Well, this is gonna be a doozy; no qualifying and limited practice for the Camping World Truck Series Fr8 208 at Atlanta Motor Speedway have our heads in a pretzel while tryna find some early NASCAR Best Bets. As practice just concluded, here’s some important notes about what I’m expecting for today as we #WakeUpWithTrucks.
The Aero Package
The most critical factor to consider for, not just trucks, but for the entire weekend is the aero package. Trucks are naturally engineered with high downforce and limited horsepower compared to what we typically see in the other two national series’.
Today at Atlanta, we’re gonna see their package from Daytona and Talladega on display which means even lower horsepower and more downforce. The racing will likely share similarly chaotic characteristics as Daytona and Talladega, and Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Chandler Smith told me he believes there will likely be some wrecks due to these factors.
The ability to even consider this aero package starts with the fact that Atlanta has gone through a complete repave. This brand new surface will allow for an increased grip and decreased tire wear. This combo could allow for pack racing during the entire weekend.
I’m always skeptical of pack racing actually occurring at intermediate racetracks, especially considering what we’ve seen in the Cup Series from 2019-2021 with their 550HP package. But, if there’s a time we would see it, it’d be this weekend; and after practice, I have been convinced.
Do not fear; it will be sunny all weekend. But, Friday was a pivotal day for knowledge, data, and understanding of what we might see in race conditions – and it all got rained out.
It pushed us back a day, but with a limited practice session in the books on Saturday morning, here’s what I’m liking in the betting slate for today thus far.
NASCAR Trucks Best Bets
*All lines via DraftKings Sportsbook
Ben Rhodes +900
Give me the guy who’s been one of the top dogs at superspeedway-style racing at +900. He finished 2nd at Daytona and looked really strong in practice. Book Rhodes as my top play.
Zane Smith +1200
The Toyota brigade is gonna be hard to beat. But Zane proved in Daytona that his Ford was plenty fast enough to contend and win. He did just that.
This team arguably has brought the best truck to both races this season. I also liked what I saw from the #38 team in practice as well with some competitive averages (who knows if it will mean anything).
Tyler Ankrum +2500
The #16 was very fast in Daytona, and similarly, this team looked really strong in practice this morning. At +2500, there’s some very strong value here for Ankrum.
Derek Kraus +4000
Another team that has brought fast pieces to the track is this #19 crew. They were very fast in practice and if the handling is there, keep an eye out for this kid. He’s gonna win in 2022. Put a penny on him while the books continue to fade him.
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