The Truck Series makes its yearly trip to Kentucky this weekend for round 13 of the 2019 season.
It returns from another one-week break after sitting out for Daytona.
Only two drivers on the grid have won this race in the past.
It was added as a second event alongside the old 200-mile race in 2011.
The following year, Kentucky went back to hosting only one event, as the 200-mile race got axed.
Kyle Busch is the only driver to have scored multiple wins at the 225-mile event.
Seven different drivers have won at Kentucky in the last eight editions of the race.
What: Buckle Up in Your Truck 225
Where: Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY
When: Thursday, July 11th at 7:30 PM EST
How: FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)
Matt Crafton is one of the two drivers with wins at Kentucky to take the green flag this year.
The ThorSport driver won at the track in 2015.
Crafton has taken part in all but one of the Truck Series’ races held at Kentucky.
The two-time champion has five top 5 and 15 top 10 finishes in 19 starts at the 1.5-mile oval.
Crafton has finished inside the top 10 at the track in every race since 2012.
The Truck Series veteran has one win, one pole and three top 5 results during that span as well.
He has only missed out on the top 10 once in 2019, scoring six top 5 and 12 top 10 in 13 starts.
Crafton is still chasing after his first win of the season.
The driver of the moment, Ross Chastain comes right next.
Despite not running for the series points since the start of the season, Chastain is the man to beat.
He has yet to finish outside the top 10 in 2019 and has three wins on the track.
His disqualification from a win at Iowa is the only bad result this season.
Despite driving for the small Niece Motorsports, Chastain has established himself as a contender.
That being said, his record at Kentucky is what keeps him from being the leading pick for this weekend.
Chastain has finished inside the top 10 once at the track in 12 starts across all three series.
In the trucks, he has two DNFs and a best finish of 13th in four starts.
He has not finished inside the top 5 at 1.5-mile tracks this season in the Truck Series.
However, should his form from the previous rounds carry over, Chastain will likely be in contention for the win.
Brett Moffitt is once again heating up at the right time.
The reigning Truck Series champion is coming off two wins in the last three races.
Moffitt inherited the win at Iowa following Ross Chastain’s disqualification and then won on the track at Chicago.
Much like Chastain, his record at the 1.5 mile Kentucky oval isn’t good.
He only has two career starts at the track, one in the trucks and one in the Cup Series.
Moffitt scored a 16th place finish last season, his best result at Kentucky.
Despite this, coming off a solid win at Chicago, expect the defending champion to be in contention once again.
Stewart Friesen scored a runner-up finish last year at Kentucky.
It was the Canadian’s second start at the track.
Friesen is still chasing after his first career win, but consistency hasn’t been a problem.
In only his second full season, he is currently second in points.
Friesen leads all drivers this season with eight top 5 finishes in 13 starts.
His good showing at Kansas, a track similar to Kentucky, also plays in his favor.
Friesen won both stages but dropped down to 15th after running out of fuel while battling for the victory.
He is coming off four top 5 finishes in the last five races, including back-to-back results inside the top 3.
Points leader Grant Enfinger has never won at Kentucky either.
The ThorSport driver has a second place finish as his best result in eight career starts.
The 2015 ARCA Series champion has only made three Truck Series starts at the track.
Enfinger has the best result of sixth in the series at the Sparta oval, his only top 10 finish.
Coming off his worst result of the season, the 16th place at Chicago, Kentucky might not be the best place to bounce back.
But his usual consistency could have him among the front-runners.
He has six top 5 and ten top 10 finishes in 12 races this season.
Ben Rhodes joins Matt Crafton as the other winner at Kentucky on the grid.
The ThorSport driver is the defending race winner, having taken the checkered flag last year.
It was his second career victory in the Truck Series.
Rhodes has made four career starts at Kentucky, scoring two DNFs.
In fact, last year’s win was his only top 10 result at the track.
He is currently fifth in points with five top 5 and eight top 10 finishes in 12 races.
Rhodes didn’t even get to complete a lap at Chicago as his engine blew up right after the start.
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