Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.
|John Hunter Nemechek||+300
Grant Enfinger to win the race at +1200
Matt Crafton to finish in the top three at +1000 and top five at +350
Ty Majeski to beat Corey Heim head-to-head at +100
Pick made on 08/11/2022 at 06:11 PM EST
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If only pole positions counted in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings, John Hunter Nemechek would be in great shape.
Nemechek has started from the top spot in five of 17 races this season. The problems is that he has converted only one of those poles into a victory—at Darlington on May 6.
We picked Zane Smith to beat John Hunter heads-up in that race and won that bet. Nevertheless, Nemechek is favored to win on Saturday at +300 via DraftKings Sportsbook.
At those odds, we can’t see it, even though he’s the defending race winner. We’d rather go with a driver at longer odds who we feel has at least an equal chance.
After three straight top-five finishes to end the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season, Carson Hocevar had one of his worst races of the season in the Playoff opener July 29 at IRP.
Hocevar ran 21st, worst among the 10 drivers who qualified for the postseason. That left him eighth in the standings, just seven points ahead of Christian Eckes and Matt Crafton, who are currently below the cut line for the second round.
That should motivate Hocevar, a strong performer on short tracks, given that the bottom two in the standings will be eliminated from the Playoff after the following race on September 9 at Kansas Speedway.
Hocevar has never won a race in the series. Hence, we have an issue with his chances, similar to the problem we have with Nemechek. Though he may well finish strong, at +600 we think Hocevar poses too much risk for an unlikely reward.
With his first win of the season on July 29 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Grant Enfinger punched his ticket into the second round of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff.
Accordingly, the driver of the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet can race without worry in the next two events, at Richmond and Kansas.
We’ve been saying for the last month or so that Enfinger has been showing winning speed, and the switch to crew chief Jeff Hensley two races ago seems to have jump-started his program.
Enfinger is on a roll, brimming with confidence, and he’s an excellent value at +1200 via DraftKings. To add fuel to the fire, Enfinger won the Richmond race two years ago.
We would advise taking advantage of the long odds before Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session.
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|Race||Worldwide Express 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race|
|Time||Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m. ET|
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