NASCAR Truck Series Betting: WISE Power 200 Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 30, 2021 in

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series travel to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, for WISE Power 200, as the seventh race of the 2021 season. The race is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 1, without any practice or qualifying races prior. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming race so you can bet against their NASCAR odds.

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Since there are no qualifying races, the WISE Power 200 will feature 40 drivers. One driver to miss the race is #14 Trey Hutchens, who got excluded by points due to the 40-team cut-off.

Last year’s race was postponed from May 30 to July 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It marked their first time in seven years that the WISE Power 200 wasn’t held in May, as it traditionally has been since 2014.

In 2020 we also got to see two back-to-back races on July 24 and 25, to form a Truck doubleheader. The second race replaced the Camping World 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, with the distance for both first two races changed from one 250-mile race to two 201-mile races.

The third race – called the Clean Harbors 200 – was then held on October 17 as a playoffs race. It was introduced to the calendar to replace the canceled Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway.

Each of the three 2020 races were won by a different driver. Austin Hill won the first, Matt Crafton won the second, while Brett Moffitt came out ahead in the third race to win GMS Racing their first race on the track.

Will we see either of the three repeat their success, or will a fourth driver emerge to steal the spotlight? Here is our list of three drivers you should watch at the WISE Power 200.

Brett Moffitt

Brett Moffitt enters WISE Power 200 as the most recent winner of the race. By winning here in October 2020, Moffitt secured crucial points to end the season in third with 4027.

It marked his third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck podium finish. He already grabbed a bronze medal in 2019 to add to his title from 2018.

Despite his success across the last three years, Moffitt hasn’t been showing good form this season. Since switching to Niece Motorsports, Moffitt has yet to win a race, managing only one top-10 finish at the Fr8Auctions 200 in Atlanta (9th).

Besides that, Moffitt has finished 25th in both races at Daytona, 11th at Bucked Up 200, 24th in Pinty’s Dirty Truck Race, and most recently 37th at ToyotaCare250.

Having shown very shaky form this season, Moffit doesn’t seem destined to repeat his success from last year. That said, he has won races after streaks of poor results before.

Matt Crafton

Matt Crafton enters the race as the most successful driver at WISE Power 200. He has won this race in 2013, 2015, and 2020 (second race) and will now look to add another win to his resume.

As the 2019 NASCAR Camping World Truck champion, Crafton struggled to step up last year when he finished in fifth. Last season he managed eight top-five finishes, in addition to six top-10, albeit he has won only one race.

This season, Crafton hasn’t impressed either. His best finish of 2021 came at Bucked Up 200, where he finished fifth. He also added two top-10 at BrakeBest Select 159 (6th) and Dr8Auctions 200 (8th) but finished 14th or worse in the remaining three races.

Regardless of his uninspiring season so far, Crafton could impress in Kansas. He hasn’t finished worse than eighth in his last five starts and has managed 4th, 1st, and 8th here in 2020.

John Hunter Nemechek

As a son of the 1992 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Joe Nemechek, John Hunter Nemechek travels to Kansas as the current leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck standings.

The 23-year-old has already won two races in 2021 – Bucked Up 200 and ToyotaCare 250 – and hasn’t finished worse than seventh in races he was able to finish. His worst placement was 39th at Pinty’s Dirt Race, where Nemechek crashed with Derek Kraus.

Up to that unfortunate race, Nemechek was the only driver to finish inside the top-10 in all races.

One thing that may concern some is that Nemechek hasn’t raced this race since 2018 and has attended it only three times in his career. Regardless, he has finished third (2017) and fourth (2018) in his last two WISE Power 200 races, so he should know his way around the track.