2014 NASCAR Drivin’ for Linemen 200 Odds: Crafton & Blaney Favored

2014 NASCAR Drivin’ for Linemen 200 Odds: Crafton & Blaney Favored

2014 NASCAR Drivin’ for Linemen 200 Odds: Crafton & Blaney Favored
By Drew Sharper

MADISON, IL (TheSpread) – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will drive under the lights on Saturday for the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Here is a look at the odds for this race.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Matt Crafton and Ryan Blaney are favored to win the race, as each has 7/2 odds while Johnny Sauter has 11/2 odds.

Crafton is the points leader in the truck series by 11 this year. Crafton has competed in all six truck races this year and has two wins to go with two runner-ups. His average finish on the year is 7.0.

Blaney is fourth in the point standings, 25 points out of first. Blaney is winless in his six truck races this year and he has an average finish of 10.2.

Sauter is second in the point standings, 11 points behind Crafton. Sauter has competed in all six truck races, but has yet to get a win. His average finish this year is 7.3.

Bet on NASCAR Odds

The Drivin’ for Linemen 200 will take place Saturday, June 14 at 8:48PM ET from Gateway Motorsports Park. For complete odds and track information on this year’s race, see below.

Odds to win the Drivin’ for Linemen 200

Matt Crafton 7/2
Ryan Blaney 7/2
Johnny Sauter 11/2
Timothy Peters 13/2
Erik Jones 7/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 8/1
Ron Hornaday 8/1 
Jeb Burton 10/1
German Quiroga 16/1
Ben Kennedy 22/1
Joey Coulter 22/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 10/1

2014 Drivin’ for Linemen 200 Information

Race Date:
Saturday, June 14

Location: Gateway Motorsports Park; Madison, IL

Pre-Race: 8PM ET

Green Flag: 8:48PM ET

TV Coverage: Fox Sports 1

Track Type: Speedway (160 laps)

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Re: 2014 NASCAR Drivin’ for Linemen 200 Odds: Crafton & Blaney Favored

Truckin' Back to Gateway
By: Pete Pistone
Racingone.com

This weekend, the Camping World Truck Series returns to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time since 2010.

Saturday night’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200 takes NASCAR back to the 1.25-mile oval just outside St. Louis.  Nine drivers scheduled to compete at Gateway this weekend have previous experience on the unique facility with only one, four-time series champion Ron Hornaday, a former winner.

"Hopefully, we can build upon the fast truck we had in Texas and my previous experience at Gateway to put together another solid finish, perhaps even a win for Turner Scott Motorsports," said Hornaday, who drives the No. 30 Rheem Chevrolet.  He finished sixth in his last start last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Defending series champion Matt Crafton enters the weekend with an 11-point lead over Johnny Sauter, his ThorSport Racing teammate.  Crafton, who won the Texas race, also goes to Gateway with the most Truck Series experience at the track.

He has 10 career starts with one top-five finish and seven top 10s.  He’s hoping to make it back-to-back trips to Victory Lane after his dominating run last weekend when he led 118 of 167 laps and stretched his final fuel run 61 circuits to the checkered flag.

"They didn't tell me a lot (about his final-run fuel program)," Crafton said.  "I just asked if I could make it all the way and they said, 'Yeah.'  So we took off and got such a big lead, I could slow down and was able to save fuel.  But that's the hardest thing to do as a racecar driver, to slow down when you want to go and win a race."

There are a number of young drivers entered in Saturday night’s race to challenge veterans like Hornaday, Crafton and Sauter - including Erik Jones, fresh off his Super Late Model win at the Milwaukee Mile, and German Quiroga, who sits sixth in the series point standings.  The Red Horse Racing driver has been one of the season’s pleasant surprises with five top-10 finishes so far.  He lost some ground in the standings last week after an engine expired at Texas.

“We're not as close to the points leader as we'd like to be after our race at Texas, but we'll keep doing what we've been doing all season - which is focusing on the big picture," said Quiroga.  "Our goal is to be fighting for a championship at the end of the season, so we need to have consistent finishes each weekend and that's what we plan to do at Gateway."

Although Quiroga has no Gateway experience, he’ll rely on veteran crew chief Butch Hylton for advice and expertise with his wealth of knowledge at the track.

"Even though it's a new track for me, it reminds me a lot of the tracks I raced at in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series," he said.  "Hopefully, I can apply some of that knowledge as well as my crew chief, Butch Hylton's, experience at Gateway to do well there."

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