NASCAR: Chevrolet Silverado 250 Preview

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This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Canada for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).

The track, located just over an hour outside of Toronto, has delivered some exciting finishes since it joined the Truck Series schedule back in 2013.

Not only does Sunday’s race mark the lone road course race on the Series’ calendar, but it also marks the start of the 2018 Truck Series playoffs.

This year’s edition of the playoffs will consist of seven races held over three rounds of competition, with the number of drivers eligible for the championship being reduced at the end of every round.

Going into Sunday’s race, eight drivers will start the playoffs with a chance of lifting the Series’ trophy come the finale at Homestead Miami Speedway in November.

Johnny Sauter, in the #21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, leads the standings heading into this weekend. The series veteran was the runner-up in last year’s championship, finishing second to current Xfinity Series driver Christopher Bell.

Sauter has yet to find his way to Victory Lane at CTMP, but he has earned four top-tens in five starts at the famed Canadian road course.

Brett Moffatt, who has earned four victories this season, enters this race second place in the playoff standings.

Ranked third in the playoff standings is Noah Gragson, who has earned one win and six top-fives in his first full-time Truck Series season. Gragson finished third in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series race at CTMP back in May.

The hometown crowd will have plenty to cheer for at CTMP this weekend as four Canadians are among the 31 drivers entered into Sunday’s race.

Accomplished dirt racer Stewart Friesen, currently competing in his first full-time Truck Series season, arrives at his home race ranked fifth in the playoff standings. Friesen, who has seven top-fives this season, is the first Canadian driver to qualify for the playoffs in one of NASCAR’s three national series.

Also among the Canadian contingent this weekend is veteran racer Alex Tagliani, who will pilot the #12 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet. Tagliani currently competes full-time in the Pinty’s Series and is still looking for his first win in one of NASCAR’s national series.

Weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of many competitors and fans this weekend will be Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens, who was injured in a crash at Pocono Raceway last weekend.

Several banners displaying “Get Well Wickens” have been set-up throughout the facility, and a number of drivers will display messages of support on their vehicles.

Coverage of tomorrow’s race can be found live on Premier Sports (FS1) from 7pm BST (2pm EST).