This week, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to the Texas Motor Speedway for the SpeedyCash.Com 250. It is the only NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Previously a 220-mile race, the race has been lengthened back to 250 miles.
The race will have 36 trucks on the starting grid. The race shows on Fox Sports 1 on April 1, 2023, at 3:30 PM CST.
Let’s look at this week’s race and its Truck Series odds plus what to expect on the track at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Race: SpeedyCash.com 250
When: Saturday, Apr 1, 14:30 at 5:00 pm ET
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Distance: 250.5 miles | 403.1 kms
Craftsman Truck Series Fields are Different
The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series has some intriguing angles from a wagering perspective. Generally speaking, there are three buckets that drivers in the series fall into.
The first bucket is part-time drivers that primarily compete in the NASCAR Cup Series but drive in the Craftsman Truck Series part-time. Kyle Busch is an excellent example of this – he owns the team he fields for the Craftsman Truck Series and operates for it part-time while competing in other NASCAR series. Of the four races this season, he has raced in two, won one, and finished top five in the other one. Whether the part-time drivers compete makes a big difference in assessing the field.
The second bucket is full-time drivers who primarily compete in the truck series. The third is younger drivers who use the series as an opportunity to launch themselves into the other parts of NASCAR.
We’re only four races into the season, and the wins and top-five finishes are amongst a small group of drivers. Given the effect that part-time drivers play on the field, each week of the Craftsman Truck Series requires handicappers to consider different options.
Drivers to Target at Texas Motor Speedway
Zane Smith has been dominant in the four races that the Series has had this year. He’s racked up two wins, three top-fives, and three top-tens. He’s finished every race so far this year and looks to be the odds-on favorite to win the points championship. Smith’s strong start to the season will make him a chalk favorite for this race, but most likely at a price that doesn’t offer a great return.
For those looking for more return on their investment in this week’s race, look at youngster Nick Sanchez and truck series veteran Stewart Friesen this week. Like these truck series fields, they offer some youthful upside and veteran know-how that could result in a big finish this week.
The 21-year-old Sanchez has been off to a strong start in the Craftsman Truck Series this year, earning the pole in the first race at Daytona and getting a top-five starting position in three of the four races so far this season. His finishes in the first two races were disappointing before regaining form in Atlanta & Austin to finish second and seventh, respectively.
Friesen has been off to a rocky start after a top-ten points finish on the season last year, where he had nine top-fives and thirteen top-10 finishes. Friesen’s most recent outright victory was at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2022, so his past success at this track could lead to another high finish here again this year.
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