2020 NASCAR Truck Series preview: Darlington

As summer slowly transitioning toward fall, the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series will race at Darlington Raceway Sunday afternoon. 

With the postseason fast approaching, the field will have only two more regular season races to lock in a playoff spot. The field, however, will have to navigate through the unfamiliar territory of Darlington Raceway, where the trucks have not raced since 2011. 

Brett Moffitt will start on the pole. After finishing second last weekend at Gateway, Moffitt has finished inside the top three in his past three races and in the top five in six of his last seven. While the 28-year-old for GMS Racing has shown consistency in his finishes, he has yet to tally a victory this season. Luckily for Moffitt, he has speed on his side – his 121 Fastest Laps Run (FLP) lead the field. 

After picking up the victory last weekend at Gateway, Sheldon Creed leads the field in wins this season (three). A significant factor toward the 22-year-old picking up his first three victories in his truck career has been efficient maneuverability in traffic — his 588 quality passes lead the field. Creed will start the race in second. 

Austin Hill currently leads the field in points (549) and top-10 finishes (12). He is also tied for first in top-five finishes (seven with Matt Crafton). His 566 quality passes are second among the field behind Creed. Despite the success, Hill has only collected one victory this season. Although the 26-year-old for Hattori Racing Enterprises has a playoff bid locked in, Hill will continue to build off his solid 2020 campaign. Hill will lead the second row and start third. 

Tyler Ankrum and Todd Gilliland currently sit ninth and 10th in points (413 and 410), respectively. In the projected playoff picture, they rank 10th and ninth, respectively. Both drivers have combined to collect six top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes. Ankrum will start the race in ninth, while Gilliland will start 15th

Derek Kraus and Tanner Gray currently sit outside the top 10 in terms of points (398 and 342, respectively). As a result, both drivers sit 11th and 12th, outside the projected playoff, respectively. The pair has four combined top-five finishes and 13 combined top-10 finishes. Gray will start the race in 11th. Kraus, meanwhile, will start 13th.  

Stages for the race end on lap 45, lap 90 and the finish on lap 147. TV coverage for the race will begin at 2:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. 

Starting lineup: 

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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/09/01/goodyear-fast-facts-darlington-3/

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