People who don’t follow NASCAR all that closely may not be totally aware that race weekends are more than just the big Cup Series races. It’s a full slate of action for the fans, even when they cannot be in attendance, which will be the case again this weekend. NASCAR will be heading to the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, with no less than 3 races for you to watch and wager on. Saturday night will see the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series swing back into action with the Vankor 350, which will be the 7th race in the delayed 2020 season. We have an incredibly tight race going at the top of the driver standings, which makes every available point like gold dust. We have a very clear favorite in this race, which makes points even more valuable for those in the hunt. Let’s take a closer look at the favorites for this one so you can make your bets against their NASCAR odds.
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series – Vankor 350
Kyle Busch (-160)
Any time Kyle Busch decides to get behind the wheel in the Truck Series, he becomes the instant favorite to win. That is not altogether surprising when you consider that he is the all-time leader in wins in this series with 58, which is all the more remarkable when you consider that he only races a limited number of times each season. He has had 4 races in the series this season and has won 2 of them, so he is not an automatic pick. The last time he raced a truck at this track was back in 2008, when he ended up finishing 2nd. He will likely go one better on Saturday.
Austin Hill (+900)
If you take Busch out of the equation here or are looking for someone that could spring the upset, then you need to take a look at Austin Hill. This is the man sitting at the top of the driver standings heading into the weekend, and while that would automatically put him among the favorites for this race, it is worth remembering that the Texas Motor Speedway has not been particularly kind to him. In 3 career races in the Truck Series at that track, Hill has not finished better than 13th, so he may not be the best pick this weekend.
Christian Eckes (+1400)
Eckes is sitting among the leaders in the driver standings, yet he does not have a win on the season. He does have 3 top 10 through the first 7 races, which is also not entirely convincing when you consider that he has only once been in the top 5. He does, though, have 3 top 10 finishes in his last 4 races, so there are definite signs that the young man is beginning to put it together. Tough to imagine him winning his first ever start at Texas.
Ross Chastain (+1400)
This is just the second start of the season for Chastain, who spends most of his time, quite successfully we might add, in the Xfinity Series. In his lone start this year, he finished 3rd at Homestead, so while he might not be a familiar face in the Truck Series, he is still one to be reckoned with. He has finished in the top 10 in each of his last 2 starts at Texas, so he is a driver well worth a look at a very good price.