Ladies and gentlemen, the NASCAR Truck Series event of the year is finally here. After a Thursday night battle last week in Martinsville, the series now heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the 2nd annual Pinty’s Truck Race On Dirt. The Truck Series has an absolute star studded field this Saturday Night, and I for one am pumped to handicap this event.
Defending race champion, Martin Truex Jr. may not be in the field this week to defend his title, but the list of NASCAR Cup Series regulars will leave you wanting more. Names like Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Harrison Burton, and Austin Dillon all will hop in a truck as they try to tame the high banked dirt track.
As I project how the betting public will attack the odds board for this race, I have a strong indication that a large percentage of bets will be on one of the Cup Series regulars winning outright. However, I do see value in a specific H2H matchup, and that my friends, is where we have an opportunity to make some serious money.
Not to get deep into religion, but by Google’s definition, the day before Easter is called “Holy Saturday” and boy oh boy, do I believe this plays right into what we’re about to witness on #TruckNightInAmerica.
The Saturday Night projected thriller is primed to be a can’t miss event, and what better place to do it than Bristol! In a “wildcard” race with unpredictability expected, there’s reason to believe this will be one of the best races of the entire year.
We have a bunch of truck regulars who cut their teeth through the dirt ranks and now set their sights on making a name for themselves this weekend. Many will fail, but I firmly believe the drivers highlighted below will rise to the occasion, and win the people some cold hard cash as we head into Sunday. Please note, before I added any Truck Series bets to my card, I had to ask myself a simple question “Am I ready to get dirty?” And the answer was easy. Yes. Let’s have a positive weekend boys and girls!
NASCAR Trucks Best Bets: Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race
#54 Joey Logano -121 vs. #7 Chase Elliott -110 (Barstool Sportsbook)
Yes, I know Chase Elliott is driving the Truck that William Byron drove to victory last week. Yes, I know Chase Elliott has worked his ass off to improve his dirt racing ability. However, I’m here to put money in people’s pockets, and this matchup should not be priced this close. Joey is in the better of the two trucks, I also give him a slight advantage on dirt, and I think this H2H matchup will be a sizable difference come the end of the race Saturday Night.
#99 Ben Rhodes Top 3 +200 (DraftKings Sportsbook)
Last week I highlighted a play on Ben Rhodes that I said: “wasn’t sexy, but a profitable advantage”. This week, I found another key angle with Rhodes, and as a result, I’m all in once again at +295 to finish Top 3. At this race last year, Rhodes finished 2nd and had an average running position of 3.9 over the course of the race. Dating back to October 2020, Rhodes has finished no worse than 10th in every short track race in the Truck Series. This is a guy that knows how to get it done, and I’m confident he can pull out a Top 3 finish for us on Saturday Night.
#38 Zane Smith +100 vs. #18 Chandler Smith -130 (Barstool Sportsbook)
When I accepted the opportunity to write my Best Bets & DFS article for trucks, I agreed to do two things. First, I would be diligent in writing for each Truck Series race. Next, I promised to put winning tickets in people’s pockets. As a result, the books are giving us plus money (+100) H2H with a driver in Zane Smith who I’m very high on heading into the race. Last year at this race, Zane led the Truck Series field in green-flag passes (64), and had the 7th best speed rating at 90.6. He’s got the talent. He’s got the truck. Now, I just need him to beat Chandler Smith (not related) on Saturday, and we cash!
DraftKings DFS Driver Picks: Pinty’s Dirt Truck Race
#4 John H. Nemechek – ($10K)
John H. Nemechek comes into the Pitny’s Dirt Truck Race looking for revenge after a disappointing 39th place finish last year in this event. Everything was set up nicely for JHN until he spun in stage 2 thus prompting him to a poor finish.
I know he’s going to be fast on Saturday, and can’t shake this gut feel I have on JHN going into this weekend. He will be a key play for me, especially in DFS, and although it was a small sample size last year, I think he is an excellent addition to any and all Truck lineups this weekend.
#75 Parker Kligerman – ($7.4K)
When I saw this number, I absolutely lit up. This may be the sneakiest play on the board this weekend, and I don’t want to miss out if indeed it plays out as I expect. Parker scored a Top 10 finish here last year, and the dude is a wheelman.
Every year he has a race or two where you say “wow”, and I envision that will be my reaction on Saturday night when he’s running near the front and clicking off fast lap times. In a “wildcard” type race, I have complete faith in Kligerman even if he did stiff me when I asked for his autograph a few years back.