2020 NASCAR Truck Series championship preview

The journey ends here. 

An eight+ month journey for the 2020 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season, from its start, pause and resumption, concludes with the championship race at Phoenix Raceway Friday evening. 

The quartet of Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger, Brett Moffitt and Zane Smith will vie for the ultimate truck prize out in the desert after outlasting the original 10-driver playoff field. 

Enfinger will start on the pole. Over the course of the regular season, Enfinger compiled three wins, six top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes. An up-and-down postseason all culminated with a win and Championship 4 berth at Martinsville last weekend in what was a do-or-die race for the 35-year-old. In three career truck series starts at Phoenix, the ThorSport Racing driver has two career top-five finishes (fourth in 2018 and fifth in 2019). Should Enfinger win the championship this weekend, ThorSport would become the first organization in the Gander Trucks with four driver championships. 

Smith will start second. The 21-year-old GMS Racing driver over the course of the season netted two wins, six top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes. Despite the regular-season success, the beginning of the playoff gauntlet was a tough one for the rookie, as Smith finished 16th, seventh and 33rd in the opening playoff round. The next round was much more fortunate for Smith, as he finished 11th once and third twice in the Round of 8. Should Smith win the championship in his track debut at Phoenix, he would be the second rookie in series history to win the truck title (Erik Jones in 2015). 

Creed, Smith’s teammate, will start third. Over the duration of the season, Creed was tied for first in wins with Enfinger (four). After winning at Texas two weeks ago, and finishing eighth at Martinsville last weekend, the 23-year-old has momentum going into Phoenix. In two career starts at Phoenix, Creed has finished 10th (2018) and 12th (2019). Should Creed win the truck championship in only his second full season, he would add another accolade to his racing resume, which also includes the 2018 ARCA Menards Series Championship. 

Moffitt, another GMS driver, will start fourth. After winning the championship in 2018, the 28-year-old will look to become the fifth driver in series history to win multiple truck series championships. In two career races at Phoenix, Moffitt has finished first in 2018 and 10th in 2019. 

Stage lengths for the race end on lap 45, lap 90 and the finish on lap 150. Coverage for the race will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. 

Full lineup: 

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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2020/11/03/goodyear-fast-facts-phoenix-4/

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