Race:Friday, November 18, 2016 in Homestead FL
Title Sponsor: Ford EcoBoost
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:18pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1 - 8:00pm/et
Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Hermie Sadler, Matt Yocum, Kaitlyn Vinci
NCWTS Setup: John Roberts, Todd Bodine
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Times are local to the Track
Thursday, November 17
12:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
1:00 PM 4:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:30 PM 5:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
4:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS EXIT
Friday, November 18
7:00 AM 8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
7:30 AM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
8:30 AM 9:30 AM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
10:30 AM 11:25 AM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
3:45 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
6:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR XFINITY SERIES GARAGE AREA TENT)
7:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
8:00 PM NCWTS RACE (134 LAPS, 201 MILES)
NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Byron wins Truck Series finale at Homestead; Sauter wins title: #9-William Byron won the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway on Friday, closing out the season with seven wins, Rookie of the Year honors, and an owner's championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports. But it was #21-Johnny Sauter, who finished third and won the inaugural Chase in the Camping World Truck Series.
Byron took the lead with 10 laps to go. Sauter passed #88-Matt Crafton with 16 to go for the third position, giving him the advantage in the championship.
#29-Tyler Reddick, finished between Byron and Sauter in second. His team opted for two tires during the final pitstop for track position. Also under that stop, the #24-Kyle Larson, lost multiple spots on pitroad. Larson was leading before the caution flag that allowed the stops. He finished fourth. #19-Daniel Hemric, #51-Daniel Suarez, #88-Matt Crafton, #8-Christopher Bell, #17-Timothy Peters, and #00-Cole Custer were the top-10.
There were 4 cautions for 18 laps and 15 lead changes among 5 leaders.
The average speed was 129.747mph.
Complete results are on the Homestead race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Homestead Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-18-2016)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship Fast Facts
Driver Champion: Johnny Sauter
Team: No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet Silverado
Johnny Sauter won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship; becoming the first inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase champion.
Sauter is the 15th different driver to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.
Sauter finished third in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to claim the title.
Sauter finished the 2016 season with three wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s and one pole.
Owner Of Driver Champion: Maurice Gallagher Jr., GMS Racing:
This is GMS Racing's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship (Johnny Sauter, 2016).
Maurice Gallagher Jr. is the 15th different owner to have a driver win a championship. In 2013, GMS Racing made its series debut with driver Spencer Gallagher in the No. 23 at Kansas Speedway.
Crew Chief Champion: Joe Shear Jr.
This is Joe Shear Jr.'s first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship; his previous best standings finish was second at Curb Racing with driver Johnny Sauter in 2011.
Shear Jr. has 13 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories with three drivers - Kasey Kahne (one), Cole Custer (two) and Johnny Sauter (10).
Owner Champion: Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, No. 9 Toyota Tundra
Kyle Busch Motorsports has won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner championship with the No. 9 Toyota Tundra team; led by crew chief Ryan Fugle and driver William Byron.
This is Kyle Busch Motorsport's fourth-consecutive and fifth all-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner championship.
Kyle Busch Motorsports' previous owner championships were in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 - KBM's No. 51 tied ThorSport Racing's No. 88 in owner points in 2013, but was awarded the championship due the tiebreaker (wins).
KBM is the first team in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history to win four consecutive owner championships.
Kyle Busch Motorsports now has the most owner titles in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with five.
Homestead Race Fast Facts:
William Byron won the 21st Annual Ford EcoBoost 200, his seventh victory in 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his seventh victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2016. This is his first victory and first top-10 finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016.
Johnny Sauter (C) (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in ten races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
William Byron (first) was the highest finishing rookie and has won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award this season.
Johnny Sauter is the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver champion.
Driver standings following Homestead:
1) #21-Johnny Sauter [3 wins], 4030
2) #88-Matt Crafton [2 wins], 4026, -4
3) #4-Christopher Bell# [1 win], 4025, -5
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 4024, -6
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(11-18-2016)
Unofficial Top 10 in 2016 Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
(using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
1) #21-Johnny Sauter [3 wins], 592
2) #9-William Byron# [7 wins], 589, -3
3) #19-Daniel Hemric, 566, -26
4) #17-Timothy Peters, 558, -34
5) #4-Christopher Bell# [1 win], 550, -42
6) #88-Matt Crafton [2 wins], 528, -64
7) #29-Tyler Reddick [1 win], 511, - 81
8) #00-Cole Custer, 502, -90
9) #33-Ben Kennedy [1 win], 501, -91
10) #13-Cameron Hayley, 476, -116
11) #8-John Hunter Nemechek [2 wins], 470, -122 (penalized 10 points failed tech inspection at N.H.)
Owner Standings following Homestead are posted (pdf).(11-18-2016)
Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Homestead: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none
Caution 2: #66-Jordan Anderson, 24th
Caution 3: #11-Matt Tifft, 12th
Caution 4: #18-Noah Gragson, 15th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Byron on pole at Homestead: #9-William Byron won the pole for the final race of the Truck Series season, the FordEcoBoost 200, at Homestead Miami Speedway with a speed of 170.886mph. #00-Cole Custer will start second, followed by #24-Kyle Larson, championship contender #88-Matt Crafton, #23-Spencer Gallagher, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #29-Tyler Reddick, championship contender #4-Christopher Bell, #05-Brady Boswell, and #18-Noah Gragson.
The remaining championship contenders: #17-Timothy Peters, will start 13th and #21-Johnny Sauter will start 19th.
Did Not Qualify: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, #44-Tommy Joe Martins, #63-Norm Benning.
See complete lineup on the Starting lineup (pdf) page.(11-18-2016)
Homestead Qualifying Notes:
William Byron won the Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 21st Annual Ford EcoBoost 200 with a lap of 31.600 seconds, 170.886 mph.
This is his third pole in 24 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his third pole and 20th top-10 start in 2016.
This is his first pole in one races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Cole Custer (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2016 and his first in one races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his third in three races this season.
William Byron (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Championship 4 Starting Positions: Matt Crafton (fourth), Christopher Bell (eighth), Timothy Peters (13th) and Johnny Sauter (19th).
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Byron fastest in final Truck practice: #9-William Byron was fastest in final practice for the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway with a speed of 171.778mph. He was followed by #51-Daniel Suarez, #00-Cole Custer, #05-Brady Boswell, #4-Christopher Bell, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #97-Jesse Little, #13-Cameron Hayley, #41-Ben Rhodes, and #92-Grant Enfinger.
Bell was the only Championship contender within the top-10. #88-Matt Crafton was 15th. #17-Timothy Peters was 18th, and #21-Johnny Sauter was 23rd.
35 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Homestead practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-18-2016)
Byron fastest in first Truck practice: #9-William Byron was fastest during opening practice at Homestead Miami Speedway with a speed of 171.411mph. #24-Kyle Larson was second, followed by #21-Johnny Sauter, #00-Cole Custer, #88-Matt Crafton, #29-Tyler Reddick, #33-Ben Kennedy, #41-Ben Rhodes, #19-Daniel Hemric, and #23-Spencer Gallagher.
Sauter, Crafton are among four drivers competing for the championship in the season-finale. #17-Timopthy Peters was 11th and #4-Christopher Bell, the remaining Chase driver, was 14th during the session.
34 drivers practiced during the session.
See complete results on the Homestead practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-18-2016)
Truck Series Entry List: There are 35 trucks on the preliminary entry list for Friday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway. A few notes:
Travis Kvapil is in the #1 this week;
Matt Mills is listed in the #07 but Patrick Staropoli announced he would be driving;
Jennifer Jo Cobb isn't listed, but expected in the #10;
Noah Gragson is in the #18;
Kyle Larson is in the #24;
Spencer Boyd is in the #50;
Alon Day is in the #71;
Jesse Little is in the #97;
UPDATE: Grant Enfinger is in the #92 instead of Parker Kligerman;
UPDATE 2:Brady Boswell is in the #05 in place of John Wes Townley;
See the complete list on the Homestead entry list page.
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Race No. 23 - Ford Ecoboost 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Homestead, Fla. Fast Facts for November 18-20, 2016
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Camping World Truck: 6 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4684; Right-side -- D-4686
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm); Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi; Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Homestead this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams have run this tire set-up at Homestead, though they have run it at both Texas and Chicagoland this season . . . similar to what was run at Homestead last year, this right-side tire code (D-4686) employs Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound that is designed for grip, while the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) is toughened to enhance durability on the part of the tire sees the most heat and takes the most abuse . . . different from Homestead 2015, this right-side tire features a construction change, and a compound change on the outboard 10 inches to give the cars and trucks more grip . . . compared to Homestead last year, this left-side tire code (D-4684) features an updated construction and mold shape, as well as a compound change for more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Homestead last December 14 . . . drivers participating in that test were Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Brian Scott and Martin Truex Jr. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Homestead . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
Championship 4 Weekend Kicks Off With Camping World Truck Series Showdown
The inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 race kicks off what promises to be a thrilling weekend in Miami, NASCAR’s title town. Friday night’s race wraps up a four round elimination-style playoff that will crown one of four drivers as the champion in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The first of the Championship 4 drivers to cross the finish line at Homestead will become the 2016 series driver champion. Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters are the Championship 4 and have competed all season for the chance at the title in the Ford EcoBoost 200 (Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Championship 4 (By truck number):
Christopher Bell (No. 4 JBL Toyota)
The young upstart in the Championship 4, 21-year-old Christopher Bell, will attempt to keep the NASCAR Camping World Series driver’s title at Kyle Busch Motorsports for another year by achieving the same feat Erik Jones did last season - winning the series crown as a rookie.
In his lone start at Homestead last season, Bell finished 25th after running out of fuel on the 131st of 134 laps.
"Racing against three veterans that have made a bunch of laps at Homestead is going to be a tough battle - nothing can replace that experience,” said Bell, who is competing against Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter for the series championship. “I feel like where I have the advantage is that I'm driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. They are so competitive and have their stuff together and week in and week out when I show up to the track I know that I'll have a Tundra that is capable of winning. I've only won once this year, so I need to keep piecing that puzzle together - but there's no better place to start than this weekend at Homestead."
Bell boasts a 7.4 average finish in six starts during the Chase. He has finished no worse than 11th.
In 22 starts this season, Bell owns one win, nine top fives and 16 top 10s.
Breakdown by round of Christopher Bell’s 2016 Chase:
Round of 8: Bell registered a 4.7 average finish in the Round of eight, placing second (New Hampshire), sixth (Las Vegas) and sixth (Talladega) to easily advance to the Round of 6.
Round of 6: Bell put himself in good position to move on in the Chase by placing fourth at Martinsville, but hit a road block with an 11th-place showing at Texas. His Kyle Busch teammate William Byron suffered mechanical issues at Phoenix, a situation Bell took advantage of to sneak into the Championship 4 with a seventh-place showing.
Christopher Bell Fast Facts:
· In 2016, Bell has posted one win, nine top fives and 16 top 10s.
· During the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, he has posted two top fives and five top 10s.
· Bell’s average finish during the first six races of the 2016 Chase was 6.0.
· During the Chase, Bell posted a driver rating of 103.7 and an average running position of 7.4.
· At Homestead, Bell made his series track-debut last season starting ninth and finishing 25th; four laps down due to running out of fuel.
Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota)
A model of consistency, Timothy Peters is the one driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 without a victory this season.
The No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota driver has advanced by registering eight top-five and 15 top-10 showings for an average finish of 9.1. In the Chase, he has posted four top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 6.8.
“I love that place, worn out race track, you can go run up by the fence,” Peters said about Homestead-Miami Speedway where he will race Matt Crafton, Johnny Sauter and Christopher Bell for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. “If that isn’t working, you can go down to the bottom. There’s a lot of characteristics to that race track that can help your balance. I’m ready.”
Peters has logged a top-10 championship finish in each of his eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series seasons. His best championship showing was a runner-up result in 2012.
The Providence, North Carolina, native has never won at Homestead, but has three top fives and six top 10s in nine starts there.
For his career, Peters claims 10 wins, 56 top fives and 117 top 10s.
Breakdown by Round of Timothy Peters’ 2016 Chase:
Round of 8: Peters breezed through the Round of 8 with a fifth-place showing at New Hampshire, ninth-place effort at Las Vegas and third-place result at Talladega.
Round of 6: Peters started the Round of 6 off well with a fifth-place performance at Martinsville, but almost doomed his title aspirations with a 14th-place showing at Texas. He bounced back with a fifth-place showing at Phoenix to earn his bid to the Championship 4.
Timothy Peters Fast Facts:
· In 2016, Peters has posted eight top fives, 15 top 10s and a pole.
· During the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, he has posted four top fives and five top 10s.
· Peters’ average finish during the first six races of the 2016 Chase was 6.8.
· During the Chase, Peters posted a driver rating of 97.6 and an average running position of 7.8.
· At Homestead, Peters has made nine starts posting three top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 9.3.
Johnny Sauter (No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet)
No driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is on as big of a tear as Johnny Sauter lately. The No. 21 GMS Racing driver boasts two wins and a runner-up in his last three races entering Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).
Asked after the Phoenix race if he thought he was the favorite to take home the series title, Sauter said:
“Absolutely (joking). I mean I’d like to think so. Anything can happen. Someone just asked me down on pit road, ‘What’s your strategy to win the championship?’ I said, ‘Try to win the race, that’s the best way to do it. You’re going to have to go down there and be aggressive and also be a little bit smart. I’m not sure. It’s new for everybody. I don’t think anybody really knows what the official strategy is, but I think you’re going to have to be fast. With the way people are running and the guys who are in the Chase, I wouldn’t be surprised if the champion won the race.”
In nine career Homestead starts, Sauter claims one win (2011), two top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 11.7.
Sauter, whose only victory in the regular season was the opener at Daytona, has upped his performance in the Chase. In seven Chase races, he’s posted two wins, three top fives, six top 10s and a 4.7 average finish. He leads the Championship 4 in each of the aforementioned statistical categories.
Sauter’s best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship finish was a runner-up showing in 2011.
On the season, the Wisconsin native boasts three wins, 11 top five, 18 top 10s and a pole.
Breakdown by Round of Johnny Sauter’s 2016 Chase:
Round of 8: Sauter started the Chase off solid with a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire. He followed up the performance with seventh-place efforts at Las Vegas and Talladega to advance to the Round of 6.
Round of 6: Sauter clinched his berth in the Championship 4 by leading 50 laps on his way to Victory Lane at Martinsville. He won the next race at Texas for good measure and registered a runner-up showing at Phoenix.
Johnny Sauter Fast Facts:
· In 2016, Sauter has posted three wins, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s and a pole.
· During the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, he has posted two wins, three top fives and six top 10s.
· Sauter’s average finish during the first six races of the 2016 Chase was 4.7.
· During the Chase, Sauter posted a driver rating of 107.5 and an average running position of 7.3.
· At Homestead, Sauter has made nine starts posting one win, two top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 11.7.
Matt Crafton (No. 88 Black Label Bacon/Menards Toyota)
Advantage Matt Crafton in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway?
Sure looks like it.
In the last three years he has dominated the intermediate tracks on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit. In the series’ last 25 starts at tracks ranging from 1.5-1.54 miles, Crafton boasts seven wins, 17 top fives, 22 top 10s and a 5.76 average finish.
Crafton’s been decent in his career at Homestead with one win (last season from the pole), three top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 11.7.
“I have no friends,” Crafton said about the intensity of Friday’s race. “All my friends are going to come in yellow firesuits with Menards on them. We’re going to take the gloves off. I promise you that. We’re going to have no friends going into that race and we’re going to do whatever it takes to win.”
The No. 88 Menards Toyota driver will be racing for his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. With another title he can join Jack Sprague for second-place all-time with three Truck Series championships. Ron Hornaday holds the series record with four titles.
When asked if the pressure was off him Friday because he knows what it’s like to race for a championship, Crafton spoke with supreme confidence.
“Yeah, without a doubt,” he said. “I have nothing to lose to be honest. I have nothing to lose.”
On the season, Crafton has two wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s and one pole.
Breakdown by Round of Matt Crafton’s 2016 Chase:
Round of 8: Crafton started the Chase off hot, finishing third at New Hampshire and eighth at Las Vegas. He stayed out of trouble at Talladega, earning a 22nd-place finish to transfer to the Round of 6.
Round of 6: Crafton rebounded from a rough 17th-place result at Martinsville with results of second at Texas and third at Phoenix to clinch his spot in the Championship 4.
Matt Crafton Fast Facts:
· In 2016, Crafton has posted two wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s and a pole.
· During the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, he has posted three top fives and four top 10s.
· Crafton’s average finish during the first six races of the 2016 Chase was 9.2.
· During the Chase, Crafton posted a driver rating of 91.4 and an average running position of 9.4.
· At Homestead, Crafton has made 15 starts posting one win (last season from the pole), three top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 11.7.
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