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Phil Bobbitt is back and sharing his predictions for NASCAR's Camping World Series Truck Racing Series Heart of America 200 at Kansas City. Can Christian Eckes get the job done?

NASCAR Truck Series at Kansas Heart of America 200 Best Bets: Can Christian Eckes Get The Job Done?

Welcome back, Race Fans! We took last week off while I vacationed in Sin City, but it's time to get back to work. After all, we need to get the loot back that my girlfriend deposited safely into the Las Vegas slots.

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NASCAR Truck Series at Kansas Heart of America 200 Prediction

Kansas City, Kansas is where we head this week for the two Nascar Series events. There is no better way to start the race weekend than under the lights with the truck boys (and girls) duking it out. Kansas Speedway is a 1.5-mile tri-oval. We're going to be using Las Vegas and Michigan historical data to determine how this thing will play out. Some may even call it "Mini-Michigan."

What good is a miniature version of a perfectly good race track? Well, lots of things are better in miniature form. Mini M&M's just taste better. Also, mini Reese's pieces...how good are those things?! But the greatest 'mini' of them all, is the legendary Mini-Me. This guy was pure evil without saying a word. Let's hold the sportsbooks hostage this weekend while demanding the sum of ONE MILLION DOLLARS and threatening them with sharks and frick'n laser beams attached to their heads.

NASCAR Truck Series at Kansas Heart of America 200 Best Bets

1.0u to win 1.2u - Christian Eckes to finish better than Grant Enfinger (+120) (Bet $100 to win $120)

*Odds at BetMGM at time of publishing*

“There’s nothing quite as pathetic as an aging hipster.” – Dr. Evil

We've got the classic young gun vs old-timer matchup that we need to have action on. Enfinger has historically been pretty good on this configuration, with an average finish of 10.9 in his 9 starts between Michigan and Kansas. He's led an average of 11.4 laps per race and turned 4.1 fast laps.

Christian Eckes has been sneaky good though. He has only led an average of 4.5 laps amongst his six starts between Michigan and Kansas and registered only 2.5 fast laps. Eckes' measurables aren't a slam dunk better than Enfinger, in fact, those ones are worse. But his average finishing position is 7.0. He finished fourth last year, behind two Cup Series studs and a guy that moved up to Xfinity this season. That's almost a win.

There is one stat that we LOVE here at the @speedwaysteve2 headquarters, and it shows that Eckes is a way better closer. During the last 10% of the race, Eckes' average running position is 9.5, but his average finish is 7.0...showing a 2.5 position improvement. Enfinger's? -4.0. Yikkkkeeees.

1.15u to win 1.0u - Christian Eckes to finish better than Corey Heim (-115) (Bet $115 to win $100)

*Odds available at DraftKings at time of publishing*

Our early attempts at a tractor beam went through several preparations. Preparations A through G were a complete failure. But now, ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a working tractor beam, which we shall call… Preparation H.” – Dr. Evil

Corey's last name starts with an H, so I'm hoping he will be a complete failure as well on Saturday night. All of Eckes' stats are better than Heim's at this type of track, as Heim is a nearly blank slate with no experience. In fact, he's never raced on ANY mile and a half-track in the truck series besides Atlanta. He won there this year, but Atlanta is now more of a superspeedway rather than the cookie-cutter, traditional 1.5-mile track.

Easy one here, take the experience.

Bonus Outright Winner

0.25u Christian Eckes to win (+1600) (Bet $100 to win $1600)

*Odds at all Sportsbooks*

"Throw Me A Frickin’ Bone Here!” – Evil

This article has almost been a love letter to Christian Eckes. Here's hoping for a happily-ever-after.

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Phil and Steve are lifelong buddies from the Philadelphia area. They specialize in all things motorsports and turned in a 131.3 unit profit in 2021.


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