First of all, the most important news: Kyle Busch isn’t racing in this week’s Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte. Considering the NASCAR Cup Series star and regular isn’t in the lineup — after winning eight of the 14 truck races he’s participated in here — that should make this intriguing for those who bet NASCAR online.
Busch has a career average finish of 2.5 in truck races at Charlotte. But enough about the guy who isn’t in the field, and let’s pivot to the intriguing question of who will seize this opportunity to capture the North Carolina Education Lottery 200?
Last year’s winner, Chase Elliott, also isn’t in the race, so the last current Truck Series driver to win was Johnny Sauter in 2018. Before him, the last winner currently in the field was veteran Matt Crafton (2016) — who has more career starts (18) here in trucks than anyone else. The Truck Series only visits Charlotte once a year.
So here are NASCAR odds this week. Who will survive the track known as The Beast of the Southeast?
Nemechek tops the NASCAR odds at Charlotte this week, as he has been dominant all year. He leads the series and has two wins, five top-five finishes, and seven top 10s in nine starts, with seven stage wins and 338 laps led. He is 31 points ahead of next-best Ben Rhodes in the Truck Series Standings.
No wonder the odds gods like him.
Right behind him in the odds are Sheldon Creed (+350), Austin Hill (+500), and Zane Smith (+550). Smith and Creed have combined for two top-five finishes in three attempts at Charlotte. Hill has two career top 10s in four starts.
Creed is currently third in the standings in the Truck Series, and he won at Darlington two races ago. The 23-year old’s four top-five performances this year have proven he’s one of the biggest threats on the circuit. Smith took third in last year’s Charlotte race, behind Cup Series regulars Elliott and Busch.
THE DARK HORSE THREAT
Sitting outside the top five in the odds is the most accomplished veteran running full time in the truck series — Crafton. He has raced in every race in the series since 2003, with 13 top 10s, seven top fives, two wins. Take Busch out of the equation and that win total would undoubtedly be higher.
The soon-to-be 45-year old (June 11) is currently running sixth in the Truck Series standings and has four top 10s this year.
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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has written for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All America teams, covered FCS college football for HERO Sports … and is a veteran reporter of five spring Daytona Speedweeks (1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009). Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.