The G-Force Grand National Series powered by The JuiceBox Podcast has been getting bigger each and every week. This week it gets even bigger at Texas. 200 miles over 133 laps will pose the longest event of the season for these drivers with the championship battle heating up. With just one more week until each drivers’ drop week is taken into account, moving time is now.
Texas will mark the third true visit to a 1.5 mile track for the series with Gerald Campbell capturing the victory at both Charlotte and Las Vegas. Campbell had a strong run going at the 2 mile Auto Club Speedway last week before late contact took him out of contention for the victory. John Weitendorf sits 39 points behind Campbell in the standings and led 52 of the 75 laps last week. Weitendorf is strong on long runs and always finds a way into the top 5 late. These two will be the ones to keep an eye on tonight as the championship battle could play itself out in the form of a race win as well.
The top 10 in points are split into two different clusters. The top 3 are separated by 85 points. Another 40 points back to 4th has the next seven drivers separated by 85 points. A few fortunate breaks could have Bo Brady, Kyle Johnson, or Jeff Green jumping right back into the first cluster of cars as the points narrow. Brady will look to add another win to his resume to climb his way back toward the top 5 in points while drivers like Jake Hounshell, Dallas Myhand, and Hank Steinmiller look for their first win to propel them back into contention.
Tire management is always key at bigger tracks, especially with tonight being the longest race of the season. The driver that can be the smoothest with the throttle and wheel inputs will be looking at making time up on the final 20 laps of the green flag run. Favorites for tonight’s race have to include Campbell with two 1.5 mile wins this season, Weitendorf, and Brady. Look for this race to be relatively clean with as wide of a track as Texas is. An early mistake that sets up a long green flag run would be expected. If this race has a few cautions, expect drivers a little further down in points to try some strategy for bonus points or a race win that shakes up the running order late for an exciting finish.
Single car qualifying will return at 9 pm et on Flatout Racing Network. The race should get underway around 9:30. Tune in at the link below.
Gerald Campbell 2/1
John Weitendorf 5/1
Chris Morse Jr 5/1
Bo Brady 7/1
Hank Steinmiller 10/1
Over/Under on Cautions 4.5