2021 Camping World Truck Series preview: Nashville

For the first time in a decade, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Nashville Superspeedway, the same weekend that the Cup Series will make its debut at the track. The track spans 1.3 miles on 14 degrees of banking.

The last time the truck series ran at Nashville, Austin Dillon pulled away from Johnny Sauter and Timothy Peters for the victory in route to his 2011 truck series championship.

Derek Kraus picked up his first-career pole during qualifying. With four races to go before the playoffs begin in the truck series, Kraus sits 78 points below the cutline with no top-five finishes and two DNFs this season. However, the front of his truck suffered some damage in qualifying.

Jack Wood will start second, his highest qualifying result in his truck series career. Friday night’s race will be just the third race Wood has participated in this season.

Austin Hill starts third in pursuit of his first win of 2021. He has four top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes in 11 races this season.

Grant Enfinger will start fourth in the No. 98 car for ThorSport Racing. Enfinger will run in the No. 98 car for the second race in a row after driving the No. 9 car the two races prior. In Enfinger’s last race, he finished third at Texas.

Chandler Smith will start fifth as the first driver below the cutline. Smith sits 36 points below Carson Hocevar, who will start 11th.

Starting in sixth is Ryan Preece, who runs full-time in the Cup Series for JTG Daugherty Racing. This is the first-career truck series race for Preece.

Tyler Ankrum starts seventh as the driver right above Kraus in the points standings with three top-10 finishes and three DNFs.

Sauter will start eighth. He is 44 points below the cutline with three DNFs and four top-10 finishes in 2021.

Zane Smith will start ninth, still in search of his first top-five finish in 2021. Smith has seven top-10 finishes this season and is fifth in overall points.

William Byron, who runs full-time for Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup Series, rounds out the top 10 as he’ll race for Team Chevy in the No. 27, sponsored by Rackley Roofing, the sponsor of the race. Byron’s last race in the truck series was him winning the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Todd Gilliland and Tanner Gray did not participate in qualifying due to technical issues. They need to pass pre-race tech to start at the rear.

John Hunter Nemechek, who won the last two truck races at Charlotte and Texas to go with his four wins in 2021, will have to start from the rear after having to reverse on the track before his speed lap. His speed lap time was disqualified.

Coverage for the Rackley Roofing 200 will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST. The 150 laps are split into three stages that run through laps 45, 95 and 150. You can catch the race on Fox Sports 1 and the Motor Racing Network.

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Goodyear tire notes: https://www.jayski.com/2021/06/15/goodyear-fast-facts-nashville/

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