Truck Race Preview: Texas

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Texas will host the Truck Series for the 39th time. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Friday's WinStar Online Gaming 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 7:30 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: 38
Pole Winners: 24
Youngest Pole Winner: Tyler Reddick (10/31/2014 - 18 years, 9 months, 20 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (11/02/2007 - 50 years, 4 months, 5 days)
Race Winners: 21
Youngest Race Winner: William Byron (6/10/2016 - 18 years, 6 month, 12 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (6/10/2011 - 52 years, 11 months, 21 days)
Races Won from Pole: 5
Last Race Won From Pole: Todd Bodine (6/8/2007)
Race Record: Erik Jones - 158.002 mph (11/6/2015)
Qualifying Record: Clint Bowyer - 184.464 mph (11/3/2006)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 38 (6/5/1998) 27 (6/6/2014)
Lead Changes: 7 19 - 2 Times (6/5/2015) 1 (6/6/1997)
Leaders: 4 11 (6/10/2011) 2 - 2 Times (11/3/2006)
Cautions: 3 10 (6/10/2011) 1 (11/6/2015)
Caution Laps: 12 46 - 2 Times (6/10/2011) 5 (11/6/2015)
Lead Lap Finish: 17 24 (11/4/2005) 6 - 3 Times (6/8/2007)
Running at the Finish: 29 31  - 2 Times (6/9/2006) 17 (6/4/2010)
Laps Led (Winner): 6 140 (6/6/2008) 1 (6/9/2006)
Margin of Victory*: 0.836 13.302 (6/6/2014) 0.116 (6/9/2006)

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

GMS Racing Continues Hot Start To 2017
With Johnny Sauter winning at Dover, it marks the third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win for GMS Racing this season. 
 
1.    Kaz Grala (Daytona)
2.    Chase Elliott (Atlanta)
3.    Johnny Sauter (Dover)
 
Since 2015, GMS Racing has 10 wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the future looks bright for the emerging team. 
 
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates Kaz Grala and Justin Haley have had strong starts to their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series careers. 
 
Grala won the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway earlier this season and has three top 10s and five top 15s in six races this season. With his win, he has already qualified for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. Grala regained the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points lead with his second-place finish at Dover. 
 
Haley has driven well as of late – netting two top 10s in his last three races. He scored his best finish of the season at Dover when he placed eighth after starting the race 21st. 
 
Crafton, Truex Claim First Stage Wins Of 2017
Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff hopeful Ryan Truex both won their first stages this season at Dover International Speedway. 
 
Truex won Stage 1 in the Bar Harbor 200 – leading every lap in the stage after starting second. He ultimately finished 10th in the race. His performance at Dover helped him surge three spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings from ninth to sixth. 
 
Crafton won Stage 2 at Dover and finished 11th in the race. Crafton has been steady in third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings and has yet to finish outside the top-16 this season through six races.  
 
Cindric Scores Best Career Finish At Dover 
2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Austin Cindric landed his best career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finish in the Bar Harbor 200 at Dover International Speedway – finishing fifth. 
 
Cindric has had a very strong Sunoco Rookie season as he has yet to finish outside the top-21 in his last five races and has two top 10s in his last three races (Dover – fifth and Kansas – 10th). 
 
The Brad Keselowski Racing driver currently sits third (-11) in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points behind Kaz Grala (leader) and Grant Enfinger (-5). 
 
Dallas Mavericks: Five Straight Different Race Winners At Texas
Dating back to the 2014 season, there have been five straight different NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winners at Texas Motor Speedway. 
 
Starting with the most recent, these are the last five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winners at Texas Motor Speedway:
 
Johnny Sauter (fall, 2016)
William Byron (summer, 2016)
Erik Jones (fall, 2015)
Matt Crafton (summer, 2015)
Kyle Busch (fall, 2014)
 
Toyota drivers have won four of those five races, and have won seven of the last 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Texas Motor Speedway. 
 
First Timers at Texas 
There are eight Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Texas Motor Speedway in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winstaronlinegaming 400. They include: Chase Briscoe, Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley and Kaz Grala.
 
Additionally, Myatt Snider will be making his Texas Motor Speedway track debut this week in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. 

Peters Returns
Timothy Peters will compete with MDM Motorsports at Texas Motor Speedway.

Peters had competed for Red Horse Racing, but that organization ceased operations following the series' fifth race of the season at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

"It's just great to be back behind the wheel of a truck," Peters said. "I talked with crew chief Shane Huffman last week and this deal came together in a matter of days.  I can't thank MDM Motorsports enough for giving me this opportunity."

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Rhodes Ascending In NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Standings: ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes scored his second top five of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season after he finished fourth at Dover International Speedway. The finish bumped Rhodes from fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings to fourth, and this marks the third race this season where Rhodes has led at least 20 laps or more. 
 
Todd Gilliland’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut Ends Early: NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career debut at Dover International Speedway, but a loose wheel and the resulting damage on lap 116 took his No. 46 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota out of the race, relegating him to a 20th place finish. 
 
Harrison Burton Scores Another Top 15: NASCAR Next driver Harrison Burton netted his second top-15 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season when he placed 13th at Dover International Speedway in the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Burton also finished 13th earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway. 
 
Driver Standings Update: The top three drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standings remain the same with Johnny Sauter leading the points, Christopher Bell following up in second and Matt Crafton in third. Ben Rhodes moved up into fourth place, Chase Briscoe moved back into fifth place and Ryan Truex saw this week’s biggest jump from ninth to sixth. Grant Enfinger is seventh, while Sunoco Rookie Kaz Grala rounds out the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series top eight drivers. 
 
Owner Standings Update: GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet took a sizeable lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings with a win this past weekend and now leads Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota by 52 points and the No. 51 Toyota by 56 points. ThorSport’s No. 88 and No. 27 are fourth and fifth in the owner standings respectively. 
 
Manufacturer Standings Update: Chevrolet and Toyota continue to trade paint this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings. Both have three wins, but Chevrolet leads Toyota by one point in the Manufacturer Standings, 224-223. Ford is in third place with 175 points and has yet to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season. 

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