The Truck Series will compete in their second playoff race Saturday when they take the green flag at Richmond Raceway. The Truck Series schedule is crazy. They will have two playoff races in the books before the Cup or Xfinity Series start their postseasons. The Truck Series is off after the race at Richmond until September 9th, when they compete at Kansas Speedway. The racing in this series has been pretty competitive this year and I expect the same at Richmond. The Worldwide Express 250 can be seen Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.
PRACTICE / QUALIFYING
The Truck Series was given 20 minutes to practice before they set the field through qualifying. Most of the teams were able to make some long runs since Richmond is a .75-mile flat track. The trucks that posted the best speed on the long runs should be the trucks running up front Saturday night.
Here are the practice speeds for Saturday’s Truck Series race…
STRATEGY FOR RICHMOND
The race at Richmond is scheduled for 250 laps (187.5 miles). That means there are 62.5 points available for leading laps and 112.5 points available for fastest laps (175 dominator points). That is a lot of dominator points for the Truck Series. My strategy will be to pay up for the drivers who were fast in practice and qualified up front. They should have the best chance to score the dominator points Saturday night.
The drivers who should be to top dominators for the race Saturday night include: Ty Majewski, Chandler Smith, John H. Nemechek, Zane Smith, Carson Hocevar
The cream usually rises to the top in the NASCAR playoffs and that means the 10 drivers competing for the championship should get some extra attention when you are filling out your lineups this week. If I have a decision between two drivers, I want the one who has more to race for. The 10 drivers competing for the 2022 Camping World Truck Series Championship include: Zane Smith, John H. Nemechek, Chandler Smith, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, Christian Eckes, Ty Majewski, Carson Hocevar, Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton.
DRIVER RANKINGS FOR RICHMOND
CORE DRIVERS FOR RICHMOND
TOP-TIER DRIVERS: John H. Nemechek ($11,400), Zane Smith ($11,000), Carson Hocevar ($10,500), Chandler Smith ($10,300), Corey Heim ($10,100), Ty Majewski ($9,900), Ben Rhodes ($9,700), Christian Eckes ($9,500), Grant Enfinger ($9,300), Stewart Friesen ($9,000)
VALUE-TIER DRIVERS: Matt Crafton ($8,700), Derek Kraus ($8,300), Matt DiBenedetto ($8,100), Tanner Gray ($7,900), Kaz Grala ($7,600), Colby Howard ($7,400), Rajah Caruth ($7,100), Hailie Deegan ($6,700), Taylor Gray ($6,500), Timmy Hill ($6,400), Jack Wood ($6,000)
PUNT PLAYS: Joey Gase ($5,900), Dean Thompson ($5,700), Spencer Boyd ($5,600), Lawless Allen ($5,300), Nick Leitz ($4,900)
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