As a fan of NASCAR, you are all probably well aware that all 3 series don’t run every single week. That is why we are just heading into Week 8 for the Truck Series, with a full slate of races set to go in Kansas this coming weekend. We will have all the races covered for you, but for the purposes of this piece, we are going to focus on the Truck Series and the Heart of America 200, which is set for Saturday night at 8 PM EST. Through the opening 7 races of the Truck Series, we have seen the wins spread out rather equally, so it is tight at the top of the driver standings. Let’s take a look at a few drivers who might be in the hunt this coming weekend so you can bet against their NASCAR Truck Series odds.
NASCAR Truck Series Betting Preview for Heart Of America 200 Race at Kansas
Given how consistently good Rhodes has been this season, we can perhaps expect a bit of a bounce back race this Saturday after he had one of his poorest showings of the season in the previous race at Darlington. Of the 7 races thus far in the Truck Series, Rhodes has himself a win and 4 top 5 finishes besides that victory. That is good enough to have him sitting atop the driver standings in the early part of the season. In his run at Kansas last season, Rhodes cracked the top 10, but can he do better than that this weekend?
John Hunter Nemechek
After finishing 3rd overall in 2021, which was his first full season in the Truck Series, the expectation was that Nemechek would be one of the favorites to win it all this year. Through the first three races, that expectation looked to be more than a little off, but he has since turned things around in a big way. In the last 4 races, Nemechek has not finished worse than 4th, and he came away with the win in Darlington in the last race. He finished top 5 in Kansas last season, so we might well see his hot streak continue on Saturday.
After a poor run at Daytona in the opening race of the season, Smith got into a groove with the next 4, taking the checkered flag in Las Vegas and following that up with 3 straight finishes in the top 5. He has cooled off again, though, and could use another good run to get out of the rut. Smith has had a couple of races at Kansas over the last 2 seasons, finishing 5th and 11th, respectively. While I wouldn’t classify him as a favorite on Saturday, I think he has the ability to be top 5.
There is only one driver in the Truck Series who has picked up multiple wins this season, with Zane Smith being that driver. He has had 3 races since picking up his second win of the year and has not been outside of the top 10, so this is a guy who is very much in form at the moment. He had a 7th place run at Kansas last season, so this is certainly another guy who will almost certainly be in the running at the end.