Noah Gragson is a Truck Series pole sitter for the fifth time in his career, but this will be the first time he’ll compete against his boss, Kyle Busch, after starting from the pole. Gragson only has one career win in the Truck Series, but his 303 laps led (including 116 this season) show that he’s ready to win quite a few more. He’s been one of the best performers on the Truck circuit this season, having led laps in every race except Martinsville.
His strongest opponent will probably be Kyle Busch, who looks to tie Ron Hornaday Jr.’s all time series record for wins, at 51, with a win at Kansas. Busch already has a Truck win this season at Las Vegas, and nearly won the previous race at Atlanta before an issue on the final pit stop derailed his hopes. The 2015 Cup Series champion has a 0.35 winning percentage, and looks to improve on that on Friday night.
Cody Coughlin will have his best career Truck Series start on Friday night. He’ll roll off second. Coughlin has shown modest improvement since switching from Thorsport to GMS Racing. Coughlin, though, is still looking for his first top five finish of the season.
Veterans Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton will look to spoil the party on Friday, though. Sauter already has two wins, at Daytona in February and last week at Dover. Crafton, however, hasn’t won since Eldora last season. Both, though, look to spoil it for the younger guys and grab the victory at Kansas.
The 37 Kind Days 250 at Kansas Speedway will take place on Friday, May 11 at 8:30 p.m. eastern time.