Here are five drivers to watch in the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series Toyota Tundra 250, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kansas Speedway.
John Hunter Nemechek, No. 8 Chevrolet
Nemechek, the early points leader, won at Atlanta and finished second at Martinsville, and at 18 years old became eligible for the first time to race on Kansas’ 1.5 mile speedway. Last year, he won at Kansas’ sister track, Chicagoland Speedway. Nemechek is the son of veteran Joe Nemechek, who swept the 2004 Xfinity and Sprint cup races at Kansas.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Toyota
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Crafton, 39, became the first back-to-back champion in the truck series when he won titles in 2013 and 2014. Crafton, a two-time winner at Kansas Speedway (2013, 2015) drives for ThorSport, a four-truck team dedicated to the series, having made a combined 843 starts since 1996.
Tim Peters, No 4 Toyota
Peters, 35, is another salty trucks veteran who finished third at Atlanta and fifth at Martinsville this season. Peters has won at least one trucks race in seven straight years, the longest streak in the series, but he has yet to win at Kansas. He was fourth in 2015 and second in 2012.
Johnny Sauter, No. 21 Chevrolet
Sauter, 38, moved to GMS Racing this year after six years with ThorSport, and he began the season by winning the season-opening race at Daytona. Sauter is an 11-time winner in the trucks series, including a memorable finish in 2005 when he skidded down the track on two wheels after a shove by Ron Hornaday Jr.
Clint Bowyer, No. 24 Chevrolet
Bowyer of Emporia, Kan., is the only Sprint Cup driver entered in the race, which should give him an edge with GMS Racing. Bowyer, 36, is a three-time winner in the trucks series, with his most recent victory coming on June 4, 2011 at Kansas Speedway. This will be his first start in the series since finishing fourth at Pocono in 2014.