It’s been a long, agonizing summer for Stadium Super Trucks fans who have been salivating for more action since the series’ last round at Texas Motor Speedway in June. Their patience will finally be rewarded today and tomorrow with a brand new venue: historic Road America, which plays host to SST alongside NASCAR Xfinity Series and SCCA Trans-Am action this weekend.
SST is coming up big at its newest track with an all-star group of drivers, and with the names Mears and Andretti both appearing on the entry list, the doubleheader weekend should have a special pull with a segment of fan that’s been coming to the Wisconsin track for decades. But beyond that, here are the three storylines that will shape this weekend:
What can we expect out of Greg Biffle this weekend?
Few names can stake an honest claim to being bigger than SST founder Robby Gordon during any given weekend, but if anyone can, it’s Biffle. A past champion in two of NASCAR’s top three series, this will be Biffle’s first start in the high-flying trucks, as well as his first competitive race in quite some time, since leaving the Cup Series in 2016. He may be getting used to a brand new vehicle for the very first time, but an oft-repeated phrase during his peak Cup years comes to mind here: “Stick With The Biff.”
How will these trucks adapt to Road America?
Any time that SST comes to a new road course, the most interesting facet of the weekend for fans is seeing them take to the air for the first time. That means effective jump placement is key, and the series seems to have that down pat. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Dave Kallman reported on Twitter that there will be four jumps, including one near pit in on the main straightaway and in Turn 1 after the gravel. It’ll certainly be an adjustment for the drivers who have run at this track in other series.
Can Gavin Harlien find a way to whittle down Matt Brabham’s points lead?
With only three events (and an expected six rounds) remaining on the schedule, Harlien needs to make up five points per race to tie Brabham at season’s end. Sounds simple, right? Well, SST runs an inverted start order in all of its races, and drivers earn one bonus point for every position they finish ahead of where they started. That means that a driver who earns the pole and takes a podium can earn anywhere from nine to 11 bonus points in their first race. By the way: Brabham has four poles in six tries.