Byron won at Martinsville, Chastain got the checkered flag at Charlotte and Busch took first place at Sonoma.
The closest thing to a top-level driver from the other circuits racing on Friday night is Ryan Preece, who was a Cup Series regular last season before serving as a reserve driver for Stewart-Haas Racing on the Xfinity series this year.
Preece is making his final scheduled start for David Gilliland Racing on Friday night, finishing in the top seven in six truck events this year with one win.
One thing you have to take into account at the Kansas Lottery 200 is that it’s an elimination race. Drivers are always going to want the win but, at the same time, drivers like Nemechek and Zane Smith can clinch their way to the round of eight with just a solid performance or a stage win.
Eckes and Carson Hocevar (+1200) are outside of the cut line heading into Friday night’s race while Matt Crafton (+3300) is barely in.
NASCAR Trucks Kansas Lottery 200 Information
- Location: Kansas Speedway
- Day/Time: Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Kansas Lottery 200 Live Stream: NBCSports.com
NASCAR Trucks Kansas Lottery 200 Betting Odds
|ODDS TO WIN TRUCK SERIES KANSAS LOTTERY 200||MONEYLINE|
|John Hunter Nemechek||+400|
NASCAR Trucks Kansas Lottery 200 Prediction
Making the correct online sports betting pick for this race involves taking the elimination aspect into account. Nemechek and Smith are both +400 favorites here, but they can also clinch a spot into the next round with a solid start to the race.
Instead, you have to look at somebody who is hungry and with nothing to lose, like Corey Heim. Heim is out of the playoffs in the 16th, and he’s chasing down Rookie of the Year status with two wins already. There’s a reason he’s +650 despite not being in playoff contention.