Who Takes Home the 2022 Crown?
It’s a jam-packed Championship weekend from the Phoenix Raceway, which includes the Camping World Truck Series crowning their 2022 winner.
This would look like Ty Majeski’s race to win after he has claimed two of the last three checkered flags at events; he’s +185 to win the series championship on the NASCAR odds, right behind Chandler Smith (+175) as the second favorite. Zane Smith (+250) and Ben Rhodes (+750) round out the final four for Friday night’s race.
Majeski Hot at the Right Time
The 28-year-old Majeski only has two wins this year, but they’ve come over the last three races, so he’s ending the regular season on a high note.
Because the Camping World Truck Series has such weird scheduling, it is hard to tell if Majeski really has momentum. His win in Bristol was way back on Sept. 15, and there were only two truck races in October.
Majeski did pick up the victory at Homestead- Miami two weeks ago though, coming all the way up from an 18th-place start while leading a race-high 67 laps.
Can Rhodes Go Back-to-Back?
Defending champion Ben Rhodes did what he needed to at the Baptist Health 200 two weeks ago, securing a sixth-place finish which was all he needed points-wise to get to Phoenix.
Rhodes has the lowest odds of the championship four when betting online at +750, even as he tries to become the first driver since Matt Crafton in 2013-14 to claim back-to-back titles.
In his sixth-place run at Miami, Rhodes led 37 laps, and in the race before that at Talladega, he had a runner-up finish, so he’s been in good form lately.
When you factor in being comfortable with the pressure of a Championship Race, Rhodes looks like a solid wager here. That being said, he has just one victory this season, which was back in April at the Bristol dirt track.
Who Really Steps Up Here?
Even though Rhodes won the championship at Phoenix last year, he actually finished the race in third place, which was the highest of the final four racers, including Zane Smith, Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek.
Smith finished fifth in that race, so he wasn’t too far off the pace for his first Truck Series Championship, which he gets another shot at on Friday night.
It was another Smith, Chandler, that won at Phoenix last season in a nice back-and-forth with Sheldon Creed, who led 106 laps.
Chandler Smith has three wins this year, and at just 20 years old, he would be one of the youngest Truck Series champions since 2015, when 19-year-old Erik Jones took home the crown.
NASCAR Trucks Lucas Oil 150 Race Information
- Location: Phoenix Raceway
- Day/Time: Friday, Nov. 4, 10 p.m. ET
- NASCAR Trucks Lucas Oil 150 Live Stream: NBCSports.com
NASCAR Trucks Lucas Oil 150 Betting Lines
|ODDS TO WIN LUCAS OIL 150||MONEYLINE|
|John Hunter Nemechek||+400|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
NASCAR Trucks Lucas Oil 150 Prediction
Will we see a driver of the final four step up and actually win the Lucas Oil 150, or will it come down to points like last season in which Rhodes’ third-place finish was enough to claim the title?
Majeski has been hot lately. Rhodes has the comfort of winning the title before, and Zane Smith was a three-time winner on the circuit this season.
The play to go with at the sportsbook on Friday for the championship is Chandler Smith at +175. He is also the race favorite at +300. He won here last season, and even though he’s just 20, it just feels like it’s his time.