Truck Race Odds: Who's Hot for the North Wilkesboro Showdown?

Truck Race Odds: Who’s Hot for the North Wilkesboro Showdown?

Written by on May 15, 2024

It is a bit of a different weekend in NASCAR this week, as we have the All-Star Race in the Cup Series, which is always a fun event, while the Truck Series heads to a different track and continues with their regular season schedule as normal.

The Truck Series drivers will be in North Wilkesboro for the Wright Brand 250, which represents the 10th race in the regular season. Let’s take a look at the current top drivers in the standings.

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1. Christian Eckes387 points
2. Corey Heim373 points
3. Nicholas Sanchez330 points
4. Ty Majeski326 points

My Analysis

Things remain quite tight at the top of the driver standings, although the top 2 are beginning to open up a small gap on the rest of the pack. That could all change this weekend, though, as a win by one of the drivers outside the top 2 could shake things up. Let’s take a look at the current top 4 and their chances of winning this Saturday, with the race set for 1:30 PM EST.

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Christian Eckes

Eckes now has a 14-point lead at the top of the driver standings, so while he has been racing well this season, that lead is by no means secure. He comes into this weekend on a very solid run of form, finishing in the top 5 in each of the last 4 races, with 1 win in that run. He has a pair of wins this season and is essentially on the same pace as he was last season. It was around this time that he fell off the pace, eventually settling for 5th overall. He will want to erase his last run on this track from his memory, as he finished 25th in this race last year. What better way to do that than with a win this weekend. Not sure he gets it, but a top 5 seems to be a good bet.

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Corey Heim

Heim has had a very similar season to Eckes, but his poor showing in Darlington last weekend has him sitting just off the pace at the top of the driver standings. Given how well he has performed this season, winning 2 races to this point, I think we can excuse his poor performance last weekend as a minor blip on the radar. That said, he will be looking to put that behind him and get back on track. Whether this is the race where it happens remains to be seen, as he finished just outside the top 5 in this one last season.

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Nicholas Sanchez

There is no better way to start the season than with a win, which is exactly what Sanchez did in Daytona in the first race of the new season. He has not won since then, but he has been close more than once. Over the last 4 races, he has been in the top 5 no less than 3 times and has not been worse than 6th during that stretch. He did, though, have a bit of a nightmare run on this track last season, but recent form suggests that a top 10 finish is on the cards.

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Ty Majeski

The danger with playing Majeski to win is that you are essentially betting against history. While he has been good over the last couple of seasons, making it to the Championship Round in 2022, he has only managed 3 wins in that time. He is still looking for his first win of this season, which certainly makes him more of a longshot pick. He finished 2nd in this race in 2023, so might this be the weekend where he breaks that goose egg?

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NASCAR Truck Series Wright Brand 250 Info

When: Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 pm ET
Where: North Wilkesboro Speedway
NASCAR this weekend TV Schedule: FS1, MRN, SiriusXM
Practice: Friday, May 17, 3:00 pm ET
Qualifying: Saturday, May 18, 10:35 am ET


   
 
 

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2023 Tyson 250 Truck Odds
 

This weekend, the NASCAR action shifts to North Carolina for a full weekend of racing. We will, of course, be covering all the action, but we are going to get started by taking a look at the NASCAR Truck Series betting analysis. This will actually b the first of back-to-back races in the state, but before the drivers head to Charlotte for the next race on the schedule, they will need to handle a rather unique track at the North Wilkesboro Speedway, a track that features uphill and downhill portions. While the Cup Series drivers will be taking part in the All-Star Race on this track, the Truck Series will be having their 10th race of the season in what is proving to be a tight race at the top. Let’s take a look at some of the drivers who could be in the hunt this weekend.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race at North Wilkesboro | NASCAR Lines by Mybookie


When: Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm ET
Where: North Wilkesboro
TV / Streaming: FOX
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM

Zane Smith

There is going to be some real guesswork going on this weekend, as this is a track that NASCAR has not visited since 1996. That should level the playing field a little, so you have to assume that Smith will very much be in the hunt, as he has been all season long. Smith is the defending Truck Series champion and is leading the way again this season, although his lead at the top is by a mere 9 points. Smith has already won a couple of races this season, but he is coming off a poor showing at Darlington last weekend, finishing 22nd overall. Look for a bounce back performance here.

Ty Majeski

Majeski came into the season as one of the favorites to walk away as the Truck Series champion, and while he is currently sitting in 2nd in the driver standings, you do have to say that we have not seen the best from him just yet. In fact, Majeski is still looking for his first win of the season, although he does have a couple of podium finishes under his belt. The last couple of races have been particularly disappointing for Majeski, so you have to wonder if he will snap out of that or have another poor showing this weekend.

Ben Rhodes

Over the past couple of seasons, no driver has been as consistent as Rhodes, who followed up a championship season in 2021 with a 2nd place overall finish last year. He will, though, be less than pleased with how things have gone this season, as he too is still looking for his first win. Stanger still, though, is that he has finished outside the top 10 in 4 of the 9 races this season, which is not what we would have expected from him. You do get the sense that he will get in a groove, so don’t overlook Rhodes this weekend.

Christian Eckes

This is just the 2nd full season in the Truck Series for Eckes, who is looking to improve on a very respectable 8th place finish in 2022. Right now, he is sitting down in 5th overall and has had some difficulty with consistency this season. That said, he has had some very good moments, including a pair of wins, one of which came last weekend in Darlington. He always strikes me as a bit of a risky bet, but I would be willing to go with him finishing in the top 5 in this race.

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