CRC Brakleen 150 (Camping World Truck Series) Predictions, Picks & Betting Odds

  • Kyle Busch is heavily favored in his last Truck Series start of the 2021 season.
  • But John Hunter Nemechek will try to beat his boss in the rubber match at Pocono.
  • Tyler Ankrum will try to leap into the Playoffs with a win at the Tricky Triangle.

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On a jam-packed NASCAR weekend, starting with an ARCA Menards Series race on Friday and ending with the second leg of a Cup Series doubleheader on Sunday, the Camping World Truck Series will move a step closer to determining its 2021 Playoff lineup.

Saturday’s CRC Brakleen 150 is the first of three races remaining in the Truck Series regular season. At the conclusion of the regular season, 10 drivers will begin competition for the series title.

Four drivers—John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland and Sheldon Creed—already have secured Playoff berths with victories.

Saturday’s race will be contested over 60 laps (150 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 15 and 30 laps. Kyle Busch is the only former Pocono winner in the event.

How to Watch CRC Brakleen 150

CRC Brakleen 150 Information
Race CRC Brakleen 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
Location Pocono Raceway
Time Saturday, June 26, 12 p.m. ET
How to Watch FS1

Motivated Kyle Busch Comes to Pocono Raceway as Heavy Favorite

A week after notching his 100th victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Kyle Busch comes to Pocono for his fifth and last appearance of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Busch is the only multiple Truck Series winner at the Tricky Triangle (2015 and 2018) and is the only former Pocono winner in the field for Saturday’s CRC Brakleen 150.

In his previous four starts this season, Busch has won twice and finished second twice to Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate and protégé John Hunter Nemechek.

Busch is determined not to repeat the latter outcome in Saturday’s race. Asked about his attitude entering the contest, Busch replied:

Did I think they would beat me twice? No. So we’ve got one more. I told them ‘Don’t screw it up.’ I got to win Pocono, and then he can have the rest of the year. It’s all his.

Offered at -145 through PointsBet Sportsbook, Busch is the prime bet for this race, even if it’s only as a hedge.

John Hunter Nemechek Is Eager to Win Deciding Contest against His Boss

A four-time winner so far this season, John Hunter Nemechek would like nothing better than to take the checkered flag in the fifth and deciding contest against his boss, Kyle Busch.

Nemechek has beaten Busch twice this season, at Las Vegas and Richmond, and has finished in the top 10 in 10 of 12 races—good for an average result of 7.6.

Before joining Kyle Busch Motorsports this season, the driver of the No. 4 Toyota posted a 13th, ninth and fourth at Pocono in his family-owned NEMCO equipment from 2015 through 2017.

Given that Nemechek has battled Busch on even terns so far this season, we consider him an excellent bet at +500, no matter how much Busch is committed to winning the race.

I’m OK with him finishing second, but I need to beat him, Nemechek says. It would be amazing to be able to accomplish that. I feel like we have the best team in the garage. We just have to continue to push through, work hard, keep our head down, and race the racetrack.

Don’t Go to Sleep on Tyler Ankrum, Despite His Difficulties This Season

The 2021 season hasn’t been kind to Tyler Ankrum, who crashed out of three of the first five events in the No. 26 GMS Racing Chevrolet.

In 2019 and 2020, Ankrum qualified for the Playoff the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively, in the final standings.

This year, however, Ankrum is 13th on the Playoff grid, three positions and 48 points behind Chandler Smith, who currently holds the 10th and final Playoff-eligible spot.

The situation for Ankrum is dire. There are three regular-season races left, and in that span he must either pass three other drivers in points or win a race to earn a playoff berth.

That may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. In two starts at Pocono, Ankrum has an average finish of 5.5, including a runner-up result in his 2019 debut at the track.

Yes, it’s a small sample size, but it’s better than the 7.3 average finish posted by Kyle Busch in four starts (even though Busch won twice in that span).

Accordingly, we like Ankrum for a long-shot bet at very long odds—+8000 on PointsBet Sportsbook.

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