By AMANDA VINCENT
Friday night’s American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., is the final race of the Truck Series regular season, so it provides one final last-ditch effort for drivers not already locked into the series’ first ever chase to claim a spot.
Heading into the season-finale, six drivers have a lock on six of the eight chase spots by virtue of race win(s), including William Byron, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy and Christopher Bell.
While Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters aren’t locked in, they hold down the two final spots, point-wise, for provisional chase entry. Both have a significant enough lead over the next driver in line that the only way either would be on the outside looking in after Friday night’s checkered flag would be if a Truck Series championship-eligible driver other than himself or one of the aforementioned six drivers already with a win, or wins, got to victory lane at Chicagoland. If Friday night’s race provides a new winner on the season other than Hemric or Peters, Peters would be the first in line to drop out of Chase contention.
For any driver other than Bryon, Crafton, Nemechek, Sauter, Kennedy, Bell, Hemric or Peters to get into the Truck Series chase, he/she would have to win at Chicagoland.
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