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NASCAR’s Friday schedule at IMS Raceway

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It will be a busy day for NASCAR today at ISM Raceway as all three national series will be on track.

All three series will have two practice sessions and the day ends with the Truck Series’ final playoff elimination race.

The wunderground.com forecasts calls for clear skies, a temperature of about 80 degrees and no chance of rain for the start of the Truck Series race.

Here’s the day’s schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Nov. 8

9 a.m. – Truck Series garage opens

10:05 – 10:55 a.m. – Truck practice (No TV)

11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Final Truck practice (No TV)

Noon – 9 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1 – 10:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN joins in-progress at 4:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports App, Motor Racing Network)

5:05 p.m.  – Truck Series qualifying; one truck/two laps (FS1)

6:05 – 6:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBCSN)

6:15 p.m. – Truck Series driver-crew chief meeting

7 – 7:50 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBCSN, MRN)

8 p.m. – Truck Series driver introductions

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

Truck results, point standings after Phoenix

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Brett Moffitt grabbed the lead on a late-race restart to record his fifth win of the season.

He beat Noah Gragson to the line after Gragson lost ground on a late-race battle with Grant Enfinger.

Harrison Burton finished third, with Enfinger dropping to fourth and Stewart Friesen rounding out the top five.

Click here for complete results.

Moffitt’s victory locked him into the Championship 4.

He joined Martinsville winner Johnny Sauter, who finished seventh in the race.

Justin Haley was locked into the finale with last week’s win at Texas. He blew an engine with 19 laps remaining and finished 28th.

Gragson finished second to round out the Championship 4.

Enfinger’s fourth was not enough to advance him to the finale.

Matt Crafton finished 11th and was also eliminated from contention.

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Noah Gragson wins truck pole at Phoenix

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Playoff contender Noah Gragson posted a lap of 136.075 mph in the final round of qualification for the Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway and will lead the field to green tonight.

He beat fellow playoff contender Justin Haley (135.221 mph) by .167 seconds.

Harrison Burton (134.887), Stewart Friesen (134.862) and playoff eligible Brett Moffitt (134.821) rounded out the top five.

Other playoff drivers: Matt Crafton (134.399) qualified 10th, Grant Enfinger (133.993) qualified 12th and Johnny Sauter (133.844) qualified 14th.

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

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It was a long and wild race that included three red flag race stoppages that lasted over a combined 37 minutes.

It also saw one driver who was in a must-win situation if he wanted to advance to next week’s championship race come up one spot short of doing so.

And it also marked a first win ever in the Valley of the Sun for the victor.

Those were some of the highlights of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix Raceway.

MORE: Patience pays off for Johnny Sauter at Phoenix, wins 2nd straight race

MORE: Truck championship field set for Miami — points report

Defending Truck Series champ Johnny Sauter won his second race in a week, and his first ever at Phoenix. John Hunter Nemechek, who came up short of advancing to Miami, was second, followed by Cody Coughlin, Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala.

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Patience pays off for Johnny Sauter at Phoenix, wins 2nd straight race

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Johnny Sauter won for the second week in a row – and earned his first win at Phoenix Raceway – capturing Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150.

Sauter, who won last week at Texas, came from behind, helped out by three big wrecks in the final 21 laps, that allowed him to go to the front and take the lead on the final restart with two laps to go.

The defending Camping World Truck Series champ heads to Miami for Friday’s championship race. He’ll square off with two-time champ Matt Crafton, Christopher Bell and Austin Cindric.

This could be one of the most compelling Truck championship battles, as it pits veterans and former champions Sauter and Crafton vs. 22-year-old Bell and 19-year-old Cindric.

John Hunter Nemechek, who needed a win to advance to Miami, finished second and was eliminated. Cody Coughlin was third, followed by Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala.

“It stinks to be that close,” Nemechek told Fox Sports 1. “We definitely have to keep our head held high. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

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

MORE: Truck championship field set for Miami — points report

With seven laps to go, leaders and Kyle Busch Racing teammates Noah Gragson and Christopher Bell got together and took each other out. Bell tried to stay on the track, but the damage on his truck proved to be too much and he came to pit road for repairs with four laps to go.

With 21 laps to go, contact between Austin Cindric and Ben Rhodes sent Rhodes crashing. Matt Crafton was unable to avoid his Thor Sport Racing teammate, putting Rhodes and Crafton out of the race.

“They took a cheap shot,” Rhodes’ crew chief, Eddie Troconis told Fox Sports 1 of Cindric. “If they want to go to Homestead and race like that, they’re not going to make it past Lap 1.

“We raced the clean and were better than them all year long. We deserve to be at Homestead. It sucks that they’re going to go. I believe NASCAR should park then and penalize them. … He doesn’t know how to race. It’s unfortunate it comes to this.”

Troconis and Crafton both had bitter predictions for Cindric at Homestead.

Said Troconis, “Obviously, they’re not going to out clean in Homestead.”

Crafton told FS1: “Just wrong place, wrong time. I told Ben (Rhodes), the 19 (Cindric) better not finish Homestead.”

Rhodes told FS1: “(Cindric) put me in a bad place and I was trying to do everything I could to keep the spot, but once we filed into Turn 1, we were all going to wreck. I don’t know if that was the right move on his part. … It looked like a desperation move. I guess if I was in his position, I can’t blame him, but it’s not the move I would have liked to see. … Just driving over his head, I guess.”

STAGE WINNERS: Stage 1 (Christopher Bell), Stage 2 (Christopher Bell)

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Austin Cindric not only reached the Championship 4 round, he also recorded his 13th top-10 finish in the last 14 races. … Bayley Curry finished a career-best 10th.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: On the restart following the Cindric/Rhodes/Crafton wreck with 15 to go, Dalton Sargent, Jesse Little and Ryan Truex were involved in a wreck that brought out another red flag. As soon as it happened, Truex said over his team radio, “What the hell just happened?”

NOTABLE: The race was red-flagged three times due to wrecks in the final 21 laps for over 37 minutes in total.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m a lucky man, what can I tell you?” – Race winner Johnny Sauter.

WHAT’S NEXT: The 2017 season wraps up Nov. 17 with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.