NASCAR Truck: advancing to the championship four
Johnny Sauter (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Heading into Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, the second-to-last race of the season and the final race in the round of six of the first Truck Series chase, Johnny Sauter is the only driver that already has a spot in the championship four for the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sauter won the previous two races in the round of six, last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and the previous weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
A couple of the other five round of six chasers — William Byron, Christopher Bell, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Ben Kennedy — also would lock-in a chase-advancing spot by winning at Phoenix.
Two of the chasers also are in position to secure championship four slots on points, regardless of how their fellow-chasers fare. Byron could clinch by finishing third without leading laps, fourth and leading one lap, or fifth and leading the most laps. Bell could clinch by finishing second, finishing third and leading a lap or finishing fourth and leading the most laps.
Crafton has a shot of clinching if a non-chaser wins at Phoenix. With a non-chaser winning at Phoenix, Crafton would clinch and advancing spot with a second-place finish.
Peters and Kennedy, meanwhile, would need more help to advance to the championship four.