The Camping World Truck Series Striping Technology 350 from Texas Motor Speedway starts on Friday, November 4th at 8:00 p.m. ET. The race will be televised on the Fox Sports 1 Network. This is the second race in the last round of the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase.
William Byron drove his Toyota to his first career CWTS win at Kansas Speedway, but Texas Motor Speedway is where he really caught fire. The greenhorn driver, pulled off a late-race pass of Matt Crafton at the 1.5-mile track and never looked back. Byron drove on to take the checkered flag and capture his second triumph of the 2016 season.
William Byron had the most wins in the Camping World Truck Series’ regular season. Moving into the event at Texas, rookie William Byron is trying to join Erik Jones as the second straight Kyle Busch Motorsports driver to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. The talented youngster is also striving to join Jones as the only driver to take home the championship in the same season.
Now, only three contests are left in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase heading into Friday’s Striping Technology 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. With his victory at Martinsville Speedway, Johnny Sauter cemented his place in the Championship race slated at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18th.
“The key deal is liking a race track, and I can’t think of a better race track to decide a championship than Homestead,” Sauter said. “It’s also a very racy place – you can run all over the race track. I feel like we are peaking at the right time. I feel like we’ve also kind of saved some of our best bullets, so to speak, for the end, and we can go and really work hard on our Homestead piece for these next couple weeks.”
Behind Johnny Sauter on the Chase Grid is Kyle Busch Racing’s Christopher Bell, who sits 13 points in front of Matt Crafton. One spot past him, sits Red Horse Racing’s Timothy Peters. Behind him is the rookie phenom William Byron. Behind Byron is veteran driver Matt Crafton and then Maury Gallagher’s Ben Kennedy sits -10 points out in last.
William Byron’s teammate Christopher Bell has as good as chance as anybody to drive away with the CWTS championship. Bell has tallied ten top 10 finishes in his last 12 races in 2016.
Furthermore, the wet-behind the ears driver, hasn’t finished worse than sixth in his last six starts. The driver of the #4 JBL Toyota has posted the best average finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase (4.5). He managed to guide his hot-rod to a ninth place finish in the first race at Texas this year.
Timothy Peters likes his chances of capturing a victory in the Striping Technology 350. Peters has recorded 17 starts at Texas Motor Speedway. He has one top five finish and five top 10’s at the one and a half mile venue. Peters has an average starting position of 13.1 and an average finishing position of 14.4.
Matt Crafton has to be considered the favorite to win the Striping Technology 350 on Friday evening. In the last race here, Crafton led a race-high 133 laps of the 167 turned and finished out his day in second.
The Duke Thorson driver has made 31 starts at Texas, heading into the Striping Technology 350. He has totaled two wins, one in 2014 and again in 2015. Crafton also has 12 top five finishes and another 20 top 10’s. The savvy driver has reeled in three pole positions. He also has an average starting position of 13.2 and finishing average of 9.2.
Finally, is Maury Gallagher Racing’s Ben Kennedy. Kennedy has done well for himself at Texas Motor Speedway over the previous few races. The quick learner, has finished in the top ten in the last three races at 1.5 mile track.
He also took the checkered flag in fourth here in June. It wouldn’t surprise anybody if Kennedy should find himself out in front when the checkered flag is raised once again for the Striping Technology 350.
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