The NASCAR Gander & RV Outdoors Truck Series is heading into its third-to-last race this season and the second of three races in the Round of 8. This weekend’s race will take place at Texas Motor Speedway, the second race to take place there this season.
Kyle Busch won the July race at Texas, hours after his win in the Xfinity Series was taken away from him following a disqualification. Christian Eckes, who was eliminated in the Round of 10, finished second in that race.
Sheldon Creed starts on the pole as he comes into this race second in the standings, 26 points above the cutline. He has three wins and seven top-five finishes this season. He finished 16th in July’s race. Creed will start beside last week’s winner at Kansas Raceway, Brett Moffitt, who won his first race of the season, punching his ticket to the championship race in Phoenix. Moffitt finished fifth at Texas in July.
Austin Hill, who wrecked out of July’s race, will start third. He was the regular-season champion in the truck series and comes into this race with 16 top-10 finishes in 20 races. He currently sits third place in the standings, 19 points above the cutline.
Despite winning three races this season, with 12 top-10 finishes and finishing fourth at Kansas last week, Grant Enfinger is seven points below the cutline. He finished eighth at Texas in July and starts this race fourth.
Last week, Zane Smith was battling his teammate, Moffitt, for the race win but Moffitt contacted Smith, causing him to spin and bring out a caution with three laps to go. Smith finished 11th but still comes into this race seven points above the cutline. Smith will start this race sixth after finishing 19th in July’s race at Texas.
The defending truck series champion, Matt Crafton, will start seventh as he comes into Sunday’s race 15 points below the cutline. He finished third in July’s Texas race.
Last week at Kansas, Ben Rhodes finished 20th, dropping him 33 points below the cutline. Rhodes finished ninth in July’s race.
Rounding out the playoff field is Tyler Ankrum, who sits 56 points below the cutline. He finished sixth at Texas in July and will start ninth.
Coverage for the SpeedyCash.com 400 will begin at 12:00 p.m. EST. The stages end on lap 35, lap 70 and the finish on lap 147. You can catch the race on Fox Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network.
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