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Breaking down the starting lineup for Friday’s Truck Series race at Kansas

We go over the starting order of Friday’s Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Christian Eckes, driver of the #18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, races during the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Vankor 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on July 18, 2020 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

The Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series will has the Kansas scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The race will take place at Kansas Speedway and will follow last week’s SpeedyCash.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. We’ll go over some of the favorites to win below. Here’s how the starting grid will be determined.

NASCAR will not hold traditional qualifying runs the rest of the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To cut down on events and attempt to protect health and safety, the Cup, Xfinity, and Truck Series are using random draws connected to points standings. The Truck Series will use a similar process to the Cup Series, drawing randomly from three groups to figure out spots 1-10, 11-21, and 22-32. Here is how the starting grid will be determined for Friday’s Kansas 200.

  • Positions 1-10: Random draw of teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 11-21: Random draw of teams in those positions in owner points
  • Positions 22-32: Random draw of teams in those positions in owner points
  • Any vehicles that are eligible for the Event in position 33rd – 40th will be assigned starting positions based on their order of eligibility.

Christian Eckes (+400) is the pole sitter and one of the favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook. He only fell short to Kyle Busch in last week’s race, but Busch won’t be competing this time around. The 19-year-old has been able to thrive despite his limited pro experience with the series.

Points leader Austin Hill (+400) is even with Eckes. He dropped outside the top 10 for the first time this season in his last race but should rebound at a track where he’s had success in the past. Brandon Jones (+650) has the third best odds and will start fourth on the grid. Last season, he finished fifth in a Truck Series race here in May and won his first career Xfinity Series race at Kansas in October.

Here’s the full breakdown of the starting grid for the Kansas 200.

Kansas 200 starting order

Starting spot Driver Car #
Starting spot Driver Car #
1 Christian Eckes 18
2 Brett Moffitt 23
3 Todd Gilliland 38
4 Brandon Jones 51
5 Ben Rhodes 99
6 Austin Hill 16
7 Zane Smith 21
8 Grant Enfinger 98
9 Tyler Ankrum 26
10 Sheldon Creed 2
11 Ross Chastain 40
12 Raphael Lessard 4
13 Tanner Gray 15
14 Stewart Friesen 52
15 Derek Kraus 19
16 Chase Purdy 24
17 Matt Crafton 88
18 Johnny Sauter 13
19 Ty Majeski 45
20 Spencer Davis 11
21 Natalie Decker 44
22 Kevin Donahue 33
23 Austin Wayne Self 22
24 Timmy Hill 56
25 Brennan Poole 30
26 Dawson Cram 0
27 Cory Roper 4
28 Tate Fogleman 2
29 Codie Rohrbaugh 9
30 Spencer Boyd 20
31 Korbin Forrister 7
32 Jordan Anderson 3
33 Clay Greenfield 68
34 Robby Lyons 97
35 Ray Ciccarelli 49
36 Jennifer Jo Cobb 10
37 Bryan Dauzat 28
38 Norm Benning 6