The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series heads out west for a duel in the high desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is the second of three races in the round of 10 with the cutoff race taking place at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend. Due to the unpredictability and guaranteed chaos that comes with superspeedway racing, Vegas essentially brings a do-or-die mindset for drivers not locked into the round of 8.
The two drivers sitting below the cutline are Christian Eckes and Todd Gilliland. Both men finished outside the top 10 to kick off the postseason last Thursday at Bristol. Back in February, Eckes had a poor performance as he finished toward the rear in 23rd. Meanwhile, Gilliland would score a top-10 finish. While both men have manageable gaps to eighth-place Austin Hill, Eckes (-2) and Gilliland (-8), they will have work to do to earn stage points as they start ninth and 10th respectively.
Brett Moffitt earned the pole for Friday night’s race after finishing runner-up to Sam Mayer at Bristol. He was among those who struggled at Vegas back in February with a 16th-place finish. Moffitt currently holds the points lead by eight points over Sheldon Creed.
Here’s how the rest of the playoff field lines up:
2. Tyler Ankrum
3. Grant Enfinger
4. Sheldon Creed
6. Matt Crafton
7. Zane Smith
8. Ben Rhodes
11. Austin Hill
Extreme sports athlete Travis Pastrana makes his second start in 2020 for Niece Motorsports. In his season debut at Kansas last July, he picked up a 22nd-place finish. He will look for better fortunes from the 29th starting position.
IndyCar veteran Conor Daly makes his truck series debut Friday night. It is just his second start ever in any of the three premier series in NASCAR (Xfinity Road America, 2018). He will also be with Niece Motorsports and starts 27th.
Stages for the race end on lap 30, lap 60 and the finish on lap 134. TV coverage for the race begins at 9:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. The Motor Racing Network will provide radio coverage.
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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/09/22/goodyear-fast-facts-las-vegas-5/