Truck Playoff Picture A Little Hazy Still

Grant Enfinger

The only two drivers currently locked in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs heading into Saturday night’s Vankor 250 are ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger and GMS Racing’s Sheldon Creed. That means there are still eight postseason spots still up for grabs.

With 15 races in the books, former series champion Johnny Sauter is in the Playoff hot seat currently 10th in series driver standings just 14 points ahead of Sunoco rookie Derek Kraus in 11th – the first spot outside the Playoff cutoff. What might be even more surprising is Sauter’s ThorSport Racing teammate and three-time series champion Matt Crafton is outside the postseason cutline currently 12th in the standings 19 points behind Sauter.

Looking to Texas, the ThorSport Racing teammates of Sauter and Crafton are the only NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship contenders entered this weekend with previous wins at the 1.5-mile track.  

Johnny Sauter has made 23 series starts at Texas posting four poles and five wins (2012 sweep, 2016, 2017, 2018) – both most among active drivers. He has also amassed 11 top fives and 17 top 10s. He finished third in the March Gander Trucks race last season.

Crafton has made series-most 38 starts at Texas posting three poles, two wins (2014, 2015) and a series leading 16 top fives and 27 top 10s. He finished fifth in this event last season.

Sunoco Rookie candidate and McAnally-Hilgermann Racing’s Derek Kraus is sitting in 11th the first spot outside the Playoffs, 14 points back from Johnny Sauter in 10th and five up on Crafton on 12th. Kraus is having a strong start to his rookie campaign; in seven races he has gathered one top five and four top 10s. This weekend will mark his series track debut at Texas Motor Speedway


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