Rackley Roofing 200 (Camping World Truck Series) Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- John Hunter Nemechek comes to Nashville sporting an air of invincibility.
- Moonlighting NASCAR Cup Series drivers are skewing Saturday’s odds.
- If experience counts for anything, Matt Crafton ought to be a contender.
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On a weekend that will see the NASCAR Cup Series racing at Nashville Superspeedway (read more about NASCAR Speedways) for the first time, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to the track for the first time since 2011.
Thanks to flagging attendance, Nashville was dropped from the schedule a decade ago. But renewed interest in the market sparked by public debate over the possible rebirth of the Nashville Fairgrounds short track—not to mention the shift of the year-end NASCAR Cup Awards to Music City—has rekindled the enthusiasm for a stock car presence.
Saturday’s Rackley Roofing 200 will be contested over 150 laps (199.95 miles), with stage breaks scheduled after 45 and 90 laps. There are no former winners in the field.
How to Watch NASCAR Rackley Roofing 200 (Truck Series) Race
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|Race||NASCAR Rackley Roofing 200 (Truck Series)|
|Time||Friday, June 18, 8 p.m. ET|
|How to Watch||FS1|
John Hunter Nemechek Goes for Truck Series Trifecta in Return to Nashville
Though he just turned 24 years old on Jun 11, John Hunter Nemechek has plenty of experience, with 204 combined starts in NASCAR’s top three touring series.
That’s why team owner Kyle Busch hired him to drive the No. 4 Toyota Tundra this year in a move that already has paid enormous dividends.
Nemechek has won the last two events in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, bringing his season total to four victories, three of which have come at intermediate speedways.
With the Truck Series returning to Nashville Superspeedway for the first time since 2011, Nemechek comes to Friday’s Rackley Roofing 200 as the odds-on favorite at +225, and we see little reason to disagree.
After all, Nemechek’s foremost rival—none other than his team owner—isn’t racing in the Truck Series this week.
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Moonlighting Double-Duty Drivers May Skew the Odds for Friday’s Race
If Kyle Busch is absent from Friday’s Rackley Roofing 200, the same can’t be said of other drivers from higher series who might pose the greatest threat to favorite John Hunter Nemechek.
To gain experience on a track he has never driven, Hendrick Motorsports Cup driver William Byron will run his first Truck Series race since 2016, when he won seven times in his only full season.
An unquestioned quick study, Byron (+1000) also won four races and a championship in his only full season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (2017).
Three-time Truck Series winner Ross Chastain (+1200) is moonlighting from his regular Cup Series ride with Chip Ganassi Racing, and two-time Xfinity Series winner Ryan Preece (+2500)—now a Cup regular with JTG-Daugherty Racing—is making his first start in a truck with Team DGR.
Add to the mix late model star Josh Berry (+4000), who is making his fourth career start in the Truck Series after winning the Xfinity Series race at Martinsville for JR Motorsports earlier this season.
Any of those drivers could be competitive, but a bet on Byron is hard to resist at +1000.
If Experience Counts for Anything, Matt Crafton Should Be a Contender
Three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton appeared in all 13 races held at Nashville Superspeedway from 2001 through 2011.
During that span, Crafton posted a best finish of fifth at the 1.33-mile speedway in 2009, but his seven top 10s there help translate to an average result of 10.7.
Though Crafton hasn’t sniffed Victory Lane this year, and though his ThorSport Racing organization hasn’t won since the second race of the season, he should be a good long-shot bet at +2000.
One word of caution. It may be wise to wait until after qualifying to bet on this race. In the 13 previous Truck Series races at Nashville Superspeedway, six have been won from the pole position—far outside statistical norms.
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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]