Clean Harbors 150 (Truck Series): Can Ben Rhodes Win Twice in the Same Season?
- Ben Rhodes is looking for a season sweep of NASCAR Truck Series dirt races
- After learning from his mistake at Bristol, Buddy Kofoid is a threat at Knoxville
- Underrated dirt racer Grant Enfinger is the best sleeper on the board this week
Clean Harbors 150 Odds
Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
|John Hunter Nemechek||+600 |
|Zane Smith||+650 |
|Todd Gilliland||+650 |
|Chandler Smith||+650 |
|Ben Rhodes||+650 |
|Stewart Friesen||+800 |
|Christian Eckes||+1000 |
|Ty Majeski||+1000 |
|Matt Crafton||+1500 |
|Grant Enfinger||+1500 |
|Buddy Kofoid||+1500 |
|Carson Hocevar||+2500 |
|Derek Kraus||+2500 |
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads for Knoxville Raceway—the Sprint Car Capital of the World—for the second dirt-track race of the season.
Saturday night’s Clean Harbors 150 will be contested over 150 laps (75 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 40 and 90 laps.
Austin Hill, winner of last year’s Truck Series debut race at Knoxville, won’t defend his victory. Hill is running full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season.
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Ben Rhodes Is the Only Driver Capable of Unique Feat at Knoxville
For the second time in its history, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race on dirt twice in the same season. Last year was the first.
The trucks venture to half-mile Knoxville Raceway for the second of two 2022 dirt races, the first of which took place at Bristol in April. Reigning series champion Ben Rhodes won that event.
Rhodes can become the only driver to win twice on dirt in the same season, but he’ll have to overcome series history to do so.
All told, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has raced 10 times on dirt. Seven of those races took place at Eldora Speedway, two at Bristol and one at Knoxville. Those 10 races have produced 10 different winners.
So Rhodes, who is listed on DraftKings Sportsbook at +650, will have to break that streak to win a second dirt race. Can he do it?
The oddsmakers seem indecisive on that issue. John Hunter Nemechek, who has never won on dirt, is the favorite at +600. Three other drivers—Zane Smith, Chandler Smith (last year’s Knoxville runner-up) and Todd Gilliland—are tied with Rhodes for second choice at +650.
For our part, we’re looking elsewhere for the likely winner, as you’ll see below.
Having Learned from His Bristol Mistake, Buddy Kofoid Is a Threat This Week
USAC National Midget champion Buddy Kofoid made his first Truck Series start at Bristol in April. He started from the rear of the field, but it didn’t take him long to move forward.
In fact, Kofoid charged to third in the running order before he drove too hard into Turn 2 while battling for position. Kofoid spun his No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota with 11 laps left, starting a wreck that also damaged the trucks of Derek Kraus and Ty Majeski.
Kofoid finished 27th, but he’s a quick study. He won’t make the same mistake again, and he should have a better starting position than he did at Bristol, assuming he doesn’t have problems in qualifying.
Grant Enfinger Is a Great Sleeper Pick for Saturday’s Knoxville Race
Grant Enfinger has never won a dirt-track race in the Truck Series, but don’t let that fool you. He’s the best bet on the board at +1500 via DraftKings.
Despite being winless on dirt, Enfinger has an enviable record on the surface. In three Truck Series races at Eldora Speedway (2017-2019), he has finished fourth, second and third, respectively.
In the debut race at Knoxville last season, he ran third. On Bristol Dirt he finished sixth and eighth—giving him an average finish of 4.33 in six races on dirt.
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How to Watch Clean Harbors 150
|Clean Harbors 150 Information|
|Race||Clean Harbors 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race|
|Location||Knoxville Raceway (Iowa)|
|Time||Saturday, June 18, 9 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]