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Here’s the final 2017 Camping World Truck Series driver standings

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Christopher Bell won the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200, with all four Championship 4 drivers finishing within four points of each other.

Bell finished with 4,035 points, 2016 Truck champ Johnny Sauter finished second in the standings with 4,034 points, rookie Austin Cindric finished third (4,032) and two-time series champ Matt Crafton finished fourth (4,031).

Click here for the final 2017 season driver standings.

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Truck championship field set for Miami

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AVONDALE, Arizona – Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric earned spots in next weekend’s championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway, joining Johnny Sauter, who enters after having won the past two races.

Bell, Crafton and Sauter, the reigning series champion, were in the championship race last year.

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MORE: Results of Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 Truck race at Phoenix

Bell clinched a spot after the first stage. Crafton clinched a spot after the second stage. Cindric earned the final spot when John Hunter Nemechek, who was in a must-win situation, failed to take the lead from Sauter on the final restart and finished second.

Click here for points report

 

Todd Gilliland paces final Truck practice at Phoenix

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AVONDALE, Arizona – Todd Gilliland led the way in the final Camping World Truck Series practice Friday with a lap of 135.461 mph

Gilliland, driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, was followed by playoff contender Christopher Bell (135.034 mph), playoff contender Matt Crafton (134.489), Noah Gragson (134.399) and playoff contender John Hunter Nemechek (134.138).

Among the other playoff contenders: Austin Cindric was sixth at 133.824 mph, Johnny Sauter was seventh at 133.328 mph and Ben Rhodes was ninth at 132.920 mph.

Gilliland also posted the best average over 10 consecutive laps at 132.630 mph.

Qualifying is at 5:30 p.m. ET and the race at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Click here for full practice report

 

Friday’s Cup, Xfinity and Truck schedule at Phoenix Raceway

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The weekend racing action at Phoenix Raceway begins today with the Truck Series, Xfinity and Cup Series all on track.

The Cup Series will have one practice round and qualifying for Sunday’s Can-Am 500.

The Xfinity Series will have two practice sessions.

The Truck Series will hold its penultimate race of the season, the Lucas Oil 150, this evening. Six drivers will compete for the final four spots to take part in next week’s championship race at Miami.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:

(All times are EASTERN)

9 a.m. — Truck garage opens

10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. — Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Final Truck practice (Fox Sports 2)

Noon – 9 p.m. — Xfinity garage open

1 – 2:25 p.m. — First Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

2:30 – 3:25 p.m. — First Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

4:30 – 5:25 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

5:30 p.m. – Truck qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (Fox Sports 1)

6:35 p.m. – Truck driver/crew chief meeting

6:45 p.m. – Cup qualifying (multi-vehicle, three rounds) (NBCSN, MRN)

8 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

8:30 p.m. – Lucas Oil 150 Truck race; 150 laps/150 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

 

Two Camping World Truck Series teams penalized for Texas issues

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All three major NASCAR series were in action this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Penalties were assessed to two teams in the Camping World Truck Series:

  • Kevin Bellicourt, crew chief of the No. 24 Chevrolet (driven by Justin Haley), has been fined $5,000 and suspended from the next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Points Event (at Phoenix) for an L1 penalty: Sections 20.17.3.2.1.2 and 20.17.3.2.2.2 Post-Race Front and Rear Body Inspection Heights — measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances. Team was also assessed with the loss of 10 driver points (to Haley) and 10 owner points. Also, the team’s fifth-place race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes.
  • Ryan Fugle, crew chief of the No. 4 Toyota (driven by Christopher Bell) has been fined $2,500 for a safety violation: Sections 10.9.10.4: Tires and Wheels Note: Lug nut(s) not properly installed.