Christian Eckes ($10,300), Starting on the Pole
Eckes has clearly the best truck after showing the best practice times and best qualifying run. The Middletown, NY native has run Bristol twice in a truck and has finished 12th and 8th. He’ll have his best starting position by far tonight and should find his way to the front as he seeks his fourth win of the season.
Carson Hocevar ($10,600), Starting 2nd
Hocevar is a real threat to Eckes from the start as they’ll be side by side on the front row. Like Eckes, Hocevar has three wins on the season along with nine top-five’s. In three truck races at Bristol it’s been a mixed bag with finishes of p17, p6, and p19. The best Hocevar has started at Bristol prior to tonight is 8th so he’ll have a good chance to battle Eckes early for some laps led/dominator points.
Nicholas Sanchez ($9,800), Starting 35th
Due to truck issues in qualifying Sanchez will start 35th. Sanchez is very young but his talent has shown this season with nine top-10’s and two top-five’s in 19 races. He’ll have to make his way through the field but the P.D. upside is huge for him.
Grant Enfinger ($10,100), Starting 10th
Enfinger has been very strong at Bristol for his career posting an average finish of fifth in six races. Mixed in there are four top-five’s with his lowest finish being 10th place. Enfinger has three short track wins in 27 career short track races with 12 top-fives and 19 top-10’s.
Parker Kligerman ($8,200), Starting 28th
Kligerman had a poor qualifying effort but Bristol has been very friendly to him in the Truck Series. In nine starts here, Parker has four top-fives including a third-place finish last season. There should be some ownership here considering his fair salary and starting spot but he’ll be solid in my estimation.
Stewart Friesen ($8,900), Starting 24th
Matt Crafton ($9,200), Starting 21st
Tyler Ankrum ($7,100), Starting 25th
Bayley Currey ($7,900), Starting 36th
Jake Garcia ($7,800), Starting 30th