Ladies and gentlemen, after a date with the “Lady In Black” last week at Darlington, the NASCAR Truck Series now heads to Kansas Speedway for the Heart Of America 200. As the great Mark Jackson famously says “Momma, there goes that man!”. After sweeping the Best Bets article at Bristol and again last week at Darlington, I’m feeling absolutely locked in right now.
To quickly recap, we saw Ty Majeski come through for us by beating Corey Heim in his H2H matchup. We also called out the eventual Darlington winner, John Hunter Nemechek to score a top-3 finish at plus odds. After the weekend’s Best Bets sweep, we’ve now hit six of our first seven plays, and look to stay red-hot at Kansas.
With our attention squarely on the 1.5 Mile oval in the nation’s heartland, it is time to map out our bets! Looking at the entry list for this week, we have zero Cup Series drivers dipping down into the Truck Series which is something we haven’t seen in quite some time. So what exactly does that mean? Well, with a field filled with Truck Series regulars, expect the unexpected. I firmly believe we’ll see great action all race long, but sometimes the racing action at the end can get wild and crazy.
With seven races down in the 2022 season, the true contenders of the Truck Series season are about to rise to the top. With the series racing at a more traditional style track this week, it is oftentimes a little easier to predict from a betting perspective. With plenty of value found across the board already, I’m pumped to handicap this event, and what better way to spend a Saturday Night than with #TruckNightInAmerica!
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NASCAR Trucks Best Bets: Heart Of America 200
#19 Derek Kraus -115 vs. #16 Tyler Ankrum -115 (DraftKings Sportsbook)
Out of the Best Bet gates for this week, I found an absolute lopsided matchup that I love. Coming into this weekend, Derek Kraus kept coming up in my mind as someone to research, and boy oh boy am I glad he did. For Kraus at Kansas, he boasts three Top 10s in his first four starts, has scored stage points in six of eight opportunities, and has an average finish of 12.3. His H2H opponent this weekend, Tyler Ankrum has been so bad at Kansas that it’s difficult for me to even post his stat line. In five starts, Ankrum has 28th or worse three times, has zero Top 10’s, and has an average finish of 24.2. As a result, give me Derek Kraus -115 on DraftKings Sportsbook!
#99 Ben Rhodes Top-3 +250 (Barstool Sportsbook)
Buckle up because here we go! Arguably the fastest truck week in and week out. Rhodes already has three Top-3 finishes through seven races, and now at +250 on Barstool Sportsbook, I can grab him at this number. There’s plenty of reason to love Ben Rhodes at this number, but as an added bonus, in five races at Kansas since joining the #99 ThorSport Truck, Rhodes has four Top 10s! In the event you need more convincing, consider this. Where do all “Rhodes” lead? Victory Lane. What’s the famous road in Kansas? The Yellow Brick Road. Rhodes +250 Top-3 on Barstool Sportsbook, lock it in now.
#38 Zane Smith -110 vs. #18 Chandler Smith -120 (DraftKings Sportsbook)
Bonus H2H bet for the people. Found this matchup staring me in the face and could not pass up the value here. At -110 I can grab Zane Smith who has an average finish of 8.3. Has led over 100 laps in four races at Kansas and has only one finish outside the top-10 during that span. Some will say I posted this added H2H bet which can be found on DraftKings to be used as a parlay. And to those people, I say “you’re damn right I did.” Parlay this Zane Smith -110 H2H with the Derek Krause -115 H2H from above for a +256 play. You’re welcome. #TruckNightInAmerica
DraftKings DFS Driver Picks: Heart of America 200
#66 Ty Majeski – ($8.6k)
After calling out Ty last week in the Best Bets segment, grabbing him here at 8.6k is insane value. The #66 Truck has been a fast week in and week out and is only getting stronger. From a DFS perspective, he’s scored 37 or more points in three of the last five races. I see ThorSport unloading fast off the trailer this weekend and as a result, Majeski at this price point will be a staple in all of my lineups.
#25 Matt DiBenedetto – ($8k)
A driver I did not expect to write about this week was Matt DiBenedetto. I’m not at a place where I trust him as a Best Bet, however, when it comes to DFS that’s a different story. I highlighted earlier that no Cup Series drivers will be dropping to the Truck Series this weekend, and as a result, I see that benefiting him this week. It’s not his talent that’s an issue, it’s really the speed of his truck. I’m banking on his skill set to get the job done Saturday night and with that, grabbing him at this price point is a steal in my opinion.
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