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American Ethanol 225

TRACK: Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #16 of 23 for the 2015 season

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Race:Friday, September 18, 2015 in Joliet, IL

Title Sponsor: American Ethanol

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:49pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, September 17
11:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM 5:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, September 18
7:30 AM 8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM 11:25 AM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
3:35 PM (4:35 PM) NCWTS QUALIFYING

5:30 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)

NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Nemechek wins Chicagoland #8-John Hunter Nemechek won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the rain delayed American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday. Nemechek took the lead with one lap to go after #00-Kyle Larson ran out of fuel. #19-Tyler Reddick finished second followed by: #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Daniel Suarez, #98-Johnny Sauter, #4-Erik Jones, #00-Kyle Larson, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #54-Matt Tifft, and #05-John Wes Townley.
    There were 3 caution flags for 23 laps and 11 lead changes among 7 leaders.
    #00-Larson started the race from the pole after rain knocked out qualifying, a precursor to the postponement of the race from Friday night to Saturday.
    Complete results are on the Chicagoland race results page (pdf). (9-19-2015)

  • Chicagoland Race Fast Facts:
    John Hunter Nemechek won the 7th Annual American Ethanol e15 225, his first victory in 23 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Nemechek is a current member of the NASCAR Next class, a program designed to spotlight up-and-coming drivers.
    At 18 years, 3 months and 8 days, Nemechek is the fourth youngest winner in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history. Only Cole Custer, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott were younger when they won.
    Tyler Reddick (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Chicagoland Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Timothy Peters (third) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Erik Jones # leads the point standings by 10 points over Tyler Reddick.
    (NASCAR Statistics) (9-19-2015)

  • Driver standings following Chicagoland:
    1) #4-Erik Jones, 628
    2) #19-Tyler Reddick, 618, - 10
    3) #88-Matt Crafton, 617, -11
    4) #98-Johnny Sauter, 576, -52
    5) #14-Daniel Hemric #, 519, -109
    6) #13-Cameron Hayley, 517, -111
    7) #17-Timothy Peters, 512, -116
    8) #05-John Wes Townley, 500, -128
    9) #23-Spencer Gallagher #, 488, -140
    10) #11-Ben Kennedy, 483, 145
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-19-2015)

  • Owner Standings following Chicagoland are posted (pdf).(9-19-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicagoland: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #6-Norm Benning, 22nd
    Caution 2: #6-Norm Benning, 22nd
    Caution 3: #07-Ray Black, Jr., 10th
    (9-19-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Entry List, Practice results, qualifying information, pit stalls.

  • American Ethanol 225 postponed: Friday night's Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway has been postponed due to heavy rain. It will take place on Saturday at 10:30 am eastern. The race will be shown on Fox Sports 2.(9-18-2015)

  • Larson on pole at Chicagoland: #00-Kyle Larson will start from the pole for the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway after rain forced the field to be lined up based on the 2015 rulebook. #88-Matt Crafton will start second. #98-Johnny Sauter, #19-Tyler Reddick, #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Daniel Suarez, #13-Cameron Hayley, #4-Erik Jones, #11-Ben Kennedy, and #33-Brandon Jones. #16-Chad Boat and #18-Ross Chastain failed to make the field. See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(9-18-2015)

  • Larson fastest in first practice: #00-Kyle Larson was fastest during opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 175.052mph. #88-Matt Crafton was second, followed by #98-Johnny Sauter, #19-Tyler Reddick, #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Daniel Suarez, #13-Cameron Hayley, #4-Erik Jones, #11-Ben Kennedy, #33-Brandon Jones. 34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicagoland practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-18-2015)

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Larson fastest in first practice: #00-Kyle Larson was fastest during opening practice at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 175.052mph. #88-Matt Crafton was second, followed by #98-Johnny Sauter, #19-Tyler Reddick, #17-Timothy Peters, #51-Daniel Suarez, #13-Cameron Hayley, #4-Erik Jones, #11-Ben Kennedy, #33-Brandon Jones. 34 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Chicagoland practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-18-2015)

  • Entry list: There are 34 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Friday's American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. A few notes:
    Kyle Larson in the #00;
    Chad Boat in the #16;
    Ross Chastain in the #18;
    Austin Theriault in the #29;
    Chad Finley in the #30;
    Daniel Suarez in the #51;
    Mike Harmon in the #66;
    Jesse Little in the #97;
    (9-14-2015)
    UPDATE: The #1 and #50 have been added to bring entries to 36;
    (9-16-2015)
    UPDATE 2: The 03 and 66 have withdrawn;
    (9-18-2015)
    See the complete list on the Chicagoland entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - American Ethanol E15 225 Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Joliet, Ill. Fast Facts for September 18-20, 2015

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Set limits: Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4618

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm); Right-side -- 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear - 21 psi; Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 44 psi

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire set-up this week . . . this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run by all NASCAR teams at Chicagoland since 2011 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4618) was run at Chicagoland by Sprint Cup teams only last September . . . Xfinity teams switched to this right-side tire at this track earlier this season, while this is the first Chicagoland race with this right-side for Camping World Truck teams . . . this right-side tire employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- one on the inboard two inches of the tread for endurance and heat resistance, and one on the outboard 10 inches of the tread for traction . . . all these teams ran this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Texas earlier this season . . . they are scheduled to run it again at both Texas and Homestead at the end of the season . . . this tire combination was confirmed for Chicagoland in a tire test at the track on July 13-14 . . . drivers participating in that test were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Sam Hornish, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . 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..

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Jones vs. Crafton vs. Reddick: Three-Horse Race For NCWTS Championship

    The race for the NCWTS title is jam-packed, with Erik Jones leading second-place Matt Crafton by three points and third-place Tyler Reddick by 15 points.

    On Friday, the trio will continue their battle for the series crown in the American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

    Crafton's five top 10s at Chicagoland rank tied with Kyle Busch for the track record. His highest finish at the 1.5-mile track was a runner-up result last season. Dominant at intermediate courses, the No. 88 ThorSport Racing driver boasts a streak of 13 top-10 finishes at 1.5-mile tracks dating back to Kansas Speedway in 2014. Included in the streak are five wins captured at Kentucky (2015, the last 1.5-mile NCWTS race), Texas-1 (2014,'15), Atlanta (2015) and Kansas (2015). The only driver other than Crafton to win at a 1.5-mile track this season was Kasey Kahne at Charlotte.

    Jones has never competed in a truck at Chicagoland, but won the XFINITY race there earlier this season. He won the last NCWTS race, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

    Reddick, who has led the standings five weeks this season, finished fourth in his lone start at Chicagoland last season.

    New Winner Guaranteed At Chicagoland

    No driver on the entry list for Friday's American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway has won at the 1.5-mile track, guaranteeing a new visitor to Victory Lane.

    Drivers in the field with the highest Chicagoland finishes include:

    Matt Crafton - Second (09/12/14)
    Timothy Peters - Third (07/12/12)
    Tyler Reddick - Fourth (9/12/14)
    Johnny Sauter - Fourth (8/27/10)
    John Wes Townley - Sixth (09/13/13)
    Crafton leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a career-high four wins, while Erik Jones and Reddick each have two victories.

    Mr. 200: Timothy Peters

    Competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 11th consecutive season, Timothy Peters will make his 200th start in Friday's American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway. For his career, Peters owns eight wins, 42 top fives, 94 top 10s and six Keystone Light Pole Awards. His high championship finish was a runner-up showing in 2012.

    This season, the 35-year-old Toyota driver ranks seventh in the NCWTS with two top fives and eight top 10s. In six starts at Chicagoland, he claims two top 10s with a high finish of third (2012).

    Peters made his first career start at his home track - Martinsville Speedway - on April 9, 2005. Coincidentally, he won his first career race at Martinsville on Oct. 24, 2009, defeating two-time NCWTS champion Todd Bodine by 1.815 seconds.

    Larson To Pilot JR Motorsports No. 00

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. has tabbed Kyle Larson to take the wheel of his JR Motorsport No. 00 Chevrolet in Friday's American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

    The race will be Larson's first NCWTS start of the season. In nine Truck Series starts in his career, Larson has one win, four top fives, six top 10s and two poles. His last NCWTS appearance came in last year's season finale at Homestead where he finished second after starting from the pole.

    Larson earned his first NASCAR national series win in a truck at Rockingham on April 14, 2013. That day, he became the first Asian-American and first NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumnus to visit Victory Lane in a NASCAR national series race.

    NASCAR Next driver Cole Custer has made seven starts in the No. 00 this year, while Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman have each competed in it once. Custer piloted the No. 00 to Victory Lane at Gateway in June, while Kahne won in the truck in May at Charlotte.

    Additionally, Larson is scheduled to run in all three races at Chicagoland this weekend.

    NASCAR Next Takes Windy City

    Two NASCAR Next drivers are set to make their first career Chicagoland starts this weekend - John Hunter Nemechek and Jesse Little.

    Nemechek has notched a top-10 finish in his last two races, including a career-best third-place result at Bristol. Friday night's race marks his second career start on a 1.5-mile track (he finished 11th at Kentucky in July).

    Jesse Little takes the seat of the No. 97 Toyota Tundra for his second NCWTS start this season. He made his debut at Dover and is also scheduled to compete at Texas and Homestead later this year. Little has one win in five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2015.

    Mark It On Your Calendar - 500th NCWTS Race At New Hampshire

    At New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 26, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run its 500th race. The NCWTS began in 1995 and is in its 21st season of operation. Ron Hornaday Jr. has won the most NCWTS championships (4) and races (51). Mike Skinner earned the first series title driving for legendary owner Richard Childress. Over the years, many of NASCAR's stars have matriculated in the NCWTS, including Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Challengers: Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray and Brad Keselowski.

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4:30 pm/et, Friday, February 24 - TV: Fox Sports 1
Practices:
2:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1
4:00 pm/et, Thursday, February 23 - TV: Fox Sports 1

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