2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Dover

The Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads on over to Dover International Speedway for a 200-mile-race Friday evening. 

With the regular season dying down and the playoff field continuing to take shape, competing drivers will have another shot at locking in a playoff position. 

Brett Moffitt will start on the pole. Despite currently sitting second in points (422), the 28-year-old for GMS Racing has yet to pick up a win this season. In two career truck series races at the “Monster Mile,” Moffitt has finished 12th (2018) and second (2019). Moffitt has finished in the top 10 in four of his past five races this season. 

Moffitt’s teammate, Sheldon Creed, will start second. Creed is currently tied for first in wins (two), tied for third in top-five and top-10 finishes (four and seven, respectively), fourth in laps led (106) and sixth in points (399). Creed’s two career victories in the truck series have come this season, as the 22-year-old picked up victories at Kentucky (July 11) and the Daytona road course (Aug. 16). 

Austin Hill leads the field in points (476), top-10 finishes (10) and laps led (198). Hill is also tied for first in top-five finishes (six). The No. 16 for Hattori Racing Enterprises has been able to build off a career season, as the 26-year-old has finished inside the top 15 in 11 of 12 races and inside the top 10 in 10 of 12. However, Dover has been a challenge for Hill as he has finished inside the top 10 only once in five career races there in the truck series (2019). Hill will start Friday’s race in third. 

Johnny Sauter currently finds himself on the outside looking in regarding postseason play, as he currently sits below the 10-driver playoff cutline (14th). Luckily for the 42-year-old, the “Monster Mile” has been kind to him as of late – dating back to 2013, Sauter has finished in the top 10 in seven consecutive races at Dover and has finished first in the past three races there. Sauter will start 15th

The Triple Truck Challenge will continue this week. The three-race series began last week and saw Creed pick up the $50,000 prize. Should another driver win the second installment of “The Trip,” they will also win $50,000. Should Creed win it a second time, he would be awarded another $50,000, totaling $100,000. Should Creed sweep the three-series leg, the prize would bring a total of $500,000. The Triple Truck Challenge was originally supposed to take place Apr. 18, May 1 and May 15 before the COVID-19 outbreak paused the season. 

Stage lengths for the race will end on lap 45, lap 90 and the finish on lap 200. TV coverage of the race will begin at 5:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. 

Starting lineup: 

Pit stall assignments:

Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/08/18/goodyear-fast-facts-dover-4/

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