The inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 race begins in the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 18th. Friday night’s race, is set to start at 8:00 p.m. ET and can been seen on the Fox Sports 1 Network. The final event wraps up the four round playoff that will crown one of four racers as the champ.
The first of the Championship 4 speedsters to take the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the 2016 CWTS series champion. Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Christopher Bell and Timothy Peters are the Championship 4 competitors and have competed hard all year for a shot at the title in the Ford EcoBoost 200.
The 21-year-old Christopher Bell, will attempt to keep the NASCAR Camping World Series driver’s title at Kyle Busch Motorsports for another year. to do so, he will need to accomplish exactly what Xfinity driver Erik Jones did last season, winning the CWTS series as a rookie.
In his only start at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, Christopher Bell finished 25th after running out of fuel on the 131st of 134 laps. The Kyle Busch Motorsport’s phenom boasts a 7.4 average finish in six starts during the CWTS Chase. He also has finished no worse than 11th. In 22 events in 2016, Bell has laid claim to one win, nine top five’s and 16 top 10’s.
Timothy Peters has been the most consistent driver in the CWTS series in 2016. Unfortunately, the steady racer has yet to post a victory this season. The #17 Red Horse Racing Toyota driver has got to Miami by posted eight top five’s and 15 top 10’s for an average finish of 9.1. In the CWTS Chase, Peters has posted four top five’s, five top 10’s and an average finish of 6.8.
Timothy Peters has amassed a top 10 championship finish in each of his eight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaigns. The savvy driver’s best championship showing was a second place result in 2014. For his career, Peters has also posted 10 wins, 56 top five’s and 117 top 10’s. At Homestead-Miami Speedway, the veteran driver has made nine starts, posting three top five’s, six top 10’s and an average finish of 9.3.
No driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is as hot as Maury Gallagher Racing’s Johnny Sauter. The #21 racer boasts two wins and a second place result in his last three Chase races entering Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200.
Johnny Sauter’s, only win in the regular season was the very first event of the season at Daytona international Speedway. Currently, Sauter has steppe-up his game in the CWTS Chase.
In seven CWTS Chase events, Johnny Sauter has collected two victories, three top five’s, six top 10’s and a 4.7 average finish. He also leads the Championship 4 in all of the statistical categories.
In nine career races in Miami, Sauter claims one triumph in 2011, two top five’s, six top 10’s. This year, the veteran has also posted three wins, 11 top five’s, 18 top 10’s and a pole. I expect Sauter may find his way to the front when all is said and done on Friday.
Matt Crafton should be the favorite in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Over the last three years, Crafton has dominated the 1.5 mile venues. In the CWTS series’ last 25 starts, Crafton also has recoded seven wins, 17 top five’s, 22 top 10’s and an average finish of 5.76.
The Thor Sports racer has been average in his career at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Crafton boasts one win from the pole in last year’s race, three top five’s, seven top 10’s and an average finish of 11.7. In 2016, the two-time CWTS champion has totaled two victories, eight top five’s, 15 top 10’s and a pole.
“I have no friends,” Crafton said about the intensity of Friday’s race. “Also all my friends are going to come in yellow fire-suits with Menards on them. We’re going to take the gloves off for the Ford EcoBoost 200. I promise you that. We’re also going to have no friends going into that race.”
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