Five things to watch for in Wednesday's Bristol Truck race
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Wednesday night at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, with three races remaining before the eight-driver playoff field is set.
Here are five things you need to know in preparation for the UNOH 200:
1) NASCAR Next driver Harrison Burton is going for his second win this season at Bristol. Burton won the rain-shortened NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at the track in the spring. This week, he is entered in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota, his fifth Truck start with the team this season.
2) NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will make his fifth series start this season in the No. 75 Toyota for Charles Henderson at Bristol. Kligerman has two top-10 finishes this season. He has three previous series starts at Bristol, with finishes of 20th (2016), second (2012) and 10th (2011).
3) Ryan Truex is getting hot at the right time in his quest to qualify for the Truck series playoffs in his first full-time season in the series. Truex, who is currently seventh in the series standings and would make the playoffs on points, is coming off consecutive top-five finishes at Pocono and Michigan.
4) Series points leader Christopher Bell leads the way with four wins this season but is still looking for his first at Bristol. One year ago, Bell, then a rookie, led a race-high 101 laps but ended up seventh. Four times this season Bell has led more than 90 laps in a race – Atlanta, Martinsville, Texas and Iowa. He won two (Atlanta and Texas).
5) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will run all three races this week at Bristol – Trucks, Xfinity and Cup. He is in search of his fifth Truck series win at the track, but first since 2013. Busch has two wins in six series starts this season.
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