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GALLERY: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Leaving Martinsville
With all six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff drivers running up front throughout the Texas Roadhouse 200, it made it difficult to gain points in the standings. However, one of the Championship 4 spots is locked up with Johnny Sauter scoring the victory.
1. Johnny Sauter (Locked in)
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. He’s looking to kick-start the momentum soon, as his victory at Martinsville locks him into the Championship 4.
Notably, he has won three of the last four races at Texas, along with that victory last year at ISM.
2. Noah Gragson +24
The playoffs haven’t started off well for Noah Gragson with either an incident or slow pit stop taking him out of contention for a top-five finish, leading to just a pair of top-10’s in the last four races. As we’ve seen all season, he has the speed, but needs to figure out how to close the deal if they want to make magic happen. On Saturday, he ran second through the first two stages, but a slow pit stop caused him to restart outside of the top-12, with the Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers rebounding to finish seventh.
He has placed in the top-10 in all three appearances at Texas, and showed potential at ISM Raceway last year before wrecking while battling for the win with then KBM teammate Christopher Bell.
3. Brett Moffitt +15
Brett Moffit was considered an early title favorite, but the first round of the playoffs raised some red flags with just one top-10 finish. However, he is starting off the Round of 6 much better as he placed second at Martinsville on Saturday.
He placed 18th in his lone trip to Texas, and has yet to run a truck race at ISM Raceway.
4. Grant Enfinger +2
After running up front in the Texas Roadhouse 200, Grant Enfinger would go for a mid-race spin, resulting in a 14th-place finish. Considering what he could’ve lost to his competitors, the damage isn’t too bad as he goes from a four-point advantage over the cut-off line down to just two.
He has finished in the top-seven in each of his three Texas appearances, while crashing out of his lone start at ISM.
5. Justin Haley -2
Justin Haley may have told he told POPULAR SPEED earlier this month that Martinsville was the track he was worried about in the playoffs, but he was able to put together a solid run with a sixth-place finish on Saturday.
He has plenty potential to get into the Championship 4 as GMS Racing has been strong on the intermediates and Haley has shown that with a top-six in each of his three races there. Going to ISM Raceway, he has finished seventh and 14th in two events there.
6. Matt Crafton -10
Matt Crafton may be in the middle of what he describes one of his worse seasons to date, and that showed through on Saturday as he ran just outside of the top-five all day at Martinsville Speedway before finishing 13th.
He enters Texas with 14 straight top-10’s there, including a pair of wins. Meanwhile, ISM Raceway has been mixed the past six races with three top-fives to match three finishes outside of the top-20.
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