NASCAR Truck: chase standings after Martinsville Speedway
By AMANDA VINCENT
Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway marked the fourth race of the inaugural chase for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and was the first round of the second round, or round of six. Johnny Sauter guaranteed his spot among the final four drivers who’ll battle for the 2015 Truck Series title in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with his win Saturday at Martinsville.
As a result, three spots remain in the final four with two races remaining in the second round — races at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. After the Phoenix race, two drivers will be eliminated, sending four into the championship battle at Homestead.
Chasers Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters joined Sauter in the top-five of the finishing order at Martinsville, and, as a result, are the top-two drivers among the five chasers not named Sauter. Bell left Martinsville with a tally of 3029 points, with Peters a single point back with 3028.
William Byron, who also finished in the top-10 at Martinsville, sits in the early-round final provisional chase advancement spot, leaving Matt Crafton and Ben Kennedy in the provisional elimination spot. But Crafton and Kennedy have sufficient time to recover and, possibly, replace one of the other chasers, again, aside from race-winner Sauter, in spots advancing to the final four. After brake problems for Crafton and a late-race spin for Kennedy, Crafton leaves Martinsville nine points outside the top-four, while Kennedy is 10 points out.
Standings among the remaining Camping World Truck Series chase drivers after the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway:
1. Johnny Sauter (1 win)
2. Christopher Bell (3029 points)
3. Timothy Peters (3028 points)
4. William Byron (3025 points)
5. Matt Crafton (3016 points)
6. Ben Kennedy (3015 points)