The suspense is now over.
Now, the time has come.
In what has been a much-anticipated race since the circuit tabbed the track onto the 2021 NASCAR docket, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will do battle at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas Saturday afternoon.
The field’s second road race of the season will certainly bring parity to a field already ripe with it ten-fold, as only three drivers have locked in a playoff berth via a victory so far this season (John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes and Sheldon Creed).
In six career road course races in the Truck Series, Nemechek has one win (Sep. 4, 2016 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park). Creed additionally has one career victory in the Truck Series (Aug. 16, 2020 at the Daytona Road Course). The one career road victory in the Truck Series for Rhodes, meanwhile, also came at the Daytona Road Course (Feb. 19, 2021).
Austin Hill is currently the highest driver in season points (fourth with 275) who has yet to capture a win this season. In four career road races in the Truck Series, Hill has finished inside the top five in two of them and inside the top 10 in three. In eight truck races this season, Hill has finished inside the top five in three of them.
Stage lengths for the Toyota Tundra 225 will be 12-26-41. Coverage will begin on FS2 at 9:05 a.m. EST when the field undergoes qualifying to determine the starting lineup. After the conclusion of Cup Series practice and Xfinity Series qualifying (10:05 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. EST, respectively), the Truck race will officially get underway at 1:00 p.m. EST on FS1.
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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2021/05/18/goodyear-fast-facts-cota/