Making NASCAR Truck chase: where they stand after Kentucky Speedway
By AMANDA VINCENT
With a visit to victory lane at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta after the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 on July 7, William Byron further cemented his spot in The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ first chase to determine its season champion and continued to rack up bonus points with which to start that chase with his fourth win in his rookie season.
Ten races into the 2016 season, Byron leads the way among championship-eligible drivers in wins. Matt Crafton is the only other multiple-race winner on the season, so far, with two victories. In addition to leading the Truck Series in wins, Byron and Crafton also are first and second in the points standings.
Three other championship-eligible drivers have one trip to victory lane apiece — Johnny Sauter, John Hunter Nemechek and Christopher Bell.
As a result, after 10 races, five drivers have provisional chase spots by virtue of race wins, leaving three other provisional chase berths determined by the points standings. With all five race winners also being in the top-eight of the championship points standings. The provisional chase field mirrors the points standings after the Kentucky race.
Here’s a rundown of the eight drivers currently with provisional chase spots and a few drivers just barely on the outside looking in:
1. William Byron (4 wins)
2. Matt Crafton (2 wins)
3. Johnny Sauter (1 win)
4. John Hunter Nemechek (1 win)
5. Christopher Bell (1 win)
6. Daniel Hemric (246 points)
7. Timothy Peters (233 points)
8. Tyler Reddick (215 points)
9. Ben Kennedy (203 points)
10. Ben Rhodes (201 points)
11. Cameron Hayley (194 points)
12. Spencer Gallagher (193 points)