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On the day he competes for his second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship, GMS Racing officials announced that Johnny Sauter will return to the team for the 2018 season. Following a career-best season, Sauter will once again pilot the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado.

 

“I can’t thank the Gallagher family and Mike Beam enough for the opportunity they’ve given me the last two years. To be able to compete at this level, where you know you could win any given weekend, is incredible and I’m excited to be able to continue with the No. 21 team next year.”

 

Additional information regarding 2018 will be released at a later date.

 

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series thunders into Miami, Florida this Friday night for the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Ford Eco-Boost 200 will determine who will be the 2017 series champion when the first of the Championship 4 drivers takes the checkered flag and the series championship trophy.

The Championship 4 drivers, Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter, represent all three manufacturers (Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet) currently competing in the NCWTS. They also come from four different teams (Kyle Busch Motorsports, Brad Keselowski Racing, ThorSport Racing, GMS Racing). Three of the four (Bell, Crafton, Sauter) participated in the Championship 4 in 2016, with Johnny Sauter taking home the crown. Austin Cindric is a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate and is racing in his first Championship 4. Cindric hopes to be the first rookie to take the crown since Erik Jones in 2015.

Here is a quick review on how each of the Championship 4 drivers got to the final race and what their prospects may be to win the title:

Johnny Sauter - No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado

Johnny Sauter is the defending series champion and is looking to protect his crown at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night. He is currently on a two race win streak. In last years season finale, Sauter was able to finish third to earn the championship trophy. It was Johnny's first ever series title. If he can retain his title on Friday, Sauter would be only the second repeat champion in series history.

On the year, Johnny reached a career high win total of four, notching victories at Dover, Chicago, Texas and Phoenix. He had achieved a high of three wins twice before, in 2013 and in last year's championship campaign.

In the 2017 playoffs, Sauter only has two finishes outside of the top-10. He has earned two wins. Sauter has an average finish of 6.0 in the six playoffs races held so far. Johnny's playoff finishes have been: New Hampshire - Ninth, Las Vegas - 10th, Talladega - 12th, Martinsville - Third, Texas - Win, Phoenix - Win

In his 10 career races at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sauter has an average finish of 10.8 including one win (2011) and seven top-10 finishes.

Austin Cindric - No. 19 BKR Ford F-150

Sunoco Rookie of the Year Candidate Austin Cindric earned his spot in the 2017 playoffs when he pulled off a last lap pass in a memorable race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It was Austin's first career win. Cindric led the way for Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates in the 2017 playoffs, with Chase Briscoe and Kaz Grala joining him in the championship field. This will be his first career race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

2017 was good for Austin Cindric. He scored his only career win. Austin had seven top five and 15 top-ten finishes on the season.

In the playoffs, Cindric has top-10 finishes in every race. He has an average finishing position of 6.3 in the six playoff races. Austin's playoff finishes have been: New Hampshire - Eighth, Las Vegas - Fourth, Talladega - Fifth, Martinsville - 10th, Texas - Second, Phoenix - Ninth

Matt Crafton - No. 88 ThorSport Chevrolet Silverado

Matt Crafton made the 2017 playoff field by winning the series' lone dirt track race at Eldora. He was able to escape Phoenix with a 21st place finish and just enough points to advance to the Championship 4. Crafton is the only driver to win consecutive NCWTS championships when he took the 2013 and 2014 crowns.

To this point in the 2017 season, Matt has racked up one win, five top fives and 15 top-10s. Crafton carries a 9.5 average finish in 2017. In 16 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Matt has led 141 laps and had an average finish position of 11.4. He has one win (2015), three top-fives and eight top-10s while racing in Miami in the NCWTS.

In the first six races of the 2017 playoffs, Crafton has an average finish of 9.0. He has had a top-10 finish in every playoff race but one, which was at Phoenix when he was caught up in an accident and finished 21st. Matt's playoff finishes have been: New Hampshire - Sixth, Las Vegas - Seventh, Talladega - Ninth, Martinsville - Second, Texas - Ninth, Phoenix - 21st

Christopher Bell - No. 4 KBM Toyota Tundra

Christopher Bell had a breakout season in 2017. He led the series in wins (Atlanta, Texas, Kentucky, Pocono, New Hampshire), poles (Atlanta, Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega), top-fives (14) and top-10s (20). Christopher has compiled a 5.9 average finish over the course of the season and has led in every race but three (Dover, Bristol, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park).

Bell returns to the Championship 4 for the second year in a row, along with Matt Crafton and defending series champion Johnny Sauter. In the 2017 playoffs, Bell has taken one win (New Hampshire), collected two poles (Talladega, Phoenix) and has finished in the top-10 in every race. Christopher has a 4.0 average finishing position in the playoffs this season. Bell's finishes in the playoffs have been: New Hampshire - Win, Las Vegas - Second, Talladega - Second, Martinsville - Eighth, Texas - Third, Phoenix - Eighth

In his NCWTS career, Christopher Bell has competed at Homestead-Miami Speedway twice. He finished in eighth last year, which earned him third place in the final season standings. Bell finished 25th in Miami in 2015.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competes in the season-ending Eco-Boost 200, this Friday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Dalton Sargeant and the No. 99 Performance Plus Motor Oil, MDM Motorsports team head to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season finale with confidence after running inside the top-10 the week before at Phoenix Raceway. Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 will mark Sargeant's sixth career start in the NCWTS and his first ever start at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway, even though he's visited victory lane and earned championships at the South Florida racing facility.
 
Sargeant, a 19-year old NASCAR rookie from nearby Boca Raton has been dreaming about this weekend for a long time.
 
"It all started in 2006 when my brother Logan and I received 125cc karts for Christmas," said Sargeant.  "The closest place to make laps in the winter time was a track they setup in the parking lot of Homestead-Miami Speedway called Homestead Karting.  I was seven years old and didn't know anything about racing or karts or even what the different flags meant.  I can remember running that track for hours just trying to beat lap times.  Homestead Karting is the place where I found my passion and love for racing.  Our family would camp out in an RV for days right there in the parking lot, it's where we celebrated holidays and birthdays as a family so to say Homestead-Miami Speedway is a special place to me would be an understatement."
 
After starting his racing career at Homestead Karting, Sargeant went on to win several races at the .7 mile road course and even captured the 2010 Rotax Mini Max Championship and finished on the podium of the Florida Winter Tour Championship several times.  Sargeant eventually moved to Europe to peruse the top-level of karting and represented the United States in several world karting championships before moving back to North Carolina to compete full time in stock cars. He hopes his previous successes will transfer over to the much larger track at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 
 
"Making my first laps in NASCAR competition around the 1.5 mile track is something every kid racing in the parking lot dreams of.  I can remember looking at that huge grandstand off in the distance and hoping one day that I would have the opportunity to compete there.  It's exciting that I get that opportunity this weekend with Performance Plus Motor Oil and MDM Motorsports.  We had a really good run going last week at Phoenix but got caught up in a six-wide battle after a late restart and didn't get the finish we were hoping for.  Although I'm a rookie, I have veteran leadership behind me in Shane Huffman and everyone at MDM so I hope we'll be able to contend for a solid finish once again."
 
The Ford EcoBoost 200 from Homestead-Miami Speedway will take place Friday, November 17 at 8:00pm EST and will be televised live on FS1. Keep up with Sargeant and the Performance Plus Motor Oil, MDM Motorsports No. 99 team with live updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@DaltonSargeant and @MDMmotorsports) as well as DaltonSargeant.com.
 
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Young’s Motorsports announced today that 10-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) winner Timothy Peters (@TimothyPeters_) will return to the team and compete in Friday night’s season finale Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway aboard the team’s flagship No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado.

Peters, 37, most recently competed in Trucks for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in late Sept, where he delivered an 11th place finish after starting 20th in the Las Vegas 350k.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Timothy (Peters) back behind the wheel for us this week,” said Young’s Motorsports team principal Tyler Young.

“Timothy took a chance on driving for us at Las Vegas and really helped strengthen our program with new and fresh ideas while also reuniting with his former crew chief Chad Kendrick. We’re trying to utilize some of those ideas in Friday night’s race and hopefully, we can close out the season with another strong finish.”

The Danville, Va. native will make his 11th start at the 1.5-mile track on Nov. 17. In his previous 10 starts, Peters has mounted three top-five and seven top-10 finishes, including six consecutive top-10 finishes at Homestead dating back to 2011.

“I’m very thankful again for the opportunity to represent Young’s Motorsports this weekend at Homestead,” offered Peters. “The team is working hard to get better with every race and I hope I can bring some more experience and ideas to the table that they can take into the offseason and prepare for a healthy and competitive 2018 Truck Series season.”

Peters credits his success at Homestead to a track that suits his driving style, plus good equipment. Set for his eighth Truck Series run of the year, he is optimistic he can tally an eighth consecutive top-10 run in Miami.

“Homestead has been very good to me,” added Peters. “May not have had the best starting spot, but always found myself at the front at the end of the race. Chad and I will do everything we can to stretch the streak to eight.”

Longtime Peters supporters Autos by Nelson will adorn the No. 02 Chevrolet for the 23rd NCWTS race of the season.

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Overall, in 237 NCWTS starts, Peters has earned eight poles, 10 wins, 57 top-five and 121 top-10 finishes and has led over 1,500 laps in competition. In a span of 13 years, Peters has crafted an average start and finish of 12.7 respectively.

For more on Tyler Young and Young’s Motorsports, please visit YoungsMotorsports.com or click on his Facebook page. Young is also active on Twitter. You can follow and tweet with him @TylerYoung02.

The Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps / 201 miles) is the 23rd of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. A final practice has been etched in from 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:30 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Eastern (ET).

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In his second full-time campaign in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Christopher Bell has put together a season that ranks among the greats in series history. The 22-year-old driver will be looking to cap off his spectacular season by capturing his first NASCAR championship in Friday night's Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. 
 
After winning one race and finishing third in the Truck Series championship standings a year ago, Bell returned with a vengeance in 2017. Since capturing the pole and sweeping all three stages in the second race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., the dirt stalwart turned pavement prodigy has been widely considered the favorite to capture this year's crown and he's done nothing to sway public opinion throughout the course of the year. Entering Friday's championship race, the Oklahoma native leads NASCAR's third division in nearly every major statistical category, including wins (five), poles (five), top-five finishes (14), top-10 finishes (20), driver rating (118.5), average starting position (4.6), average finish (5.9), average running position (5.9), laps led (865) and fastest laps run (419).
 
Three of Bell's wins this season have come on mile-and-a-half tracks and a fourth came at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., a unique 2.5-mile track where many teams race the same trucks and similar setups to what they do at the 1.5-mile venues. Pocono happens be the last place that the No. 4 team raced the Tundra that they will unload for Friday night's championship race, KBM-38. "38 Special" was victorious at Pocono in July and also was Bell's winning chariot at Atlanta in February, as well as in June at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It also happens to be the same Toyota that William Byron won from the pole with in last year's season finale at Homestead.
 
If Bell win's Friday night's Truck Series championship, and does so by finishing eighth or better, he'll join elite company as one of four drivers in the history of the series who won the championship with an average finish below 6.0. 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Ron Hornaday Jr., accomplished the feat twice (1996 and 2007), and is joined in the club by Mike Skinner (1995) and Greg Biffle (2000).
 
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For one last time this season, Myatt Snider will sit behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra. He will secure his helmet, strap in his seat, slide on his gloves and start his engine - all for one last time. And this time, there's a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Owner's championship on the line.
 
Throughout the NCWTS 2017 season, The No. 51 Tundra has been shared by four different Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) drivers - owner-driver Kyle Busch, Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland and Myatt Snider. All four drivers have played their part in advancing the No. 51 Tundra into the final four in the Owner's championship playoffs, and now it comes down to one race and one driver to seal the deal, Snider.
 
Friday's race will be Snider's eighth start for KBM in the NCWTS this season. The 22-year-old made his season debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Snider started that race 13th and ultimately crossed the finish line 10th to earn his first of three top-10 finishes so far this season. Snider's second NCWTS race of the season came at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth where he was in place to grab a top 10 until a late-race spin relegated him to a 16th-place finish.  At Kentucky Speedway in Sparta he started the race from the sixth position, led four laps and ultimately crossed the finish line 16th. In his fourth race of the season, he took the green flag 10th and persevered from a mid-race spin to capture his second top 10 of the season at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Snider qualified ninth for the race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, but his day ended early after he was clipped from behind on the first lap and his Tundra ran into the inside wall first and came to rest on the outside wall. The damage was too severe for Snider to continue and he was scored with a 28th-place finish. Last month, Snider rolled off the grid ninth at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and earned his career-best finish of third at the superspeedway. In his most recent start at Texas, Snider started the race 12th and eventually crossed the finish line 12th.
 
For the season finale, Snider will once again don the patriotic colors of Liberty Tax Service on the hood of his No. 51 Tundra. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., last year Liberty Tax Service prepared over two million individual income tax returns in more than 4,000 offices and online. Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor to many charitable causes.
 
Kyle Bush Motorsports has a record five NCWTS Owner's championships. The No. 51 Toyota Racing team has one goal in mind as they prepare to race one last time this season - a sixth championship. With Victory Lane in mind, there's only 134 laps standing between the team and one more trophy to end the season.
 
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The final race of the season at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway can mean a lot of different things for different drivers. For one driver, it will culminate in a championship and having his name in the NASCAR history books. For some, it's putting a disappointing season behind them to start with a clean slate in 2018. For Las Vegas native Noah Gragson, the season finale falls somewhere in between. While not in contention for the 2017 championship, his rookie season has been full of highs and lows, which is expected for most young drivers moving up into a new series. The 19-year-old has learned from his experiences, both bad and good, and is already looking toward the future.
 
Gragson had his share of defining moments in the No. 18 Switch Tundra during his rookie season. He notched his first win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) last month at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and earned the coveted grandfather clock. He nearly won with a second-place finish on the road course in Canada. He also showed impressive speed by winning three poles at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Iowa Speedway in Newton and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. He has led 187 laps so far and hopes to add at least one more to that total Friday night, leading the final lap.
 
It has been a steep learning curve for Gragson facing a variety of new tracks and figuring out the aerodynamics of racing a truck. It's also a challenge to learn how to race against a new group of competitors in the NCWTS. This is not just any group of competitors either, it's an interesting mix of wily veterans like Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter, other rookies such as Chase Briscoe and Grant Enfinger, and even his own Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate, Christopher Bell. He was learning all of this while also completing his high school degree in April.
 
Friday night's race is a milestone for Gragson. Whether he wins the finale, or not, he has many achievements to be proud of this season and many more to come in the future. It's like the end of the school year, but without yearbooks to sign. Some of his competitors, like Bell, will be moving on to start his higher education in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. His fellow rookie classmates look ahead to their sophomore year where they won't be the underclassmen any longer. But as the drivers part ways for a few months off, they are already looking ahead to the start of the 2018 season.
 
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With the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season set to come to a close in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, Martins Motorsports with Faith Motorsports driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) is fired up for his return to the Sunshine State.
 
In February, Self, a native of Austin, Texas opened his sophomore season of competition with a thunderous second-place finish in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. And while the 21-year-old realizes that a duplicate performance may be difficult at Homestead’s ultra-fast 1.5-mile speedway, the Texan is optimistic about his chances.
 
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Homestead this weekend,” said Self. “It’s a neat race track and I always seem to have a lot of luck in Florida.
 
“This is my last race with the gang at Martins Motorsports with Faith Motorsports and I really want to go out there on Friday night and give these guys a finish they can be proud of.”
 
Since joining the team mid-season, together the duo has been able to put some respectable finishes together including several top-15 finishes while hovering inside the top-20 for nearly all their races run together.
 
Even though the team has been plagued with mechanical failures in their last two races together at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway, Self believes they can
rebound and peak even with just one race remaining.
 
“Everyone goes into the last race of the year hoping for the best, right?” he said. “No different with these guys. I feel like we’ve done a great job to be as fast as we have been and to make the gains throughout the races like we’ve done.
 
“Homestead is not an easy track, but it’s a place I felt I was pretty comfortable last November. It’s not a standard mile-and-a-half track, but I think that’s what makes it so compelling. It’s a multi-grove race track which can be extremely slick, especially when weather is a factor.
 
“Hopefully, we can have a good night and the team can have something to build with for 2018.”
 
Set to return to the Truck Series full-time next year, Self realizes that his opportunity to compete in the Championship 4 could become realistic with a lot of hard work and a positive attitude.
 
While he plans to remain respectful to the Championship 4 competitors while running his pace for his team and marketing partners.
“We’re going to race hard but be extremely respectful,” noted Self. “I would expect the same if the roles were reversed. I think this Championship format brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the series and we hope to have our moment amongst the Championship 4.
 
“I think the season finale will be just as thrilling and unpredictable as the season-opener and that’s awesome.”
 
In addition to AM Technical Solutions and B&D Industries Inc., Don’t Mess with Texas will serve as an associate marketing partner for Self’s 40th career NCWTS race.
 
Industry veteran Kevin Eagle will continue his role as crew chief.
 
In 17 races this season driving for AM Racing, Martins Motorsports and Niece Motorsports, Self earned a career-best second place performance in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and earned an additional top-10 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, both finishes driving for AM Racing. Overall, Self has earned one top-five, two top-10, eight top-15 and 12 top-20 finishes respectively.
 
The Ford EcoBoost 200 (134 laps / 201 miles) is the 23rd of 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races on the 2017 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Nov. 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. A final practice has been etched in from 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying is set for later in the day beginning at 3:30 p.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are Eastern (ET).
 
For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. 
 
To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.
 
For more on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing, please visit awsracing.com, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.

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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) teammates Christopher Bell and Noah Gragson had combined to lead the first 140 laps of Friday night's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway when a five-truck accident set up a 10-lap dual in the desert.
 
Having inched past Gragson to regain the lead moments before the caution flew, Bell elected to take the outside lane for the lap-140 restart. For over two laps the teammates battled side-by-side rubbing fenders for the race lead. As they exited turn four with eight laps remaining, Gragson got loose underneath Bell and spun up the track crashing hard into the outside wall before caroming back across the track into another truck. While trying to avoid the spinning Gragson, Bell made contact with the outside wall resulting in heavy damage to the right side of his No. 4 Toyota Tundra.
 
When pit road opened, Bell surrendered the lead to bring his Tundra to the attention of his over-the-wall crew. After clearing the right-side fenders and putting on fresh right-side tires, they returned their driver to the track scored in the 10th position for the ensuing restart with three laps remaining.  The Oklahoma native gained two spots in the closing laps to earn an eighth-place finish.
 
By finishing the Round of 6 with the most points of the six drivers remaining in the playoffs, Bell earned one of the four spots in the championship race next Friday at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.
 
Stage One Recap: 
  • Bell started the 150-lap race from the pole, while Gragson started from the second spot. Gragson would lead the first nine laps of the race, before Bell made his way back around him for the lead on lap 10.
  • The Oklahoma native would cruise to the Stage One victory, finishing over three seconds ahead of his teammate.
  • With the 10 points earned from the Stage One victory, Bell clinched a spot in the championship round. 
Stage Two Recap: 
  • Bell reported that the handling of his Tundra was good, but "migrated tight in lap traffic." When pit road opened, crew chief Rudy Fugle ordered up a right-side tire and fuel stop. With all lead-lap trucks following Bell down pit road, the No. 4 Toyota returned to the track at the front of the field when Stage Two went green on lap 48.
  • Bell had over a two-second lead on Gragson when one-truck accident slowed the field on lap 76 and ended Stage Two under caution. 
Final Stage Recap: 
  • When pit road opened, Fugle ordered up a four-tire and fuel stop and returned Bell back to the track with the lead for the start of the Final Stage on lap 87.
  • Two laps into the Final Stage, Gragson worked his way around Bell for the lead and would remain out front until the third caution of the event occurred on lap 122.
  • Gragson chose the outside lane for the lap-128 restart, but Bell would lead momentarily on lap 129. Gragson regained the lead on lap 130, just before a five-truck accident brought out the red flag on lap 131.
  • On the ensuing restart, Bell would work his way around Gragson just before another five-truck accident brought out another red-flag condition.
  • When the field went back green, the teammates battled hard for the race lead for over two laps before Gragson spun. The accident resulted in damage for both KBM Tundras.
  • While Gragson was done for the night with major damage, Bell's Tundra was able to continue, but severe damage to the right side would keep him from competing for the win.
  • After hitting pit road for damage repair and fresh right-side tires, Bell would limp to the finish in the eighth position. It was the 22-year-old's series-leading 20th top-10 finish of the season.   

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AUSTIN CINDRIC BREAKDOWN

As the Lucas Oil 150 entered its final quarter Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway, Austin Cindric's hopes of racing for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship appeared to be dim.
 
The driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 was running 12th with a truck that was too tight and trailed Ben Rhodes in the race for the final spot in the Championship 4. As the laps ticked away, it was clear that Cindric and the team needed a break to claw their way back into contention.
 
They got their wish on lap 123 of the 150-lap event when the third caution waved for a stopped vehicle on the track. 
 
With a new lease on his playoff life, Cindric took the opportunity to pit for right-side tires and adjustments when the pits opened on lap 126. He lined up 11th for the restart on lap 130 – and right on the rear bumper of ninth-place Rhodes.
 
Moments after the green flag waved, Cindric surged with a run and dove underneath Rhodes to pass. Rhodes moved down to block Cindric’s move, but was instant too late, and the No. 19 was already too far inside. With Cindric committed to his line, the two made contact and Rhodes spun, careening off the inside wall and shooting across the track into the path of teammate Matt Crafton. Both Rhodes and Crafton were sidelined in the incident. Cindric pitted on lap 131 for minor repairs to his left-front fender and restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 135.
 
With Rhodes in the garage and mathematically out of contention, the only circumstance now that could knock Cindric out of the Playoffs was a win by John Hunter Nemechek - which became a very real possibility over the final laps of the race. Two multiple-truck accidents on laps 136 and 144 moved Nemechek up to second, lined up on the front row for the final restart on lap 149, but Johnny Sauter held him off in the final two-lap dash to the checkered flag.
 
Cindric, meanwhile, picked his way cleanly through the closing laps and scored a respectable ninth-place finish, his 14th top 10 in the last 16 races. He will race Christopher Bell, Sauter and Crafton for the series title in the Ford 200 next Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway in an attempt to win Brad Keselowski Racing its first championship in its final race as an organization.      
 
CHASE BRISCOE BREAKDOWN
 
Chase Briscoe overcame early handling woes to earn a fourth-place finish in his first NCWTS race at Phoenix. Despite fighting with a Ford F-150 that was “plowing tight,” Briscoe survived a string of major late-race wrecks to score his ninth top five in the penultimate race of the 2017 season.
 
Taking the green from the eighth position, Briscoe immediately found that his Checkered Flag Foundation/Fisher House Ford F-150 was extremely tight in traffic, and he quickly dropped back to the 11th position. The 40-lap green flag run in Stage 1 did not provide the Brad Keselowski Racing team with an opportunity to adjust on their machine. When the stage conclusion finally allowed the team to provide service, crew chief Buddy Sisco called his driver onto pit road for four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and track-bar adjustments, and Briscoe returned to the track in 12th.
 
Stage 2 wasn’t much better for Briscoe. He continued to wrestle a truck that was so tight that the tires were chattering, and without a caution until the very end of the stage, the team was unable to assist him with his handling. When the yellow flag finally waved on lap 78, Briscoe was scored in the 13th position. Sisco and the crew once again took a big swing with air-pressure and chassis adjustments in addition to tires and fuel, and Briscoe took the green flag for the final stage from 13th.
 
By lap 123, Briscoe had dropped to 15th and was fending off the leader to stay on the lead lap, and the caution flag was fortunately displayed before he could be put a lap down. The team took one final swing at the No. 29’s handling, opting for four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and track-bar adjustments. Three major multi-truck incidents came in rapid succession beginning on lap 131. Each incident sent multiple trucks to the garage area and required extensive track clean up. Briscoe skillfully circumvented each scuffle, gaining positions on each restart. By lap 149, Briscoe had moved up into the seventh position, and he prepared for a two-lap sprint to the finish. In the closing laps, Briscoe darted up to the fourth position, ending the long night with his ninth top-five finish of the season. 
 
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