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GALLERY: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4
22 races in the books, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series now comes down to the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With dramatics filling the season, there’s certainly more to be expected on Friday night when the best vow for the title.
1. Johnny Sauter
Season Statistics: Six race wins, four stage wins, 14 top-five’s, 17 top-10’s.
Last season, Johnny Sauter won at Texas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway ahead of the championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, placing third to win the championship. This year, it was a victory at Martinsville to get him locked in; he has finished 11th and seventh in the two races since.
Along with last year’s third, the GMS Racing driver has scored a top-10 in his four starts at Homestead-Miami to go with a victory in 2011.
2. Justin Haley
Season Statistics: Three race wins, one stage win, nine top-five’s, 17 top-10’s
Justin Haley used the contact between Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates to make the Round of 6 with a win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, and now used KBM driver Todd Gilliland‘s misfortune at Texas to score a victory and make the Championship 4. Combined with a sixth at Martinsville to start this round, he wasn’t kidding when he told POPULAR SPEED he was confident about his team’s chances. Unfortunately, he enters Homestead following a 28th-place finish at ISM due to an oil leak.
He finished ninth last season in his first trip to Homestead-Miami Speedway.
3. Brett Moffitt +22
Season Statistics: Five race wins, two stage wins, 12 top-five’s, 12 top-10’s
Brett Moffit knew he had a good chance to make the Championship 4 after finishing second and fourth to start the round, but took control of his situation by scoring the victory at ISM Raceway after a late-race pass on Noah Gragson and Grant Enfinger.
He has yet to run a truck race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
4. Noah Gragson +18
Season Statistics: One race win, 10 stage wins, seven top-five’s, 16 top-10’s
Noah Gragson is the only driver to not score a win during the Round of 6 that is in the Championship 4, but it isn’t for lacking of trying. He has shown speed to win, but either an incident or slow pit stop has hurt his chances. Despite that, a runner-up at ISM after a rough pit stop following stage two was enough to secure his chances and lock him in.
He has failed to score a top-10 in his two previous starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway, placing 15th and 18th.
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