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GALLERY: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Leaving Texas
The misfortune for one driver became a gift for another, as GMS Racing now has two drivers locked into the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Who will join him? There’s still one more race to go to finalize that.
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 locked him into the Championship 4.
This past Friday night at Texas didn’t work out as well as he hoped, as an early flat tire along with contact during the second stage put him behind. He would finish the race in 11th.
2. Justin Haley – Locked In
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.
Going to ISM Raceway, he has finished seventh and 14th in two events there.
3. Brett Moffitt +22
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 and fourth in the past two races.
He has yet to run a truck race at ISM Raceway.
4. Noah Gragson +18
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 three of top-10’s in the last five 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, contact during the second stage put him behind, but he’d rebound for a 10th-place finish.
He showed potential at ISM Raceway last year before wrecking while battling for the win with then KBM teammate Christopher Bell.
5. Grant Enfinger -18
Grant Enfinger hasn’t started off this round as he envisioned. After placing 14th at Martinsville following a mid-race spin, he never found his groove at Texas en route to finishing 12th.
He hasn’t had the best of luck at ISM Raceway, either, crashing out in his lone appearance in the desert.
6. Matt Crafton -23
Matt Crafton may be in the middle of what he describes one of his worse seasons to date, and currently finishes of 13th and ninth have him last on the playoff grid.
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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