Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Race: WinStar World Casino 400
Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Defending Champion: Johnny Sauter
The Camping World Truck Series comes into the Texas Motor Speedway after running last weekend at the Dover International Speedway.
Being a standalone race, there are no Sprint Cup Series drivers entered, so this will be the best chance for the regular drivers to pick up a win.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. won the pole last weekend and led 119 of 200 laps, but finished 10th overall. He was part of a youth movement that was on display last weekend with Ryan Blaney (3rd), Chase Elliott (4th), and Jeb Burton (9th) all picking up great finishes.
Matt Crafton finished second and increased his point lead over Jeb Burton by 30 points.
Johnny Sauter was able to sweep the Texas races in 2012, can someone else do it in 2013?
Drivers To Watch:
Johnny Sauter – Start right at the top, the driver who swept both races a year ago. Those were the two lone bright spots for Sauter. For 2013 he already has two wins and he will gun for number three on Friday night. He has the third best driver rating at 114.6, which is first among drivers who will be there Friday. In nine career starts, only twice has he finished worse that 7th place.
Ty Dillon - Dillon comes into Texas having finished 3rd, 7th, and 5th in his career at the track. He has the second best driver rating, among drivers who will race Friday. There is also the pressure of avenging last week’s 31st place finish and scoring some points to keep Dillon in title contention.
Ron Hornaday, Jr. - Hornaday comes into Texas as the wily old veteran who can mix it up. He has three career wins at the track and has led a series high 681 laps at the track. He has struggled as of late with a 30th place finish at Charlotte and a 12th place finish at Dover and that is where my concerns lie.
Joey Coulter - Coulter is another young driver with a strong Texas resume. In four races his finishes are 5th, 6th, 3rd, and most recently a 7th place effort. He hasn’t led a lap at the track since his first start in 2011, which raises questions in my book about him competing for the win.
Todd Bodine - You can’t count out the driver who is the all-time leader in wins at the track, having captured six wins. The problem with that stat is he hasn’t won here since 2010, since that win he’s been 4th, 31st, 13th, 30th, and 8th. Not to mention 2013 hasn’t been all roses for the Chemung, NY native.
Matt Crafton – Crafton leads the points and needs a good run to keep his momentum up. Lucky for him, like his ThorSport Racing teammates Sauter and Bodine, he has a good record at Texas. In his last 12 starts at the track, he has finished 2nd, 2nd, 18th, 3rd, 29th, 5th, 2nd, and 6th. With how he’s run so far in 2013, a finally picking up his first Texas win would not be a far stretch for him.
Brendan Gaughan - From 2001-2003 Gaughan was lights out at this track, in a five race span he won four times (including his first career win) and finished second the other race. He will look to recapture the magic on Friday night. He’s finished 3rd, 4th, 2nd, and 5th coming into Texas and this would be his best chance at scoring a win.