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How the race order will be set for Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck race at Kentucky

We break down the betting odds and starting grid ahead of Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

Austin Hill, driver of the #16 Touota Tsusho Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Pocono Organics 150 to benefit Farm Aid at Pocono Raceway on June 28, 2020 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

NASCAR’s Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series will get going with the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, and the action will start at 6:00 p.m. ET on FS1. The race will follow the Pocono Organics 150 from two weekends ago. We’ll go over the starting order and betting favorites here.

First, we’ll go over how the starting grid will be determined.

NASCAR will not hold traditional qualifying runs through the Talladega races June 20th and 21st. 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 Saturday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225.

  • 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.

Brett Moffitt claims the pole for this weekend’s race, and is joined on the front row by Zane Smith. Tyler Ankrum and Christian Eckes are in the second row, with Austin Hill and Ben Rhodes behind them in the third row.

Despite being winless this season, Hill is the favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook at +350. He has three top five finishes in six races and hasn’t dropped outside of the top 10 once this year. He’s followed by 19-year-old Christian Eckes (+500), who hasn’t competed at Kentucky in his career but ranks sixth in the standings with two top 10 finishes. Moffitt (+500) rounds out the top three in the odds and has the most experience among the favorites. He has raced at Kentucky four times, but doesn’t have a win to show for it. Moffitt has one top 10 finish at the venue.

Here’s the full breakdown of the starting grid for Saturday’s Truck Series race.

Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 starting lineup

Pos Driver Car
Pos Driver Car
1 Brett Moffitt 23
2 Zane Smith 21
3 Tyler Ankrum 26
4 Christian Eckes 18
5 Austin Hill 16
6 Ben Rhodes 99
7 Grant Enfinger 98
8 Sheldon Creed 2
9 Todd Gilliland 38
10 Chandler Smith 51
11 Johnny Sauter 13
12 Stewart Friesen 52
13 Raphael Lessard 4
14 Matt Crafton 88
15 Natalie Decker 44
16 Ty Majeski 45
17 Derek Kraus 19
18 Ryan Truex 40
19 Chase Purdy 24
20 Codie Rohrbaugh 9
21 Tanner Gray 15
22 Korbin Forrister 7
23 Angela Ruch 0
24 Bryant Barnhill 33
25 Tate Fogleman 2
26 Tyler Hill 56
27 Austin Wayne Self 22
28 Jordan Anderson 3
29 Spencer Boyd 20
30 Cory Roper 04
31 Spencer Davis 11
32 Brennan Poole 30
33 Clay Greenfield 68
34 Tim Viens 49
35 Jennifer Jo Cobb 10
36 Ray Ciccarelli 83
37 Parker Kligerman 75
38 Norm Benning 6
39 Dawson Cram 55
40 Trey Hutchens 14