Although the Sprint Unlimited signified the unofficial start of the NASCAR season, let it not be forgotten that it is in fact the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series which kicks off the inaugural weekend of the season. Often times, the trucks kick the weekend off right, providing the most exciting races of the weekend, even besting the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series.
Last year’s race was a great example of this, as the race came down to the wire, and unknown John King took the checkered flag. This year, there are plenty of high-profile rookies mixed in to a crowd of veteran drivers and relative unknowns.
This year’s favorite is James Buescher, entering the race at nine to two odds. There is no reason why he shouldn’t be the favorite as well, considering he is the reigning champion and a veteran of the truck series in his own right. But there are plenty of sleepers to be wary of, with ranging levels of experience.
Ty Dillon has a multitude of support from Richard Childress and at six to one odds presents a legitimate threat to win the race. Ryan Blaney is one of the best drivers in the field, and will be looking to impress. However, the two unknown drivers to keep a look out for tonight will be Jeb Burton and Brennan Newberry. Burton, of the same NASCAR family, was quick in practice, as was Newberry, and both look to shock the field of the competitors in the ever diverse Camping World Truck Series.
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