The 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season continues this Saturday, March 4, with the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race At Las Vegas, also known as Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200. It will mark the season’s second race, succeeding the Daytona race, which saw Zane Smith collect his fourth career victory.
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Can Zane Smith Do It Again?
Zane Smith won his fourth career race at Daytona and his first since the 2021 United Rentals 200 in October 2021. As always, Smith enters the next race as a threat, and it would be hard to argue against that.
Admittedly, he won only one race in 2021 and had only two top-five finishes, but he has placed inside the top-10 in all but eight races and ended the season with 4032 points, which was good for a second-place finish.
But while Smith had a very impressive season in 2021, his record on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway isn’t that great. And even that is taking it lightly.
Across four starts in Las Vegas, Smith had not once won the race, nor had he finished inside the top-5. On a more positive note, he has three top-10, meaning he had finished outside the top 10 only once, but with a 12.00 average finish, it’s very tough to make a case for him.
Steward Friesen Is Consistent
Steward Friesen could only manage a 16th-place finish at Daytona in the season opener, but he should not be ignored ahead of the Las Vegas race. The 38-year-old enters the new season following a sixth-place finish in 2021, marking his second-best placement since 2019 (4th).
Although he had not won a single race last year, Friesen managed seven top-5s, including a fourth-place finish in Last Vegas.
Talking about his Las Vegas Motor Speedway performances, Friesen has six starts on the track but has yet to win a race. However, he has an average finish of 7.67 with three top-5s and has finished outside of the top-10 only once.
Watch Out For Christian Eckes
If we rank drivers based on their past performances in Last Vegas, it’s tough to look past Christian Eckes. Across five starts on the track, he has collected one win, two top-5s, and four top-10s, for an average finish of 8.80, which is the fourth-highest across all drivers who raced here at least five times.
Moreover, Eckes had a very solid start to the season, with a third-place finish at Daytona, marking his first top-5 since he won the Last Vegas race in September, adding a top-six in Phoenix in November 2021.
Admittedly, Eckes is not the most successful river in the Truck Series, but he is always consistent on the Las Vegas track. Furthermore, he is one of the few drivers that will attend the race this weekend which has an average finish lower than 8.00.
Betting Trends for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Las Vegas
- Kyle Busch holds the Las Vegas qualifying record for both NASCAR Cup and Truck Series
- Toyota cars won the last three Las Vegas races
- The only two teams to ever win the Las Vegas Race are ThorSports Racing (2018, 2021) and Hattori Racing Enterprises (2019, 2022)
- Austin Hill won two of the last four races (2019, 2022)
Who to Bet At NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Las Vegas
Christian Eckes is one of the most efficient drivers on this track and is a solid bet for the weekend race. He won here at the end of last year and had a very solid start to the season, suggesting he is set to step up and deliver on his favorite track.
Steward Friesen is another pick that could be interesting, but considering he always finds a way to not win on this track, he is perhaps best suited as a bet on the head-to-head betting markets. Admittedly he always shows up and finishes strong, but we’re not too excited about betting on him to win.
Kyle Busch will also attend the race, and he is always a threat in Last Vegas. He raced on the track three times and won each time, but at the offered betting odds, Eckes is a better pick.
Prediction: Christian Eckes to win