Truck Series Playoffs Roll On
Ty Majeski is in the Championship round of Four thanks to his win two weeks ago at Bristol but as far as who his fellow combatants will be is a wide-open race.
Drivers only have this week at Talladega and next weekend at the homestead to stake their claim for a berth to Phoenix on November 4 for the Championship.
Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, and Stewart Friesen are the three drivers currently projected to join Majeski, but we might see a shakeup as anything can happen at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.
Talladega Has Been Tricky for Front-Runners
Talladega is such a wild track with so many insane finishes and/or wrecks over the years that finding the best NASCAR odds this week can be tricky.
Even in last year’s Truck Series race here (called the Chevy Silverado 250 in 2021), the only lap that winner Tate Fogleman led was the last one. Fogleman slid across the finish line sideways with runner-up Tyler Hill and people didn’t bat an eye because that’s Talladega racing.
You can find fault with almost any driver and their history at ‘Dega. Zane Smith (+1000) is third in the playoff standings but has finished 33rd in both of his races at Talladega, getting in a wreck here last year.
Friesen (+1300) was involved in an entirely different multi-car wreck, and he did not finish. Grant Enfinger (+1000) is the only former Talladega winner currently in the Top 8 on the Truck Series circuit.
Great Time for Nemechek
Even though he’s not currently in the top four, John Hunter Nemechek is the +800 favorite for Talladega 250 betting online. In fact, the reason that Nemechek may be the favorite is because he’s outside the top four, currently in fifth at nine points behind Friesen. Nemechek is going to be going for it here, and he’s going to be racing angry.
Nemechek was the race leader on the final lap here in 2021 before he was spun by Fogleman and ended up sliding across the finish line in fourth place. Just being able to survive in last season’s race in which half of the 40-truck field did not finish gives Nemechek some value for the Talladega 250.
Nemechek does have a win in the playoffs at Kansas, his second of the season (Darlington).
NASCAR Trucks Talladega 250 Race Information
- Location: Talladega Superspeedway
- Day/Time: Saturday, October 1st, 12:30 p.m. ET
- Talladega 250 Live stream: NBCSports.com
NASCAR Trucks Talladega 250 Betting Odds
|ODDS TO WIN TRUCK SERIES CHEVROLET SILVERADO 250||MONEYLINE|
|John Hunter Nemechek||+700|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
NASCAR Trucks Talladega 250 Prediction
Talladega is unpredictable, as evidenced by Fogleman winning here in the Truck Series last season as a lofty underdog. While it might be worth it to have a sportsbook ticket on +20000 Cory Roper, who finished sixth here last season, or Bret Holmes (+10000), who led 11 laps in the 2021 race, this looks like Nemechek’s race to win.
Nemechek needs the victory to get into top-four contention, and he appeared to be on the way to a win here last year until getting spun by Fogleman. This is the year Nemechek gets that victory he had coming to him while earning some valuable playoff points in the process.