Chevrolet Silverado 250 Predictions, Odds & Picks (Camping World Truck Series)
- Defending Series champ Sheldon Creed looks to rebound from wild Bristol crash.
- John Hunter Nemechek can’t afford another dud with Championship 4 on the line.
- Non-Playoff driver Grant Enfinger is a decent choice to win in his home state.
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NASCAR races at superspeedways are such crapshoots that they are favorable for bettors who can pick the winners—because almost everyone in the field is a long shot.
That’s certainly true of Saturday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, where NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular-season champion John Hunter Nemechek is the favorite at +700 via PointsBet Sportsbook, compared with the usual +320 or so at an open-motor track.
Saturday’s race at the 2.66-mile speedway, the first leg of a doubleheader with the NASCAR Xfinity Series, will be contested over 94 laps (250.04 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 20 and 40 laps. Last year’s winner, Raphael Lessard, is not in the field for this race.
Reigning Truck Series Champ Sheldon Creed Is in the Danger Zone
It looked like a scene from “Days of Thunder.” On Lap 71 of last Friday night’s Playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Creed rounded Turn 2 and drove into a thick cloud of tire smoke emanating from cars spinning in front of him.
Creed steered to the bottom of the track and plowed into the Toyota of Chandler Smith, destroying that car. The battered wreck of Creed’s own No. 2 Chevrolet burst into flames, but Creed escaped unhurt.
If Creed himself was intact, his title defense suffered a major injury. The driver of the No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet dropped below the cut line for the Championship 4 heading to the vast unknown of Talladega, where almost anyone can win.
Though he may race his way back into a Playoff-eligible position, we don’t think Creed will be driving to Victory Lane at the end of Saturday’s race. In other words, steer clear of a bet on Creed.
John Hunter Nemechek Can’t Afford Another Dud at Talladega
An electrical issue cost NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular-season champion, John Hunter Nemechek, dearly at Las Vegas.
After leading 33 circuits, Nemechek lost 49 laps in the garage as his truck was being repaired. With a 33rd-place finish, he squandered much of the Playoff point advantage he had built during the regular season.
Yes, Nemechek is still second in the standings, but he can’t afford another disaster at Talladega this weekend. His lead over fifth-place Sheldon Creed is only 28 points.
We don’t think, however, that Nemechek will have anything to worry about after Talladega. He’s our pick to win Saturday’s race, at the generous price of +700.
After all, he’s driving the same No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota that carried Raphael Lessard to victory in last year’s event.
Alabama’s Grant Enfinger Has a Good Shot at Victory on His Home Track
The No. 98 ThorSport Racing Toyota won last Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas. From Grant Enfinger’s perspective, there was one thing wrong.
He wasn’t in the truck. Enfinger has been sharing the No. 98 Tundra with Christian Eckes, and it was Eckes who took the checkered flag in Sin City.
Enfinger, a native of Alabama, is back in the ride this weekend at a track where he won in 2016. He sports an average finish of 11.6 at the 2.66-mile behemoth and, notably, has never failed to finish a race there.
How to Watch Chevrolet Silverado 250
|Chevrolet Silverado 250 Information|
|Race||Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race|
|Time||Saturday, October 2, 1 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||FS1|
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Award-winning motorsports writer Reid Spencer has served as lead writer for the NASCAR Wire Service for 16 years, having also spent a four-year stint as NASCAR columnist and beat writer for Sporting News. He is currently serving as president of the National Motorsports Press Association. Email: [email protected]