2020 Truck Series preview: Atlanta

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The Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads south to Georgia Saturday for a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is only the fourth race in the truck series all season as they go to Atlanta for the Vet Tix Camping World 200 on Saturday.

Kyle Busch returns to the truck series once again as he seeks redemption after following short to Cup series rival Chase Elliott at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month. Elliott claimed the $100,000 bounty that went to any Cup series driver that could beat Busch in the truck series. Busch won the race in Vegas this season and is looking for his second win of the season in the truck series. Last season, Busch won five races, including Atlanta. Busch has won five truck races in his career at Atlanta. He will look to make it six as he will start in the sixth position.

As far as the man who beat him last month, Elliott, he has never won a race in the three major series in Atlanta despite his hometown being only 85 miles away from the track. He will have two opportunities to do so with the truck race on Saturday and the Cup race the next day as he will be the pole starter for that race. Elliott will look to make it back-to-back on Saturday as he will start in the 13th position.

John Hunter Nemechek joins Busch and Elliott as one of the three Cup drivers racing on Saturday. Nemechek has found success here in the past with his 2016 victory. He will start in the 29th position.

Last year, Johnny Sauter finished second behind Busch. Sauter is second in points with one top-five finish and three top-10 finishes to begin 2020. He will start 10th on Saturday.

Christian Eckes is on the pole with Tyler Ankrum joining him on the front row. Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill will start in the third and fourth spots respectively. Grant Enfinger, who is the only championship-eligible playoff contender to win a race this season (Daytona), will start in the fifth position.

Stages for the race end on lap 40, lap 80 and the finish on lap 130.

Barring weather, coverage for the race will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST. You can catch the race on Fox Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network.

Starting lineup: https://www.jayski.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2020/06/05/2020-04ngrots-lineup.pdf

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