2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Kentucky

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads to Sparta, Kentucky for its first July race after not racing last week at Indianapolis. It will be the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. This will be the first race since the opener at Daytona in which the favorites are all playoff-eligible drivers and not Cup Series regulars.

Last week at Pocono Raceway, the race was a crash-filled mess. Many top drivers would wreck out of the race including Matt Crafton, Christian Eckes and Ty Majeski. Brandon Jones, a playoff driver in the Xfinity Series, would pull away after second-place Johnny Sauter would get loose in the “Tunnel Turn.”

Last year at Kentucky, Tyler Ankrum would dominate the race as he finished more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up Stewart Friesen to achieve victory. Ankrum will look to make it back-to-back at Kentucky as he will start third. The two other active drivers to win a race at Kentucky are Crafton, who won in 2015, and Ben Rhodes in 2018. Crafton and Rhodes will start 14th and sixth respectively.

With most of the truck race winners being non-playoff drivers, it leaves little opportunities for the playoff drivers to pick up wins in the hunt for the championship.

The one playoff driver who has won a race is Grant Enfinger (Daytona & Atlanta). Despite his two victories, he is only third in points as he trails Rhodes and Austin Hill. Hill has had a fine season, picking up a top-10 finish in all six races this season along with three top-five finishes. However, he hasn’t been able to pick up his first victory in 2020 with bad luck at the end of races. Hill will start fifth and Enfinger will start seventh.

Stages for the race end on lap 35, lap 70 and the finish on lap 150.

Coverage for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 will start at 6:00 PM EST. You can catch the race on Fox Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network.

Starting lineup:

Pit stall assignments:

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/07/07/goodyear-fast-facts-kentucky-3/

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