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TSport 200: Zane Smith Leads the Pack

Written by: Reid Spencer
Updated October 14, 2022
12 min read
  • Zane Smith leads the pack as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Playoff begins
  • Still looking for his first win, Carson Hocevar could be a postseason surprise
  • Chandler Smith enters the first round of the Playoff riding a wave of momentum

TSport 200 Betting Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Driver Odds
Zane Smith +400
John Hunter Nemechek +450
Corey Heim +550
Chandler Smith +650
Carson Hocevar +800
Ty Majeski +1000
Christian Eckes +1000
Ben Rhodes +1000
Stewart Friesen +1200
Grant Enfinger +2000
Matt Crafton +3000
Johnny Sauter +3000

TSport 200 Picks

Zane Smith to win the race at +400

Carson Hocevar to finish in the top three at +200

Zane Smith to beat John Hunter Nemechek heads-up at -120

Picks made on 07/28/2022 at 09:31 PM EST

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Tsport 200 Zane Smith

TSport 200 Predictions

Zane Smith Leads the Pack as Truck Series Playoff Begins

While the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series prepare to mix it up on the Grand Prix Course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will start its seven-race Playoff a few miles away at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

After an 11-year hiatus, the trucks return to the classic .686-mile short track for the first round of the elimination Playoff. After three races, the field of Playoff competitors will be cut from 10 drivers to eight.

Having captured the regular-season championship, Zane Smith enters the first Playoff race with a 15-point lead over second-place Chandler Smith (no relation). Despite that cushion, Zane has vowed not to change his approach in the Playoff and will race to win.

So far, he’s the only three-time winner in the series, and we think he’ll add a fourth on Friday. At +400 via DraftKings Sportsbook, he gets a reasonable price as the favorite.

Still Seeking First Win, Carson Hocevar Could Be a Playoff Surprise

In a jarring wreck at World Wide Technology Raceway in June, Carson Hocevar broke the tibia in his right leg, just above the ankle.

Cleared to race the following week at Sonoma, Hocevar—still walking with crutches—won the pole and finished sixth in the race.

After a 35th-place result on dirt at Knoxville Raceway, the result of an engine failure, Hocevar has finished third, third and fifth in his last three starts. We think he’ll finish in the top three at the Indy short track and urge a bet to that effect at +200.

Though the odds are short, we think this is a solid bet on a driver hungry to do well in the Playoff.

Chandler Smith Comes to Indianapolis with a Full Head of Steam

Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Chandler Smith picked up his second victory of the season in the Playoff cutoff race last Saturday at Pocono.

In doing so, he claimed the second seed position on the Playoff grid, trailing Ford driver Zane Smith by 15 points.

However, we don’t see a good bet on Chandler Smith in Friday night’s race at the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park short track.

Instead, we prefer a bet on Zane Smith to win his head-to-head matchup against John Hunter Nemechek at -120. Nemechek simply hasn’t been able to put a solid season together this year and has but one victory to show for his efforts.

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How to Watch the TSport 200

Race TSports  200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
Location Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park
Time Friday, July 29, 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]

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