Picks for the SpeedyCash.com 220 – NASCAR Truck Series (2022)

| May 18, 2022 6:48 am PDT

The NASCAR Truck Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. It’ll be the Truck Series’ lone visit to the 1.5-mile track in 2022.

Last season’s Truck Series race at Texas was a battle between John Hunter Nemechek and Chase Elliott. They combined to lead 109 of the 147 laps, but Nemechek held off the former Cup Series Champion.

Nemechek picked up his first victory of the season two weeks ago. Can he score another victory? Let’s see if he finds a spot among my top picks for the 2022 SpeedyCasy.com 220.

Zane Smith (+500)

Coming into the 2022 NASCAR Truck Series season, everyone expected John Hunter Nemechek to be the championship favorite. Nemechek has produced strong results, but Zane Smith has been the driver to beat.

Smith won two of the first four races in 2022, but he only led 14 laps in those races. Smith left no doubt as to who was the dominant driver in last week’s race at Kansas.

  • Starting Position: 4th
  • Finishing Position: 1st
  • Laps Led: 108 of 134
  • Driver Rating: 150.0

It was a near-perfect performance for Smith. The only thing he didn’t do was win Stage 1. Smith was as dominant as ever, winning the 2022 Heart of America 200 at Kansas.

That performance should give him momentum for Texas. Smith led 26 laps in his first start but had a disappointing finish. He finished sixth or better in his last two Texas starts. Smith also led 12 laps in last year’s race.

He has been the driver to beat in 2022. It shouldn’t surprise anyone if he contends for another victory. Can Smith pick up his first Texas victory? It’d put him in a great spot for the Truck Series championship battle.

Christian Eckes (+1400)

Christian Eckes’ 2022 numbers have been a bit inconsistent. He has four finishes of sixth or better, but his other four races resulted in a finish of 12th or worse. We’d like more consistency, but it’s hard to be upset with three top-five finishes in eight races.

Eckes’ only career Truck Series victory came in last year’s playoff race at Las Vegas. Las Vegas is a 1.5-mile track, so it draws similarities to Texas.

He nearly picked up his first career victory in the spring 2020 race at Texas.

  • Starting Position: 7th
  • Stage 1 Finish: 6th
  • Stage 2 Finish: 6th
  • Finishing Position: 2nd
  • Laps Led: 52 of 167
  • Driver Rating: 125.1 (2nd)

Eckes had one of the best Trucks, running top-three throughout the race. Unfortunately, Kyle Busch was in the field. Busch led 72 laps en route to the victory. Eckes would’ve likely won without Busch.

He finished top 10 in both stages in the 2020 playoff race at Texas, but a late-race crash led to a poor finish.

We’re starting to see Eckes run near the front. He should have a strong chance to capture his first victory of 2022 at Texas.

Grant Enfinger (+1400)

Grant Enfinger had a tough start to the 2022 season, but he’s starting to emerge as a top contender in the Truck Series. Enfinger has five straight top 10 finishes, including back-to-back third-place finishes.

Two weeks ago, I mentioned how his (+1400) odds at Darlington were a steal. Well, it appears the best NASCAR sportsbooks have made another mistake. I don’t know why his odds present this much value, but I’m not complaining.

Enfinger has yet to win at Texas, but his numbers are as good as anyone.

  • 9 starts
  • 5 top-five finishes
  • 7 top 10 finishes
  • 8.6 average finish
  • 60 laps led

He had immediate success at Texas, finishing third in his first start. His best chance to win was in the 2019 spring race.

Enfinger started third and led 44 laps. He finished top-five in both stages, but a late caution kept him from victory lane. Enfinger came up a few spots short, scoring a fourth-place finish.

An engine issue in the spring 2020 race is the only reason Enfinger’s average finish isn’t around fifth. Enfinger continues to move closer and closer to his first victory of 2022. He’ll be a strong contender for Friday’s race.

Matt Crafton (+2500)

Matt Crafton is always an intriguing pick for any Truck Series race. Crafton is a veteran of the Truck Series, winning three championships in his career. However, he has only won one race in the last five seasons.

Crafton had a rough start to 2022, finishing outside the top 10 in three of his first four races. Since then, he has four straight top 10 finishes, including a season-best fifth-place finish at Darlington.

Crafton’s overall Texas numbers are as impressive as anyone. However, we can’t look too far back at his numbers. Let’s check out his finishes in his last five Texas starts.

  • 2019: 5th
  • 2019: 2nd
  • 2020: 3rd
  • 2020: 6th
  • 2021: 20th

Last year’s 20th-place finish was the first time since the spring 2011 race Crafton didn’t finish top 10 at Texas. That stretch included a pair of wins. He led a combined 15 laps in the two 2020 races.

We’re starting to see Crafton in contention to compete for the win. A few weeks ago, it would’ve been a surprise to see him in victory lane. Now, it’s a matter of when, not if. It could very well come at Texas.

Who Will Win the 2022 SpeedyCash.com 220?

My Pick: Grant Enfinger (+1400)Bet on Truck Series Racing at Bovada

I’ve been banging the drum for Grant Enfinger’s value. Well, I’m putting my money where my mouth is and picking Enfinger to win the 2022 SpeedyCash.com 220.

Enfinger has emerged as one of the top contenders in the Truck Series. John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith have stolen the headlines, but Enfinger isn’t far behind. I like his chances to score his first victory at Texas.

Fans can tune into the NASCAR Truck Series race at Texas on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET on FS1. Feel free to check out our NASCAR picks for more predictions and picks.

Nicholas Sterling
Nicholas Sterling

Nicholas has been a Sports Writer with GamblingSites.com since May 2021. He has a rich sports background, writing about NASCAR, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, etc. Nick is always ready for a new challenge.

He enjoys rooting on D.C. sports teams, including the Commanders, Wizards, and Capitals.

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