NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence Championship Race Preview and Prediction


This Friday evening, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will hold its last race of the 2021 season. The trucks will drive under the lights along the 1 mile (1.6 km) Phoenix Raceway to determine their season champion. Four drivers will compete against each other and which of them lands best will take the trophy home with them. There are no fights for points. There are no tricks. NASCAR’s championship format is as simple and straightforward as it gets. The first of the four championship contenders to cross the finish line will be the NASCAR Truck Series Champion 2021.

The following article breaks down the four championship contenders and provides a race prediction for the Truck Series to set the stage for the first of three NASCAR title races this weekend.

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2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship contender and preview

John Hunter Nemechek | # 4, Kyle Busch Motorsports

John Hunter Nemechek is one of the best drivers in the NASCAR Truck Series. He was the regular season points champion and that buffer certainly helped him get through the playoffs to make it to Championship 4. The driver of truck # 4 for Kyle Busch Motorsports has five wins, 12 top 5s and 15 top 10s a year. His best result so far in the overall standings of the Truck Series Championship is eighth. He achieved this result in both 2016 and 2017.

Nemechek returned to the NASCAR Truck Series on a full-time basis in 2021 after failing to take part in a Cup Series drive. He stated before the season that his goal was to win races and championships. Nemechek not only largely dominated the truck series competition, but also welcomed his first-born child in the spring. Will his fairytale 2021 year continue on Friday? JHN is the NASCAR betting favorite going into the championship weekend.

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Zane Smith | No. 21, GMS Racing

With his back to the wall and the odds against him in a must-win situation last weekend, Zane Smith did the job. He won last Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway, securing his place in Championship 4. This win is his only win of the year and also accounts for half of his top five finishes of the season. However, Smith was one of the most consistent drivers in the NASCAR Truck Series when it came to scoring top 10 finishes. He collected 13 such placements a year.

Smith already has championship experience one season before. He narrowly missed in the final and lost to his GMS Racing teammate, Sheldon Creed. This year, Smith is the only GMS truck in the championship 4.

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Matt Crafton | No. 88, ThorSport Racing

To use the words of John Hunter Nemechek, the “old man” is back in Championship 4 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Matt Crafton will be aiming for his fourth title in the NASCAR Truck Series on Friday night. The number 88 ThorSport Toyota is winless this year, but Crafton also had zero wins in its 2019 championship season.

Crafton was Mr. Consistent this year and that drove him to his fourth appearance in Championship 4. The 45-year-old is without a doubt the oldest of the four drivers fighting for the 2021 series title. When it comes to experience, Crafton certainly has plenty of it.

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Ben Rhodes | No. 99, ThorSport Racing

Ben Rhodes had the best and most consistent season of his career in the NASCAR Truck Series. He got off to a strong start and won the season opener at the famous Daytona International Speedway. He followed with a second win the following weekend on the Daytona Road Course. Since then, Rhodes has not recorded any further wins, but he has maintained a solid position in the points standings. He has reached seven top 5 and 15 top 10 finishes this season. Therefore, he will compete in Championship 4 for the first time ever on Friday evening.

Rhodes has not finished more than fifth in his NASCAR Truck Series career. While this is his first time competing for the series championship, he should benefit from having a seasoned teammate in Matt Crafton preparing for Friday’s showdown as well.

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NASCAR Truck Series Championship prediction

This is certainly a tough choice as all four drivers deserve it and are able to do the high stakes job at Phoenix Raceway this weekend. After a phenomenal and borderline-dominant NASCAR Truck Series campaign in which he even defeated boss Kyle Busch in three of five neck-to-neck races, look for John Hunter Nemechek to win the championship trophy for the first time in his career .

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