2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Kansas 1

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads to Kansas Speedway Friday evening for a doubleheader weekend at the 1.5-mile oval. They follow the Cup Series, which held their race at Kansas Thursday night.

38 trucks are entered for Friday’s race with no Cup Series regulars, which opens the field for a potential points-eligible driver to lock their way into the playoffs. There are three previous winners at Kansas competing tonight in Matt Crafton (2013, 2015), Johnny Sauter (2010) and the defending Kansas winner, Ross Chastain.

Crafton has struggled this season as he has no playoff points to his name. However, he does sit 11 points above the playoff cutline and has a stout record at Kansas with an average finish of 12.1. He has finished inside the top 10 in six of the last seven Kansas races. Crafton will start 17th on Friday.

Sauter has an inconsistent track record at Kansas. After his win in 2010, he goes on a trend of finishing in the top-five one year, and then finishing outside the top 10 in the following year. He currently sits 22 points below the playoff cutline and will have his work cut out for him on Friday as he starts 18th.

Chastain is still seeking his first NASCAR win of 2020. While a win will not mean much in terms of the playoff picture, it will be a huge boost of confidence for him heading into Saturday’s Xfinity Series race. He is the defending winner at Kansas and will start 11th.

Christian Eckes rolls off from the pole Friday night and is still seeking his first career truck series win. He nearly got it at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend but was out-dueled by his team owner in Kyle Busch. This will be Eckes’ first start at Kansas in the truck series.

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

Friday’s race will be televised on Fox Sports 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Radio coverage will be provided by the Motor Racing Network.

Starting lineup:

Pit stall assignments:

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/07/21/goodyear-fast-facts-kansas-3/

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