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Somethin' bout a Truck: Five who could score Friday at Kansas Speedway

Matt Crafton is a two-time Trucks series champ who has done some celebrating in victory lane at Kansas Speedway.
Matt Crafton is a two-time Trucks series champ who has done some celebrating in victory lane at Kansas Speedway. Star file photo

Here are five drivers to watch in the NASCAR 37 Kind Days 250 trucks race, set for Friday night at Kansas Speedway.

Kyle Busch, No. 4 Toyota

Busch, the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion, loves running the trucks series, especially at Kansas, where he won in 2014 and 2017. Cup drivers are limited to just five trucks starts, and Busch, 33, won at Las Vegas and will be bidding for his 51st career win in the series, which would tie Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. for the most in history.

Ben Rhodes No. 41 Ford

Though Rhodes is still looking for his first win of 2018, he has led 134 laps, the second-most in the Camping World Trucks Series. Rhodes, 21, held a huge lead on Kyle Busch in last year’s race before his engine blew with eight laps remaining. Rhodes finished fourth at Daytona and Atlanta and seventh at Las Vegas.

Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Chevrolet

Sauter, the 2016 series champion, is coming off a victory last week at Dover, his second win of the season, and leads the point standings. His other win was at Daytona, and he finished second at Las Vegas. Sauter, 40, won the 2010 race at Kansas in spectacular fashion and has five top-five finishes, including second in 2017.

Brett Moffitt, No. 16 Toyota

Moffitt, from Grimes, Iowa, is making the most of his first full-time ride. Although Grimes, 25, crashed out of the season opener at Daytona, he won the next week at Atlanta and has two third-place finishes for Japanese owner Shigeaki Hattori.

Matt Crafton, No. 88 Ford

Crafton, a two-time trucks series champion, is a two-time winner at Kansas Speedway, having won in 2013 and 2015. Crafton, 41, is still looking for his first win of the season but is coming off a second-place finish at Dover last week and was fifth in Atlanta, a 1.5 mile tri-oval similar to Kansas Speedway.

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