Toyota truck drivers look to extend perfect season at Darlington

Last September, the NASCAR Outdoor Camping World Truck Series went back to Darlington Raceway for the very first time because 2011.

Ben Rhodes won in 2015‘s occasion and — naturally enough, provided the hiatus — reviews Darlington as the only previous winner in the field today. Rhodes likewise won the very first 2 races of the 2021 season and will attempt to include a 3rd triumph in Friday night‘s 200 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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After Rhodes‘ 2 wins, Kyle Busch Motorsports swept the next 5 occasions on the schedule, keeping Ford and Chevrolet out of Triumph Lane. Like Rhodes, KBM motorist John Hunter Nemechek will pursue his 3rd accomplishment of the season in the very first of 3 Triple Truck Obstacle races, with a $50,000 benefit readily available to the winner.

For Rhodes, ThorSport Racing‘s switch from Ford to Toyota in between seasons has actually been a crucial element of his success.

“I think the big difference for us just has been Toyota‘s engineering platform,” Rhodes stated. “They‘ve got so much engineering support and so much knowledge and data and information available to us that it really makes it night and day, not only strategy during the race, but when you are going to a place and you don‘t have practice, what do you pull from?

“I think that‘s the biggest difference is the fact they‘ve got this wealth of knowledge and they‘ve got this army of people, and together we‘re working towards the future, not just looking over our shoulder the whole time at what we did in the past.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.