KDI Office Technology 200 at Dover (Truck Series) Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Past performance makes a compelling case that Dover is Johnny Sauter’s big chance.
- Christian Eckes is solid in the standings, but he’s still seeking a breakthrough win.
- Todd Gilliland and Derek Kraus straddle the cut line as Truck Playoffs approach.
KDI Office Technology 200 Odds
|Any Other Driver||+3300|
KDI Office Technology 200 Predictions and Picks
Brett Moffitt’s GMS Racing teammate, Sheldon Creed, won his second race of the season last weekend at the Daytona Road Course. Moffitt, the 2018 series champion, is still seeking his first victory this year. On Friday at Dover, he gets it, winning from the pole position.
Brett Moffitt +450
How to Watch the Dover Truck Race
|KDI Office Technology 200Information|
|What||KDI Office Technology 200 NASCAR Truck Series race|
|Where||Dover International Speedway|
|When||Friday, August 21, 5 p.m. EST|
|How to Watch||FS1|
The KDI Office Technology 200 is the first of three races that give NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series drivers their final opportunities to qualify for the Playoffs. Following Friday’s event at the Monster Mile, the Truck Series will travel to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (near St. Louis, Missouri) and Darlington Raceway, where the Playoff field will be set on Sept. 6.
Friday’s race will be contested at 200 laps (200 miles) on the one-mile, high-banked concrete track, where the sensation of speed is perhaps more extreme than at any other NASCAR track. Stage breaks are scheduled after 45 and 90 laps. Johnny Sauter is the defending winner.
Johnny Sauter Goes for a Fourth Straight Win He Desperately Needs
There’s a stark contrast between Johnny Sauter’s record at Dover International Speedway and his record so far this season. At Dover, Sauter has won the last three Truck Series races contested at the one-mile track.
This season, the 2016 series champion finds himself 14th in the standings through 12 races, following finishes of 33rd, 16th, and 21st in his last three outings. Sauter is 67 points behind 10th-place Todd Gilliland, who currently occupies the final Playoff-eligible position.
On Friday night, will we see Johnny Sauter whose command of the Monster Mile led him to three straight victories there? Or will we see the 2020 Johnny Sauter of extraordinarily ill fortune, whose misadventures on the track have caused him to crater in the standings? Based on his performance so far this year—not to mention a 15th-place starting spot—the latter seems more likely than the former.
Solid in the Standings, Christian Eckes Craves a Breakthrough Victory
Unlike Sauter, rookie Christian Eckes holds a comfortable fifth-place position in the Truck Series standings and, barring catastrophe, will qualify of the postseason three races hence. Despite consistently strong performances, however, Eckes hasn’t been able to ascend to the top position on the podium.
The time will come for the driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, who has finished second three times in the last five races. At Texas, he was runner-up to his team owner, Kyle Busch, after leading 52 laps. All told, Eckes has held the point for 127 laps this season, and it’s all but inevitable he’ll lead the one that counts sooner rather than later.
The win may not come at Dover, though. Eckes has never raced at the Monster Mile in any series. Given the lack of experience at the challenging track, it’s more than mildly surprising that Eckes is co-favorite with Brett Moffitt.
Todd Gilliland, Derek Kraus Straddle Cut Line As Playoffs Approach
With three races left in the Truck Series regular-season, Todd Gilliland leads Derek Kraus by two points for the final spot in the Playoffs. That’s a mere two positions on the race track.
Barring a victory for either driver, it’s unlikely both will qualify for the postseason. The next three events probably will determine which driver will compete for the series championship and which driver won’t. Kraus was on a roll recently, with six straight finishes of 11th or better before a 30th-place result on the Daytona Road Course derailed him.
Gilliland started the season strong but faltered as Kraus mounted his charge—with the exception of a fifth-place finish at Michigan. But Gilliland retired from the Daytona Road Course races with electrical issues and was credited with 33rd, three spots behind Kraus.
Neither driver is likely to win one of the next three races, but solid finishes in the first and second stages of each event may well determine who is Playoff-bound.
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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.