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Breaking down the starting lineup for Saturday’s Vankor 350 at Texas

We break down the starting grid for Saturday’s Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch, driver of the Cessna Toyota, races during the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Baptist Health 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 13, 2020 in Homestead, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

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

Driver Winner Top 3
Driver Winner Top 3
1 Sheldon Creed 2
2 Grant Enfinger 98
3 Austin Hill 16
4 Kyle Busch 51
5 Todd Gilliland 38
6 Zane Smith 21
7 Christian Eckes 18
8 Brett Moffitt 23
9 Tyler Ankrum 26
10 Ben Rhodes 99
11 Ty Majeski 45
12 Natalie Decker 44
13 Justin Haley 24
14 Ryan Truex 40
15 Matt Crafton 88
16 Raphael Lessard 4
17 Derek Kraus 19
18 Stewart Friesen 52
19 Spencer Davis 11
20 Tanner Gray 15
21 Johnny Sauter 13
22 Timmy Hill 56
23 Angela Ruch 0
24 Ross Chastain 42
25 Akinori Ogata 33
26 Austin Wayne Self 22
27 Spencer Boyd 20
28 Jordan Anderson 3
29 Brennan Poole 30
30 Cory Roper 4
31 Tate Fogleman 2
32 Codie Rohrbaugh 9
33 Clay Greenfield 68
34 Tim Viens 49
35 Jennifer Jo Cobb 10
36 Norm Benning 6