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Camping World Truck Series Playoff Media Day



TSJNASCAR was granted special access to the Media Day for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Wednesday. I was able to personally interview 6 of the 8 drivers. However, all 8 were in attendance and answered questions from the media. Highlights from each driver are seen below.

Christopher Bell

The Regular Season Champion is riding high into the Playoffs. He has one valuable asset none of his competitors have, team owner Kyle Busch. “Nobody knows this format better than him, after missing so many races and still winning the championship. Kyle was awesome in helping me out at Homestead last year when we were in the final 4. He gave me a lot of advice while basically spotting for me during the race. It was really cool to have him on the radio with me and helping me get everything out of the situation we were in,” said Bell. However, Bell knows that he still needs to win to advance back to Homestead. “We’ve won 4, but that isn’t enough.”

Austin Cindric

After a controversial win in Canada, Cindric has his eyes focused on winning the championship. “We’ll just have to execute throughout these Playoffs. Much like [team owner] Brad [Keselowski] did when he won the championship in 2012. He was racing against Jimmie Johnson and they executed in areas they needed to and I feel like we need to do the same,” said Cindric. “The 1 and 2 seeds (Bell and Sauter) have been the class of the field all year, so we have to execute to be on the same level.”

Ben Rhodes

Rhodes has had incredibly pressure-packed few weeks trying to make the Playoffs on points. With a hard-fought Chicagoland race behind him, Rhodes is very optimistic for Round 1 of the Playoffs. “We’re gonna build up our points on solid progression and take the opportunities as they get to us. I’m not worrying, I have faith in our program. I think we’ll be just fine [in Round 1]. I would consider this stretch here one of my favorite stretches of the schedule, so I’m really excited for this first round.”

Chase Briscoe

Briscoe’s season has been quiet yet consistent. He has only 1 finish this year worse than 12th. “In the first round, I’m looking forward to Vegas the most. Last year, Vegas was the best track for BKR, finishing first and second. I feel like our mile-and-a-half program is really solid and I’ve been told Vegas is similar to Chicagoland, where we had a ton of speed.”

Kaz Grala

As a rookie, Grala has had a roller coaster year. He did start off with success, however, winning at Daytona. However, inexperience at various racetracks will be challenging for Grala. “I’m looking forward to New Hampshire because I at least know the track. Vegas looks fun, it’s obviously a cool area around the track, but I’ve never raced there. That’ll still be comfortable for me because I’ve spent most of this year at tracks that I don’t know.”

Matt Crafton

The 2-time champion has a veteran’s outlook on the Playoffs. As 1 of the 2 elder statesmen in the Playoffs, Crafton has more experience and knows how to handle championship pressure. “I definitely think my experience will be an advantage for me. I know the nerves I had in 2013 and 2014 and how to deal with them now.”

In conclusion, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs are sure to be an intense, dramatic, and action-packed 7 races. All 8 drivers at Media Day were locked and loaded for this weekend’s race at New Hampshire. The UNOH 175 will be live on Fox Sports 1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Saturday at 2 PM EST.