What To Look For In The Kansas Truck Race

Matt Crafton

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series

Next Race: Clean Harbors 200

The Place: Kansas Speedway

The Date: Saturday, October 17

The Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV: FOX, 3:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 201 miles (134 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 134)

What To Watch For:

The 2020 season marks the first time Kansas Speedway has hosted the fourth race in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs. Kansas is the third different track to host the fourth race in the Gander Trucks Playoffs joining Martinsville Speedway (2016-2018) and Talladega Superspeedway (2019).

The fourth race in the Playoffs has produced three different winners led by ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter, who was a Playoff driver at the time of the two victories (Martinsville 2016, 2018). The other two Playoffs races were won by non-Playoff drivers – Noah Gragson won the 2017 Martinsville Speedway Playoff race and he was 17th in points at the time, and Spencer Boyd won the Talladega Superspeedway Playoff race in 2019 and he was 17th in points at the time of the win.

In total Kansas Speedway has hosted 21 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races dating back to the inaugural event on July 7, 2001 – the race was won by Ricky Hendrick, son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Rick Hendrick.

The 21 Gander Truck races at Kansas have produced 15 different pole winners and 18 different race winners.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. leads the series in poles at Kansas with three.

2020 Playoff contender and ThorSport Racing veteran Matt Crafton leads the series in wins (three), top fives (seven) and top 10s (12).

Johnny Sauter (2010), Austin Hill (2020) and Matt Crafton (2013, 2015, 2020) are the only former winners entered this weekend at Kansas Speedway.


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