Camping World Truck Series Texas 2017 NASCAR Race Info
JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief 350
Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #21 of 23 for the 2017 season
Race: Friday, November 3, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX
Title Sponsor: JAG Metals / Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief
Race Time: 8:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:18pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FOX Sports 1 – 8:00pm/et
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Times are local to the Track and subject to change
Thursday, November 2
10:00 AM 12:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
11:30 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM 6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
1:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
2:00 PM 2:55 PM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
4:00 PM 4:55 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
Friday, November 3
9:30 AM 7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
10:30 AM 5:00 PM NCWTS Minors Permitted in the Garage Area*
3:00 PM (4:00 PM) NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
5:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VICTORY THEATER)
7:00 PM (8:00 PM) NCWTS RACE (147 LAPS, 220.5 MILES)
NCWTS = NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Sauter wins Texas: #21-Johnny Sauter won the JAG Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night, securing a Round of 4 playoff spot at the season-finale in Homestead.
Fellow Round of 6 playoff driver #19-Austin Cindric tried his best but fell short and finished a close second, while #4-Christopher Bell finished third. #29-Chase Briscoe, pole-sitter, #24-Justin Haley, #33-Kaz Grala, #98-Grant Enfinger, #16-Ryan Truex, playoff driver #88-Matt Crafton, and Martinsville winner, #18-Noah Gragson, completed the top-10.
Of the Round of 6 playoff drivers not in the top-10, #27-Ben Rhodes was 18th following a late miscue on pitroad and #8-John Hunter Nemechek ran out of fuel with 13 laps to go while trying to stretch mileage and finished 19th.
There were five caution flags for 26 laps and 11 lead changes among 10 leaders.
See results on the Texas race results page(11-3-2017)
Texas Truck Series Race Fast Facts:
Johnny Sauter (P) won the 19th Annual Jag Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief, his 16th victory in 219 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his third victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Austin Cindric (P) (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2017.
Christopher Bell (P) (third) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Chase Briscoe (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Christopher Bell (P) leads the point standings by 4 points over Johnny Sauter (P).
Camping World Truck standings following Texas:
1) #4-Christopher Bell, 5 wins, 3135
2) #21-Johnny Sauter, 2 wins, 3131, -4
3) #88- Matt Crafton, 1 win, 3104, -31
4) #19-Austin Cindric, 1 win, 3085, -50
Two drivers will be eliminated after Phoenix:
5) #27-Ben Rhodes, 1 win, 3080, -55
6) #8-John Hunter Nemechek, 2 wins, 3046, -89
See complete standings on Driver points standings page and the owner’s standings are posted on the Owner points standings page. (11-3-2017)
Stage 1 – lap 35, winner, #4-Christopher Bell,
Stage 2 – lap 70, winner, #18-Noah Gragson
Stage 3 – lap 147, winner, #21-Johnny Sauter
Free Pass – Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none
Caution 2: none
Caution 3: #50-Reaume, 20th
Caution 4: #50-Reaume, 20th
Caution 5: #6-Benning, 23rd
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Haley on Truck pole at Texas: #24-Justin Haley won the pole for Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Speedway with a speed at 186.181mph. Last weekend’s winner #18-Noah Gragson will start on the outside of row one. #4-Christopher Bell, #21-Johnny Sauter, #16-Ryan Truex, #19-Austin Cindric, #33-Kaz Grala, #88-Matt Crafton, #27-Ben Rhodes, #29-Chase Briscoe close out the top-10.
Remaining Round of 6 playoff driver not in the top-10: #8-John Hunter Nemechek in 11th.
Failed to qualify: none
The starting lineup is posted on the Texas starting lineup page(11-3-2017)
Texas Qualifying Fast Facts:
Justin Haley won the Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 19th Annual Jag Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief with a lap of 29.004 seconds, 186.181 mph.
This is his first pole in 25 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
This is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in two races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Noah Gragson (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2017 and his second in two races at Texas Motor Speedway.
Christopher Bell (P) (third) posted his third top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 18th in 21 races this season.
Justin Haley (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics) (11-3-2017)
Qualifying will consist of two single-truck rounds. Qualifying rules
Enfinger paces final Texas Truck practice: #98-Grant Enfinger was fastest during final practice for Friday’s Jag Metals 350 Driving Hurricane Harvey Relief at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 185.274mph. #51-Myatt Snider, #19-Austin Cindric, #24-Justin Haley, #21-Johnny Sauter, #8-John Hunter Nemechek, #18-Noah Gragson, #27-Ben Rhodes, #33-Kaz Grala, and #4-Christopher Bell were the top-10. Remaining Round of 6 playoff driver #88-Matt Crafton was 16th. 31 trucks practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 2 speeds (pdf)(11-2-2017)
Sauter fastest in opening Texas Truck practice: #21-Johnny Sauter was fastest during the opening practice for Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 182.871mph. #18-Noah Gragson, #16-Ryan Truex, #51-Myatt Snider, #24-Justin Haley, #4-Christopher Bell, #52-Stewart Friesen, #33-Kaz Grala, #13-Cody Coughlin and #29-Chase Briscoe were the rest of the top-10. 23 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Practice 1 speeds (pdf)(11-2-2017)
Truck Series entry list: There are 32 trucks entered for Friday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.
See the complete list on the Texas entry list page (pdf).
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event
Left-side — D-4702; Right-side — D-4718
Left-side — 87.52 in. (2,223 mm);
Right-side — 88.62 in. (2,251 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 25 psi; Left Rear — 25 psi;
Right Front — 56 psi; Right Rear — 52 psi
Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Texas this week will run the same right-side tire code (D-4718), teams in the Camping World Truck Series will run a different left-side code (D-4702) than those in the Cup and Xfinity Series . . . while this is the same right-side code Truck teams ran at this track in June, this is the first time they have run this left-side code . . . compared to what was run in June, this left-side features a compound change to be more heat resistant . . . Truck teams also ran this right-side code at Kansas earlier this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gragson Grabs First Career Win At Martinsville
NASCAR Next (Class of 2016) and Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Noah Gragson captured his first career NASCAR national series victory when he won the Texas Roadhouse 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
On a restart with 10 laps remaining, Gragson took the lead over two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and never looked back.
After taking the checkered flag, Gragson’s enthusiasm couldn’t be contained as he climbed up the frontstretch catchfence to celebrate.
Gragson added his name back to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors contention with the win and now sits in third place behind leader Grant Enfinger and second-place Chase Briscoe.
Former Champions Score Top Martinsville Finishes
Even though Noah Gragson came away from Martinsville Speedway the victor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, former series champions Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter showed they have their sights set for the Championship 4 at Homestead.
Crafton, the only driver in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history to win back-to-back championships (2013 and 2014), led 102 laps at Martinsville and won Stage 2 on his way to a runner-up finish.
Sauter, the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion, won Stage 1 of the race and led 33 laps as he finished third.
Both former champions sit top-three on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs leaderboard right now and look to be serious contenders in reaching the Championship 4 for the second consecutive season.
Sauter (second in Playoffs standings), is three points back of leader Christopher Bell. And the three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tracks remaining might as well be considered Sauter’s playground. He won at Texas Motor Speedway last year, finished runner-up at Phoenix Raceway and then scored a third-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win the 2016 championship a year ago.
Crafton (third in Playoffs standings), is 12 points back from Sauter and 15 from Bell. Crafton also has championship-caliber experience at the three remaining Playoff tracks. He’s won at Texas twice (spring 2014 and spring 2015), he’s finished top-five or better in three of his last four races at Phoenix and won at Homestead in 2015.
Both will officially look to punch their return ticket to the Championship 4 this week at Texas Motor Speedway.
Nemechek Entering Must-Win Situation
NEMCO Motorsports’ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs contender John Hunter Nemechek was struck with bad luck at Martinsville Speedway.
He crashed out his No. 8 Chevrolet after 37 laps at Martinsville – resulting in him finishing 30th. The finish put Nemechek last in the Round of 6 Playoffs standings and 62 points behind current leader Christopher Bell.
The good news? Nemechek has two chances left with Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix Raceway to win a race and advance to the Championship 4. Nemechek has four top 25s in four career starts at Texas and has finished inside the top seven in three consecutive races at Phoenix.
Nemechek currently sits 28 points behind Ben Rhodes, who right now would be the fourth transfer driver into the Championship 4 from the Round of 6.
We’ve seen Nemechek make magic happen already this season. After struggling in his opening race in the Round of 8, Nemechek was able to string together strong finishes at Las Vegas and Talladega to advance to the Round of 6.
He will need some help, and similarly good luck, to advance to the Championship 4 in the next two races.
NASCAR Next Drivers In The Top Five At Martinsville
Noah Gragson wasn’t the only NASCAR Next driver to score a top-five finish at Martinsville Speedway this past weekend.
Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton, both driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports, landed in the top five at “The Paperclip,” too.
In his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season, Gilliland fittingly finished fifth. Since struggling due to suspension and transmission issues in his first two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season, Gilliland has now finished in the top 11 or better in his last three series starts, including back-to-back top fives at New Hampshire (third) and Martinsville (fifth).
Making his sixth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports, Burton finished a career-best fourth. It was his first top five finish in a NASCAR national series race. Burton has yet to finish outside the top 18 this season for KBM.
Playoff Battle In The Lone Star State
Following the opening Round of 6 race at Martinsville Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs shift to Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 350 on Friday (8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner, while two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton finished right behind him in second in last year’s contest.
It’s important to note that current Playoffs leader Christopher Bell won the WinstarOnlineGaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season.
Ben Rhodes (fifth), Sauter (eighth) and Crafton (ninth) all finished inside the top 10 in that Texas showdown.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Clinch Scenarios
Below is a look at the clinch scenarios for all six Playoffs drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Round of 6 heading into Texas Motor Speedway:
Christopher Bell (0 Wins, 3083 Points): Bell would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win or could clinch on points with help.
Johnny Sauter (0 Wins, 3080 Points): Sauter would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win or could clinch on points with help.
Matt Crafton (0 Wins, 3068 Points): Crafton would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win or could clinch on points with a repeat winner and help.
Ben Rhodes (0 Wins, 3049 Points): Rhodes would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win.
Austin Cindric (0 Wins, 3038 Points): Cindric would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win.
John H Nemechek (0 Wins, 3021 Points): – Nemechek would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs By Round
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs began its Round of 6 at Martinsville Speedway, below is a look at the remaining NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs rounds and which tracks line up per round.
ROUND OF 6
JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway
(Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway
(Friday, November 10 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
(Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
Texas Motor Speedway Quick Facts
As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 350 Friday (8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), below are some series quick facts at the 1.5-mile track:
Pole Winners: 25
Youngest Pole Winner: Tyler Reddick (10/31/2014 – 18 years, 9 months, 20 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (11/02/2007 – 50 years, 4 months, 5 days)
Race Winners: 22
Youngest Winner: William Byron (06/10/2016 – 18 years, 6 months, 12 days)
Oldest Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (06/10/2011 – 52 years, 11 months, 21 days)
Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 5
Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Todd Bodine (06/08/2007)
Race Record: Erik Jones – 158.002 mph (11/06/2015)
Qualifying Record: Noah Gragson – 185.134 mph (06/09/2017)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings Update:Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra leads GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado by a rail-thin three points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after 20 races this season. ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-15), Kyle Busch Motorsports’ second entry, the No. 51 Toyota Tundra (-22) and Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 19 Ford F-150 round out the top five.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings Update: Through 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, Toyota leads Chevrolet by 48 points in the manufacturer standings, 753-705. In third place sits Ford with 629 points.