The Camping World Truck Series campaign in 2021 has been one of the inevitable, Kyle Busch Motorsports dominance.
Even with an abundance of talent in the field, it’s proven almost too difficult to knock off one of the three KBM Toyota Tundras.
At the top of the food chain sits John Hunter Nemechek, who has tallied three wins on the year and led 71 of 134 laps to a most-recent victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He will get a familiar track in Texas Motor Speedway Saturday and start from the pole.
On 1.5-mile or longer tracks this season, Nemechek’s worst finish was fifth at Kansas Speedway. He won at Las Vegas and finished third in Atlanta.
The one driver who can give him a challenge and match him for wins on the year is Ben Rhodes. He joins Nemechek on the front row and while his two wins came at Daytona to start the season, Rhodes has kept pace with Nemechek in points as he sits second just 44 points behind his intra-manufacturer rival.
Rhodes has yet to DNF this season and has scored a top-10 finish in every race except for Atlanta back in March, which was a season-worst finish of 16th.
Saturday will give Rhodes the chance to send a message to Nemechek and KBM in the race for the regular-season title and who the frontrunner for the title is.
The late-Spring/early-Summer portion of the season has seen the breakout for Niece Motorsports product Carson Hocevar. He’s scored two top-five finishes in the last three races and has inserted himself into the playoff picture as he currently sits in that 10th and final spot 43 points ahead of Johnny Sauter.
Saturday at Texas could deliver the opportunity of a lifetime for Hocevar with a third-place starting spot.
With no full-time driver in the No. 24 for GMS Racing, Chase Elliott will run the truck Saturday and start 22nd. This is his first truck appearance of 2021. Last year, Elliott scored a win at Charlotte and a top-five at Homestead.
Josh Berry continues to add races to his 2021 schedule as he earned three starts with Rackley W.A.R., piloting the No. 25 truck. Berry has one start this season in trucks where he finished 22nd at Atlanta for Kris Wright Motorsports.
Stages for the SpeedyCash.com 220 will end on lap 35, lap 70 and the finish on lap 147. There is no competition caution scheduled due to only four sets of Goodyear tires available. Fox Sports 1 will carry coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST, while the Motor Racing Network provided your auditory fixings.
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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2021/06/08/goodyear-fast-facts-texas-6/