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The Truck Series have six cup series drivers moonlighting this weekend. How will that shake up the field? Let's take a look at the race preview and best bets.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series DoorDash 250 Predictions: Expect a Big Day From Alex Bowman

One of my favorite parts of summer is the Little League World Series. Watching these youngsters play ball is the purest of pure. The heart and emotion is must watch least when you throw it up against summer re-runs of Maury Povich and Days of Our Lives. A few athletes became legendary. Big Al who hit dingers. There was a "kid" in the summer of 2000 named Danny Almonte who had the Northeast captivated with his high leg kick and 102 mph heater. It almost didnt seem fair since it looked like he was shaving his mustache between innings and buying the next round of beers after the game. Turns out, he did have a doctored birth certificate and was reportedly buying lottery tickets in the Bronx after their magical run was over.

This weekend, the Truck Series race will be full of Danny Almontes...errr...cup series drivers. Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, Ross Chastain, Harrison Burton, Austin Dillon and Kaz Grala will be getting some extra work in and laying waste to the regular truckers. When Busch, Bowman and Chastain are in the field, it will certainly create some value down the board. Let's take advantage.

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DoorDash 250 Best Bets

Derek Kraus to finish better than Christian Eckes (+160) (Bet $100 to win $160)

There are alot of things working against Derek Kraus in this matchup. Eckes will clearly have the better truck as part of the Kyle Busch Motorsports team. Eckes has also been a more consistent finisher, and has five top-5 finishes over the last six races. Kraus has notched four top-5s in his entire trucking career.

At Circuit of the Americas earlier this year, both men had impressive showings. Eckes finished 6th, rode around in the top-15 for 82.6% of the day, and had a driver rating of 92.7. Kraus was 12th after spending 62.7% of his time in the top-15 and accumulating a driver rating of 88.7. Overall road course performance also has the scales tipped slightly in the favor of Eckes. His average finishing position is 3 spots better than Kraus, and average run position is 4 spots better. Kraus has averaged more points, but banking stage points doesn't win our bets.

Here's why the roles reverse on Saturday afternoon. Kraus is a Sonoma ringer (maybe). Ringer might be to strong, but he does have significant laps under his belt at Sonoma. Kraus was a K&N series west racer, and this was one of the tracks.

Look, this thing is +160, implying a win rate of 38%. It isn't that stark of a difference between these two guys. Grab the big number, and hope for carnage.

Alex Bowman to finish inside the Top-3 (+200) (Bet $100 to win $200)

Draftkings is hanging this prop at +150, and we don't blame them for skimming. I mentally simulated @sloprules mentally simulating the race and that proved this thing to be a winner. Draftkings hit me with the super small limits and slow pend wheel this weekend, so I'm happy to shop for better options anyway.

Bowman was in the late mix for the win the last time he strapped into the #7 Hendrick truck at COTA. He led a lap, turned 2 fast ones, and started from the pole. His average run position was 7.3, but that data is skewed by his late error that ultimately caused him to finish 25th. Bowman will probably be a bit more patient this time around, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him in Victory Lane.

Sprinkle his outright win at +800 for added heart palpitations.

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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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