2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Texas

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will make a stop at Fort Worth for a race at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday evening. 

With eight playoff spots still up for grabs, the field will look to grasp the clean air at the Texas oval and collect a postseason bid. The two current drivers locked into the postseason are Sheldon Creed and Grant Enfinger.

Creed, who picked up his first career truck win last weekend, will start on the pole. The win, last weekend at Kentucky Speedway, gave Creed the distinction of being the 17th different first-time winner in the truck series over the last five seasons. The 22-year-old for GMS Racing currently sits second in the points standings. His three stage wins currently lead the field. His average truck finish of 8.9 is currently the best of his truck career. 

Enfinger, meanwhile, will start second behind Creed. While the 35-year-old leads the qualified truck field in wins (two), he has finished outside the top 10 in all other truck races this season. Despite the inconsistencies, Enfinger’s lowest finish in six career truck races at Texas is 12th (Nov. 2, 2018). 

Austin Hill currently leads the field in points (293). The 26-year-old for Hattori Racing Enterprises additionally leads the field in laps led (102) and fastest laps run (36). In two of his last three races at Texas, Hill has finished in the top 10 (fifth on Nov. 2, 2018 and eighth on June 7, 2019). Hill will start third in Saturday’s race. 

Kyle Busch will make a return to the truck racing scene after sitting out during the last two races. The 35-year-old has won eight of his past 10 truck races dating back to July 28, 2018 at Pocono Raceway. Busch will start fourth in the No. 51 Cessna Toyota. 

Three teams were penalized due to not meeting rule specifications regarding triangular filler panels. Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes for ThorSport Racing, along with Derek Kraus of McNally-Hilgemann Racing, were docked 10 points in the drivers’ and owners’ standings. The three drivers will start 21st, 10th and 17th, respectively. Sauter has five career wins in the truck series at Texas.

Stages for the race will end on lap 40, lap 80 and the finish on lap 167.

TV coverage for the race will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will have radio coverage.

Here is the full lineup: 

Pit stall assignments:

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/07/16/goodyear-fast-facts-texas-4/

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