Zach Bell : 2020 Truck Series Playoff Preview and Predictions


 
     The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs are finally here. The playoffs begin Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. It has been a wild 2020 truck series season, and the playoffs only prove to be crazier. 

    Ten drivers made the truck series playoffs featuring some of the best tracks in the series. The first round has races at Bristol, Las Vegas, and Talladega. The second round includes Kansas, Texas, and Martinsville. The championship race is at Phoenix. The series has raced at Las Vegas, Kansas, and Texas already this season.

    GMS Racing : Drivers - Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Brett Moffitt, and Tyler Ankrum. The GMS trucks have been good all season, but the shocker from this group is that 2018 series champion Brett Moffitt is winless. Second year driver Sheldon Creed has been on a roll here at the end of the season with wins at Kentucky, Gateway, and the Daytona Road Course. Rookie Zane Smith has won two races late in the season at Michigan.

     ThorSport Racing : Drivers - Grant Enfinger, Ben Rhodes, and Matt Crafton all made the playoffs. It has been a season of many highs for these ThorSport drivers. Crafton, the 3x and defending series champion won at Kansas. Grant Enfinger won at Daytona, Atlanta, and last week at Richmond. Ben Rhodes won the first truck race at Darlington since 2011. 

    Hattori Racing : Driver - Austin Hill has one win at Kansas. Hill has been the most consistent driver throughout the season with 8 Top 5's, and 14 Top 10's. However, he has left a few wins on the table, so it will be important to see of he can win in the playoffs.

    Kyle Busch Motorsports : - Christian Eckes is KBM's only playoff driver. Although winless, Eckes has been close multiple times this season, and with entirety of KBM behind him he could make a run at the championship. 

    The shock of the season is Todd Gilliand and Front Row Motorsports. FRM a tenured Cup Series team started up their truck program in 2020, and Gilliland has been amazing with them. Joining FRM after rough stint at KBM expectations were low, but he has been a delightful surprise. 

    Here's my championship 4 predictions Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, and Brett Moffitt. Going to Phoenix I think Austin Hill, and his consistency earns him his first truck series title.