- Toyota has a monopoly on the Truck series this season. Will he hold in Kansas?
- Starting position means everything at the 1.5 mile intermediate track.
- It’s round 4 between the boss (Kyle Busch) and his protégé (John Hunter Nemechek).
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After racing on gravel at Bristol Motor Speedway and competing on the short track at Richmond Raceway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is visiting Kansas Speedway, a 1.5 mile intermediate track this weekend. On Saturday, Wise Power 200 will be the 24th Truck Series event on the track. The late Ricky Hendrick, son of NASCAR Cup Series team owner Rick Hendrick, won the inaugural Kansas event in 2001.
Saturday’s race is scheduled for 134 laps (201 miles), with stage breaks after 30 and 60 laps. Matt Crafton is the reigning winner of this event. Brett Moffitt is the most recent Truck Series winner at Kansas Speedway.
How to watch Wise Power 200
|Wise Power 200 Details|
|What||Wise Power 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race|
|When||Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. ET|
|How to watch||FS1|
Toyota has a great chance to maintain the dominance of the truck series in Kansas
The move from ThorSport Racing from Ford to Toyota between the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons has been a boon for the Japanese automaker. ThorSport driver Ben Rhodes won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway and followed it up with a Daytona Road Course victory a week later.
Then Kyle Busch Motorsports took over. John Hunter Nemechek took to the checkered flag in Las Vegas and owner / driver Kyle Busch drove to Victory Lane in Atlanta. Martin Truex Jr. has triumphed on the Bristol Dirt Track in one go for KBM, and Nemechek has won the most recent truck series at Richmond, joining Rhodes as multiple winners this season.
In Saturday’s Wise Power 200, Toyota drivers occupy the top three spots among punters ‘picks, with Busch at -110, Nemechek at +450 and Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Austin Hill at +1000. Defending Series champion Sheldon Creed is tied for fourth pick with teammate GMS Racing and compatriot Chevrolet Zane Smith at +1300. But these two drivers will have to find a performance improvement to stall the Toyota juggernaut.
Starting position is critical to successful truck racing at Kansas Speedway
In 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at Kansas Speedway, the final winner has only started outside the top 10 once. It was ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton, who won the checkered flag in from the first race of last year to the track race after starting 12th.
On three occasions, the pole winner has claimed victory in a Kansas truck race. The starting second place is twice as prolific, having produced six winners. That’s over 25% of all previous events on the track.
With the scope defined by Metric Qualifying as opposed to competitive time trials, there is no guarantee that the fastest truck will start from pole. But with John Hunter Nemechek in the front row and team owner Kyle Busch by his side in the front row, there’s even more incentive to put your hard-earned money on the KBM pair.
Kyle Busch and John Hunter Nemechek all set for round four
Without a doubt, there will come a day when Kyle Busch will not be favored to win all the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in which he participates. That day, however, is probably years away. Busch recorded a series record 60 wins in 158 career starts for a remarkable 37.97 winning percentage.
This year, however, Busch’s fiercest competition has come from his own Kyle Busch Motorsports organization. Hiring John Hunter Nemechek to drive the No. 4 Toyota produced two wins. The only problem? The very competitive Busch finished second every time. Busch won in Atlanta, where Nemechek was third, but John Hunter still has the edge over his boss.
Saturday in Kansas, the owner of the truck and his protégé will face each other for the fourth time this season, with Busch (-110) still the big favorite. The best strategy here is to bet on both pilots – with Busch as a hedge – and hope that Nemechek (+450) wins the internal battle again.
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