Truck Race Preview: Charlotte

Matt Crafton

ThorSport Racing driver Matt Crafton is looking to go back-to-back at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Friday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 8 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 201 miles (134 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on lap 40), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 80), Final Stage (Ends on lap 134)

Races: 14
Pole Winners: 8
Youngest Pole Winner: Ty Dillon (5/18/2012 - 20 years, 2 months, 21 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (5/18/2007 - 49 years, 10 months, 20 days)
Race Winners: 7
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch (5/20/2005 - 20 years, 0 month, 18 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (5/15/2009 - 50 years, 10 months, 25 days)
Races Won from Pole: 3
Last Race Won From Pole: Kasey Kahne (5/15/2015)
Race Record: Matt Crafton - 141.855 mph (5/21/2016)
Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch - 183.773 mph (5/16/2014)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 36 - 11 Times 32 - 2 Times (5/19/2017)
Lead Changes: 14 14 - 2 Times (5/21/2016) 2 - 2 Times (5/16/2014)
Leaders: 9 11 (5/16/2008) 2 - 2 Times (5/16/2014)
Cautions: 3 10 - 2 Times (5/20/2011) 3 (5/21/2016)
Caution Laps: 14 47 - 2 Times (5/16/2014) 14 (5/21/2016)
Lead Lap Finish: 17 22 - 2 Times (5/18/2012) 12 (5/16/2003)
Running at the Finish: 30 32 (5/19/2006) 18 (5/16/2014)
Laps Led (Winner): 47 130 (5/16/2014) 7 (5/20/2011)
Margin of Victory*: 5.748 5.748 (5/21/2016) 0.005 (5/15/2015)

*Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution

Crafton Hopes To Conquer Charlotte… Again 
ThorSport Racing driver Matt Crafton is looking to go back-to-back at Charlotte Motor Speedway in this week’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200. 
 
Crafton has won at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice (2016, 2008) in 14 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts there. 
 
Crafton owns multiple track records at Charlotte Motor Speedway including: 
 
Races: 14
Top 10s: 11
Lead Lap Finishes: 13
Laps Completed: 1,866
 
Crafton also owns an interesting track record at Charlotte. With a minimum of five starts, Crafton has never registered a DNF at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his 14 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts there. 
 
First Timers At Charlotte
There are 11 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers making their track debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200. 
 
There are seven Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders: Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley and Kaz Grala.
 
There are four other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers making their track debut this week including Spencer Boyd, Austin Hill, Brett Moffitt, Todd Peck.
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports owner Kyle Busch (05/20/2005), two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton (05/16/2008) and Justin Lofton (05/18/2012) all won their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 
 
Rhode Warrior
ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes had stout performance in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway, leading 25 laps in the race engine issues derailed his chances at victory. 
 
Three laps after a restart on Lap 139 of 167, Rhodes won a sustained side-by-side battle against Kyle Busch and pulled ahead. Rhodes stretched the advantage to as much as 1.4 seconds when the engine issues ended his night. 
 
Rhodes was frustrated after the loss, saying "we ran with the best tonight," a chagrined Rhodes said after the race. "Our Safelite Tundra had speed all night long. We did everything right, but Ben Rhodes has a curse on his back or something, because something always goes wrong.”
 
Rhodes is 20-years-old and in 31 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, has four top fives, nine top 10s and has led 100 laps. 
 
In one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Rhodes has a top-20 finish, placing 17th in last year’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200.  
 
Nemechek Scores Season-Best Finish At Kansas 
NEMCO Motorsports driver John Hunter Nemechek scored his best finish of the season when he placed third in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. 
 
The finish was Nemechek’s second top-five in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. 
 
Nemechek (-88) is currently 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings and is a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs bubble driver. 
 
In one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Nemechek has a top-15 finish, notching a 12th-place finish in last season’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200. 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Moving & Shaking: After finishing fifth at Kansas, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie Chase Briscoe moved up three spots in the series points standings. Briscoe jumped from seventh all the way to fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings. 
 
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender has yet to finish outside the top-25 and has three top fives (Kansas, Daytona-spring) in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season. 
 
Battle In Owner Standings Heats Up: GMS Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports are in a tight battle in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after four races this season. 
 
GMS Racing (No. 21 Chevrolet) currently leads Kyle Busch Motorsports (No. 4 Toyota) by two points. Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota entry is currently third, while ThorSport Racing (No. 88 Toyota) and Brad Keselowski Racing (No. 29 Ford) round out the top five. 

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