Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 2017 NASCAR Race Info
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #10 of 23 for the 2017 season
Race:Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Sparta, KY
Title Sponsor: Buckle Up in Your Truck
Race Time: 8:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:19pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports1 – 8:00pm/et
TV Listings, Links and Info: Jayski’s TV Listings Page
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Wednesday, July 5
8:00 AM 10:00 AM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
9:30 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
* 1:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
* 3:00 PM 4:25 PM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
* 5:00 PM 6:25 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
* = UPDATE TO SCHEDULE DUE TO DELAYED TEAM CHARTER FLIGHTS
Thursday, July 6
12:00 PM 7:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
6:15 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (BLUE GRASS HALL)
7:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NCWTS RACE (150 LAPS, 225 MILES)
NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Bell wins Kentucky: #4-Christopher Bell held off #99-Brandon Jones in the rain delayed Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night to win his third race of the year. #24-Justin Haley, #19-Austin Cindric, #18-Noah Gragson, #46-Kyle Busch, #75-Parker Kligerman, #88-Matt Crafton, #21-Johnny Sauter, and #02-Austin Hill were the remainder of the top-10.
There were eight caution flags for 42 laps and10 lead changes among 8 leaders.
See results on the Kentucky race results page(7-6-2017)
Stage 1 – 35 laps, winner, #27-Ben Rhodes,
Stage 2 – 70 laps, winner, #18-Noah Gragson
Stage 3 – 150 laps, winner, #4-Christopher Bell
Kentucky Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
Christopher Bell won the 7th Annual Buckle Up In Your Truck 225, his fifth victory in 40 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
Brandon Jones(i) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2017.
Justin Haley (third) posted his first top-10 finish in one race at Kentucky Speedway.
Haley (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 28 points over Bell.
Truck Series point standings following Kentucky:
1) #21-Johnny Sauter, 464
2) #4-Christopher Bell, 436, – 28
3) #29-Chase Briscoe, 390, -74
4) #88-Matt Crafton, 375, -89
5) #27-Ben Rhodes, 330, -134
6) #98-Grant Enfinger, 316, -148
7) #16-Ryan Truex, 315, -149
8) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 306, -158
9) #18-Noah Gragson, 299, -165
10) #33-Kaz Grala, 266, -198
See complete standings on Driver points standings page and the owner’s standings are posted on the Owner points standings page.(7-6-2017)
Free Pass – Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none
Caution 2: #49-Chavous, 19th
Caution 3: #50-Reaume, 20th
Caution 4: #10-Cobb, 21st
Caution 5: #99-Jones, 2nd
Caution 6: #49-Chavous, 19th
Caution 7: #83-Yeley, 17th
Caution 8: #51-Snider, 16th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Sauter on pole at Kentucky: #21-Johnny Sauter inherited the pole for Thursday’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway after rain knocked out qualifying and forced NASCAR to set the field based on the rulebook. #4-Christopher Bell will start second with #29-Chase Briscoe, #88-Matt Crafton, #27-Ben Rhodes, #51-Myatt Snider, #98-Grant Enfinger, #16-Ryan Truex, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #24-Justin Haley closing out the top-10 starters.
Failed to qualify: #87-Joe Nemechek.
The starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky starting lineup page(7-6-2017)
Qualifying will consist of two single-truck rounds. Qualifying rules
Busch paces final Kentucky Truck practice:#46-Kyle Busch was fastest during final practice for Thursday’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 180.886mph. #4-Christopher Bell, #33-Kaz Grala, #88-Matt Crafton, #21-Johnny Sauter, #99-Brandon Jones, #02-Austin Hill, #18-Noah Gragson, #24-Justin Haley, and #8-John Hunter Nemechek. 32 trucks practiced during the session. #29-Chase Briscoe cut a tire and hit the wall. He will qualify in a backup truck. See complete results on the Practice 2 speeds (pdf)(7-5-2017)
Enfinger fastest in opening Kentucky Truck practice: #98-Grant Enfinger was fastest during the opening practice for Thursday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway at 182.020mph. #46-Kyle Busch, #99-Brandon Jones, #18-Noah Gragson, #27-Ben Rhodes, #21-Johnny Sauter, #19-Austin Cindric, #88-Matt Crafton, #4-Chritopher Bell, and #33-Kaz Grala were the remainder of the top-10. 29 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 1 speeds (pdf)(7-5-2017)
Truck Series entry list: There are 34 trucks entered for Thursday’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. See the complete list on the Kentucky entry list page (pdf).(7-3-2017)
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 8 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 8 sets for the event;
Truck: 7 sets for the event
Left-side — D-4688; Right-side — D-4750
Left-side — 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
Right-side — 88.58 in. (2,250 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 25 psi; Left Rear — 25 psi;
Right Front — 54 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi
Storyline – Tire Test Yields Answers to New Surface Questions: For the second year in a row, NASCAR returns to Kentucky Speedway with a brand new track surface. After reconfiguring and repaving before the 2016 races, the speedway laid down another four-inch layer of asphalt on top for 2017. Because of that, Goodyear held a tire test at the Sparta, Ky.-based speedway in May. The goal of that test was both to tune the grip to the fresh surface as the Cup and Xfinity Series go to lower downforce packages and induce more wear on a new surface that won’t easily wear tires and take on rubber. The reason why the latter is important is two-fold – (1) when tires wear it often puts a premium on tire management and maintaining the car’s balance over the course of a full fuel run, and (2) when a track takes rubber, it creates multiple racing grooves and creates conditions for better racing.
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR national series in action at Kentucky this week will run the same tire set-up . . . teams will run the same left-side tire code (D-4688) as last year at Kentucky, but with a new right-side code (D-4750) . . . compared to what was run last season, this right-side tire features a compound change to give more grip and introduce more wear . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Kentucky on May 9-10 . . . drivers participating in that test were Kurt Busch, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones and Jamie McMurray . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
Magic Number 8: John Hunter Nemechek Eyes His Third Consecutive Win
John Hunter Nemechek is doing more with less, and has made it look effortless, especially in the last two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races (Gateway and Iowa), where he snatched the lead late and parked his No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet in Victory Lane. Now the ascending star has banked two wins and rolls to Kentucky Speedway this weekend for the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 on Thursday, July 6 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) looking to become the eighth driver in series history to win three consecutive races or more.
If Nemechek pulls off the win this weekend, he is looking to join some of the best to ever compete in the series like Ron Hornaday Jr. (who holds series record for most consecutive wins with five in 2009, he also won three straight in 1997), Johnny Benson (2008), Greg Biffle (2000), Todd Bodine (2005), Kyle Busch (2011 and 2014), Kevin Harvick (2011) and Mike Skinner (1996 and 2007) as a three-consecutive race winner.
Nemechek has a solid chance of joining that list this weekend. In two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Kentucky, he has posted an average finish of 6.5; including finishing runner-up last season.
Stage Left: Sauter, Bell and Briscoe Racking Up Mid-Race Points
It shouldn’t be too surprising the top three in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points, GMS Racing’s Johnny Sauter (points leader), Kyle Busch Motorsport’s Christopher Bell (second) and Brad Keselowski Racing’s Chase Briscoe (third) are the same three drivers that lead the series in the accumulation of stage points this season.
Johnny Sauter has held the series championship standings lead since Martinsville back in April, and has since opened the gap between second to 42 points following Iowa. A big key to Sauter’s success this season is his ability to gather stage points, having amassed 134 – the series-most. Sauter’s 134 stage points account for 30.9% of his driver standings total of 433 points. Sauter’s 2017 season has been a strong one. In nine starts this season he has posted one win (Dover), and the series-most seven top fives. His average finish this season is 4.2 (series-best).
Watch for Sauter to be upfront again this weekend as he has made 10 starts at Kentucky, posting two top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 11.2.
Christopher Bell is currently second (-42) in the series championship standings after posting three poles, two wins (Atlanta and Texas), six top fives (second-most) and eight top 10s (tied with Johnny Sauter for the series-most). Bell has also been one of the best at accumulating stage points this season with 106 (second-most) through nine races. His stage points total accounts for 27.1% of his total driver standings 391 points.
One can expect Bell to continue his assault on the stage points this weekend as he has made two series starts at Kentucky Speedway, posting one top five and an average finish of 10.5 – he finished fourth in this event last season.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Briscoe is currently third in the series championship standings, 76 points back from the standings leader Johnny Sauter. Briscoe is having an outstanding rookie campaign, having posted two poles, four top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 8.7 (fourth-best) in nine starts. Briscoe has also excelled in accruing stage points, as he now has 102 (third-most) this season. Briscoe’s 102 stage points account for 28.5% of his driver standings total of 357 points. This weekend at Kentucky will be his series track debut, but don’t count him out just yet. Briscoe has an average finish of 10.8 on 1.5-mile tracks this season, including a runner-up finish at Texas.
Kyle Busch Goes For The Triple Header
Sweeping a triple header has only been done once in NASCAR national series history and that record belongs to Kyle Busch, when he won all three races at Bristol Motor Speedway during the August 2010 events. This weekend at Kentucky Speedway, Busch will again try to match his record and compete in all three NASCAR national series including this Thursday’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 at 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). This weekend’s race will be Kyle Busch’s fourth start of the season, in his previous three starts he has posted two wins (Kansas and Charlotte) and an average finish of 9.3.
Busch has made six series starts at Kentucky Speedway posting two wins (2011 and 2014), three top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 8.0. In last season’s race, he finished 30th after being caught in an accident.
Playoff Bubble: Seven Races Left For Drivers To Seal The Deal
Only seven races remain until the cutoff for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs, meaning time is of the essence for drivers without wins to click their ticket to the post-season. Four drivers (Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter and Kaz Grala) are already locked in on wins, leaving four playoff spots up for grabs.
Chase Briscoe (+65) and Matt Crafton (+46) currently are the two winless drivers that have the largest points cushion ahead of Ryan Truex in ninth, the first spot outside of the playoffs. Briscoe will be making his series track debut at Kentucky this weekend. Crafton, on the other hand, will be making his 19th series start at Kentucky. In his previous 18 series starts on the 1.5-mile track he has posted one win (2015), five top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 10.4.
Next is Ben Rhodes (+18), currently in seventh in the playoff outlook and then Grant Enfinger is eighth with the last and final playoff spot – just eight points ahead of ninth-place Ryan Truex. Both Rhodes and Enfinger needs wins as soon as possible, because all it will take is a bad run and they could be on the outside of the playoff cutoff line looking in.
Rhodes has had a career season thus far, having posted three top fives, five top 10s and an average finish of 10.9. Rhodes made his series track debut at Kentucky last season, starting ninth and finishing 13th.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Grant Enfinger currently sits in the final playoff spot (eighth) just eight points ahead of ninth-place Ryan Truex. Enfinger will have his work cut out for him to hold on the final playoff spot but he has been consistent this season having posted four top fives, six top 10s and an average finish of 8.2 (third-best) in nine starts. He made lone series start at Kentucky last season, starting 17th and finishing 12th.
One thing going for Rhodes and Enfinger is this will be Ryan Truex’s series track debut this weekend at Kentucky.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Moonlighting Drivers: Tommy Regan, Ross Chastain, JJ Yeley and Brandon Jones are joining Kyle Busch as drivers who don’t content for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points and are also on the entry list.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Points Update: Following the ninth race of the season at Iowa, Grant Enfinger (122 points) is the series rookie standings leader; followed by Chase Briscoe (-5), Noah Gragson (-24), Kaz Grala (-30), Austin Cindric (-53), Justin Haley (-60), Cody Coughlin (-62), Wendell Chavous (-78) and Stewart Friesen (-92).