Sunday’s CarShield 200 Race Preview in Gateway

Sunday afternoon truckin’ at Gateway

The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series goes from the banks of Dover International Speedway to the 1.25-mile track at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway for the CarShield 200 presented by CK Power (12 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Zane Smith is coming off his second win of the season (Michigan, Dover) and will be making his second start at the track. He finished fifth in his debut in 2018. Smith will also start on the pole on Sunday afternoon, leading the field to green.

Veteran Johnny Sauter is looking to get his first victory of the season and secure his spot in the post-season as he currently sits below the Playoff cutline. Sauter has seven starts at the track and has finished in the top five is all seven of them. He has a best finish of second in his track debut in 2009.

There are no previous winners in the field for this weekend but Matt Crafton (16 starts) and Sauter are the two drivers with the most experience at the track.

Sauter holds the record for the most top fives (seven) and Crafton holds the record for the most top 10s (nine). Ross Chastain won last season’s race at Gateway for Niece Motorsports.

Three of 19 races have been won from the pole position and five of 19 races have been won from the second position.

Sunday’s standalone event for the Gander Trucks will be 200 miles and 160 laps. Stage 1 will end on Lap 55 and Stage 2 will end on Lap 110.

Triple Truck Challenge wraps up at Gateway

With the win on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Sheldon Creed took home the first $50,000 bonus of the 2020 edition of the Triple Truck Challenge.

On Friday evening at Dover International Speedway, Creed’s GMS Racing teammate Zane Smith was victorious and took home the second $50,000 bonus.

The third and final race of the challenge will be at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on August 30 (12 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Creed and Smith will each be looking to triple their bonus as a win this weekend would net one of them $150,00 total through the two wins.

This year’s rules will copy last season. The drivers will compete for cash prizes:

  • $50,000 bonus for the race winner of any of the three events
  • If a driver wins two of the three events, they’re awarded an extra $50,000, totaling $150,000
  • Win all three events and take home an additional $300,000 for a total of $500,000 in prize money.

Greg Biffle came out of retirement in 2019 to win the first Triple Truck Challenge event at Texas Motor Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Brett Moffitt won at Iowa Speedway and Ross Chastain won at Gateway.

“The Trip” was originally supposed to take place beginning April 18 at Richmond Raceway and continuing into May at Dover and Charlotte Motor Speedway, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic it was rescheduled.

Clinch scenarios for Gander Trucks

Austin Hill, Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed, Matt Crafton and Grant Enfinger have all clinched their spot in the Gander Trucks post-season.

Brett Moffitt can clinch this weekend at Gateway with a win or on points with a repeat winner or a win by Christian Eckes or Ben Rhodes.

Eckes can clinch with a win or on points with a repeat winner or win by Moffitt or Rhodes.

Rhodes can also clinch with a win and on points with a repeat winner or win by Eckes or Moffitt.

Tyler Ankrum, Todd Gilliland, Derek Kraus, Tanner Gray, Johnny Sauter and Raphael Lessard could all clinch a Playoff spot with a win.

Stewart Friesen could clinch a top-20 spot with 50 points and with a win, would clinch a Playoff spot.

Ty Majeski could clinch a top-20 spot with help and with a win, he could also clinch a spot if they get help clinching the top-20 spot.

Three races left in the Playoff hunt

With repeat winner Zane Smith taking the victory on Friday night at Dover, that still leaves five spots open in the postseason as five have been claimed by race winners.

Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, Ben Rhodes, Tyler Ankrum, and Todd Gilliland currently occupy the five spots on points.

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Playoff Pts

Pts from Cutoff

1

Zane Smith #

474

2

14

In On Wins

2

Sheldon Creed

426

2

14

3

Grant Enfinger

393

2

11

4

Austin Hill

515

1

7

5

Matt Crafton

420

1

5

6

Brett Moffitt

468

0

4

94

7

Christian Eckes #

450

0

0

76

8

Ben Rhodes

450

0

0

76

9

Tyler Ankrum

383

0

0

9

10

Todd Gilliland

378

0

0

4

11

Derek Kraus #

374

0

0

-4

12

Tanner Gray #

315

0

0

-63

13

Johnny Sauter

307

0

1

-71

14

Raphael Lessard #

305

0

0

-73

15

Stewart Friesen

281

0

0

-97

 

With 13 races in the books this season, former series champion Johnny Sauter is still below the Playoff cutline after a long string of bad luck. He jumped up one spot below the cutline from 14th to 13th and is 71 points back from the final Playoff spot. Kraus is currently sitting in 11th, four points below the cutline with hopes of making the jump above the cutline before the postseason begins. Stewart Friesen has had a tough season, like Sauter, and is currently sitting in 15th, 97 points back from the cutline.

Checking in on the rookies

Zane Smith continues to hold the top spot in the Gander Trucks Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings with 474 points and four awards.

Christian Eckes, who is sitting in second behind Smith, has five awards to his name with only 450 points.

Derek Kraus has 374 points and win awards and Tanner Gray is sitting in fourth with 315 points and one award. Raphael Lessard is fifth followed by Ty Majeski, Spencer Davis and Tate Fogleman.

Eckes has two previous starts at Gateway, Smith and Fogleman each have one. But, Kraus, Lessard, Majeski and Davis will be making their debuts on Sunday at Gateway.

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