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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 Preview


This weekend, three NASCAR National Division championships will be decided in a 3 day span. While most of the attention this weekend is focused on the CUP Series, The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will wrap up it’s first ever playoff Chase Friday night. Here are the drivers involved in this years Truck Series Championship 4.

#21-Johnny Sauter: The grizzly series veteran and former Sprint Cup driver enters the Championship 4 round with the most momentum. He won the first two races in the previous round (Martinsville/Texas) before settling for a 2nd last weekend at PIR. On top of that, his first race with GMS Racing was a win earlier this year at Daytona. If anything, if you believe in beginning to end theories, this guy is your man.

#88-Matt Crafton: Crafton has entered and conquered in the past entering Homestead with a championship in the Truck Series on the line, but nothing like this year’s Chase. After an up-and-down Round of 8, he found his footing in the Round of 6 with clean races and enough consistency to contend for a title for the third time.

#4-Christopher Bell: The tune “The Kid Is Hot Tonite” has fit Bell’s form entering Homestead and the Championship 4. After a hard luck start to his rookie season, Bell clinched his Chase spot in June at Gateway Motorsports Park and has since never looked back. He has only one finish outside the top 10 in the Chase, and that was an 11th at Texas.

#17-Timothy Peters: Peters is about as under-the-radar as you can get in the Truck Series this season. Despite zero wins all season, his consistency was enough to make it round after round in this year’s Chase. He has 8 top 5’s, 15 top 10’s and NOT a single DNF all season to his name. If you’re looking for Cinderella, Peters is the man to root for.

And The Champion Is… Matt Crafton: Forget the form ex-teammate Johnny Sauter enters the Championship 4 with, Crafton has been there and done that. His 2 titles were both won under some form of pressure from a rival, but nothing like what he’ll face. But, positive experiences in 2 of his 3 title fights (lone loss was Eric Jones last season) will arm him just enough to prevail Friday night for a third Camping World Truck Series title.