JOLIET, Illinois – Christopher Bell, who won a season-high four races, enters the Camping World Truck Series playoffs with a 15-point lead on Johnny Sauter, who won Friday night’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.
Bell has 2,040 points after the reset for the playoffs. Sauter is next at 2,025 points. John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton each have 2,014 points. Also making the playoffs are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Ben Rhodes and Kaz Grala.
“It’s huge, thankfully this year we were able to accumulate some points to have a little bit of a cushion going into the playoffs and just really thankful to be here at Kyle Busch Motorsports driving this No. 4 SiriusXM Tundra and not just SiriusXM, but all of our partners at JBL, TRD, Toyota and everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports, there is a whole group there that builds these Tundras and they do an excellent job and it really shows week in and week out.”
The Truck playoffs begin next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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Ryan Truex scored his first Camping World Truck Series pole Friday, claiming the top position for tonight’s TheHouse.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.
The younger brother of Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Truex earned the pole with a speed of 175.982 mph around the 1.5-mile track.
The pole comes in his 35th start in the series. Truex, who drives for Shigeaki Hattori, is the first driver outside the eight-driver grid that will make the playoffs that begin next week. He is seven points behind Ben Rhodes, who starts 13th.
Joining Truex in the top five will be Chase Briscoe, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton.
The race will air at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
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Here is a breakdown of the playoff situation for each of NASCAR’s three national series.
Monster Energy Cup Series
- One race remains in the regular season (Saturday at Richmond at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)
- 13 drivers are locked into the playoffs with a win (Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne).
- Three drivers (Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray) are the only drivers capable of making the playoffs on points.
- 17 drivers can still make the playoffs with a win,
- Martin Truex Jr has clinched the regular season championship and the 15 playoff points associated with it.
- Two races remain in the regular season (Friday at Richmond and Sept. 16 at Chicagoland).
- Four drivers are locked into the playoffs with a win (William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Reed and Jeremy Clements).
- Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole and Daniel Hemric clinched a playoffs spot on points.
- Cole Custer is in the playoffs if there is not a new winner who is outside the current playoff cutoff
- At least three drivers will make the playoffs on points.
- Elliott Sadler will clinch the 2017 regular season championship if he has a 61-point lead over second place in points following Richmond (he enters with a 91-point lead).
Camping World Truck Series
Brad Keselowski Racing’s Austin Cindric posted the fastest lap in Saturday’s opening Camping World Truck Series practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Cindric lead the way with a lap of 110.884 mph on the 2.459-mile road course.
He was followed by points leader Christopher Bell (110.820 mph), Ryan Truex (110.280), Matt Crafton (110.096) and NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman (110.088).
Final practice is from 11:35 a.m. t0 12:55 p.m. Qualifying will be at 5:45 p.m.
The series races at 2:3o p.m. Sunday.
Kyle Busch led the way in Wednesday’s final Camping World Truck Series practice at Bristol Motor Speedway with a lap of 130.477 mph.
The track record, which can only be set in qualifying, is 128.917 mph by Tyler Reddick last August.
Busch, who has four Truck wins at Bristol, was followed by Ben Rhodes (129.640 mph), Christopher Bell (129.509), Matt Crafton (129.509) and Johnny Sauter (129.264).
Bell had the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 124.808 mph.
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Harrison Burton spun late in the session but didn’t hit a wall. There were no other incidents.
Qualifying is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. ET. The race is set for 8:30 p.m. ET today.