Forget about the trucks? It’s all right†if you did, a month hiatus is a bit silly, but keep them in mind this Saturday at 3 p.m. as they take to Martinsville Speedway for what is sure to be one of the best races of the season for the third tier national series.
For starters on why this race will be so great, take a look at this little nugget; only one Monster Energy Nascar Cup series driver, going by the name of Chase Elliott, will be making an appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the paperclip. No Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, or Joey Logano should be a welcomed change from fans.
Elliott will be armed with a capable GMS Racing truck and will have reigning series champion Johnny Sauter, Daytona winner Kaz Grala, and Justin Haley for teammates. It’s suffice to say Elliott will be poised for a fast Saturday, but fans – here me out here – you shouldn’t worry about the price of you ticket the way you might if Busch was on the bill for a mile and a half track in the NCWTS.
This is Martinsville and things are different.
The trucks don’t seem to lack horsepower the way they do at super speedways, the rev limiters are a nice reminder of that, and the safety pin styled turns give drivers options, they can will themselves to go faster by consistently hitting their marks. Elliott is good, and the cream always rises, but I don’t expect to see an easy outing for the Dawsonville native.
Speaking of drivers rising keep Chase Briscoe in mind. He spanked the field at times last year while running in ARCA. If he matches that same level of success he enjoyed a year ago in the midwest based series you can bet he’ll be on the fast track to cup – in the same way William Byron has been inked to Hendrick equipment and in the same essence Kurt Busch was once on a one way ticket to Cup for Roush.
But if you’re looking for who not to sleep on I’ll go ahead and suggest Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, Joe Nemecheck, and Matt Crafton. Including the drivers previously mentioned that’s 11 racers who could reasonably land themselves in victory lane, oh, and ten of them are series regulars.
Don’t sleep on this race. It’s my favorite two hours of racing in NASCAR, if you watch you won’t ask me to explain why.