2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Kansas 2

The Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series will complete its doubleheader slate at Kansas Speedway Saturday afternoon.

After Austin Hill locked in his playoff spot with a win in the first race Friday evening, eight playoff bids remain up for grabs as eager drivers look to make championship noise. 

Due to lineup inversion for the top-15 finishers in the first race, Chase Purdy will start on the pole. It will be the 20-year-old’s first start on the pole in five career truck races dating back to 2018. His 15th-place finish in Friday’s race was his second-best finish of his young truck career (he finished 13th on Nov. 9, 2018 at Phoenix Raceway). 

Ben Rhodes, who is currently second in points (319) behind Hill (359), will start the race in ninth. While the No. 99 for Thorsport Racing has seven top-five finishes on the season (second among the field behind Rhodes), the truck has yet to cash in on a stage win or victory. In five career truck starts at Kansas, Rhodes has an average finish of 13.6. However, the 23-year-old has finished in the top 10 in his last two races at Kansas. 

Aside from Hill, two defending truck winners at Kansas will start in the top 15. Johnny Sauter will start seventh, while Matt Crafton will start 12th. Sauter and Crafton currently sit 12th and ninth, respectively, in the playoff standings. Both drivers have combined for 21 laps led and no stage wins on the season. 

Stage lengths for the second race will end on lap 30, lap 60 and the finish on lap 134. TV coverage for the race will begin at 1:30 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide radio coverage.

Starting lineup: 

Pit stall assignments:

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

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