NCWTS: Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway Race Preview

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rolls into the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway for the 16th annual Toyota Tundra 250. The series, coming of another month long hiatus, will run their fourth race of the season since dropping the green flag at Daytona International Speedway in February.

Matt Crafton is the defending race winner at Kansas in the Camping World Truck Series. Crafton took the lead away from Daniel Suarez with two-laps remaining on the Kansas asphalt last season. The California native led eight of the 167 laps to score his seventh career victory.

A total of 34 drivers are featured on the entry list as two of those will go home after qualifying on Friday. Cole Custer, Ryan Ellis, Christopher Bell, Matt Tifft, Austin Wayne Self, Clint Bowyer, Ben Kennedy, Ben Rhodes, Cody Coughlin, Bobby Pierce, Mike Bliss and Parker Kligerman.

Ben Kennedy will join GMS Racing this weekend at the Midwest oval. Kennedy was released from Red Horse Racing following the Martinsville Speedway race as they were on a race-by-race deal. The 24-year old will pilot the No. 33 Weber Grill Chevrolet.

"I am really looking forward to racing at Kansas Speedway with GMS Racing,” said Kennedy in a release. “I can't wait to get back on track after this long break in the season. It will be my first time behind the wheel of at GMS truck so I am hoping for a great finish in my No.33 Weber Chevrolet Silverado."

Clint Bowyer will join the Camping World Truck Series fold this weekend for the GMS Racing team. Bowyer, a hometown native, will make his first Camping World Truck Series start since Pocono Raceway last August. The Kansas native knows how to get it done at the 1.5-mile oval as he went to victory lane in the truck series at the track in 2011.

"This is going to be a fun weekend. To get back in a truck and carry the colors for Georgia Boot is going to be fun; to do it at my hometrack just makes it that much better,” said Bowyer in a release. “I've had some success in the Truck Series - overall and at Kansas - and GMS Racing has had strong Chevrolets to start out the season, so I think together we'll be able to have a good run."

Parker Kligerman will strap behind the wheel of the No. 92 BTS Tire Ford with Ricky Benton Racing. Kligerman enters the weekend looking to capture his second career win in the Camping World Truck Series. The Connecticut native sits second in the series standings.

"I love Kansas," Kligerman said in a release. "Since the repave a few years back, it is a flat-out drafting track. Track position is critical here and passing comes at a premium, so we are going to have to have a good qualifying effort and I am sure Mike (Hester) will make some good strategy calls to get us up front."

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can listen to live radio coverage of the race on MRN or SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

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