While the Cup Series and Xfinity Series tend to race every single week, the schedule for the Truck Series is not quite so loaded. Even with that, we are now 6 races into the Truck Series season, and we have a very good battle going on at the top of the driver standings. It has been 3 weeks since the last race, but the drivers will be back in action in Darlington on Friday night. The truck drivers will be going 147 laps of the track in the Dead On Tools 200 in a race that looks to be pretty wide open. Let’s take a look at the current top 4 drivers in the Truck Series standings so you can place your bets against their NASCAR Truck Series odds. Will this weekend’s winner come from that group, or will someone come out of the pack to win?
NASCAR Truck Series Betting Preview for Dead On Tools 200 rACE
Building up momentum in sport is always a good way to achieve success, but that can be tough to do when you are only racing every couple of weeks. Rhodes picked up his first win of the season in the last race, but he has now had to wait 3 weeks to try and follow that up. That, though, does not appear to have been a problem for Rhodes this season, as he has landed in the top 5 in 5 of the 6 races run to this point. There were 2 races at Darlington last season, and while Rhodes was not a factor in the second race, he did finish 2nd in this corresponding race in 2021. His form is so good at the moment that he cannot be counted out in any race.
Smith had his first full season in the Trucks Series in 2021, and while it took him a minute to get going, he finished strong, winning 2 of the final 5 races. The feeling was that he might be ready to take another step forward this year, which is proving to be the case. Smith is sitting 2nd overall in the driver standings and already has a win under his belt, which he got in Las Vegas in the 2nd race of the year. He did not have a ton of success at Darlington last season, but he has improved greatly since those runs.
Back in 2019, Friesen had a breakout season, finishing 4th overall in the Truck Series. He has taken a bit of a backward step since then and has actually failed to win a race since taking the checkered flag in the penultimate race of the 2019 season. He is still looking for that elusive win that might get him back on track, but Friesen has done enough this season to crack the top 3 in the driver standings. That includes a trio of runs in the top 10 in 2022. He has to be considered a bit of a dark horse on Friday night.
After back-to-back seasons finishing 2nd overall, Zane Smith must feel that it is time for him to finally take the top spot. He has certainly come out strong in 2022 and has already picked up a couple of wins on the season. The downside here is that Smith has not had a ton of success at Darlington, but you also cannot ignore the fact that he is picking up wins.