Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Camping World Truck Series clinch scenarios for Phoenix

Leave a comment

The final three spots in the Truck Series Championship 4 will be filled out this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

Johnny Sauter is the only driver to have clinched his spot after winning at both Martinsville Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Truck Series veteran will compete for his first championship in his first season at GMS Racing.

Two-time champion Matt Crafton holds the final transfer spot. He has a one-point advantage on Timothy Peters. Ben Kennedy is last on the Chase grid, 13 points out of a transfer spot.

Here are the clinch scenarios for Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150:

William Byron (0 wins, 3052 points) – would clinch on points with 30 points (third and no laps led, fourth with at least one lap led, or fifth with the most laps led). With a win, would clinch a spot in the next round.

Christopher Bell (o wins, 3051 points) – would clinch on points with 31 points (second and no laps led, third with at least one lap led, or fourth with most laps led). With a win, would clinch a spot in the next round.

Matt Crafton (0 wins, 3048 points) – If there is a winner who has been eliminated from Chase contention or is currently in a transfer spot, Crafton would clinch on points with a second-place finish. Can also clinch a spot with a win.

Both Peters (o wins, 3047 points) and Kennedy (0 wins, 3035 points) can only guarantee a spot in the Championship 4 with a win. They could still clinch on points with a new winner and some help.

Follow @KellyCrandall

NASCAR America: NASCAR’s stars hit the track for the ‘Little 600’ (video)

Leave a comment

Like more than three dozen of his NASCAR Cup counterparts, Joey Logano is gearing up for the longest race of the year, Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To warm up, Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and other NASCAR drivers headed to the GoPro Motorplex in North Carolina for the “Little 600.”

Check out how they fared in the above video that was on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.

 

Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images
Leave a comment

CONCORD, N.C. — Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, marking the second consecutive race at Charlotte Motor Speedway he has led the field to the green flag.

Harvick, a two-time Coke 600 winner, earned the top starting spot Thursday night with a lap of 193.424 mph in his Ford. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch, who won last weekend’s All-Star Race.

Chase Elliott starts third and is followed by Matt Kenseth and rookie Erik Jones.

Points leader Kyle Larson will start 39th in the 40-car field after not making a qualifying attempt. He hit the wall in practice and then his team couldn’t get through qualifying inspection until one minute remained in the opening round of the session. The team was unable to get Larson out of the garage in time to make an attempt.

Click here for Coca-Cola 600 starting lineup

Slugger Labbe: How do crew chiefs prepare for grueling Coca-Cola 600? (video)

Leave a comment

Veteran crew chief Slugger Labbe stopped by the NASCAR America studio in Charlotte on Thursday.

Labbe gave his perspective on how NASCAR Cup crew chiefs will prepare for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. While the race length will be the same as it has been for decades, one significant change will have crew chiefs developing strategy that they’ve never had to deal with in the 600, namely, four different race stages.

Labbe also gave his take on the positives and negatives of the Laser Inspection Station for both pre- and post-race inspections.

Check out the above video.

NASCAR: Remembering Martin Truex Jr.’s dominating 2016 Coca-Cola 600 win

Leave a comment

In one of the most dominating performances in NASCAR history, Martin Truex Jr. turned last year’s Coca-Cola 600 into a runaway one-man show, leading the field for 392 of 400 laps.

Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America took a look back at Truex’s record-setting win.

Check out the video above.