Truck Race Preview: Kansas

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Christopher Bell led the final practice session for the Toyota Owners 250. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Friday's Toyota Owners 250 at Kansas Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 8 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 250.5 miles (167 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on lap 40), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 80), Final Stage (Ends on lap 167)

Races: 16
Pole Winners: 12
Youngest Pole Winner: Erik Jones (5/8/2015 - 19 years, 10 months, 8 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (5/2/2010 - 51 years, 10 months, 12 days)
Race Winners: 15
Youngest Race Winner: William Byron (5/6/2016 - 18 years, 5 month, 7 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Mike Skinner (4/27/2009 - 51 years, 9 months, 30 days)
Races Won from Pole: 2
Last Race Won From Pole: Kyle Busch (5/9/2014)
Race Record: Matt Crafton - 139.857 mph (5/8/2015)
Qualifying Record: Erik Jones - 179.396 mph (5/8/2015)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 36 - 11 Times 31 (5/9/2014)
Lead Changes: 19 19 (5/6/2016) 7 - 2 Times (4/27/2009)
Leaders: 9 10 - 2 Times (4/20/2013) 4 (4/27/2009)
Cautions: 11 12 (4/26/2008) 4 (5/8/2015)
Caution Laps: 47 52 (4/20/2013) 19 (5/8/2015)
Lead Lap Finish: 17 27 (7/1/2006) 6 - 2 Times (5/8/2015)
Running at the Finish: 28 35 (7/1/2006) 18 - 2 Times (5/9/2014)
Laps Led (Winner): 34 136 (4/26/2008) 6 (5/8/2015)
Margin of Victory*: Caution 10.44 (4/28/2007) 0.149 (4/26/2008)

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

The New Kansas City Royal
Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell heads to Kansas looking to recapture the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points lead and win his second race of 2017.  

In one career race at Kansas (2016), Bell had a strong showing – finishing fourth after starting fifth. He ran 100 percent of his laps in that race in the top 15, which resulted in a driver rating of 112.1 at Kansas. 

Bell currently trails NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader and defending series champion Johnny Sauter by four points. 

He won his first race of the 2017 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has two stage wins so far this season. 

The Kansas City Chief: Matt Crafton
Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton is the chief of Kansas Speedway. 

In 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Kansas, Crafton has two wins, five top fives and eight top 10s. 

He’s finished outside the top-25 only once (2005) and has four-consecutive top-two finishes. 

Crafton also owns multiple Kansas Speedway track records:

Most Wins: 2
Most Races: 16 
Most Top Fives: 5
Most Top 10s: 8
Most Lead Lap Finishes: 10
Most Laps Completed: 2,576

Sauter Hoping to Secure First Win at Kansas 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader and defending champion Johnny Sauter is looking for his first win of the 2017 season at Kansas Speedway. 

Sauter has historically ran well at Kansas, as he has one career win (2010), four top fives and five top 10s. He has an average finish at Kansas of 10.1. 

The No. 21 GMS Racing driver has 121 laps led at Kansas – good for the most among NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers. 

Since 2009, Sauter has 73 fastest laps at Kansas – which is also the most among NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers in that span. 

In eight career starts at Kansas Speedway, Sauter has never finished outside the top 25. 

Toyota’s New Motto? Let’s Go Places and Win NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Races… at Kansas
A Toyota driver has won the last four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kansas Speedway. 

2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner William Byron won last season, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton won in both 2015 and 2013, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner Kyle Busch won in 2014. 

There have been 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kansas Speedway and each NASCAR Camping World Truck Series manufacturer has multiple wins at the track. 

Chevrolet and Toyota are tied with six wins each, while Ford has four wins. 

First Timers at Kansas

There are 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers making their track debut at Kansas Speedway in Friday’s Toyota Tundra 250. 

There are six Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders: Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala.

There are four other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers making their track debut this week including Austin Hill, Brett Moffitt, Todd Peck and Regan Smith. 

There have been two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers that have won their first race at Kansas Speedway; William Byron (05/06/2016) and James Buescher (04/21/2012). 

There have been two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers that have won their first pole at this track; John Wes Townley (05/06/2016) and Tim George Jr. (04/21/2012). 

Changing It Up
There have been three different race winners in the last three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kansas Speedway. 

In 16 total NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, there has been only one repeat winner – Matt Crafton (2015, 2013). 

In last season’s Toyota Tundra 250, the race produced the most lead changes (19) in any NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway. 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Kyle Busch Entered For NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Kansas: Kyle Busch Motorsports owner Kyle Busch will run the No. 51 Toyota in Friday’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. In three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Kansas, Busch has won once (2014) and has two top 10s with 115 laps led. 

There’s No Place Like Home: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb will be racing at her hometown track (Kansas Speedway) Friday night. Cobb’s hometown is Kansas City, Kansas, and she has five consecutive top-25 finishes at Kansas Speedway. 

Where History Began: Last season, William Byron won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway in the Toyota Tundra 250. The win was the start of a historic rookie season for Byron as he would go on to win six more races – breaking the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie wins record set by Kurt Busch.

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