The Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series will has the Vankor 350 scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. It will follow up last weekend’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. We’ll go over some of the favorites to win here, but first we’ll go over how the starting grid will be determined.
NASCAR continues to not hold traditional qualifying runs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To cut down on events and attempt to protect health and safety, the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck Series are using random draws connected to points standings. The Truck Series will use a similar process to the Cup Series, drawing randomly from three groups to figure out spots 1-10, 11-21, and 22-32. Here is how the starting grid will be determined for Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.
- Positions 1-10: Random draw of teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 11-21: Random draw of teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 22-32: Random draw of teams in those positions in owner points
- Any vehicles that are eligible for the Event in position 33rd – 40th will be assigned starting positions based on their order of eligibility.
Sheldon Creed claimed the pole position in the draw, and will be joined by Grant Enfinger on the front row. Austin Hill and Kyle Busch follow them in the second row.
Busch (-167) is the favorite to win almost every truck race he enters, and this is no exception. He’s competed in four truck races this year and has two wins and has won four if the 13 races he’s competed in at Texas with nine top five finishes. Busch not being in the hunt to win down the stretch would be surprising.
Points leader Austin Hill (+700) has the second best odds to win. He still hasn’t tallied a victory this year but is always a lock for the top 10. Ross Chastain (+1200) rounds out the top three. He doesn’t have a win either, but has rattled off eight straight top 10 finishes.
Here’s the full breakdown of the starting grid for the Vankor 350.
Vankor 350 race order
|26||Austin Wayne Self||22|
|35||Jennifer Jo Cobb||10|