Race Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
TV: Fox Sports 1
Friday, September 12
Qualifying: 3:00 PM ET
Pre-race: 8:00 PM ET
Race: 8:30 PM ET
Wednesday, September 10
4:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
Thursday, September 11
7:30 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
12:00 PM NCTWS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM 2:00 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
2:30 PM 4:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS & NCWTS REGISTRATIONS CLOSE
6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, September 12
9:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
2:10 PM (3:10 PM) NCWTS QUALIFYING
5:15 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY -CLEAR PIT ROAD
7:30 PM (8:30 PM) NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS, 225 MILES)
8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSE
Saturday, September 13
12:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE- ACCESS TO HAULERS ONLY & REGISTRATION OPENS
4:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE ACCESS
5:30 PM NCWTS GRID TRUCKS
5:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION-SECURITY -CLEAR PIT ROAD
6:00 PM (7:00 PM) NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS, 225 MILES)-POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY
6:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Busch wins at Chicagoland: #51-Kyle Busch won the rain-delayed Lucas Oil 225 under the lights at the Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday. #88-Matt Crafton finished second followed by: #20-Austin Dillon, #19-Tyler Reddick, #13-Jeb Burton, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #31-Ben Kennedy, #21-Joey Coulter, #8-Joe Nemechek, and #99-Bryan Silas. There were 3 caution flags for 14 laps and 17 lead changes among 8 leaders.
#98-Johnny Sauter started from the pole after rain erased qualifying. He finished the race 14th.
Complete results are on the Chicagoland race results page (pdf).(9-13-2014)
Chicagoland Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch(i) won the 6th Annual Lucas Oil 225, his 41st victory in 123 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his sixth victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Matt Crafton (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2014.
Austin Dillon(i) (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Matt Crafton leads the point standings by 5 points over Johnny Sauter.
Driver standings following Chicagoland:
1) #88-Matt Crafton, 560
2) #98-Johnny Sauter, 555, -5
3) #29-Ryan Blaney, 544, -16
4) #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 525, -35
5) #77-German Quiroga, 501, -59
6) #21-Joey Coulter, 492, - 68
7) #31-Ben Kennedy, 478, -82
8) #17-Timothy Peters, 475, -85
9) #30-Ron Hornaday, 400, -100
10) #13-Jeb Burton, 459, -101
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-13-2014)
Owner Standings following Chicagoland are posted (pdf).(9-13-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicagoland: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #07-Todd Shafer, 25th
Caution 2: #07-Todd Shafer, 25th
Caution 2: #02-Tyler Young, 11th
Sauter on pole at Chicagoland: #98-Johnny Sauter was awarded the Keystone Light pole for the Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway after rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying and set the field based on points. #9-Brennan Newberry will start second followed by #13-Jeb Burton, #20-Austin Dillon, #29-Ryan Blaney, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #51-Kyle Busch, #77-German Quiroga, #88-Matt Crafton, and #17-Timothy Peters. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(9-12-2014)
Sauter fastest in final practice: #98-Johnny Sauter was quickest during happy hour for the Lucas Oil 225 with a speed of 176.540mph. He was followed by #9-Brennan Newberry, #13-Jeb Burton, #20-Austin Dillon, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #77-German Quiroga, #88-Matt Crafton, #51-Erik Jones, #17-Timothy Peters, and #21-Joey Coulter. 27 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicagoland practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-11-2014)
Blaney fastest in practice: #29-Ryan Blaney was fastest during the opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 175.234mph. #13-Jeb Burton was second, followed by #51-Erik Jones, #54-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #98-Johnny Sauter, #20-Austin Dillon, #9-Brennan Newberry, #21-Joey Coulter, #77-German Quiroga, and #05-John Wes Townley. 27 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicagoland practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-11-2014)
Entry list: There are 30 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
Ted Minor is in the #12;
Austin Dillon is in the #20;
Todd Peck is in the #40;
Mike Harmon is in the #74;
UPDATE: Michael Affarano was added in the #03 and Adam Edwards was added in the #57;
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 15 - Lucas Oil 225 Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Joliet, Ill. Fast Facts for September 11-13, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4410
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi; Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi; Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi
Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Chicagoland this week will run the same left-side tire code, Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams will run their own right-side tire code . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Nationwide and Camping World Truck teams have run at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . this is also the same tire set-up that these teams have run at Homestead over that same span . . . NASCAR teams have also run this left-side code (D-4392) with a different right-side code at both Texas (all three national series) and Darlington (Cup and Nationwide) earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Sauter Continues To Lead The Pack
Johnny Sauter has made the upper echelon of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings his home this season. He currently leads the driver points standings over ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton (-7) and remains the only competitor to appear in the top five all season.
Don't plan on Sauter falling from his perch atop the standings anytime soon, if at all. He has a combined average finish of 9.2 at the remaining eight tracks (he has yet to make a start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway).
If Sauter can hold on to the No. 1 spot, he will clinch his first NCWTS title. His previous high championship finishes were a runner-up showing in 2011 and a third-place performance in 2010. Last season, he finished fourth after posting a career-high three wins.
Trailing Sauter and Crafton in the standings are Ryan Blaney (-13), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-38) and German Quiroga (-48).
Sauter has just one win this season, but has failed to finish in the top 10 in only two of 14 races.
He competes next in the Lucas Oil 225 on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1) at Chicagoland Speedway, a track where he has posted four top-10 finishes in five starts.
Chase Extends Beyond NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski have their sights set on more than just the 2014 driver's title. Both have teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and an owner's championship is not out of the question.
Brad Keselowski Racing's No. 29 Ford currently ranks third in owner points (-13) while Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 51 (-16) and No. 54 (-38) Toyotas round out the top 5.
A mix of current and former NASCAR Next members, as well as Busch, pilot the trucks. Ryan Blaney drives the No. 29 Ford, while Kyle Busch and Erik Jones split time in the No. 51 Toyota. Darrell Wallace Jr. races full-time in the No. 54 Toyota.
To capture the owner's title, the Busch and Keselowski outfits must catch up to the ThorSport combination of series leader Johnny Sauter and second-place Matt Crafton, who pilot the No. 98 and 88 Toyota Tundras, respectively. Rhonda Thorson's No. 88 truck trails partner Mike Curb's No. 98 vehicle by seven points.
Blaney won the last truck event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and will try to continue to decrease the points deficit in the Lucas Oil 225 on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1) at Chicagoland Speedway. He finished third in his only start at Chicago last year.
Busch, as usual when he competes in the NCWTS, is the odds-on favorite to win at Chicago. He boasts three victories in the five truck series events held in the Windy City, including last season's race. Rowdy's teammate, Wallace, could potentially beat his boss though. The 20-year-old has posted at least a runner-up finish in four of his last eight races.
Final Stretch Last Opportunity For Wallace Jr., Quiroga
Time is ticking for Darrell Wallace Jr. and German Quiroga with only eight races left on the 2014 schedule. The two drivers sit on the cusp of the top five in the points standings with Wallace (-38) fourth and Quiroga (-48) fifth.
Both drivers need to make moves to get into the top three and challenge for the points title. They currently trail third-place Ryan Blaney by 25 and 35 points, respectively.
Wallace has been on a tear in the last eight races, climbing four spots in the standings following two victories, two runner-ups and no finish lower than 13th. He has consistently had a fast truck with two pole victories and an average start of 8.3.
Don't count out Quiroga, who might have started to make his move at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, tying a career-best second-place finish. He continues to have a breakout season in his second full-time year on the NCWTS circuit with nine top-10 showings in the first 14 races.
Both drivers will attempt to tackle the track at Chicagoland Speedway in the Lucas Oil 225 on Friday. The two made their only starts at Chicago last year. Wallace finished 11th, while Quiroga came in 14th.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)