Truck Race Preview: Bristol

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Following the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will go mid-week racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 8 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 106.6 miles (200 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on lap 55), Stage 2 (Ends on lap 110), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)

Races: 19
Pole Winners: 15
Youngest Pole Winner: Chase Elliott (8/21/2013 - 17 years, 8 months, 24 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Ken Schrader (8/25/2004 - 49 years, 2 months, 27 days)
Race Winners: 15
Youngest Race Winner: Ryan Blaney (8/19/2015 - 21 years, 4 months, 19 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Joe Ruttman (6/23/1995 - 50 years, 7 months, 26 days)
Races Won from Pole: 4
Race Record: Brad Keselowski - 91.919 mph (8/21/2014)
Qualifying Record: Tyler Reddick - 128.917 mph (8/17/2016)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 38 - 2 Times (6/20/1998) 29 (6/23/1995)
Lead Changes: 7 9 (8/19/2015) 0 (6/21/1997)
Leaders: 5 6 (8/19/2015) 1 -2 Times (8/22/2012)
Cautions: 9 13 (8/18/2010) 4 (8/21/2014)
Caution Laps: 55 71 (8/18/2010) 27 - 2 Times (8/21/2014)
Lead Lap Finish: 17 23 (8/22/2007) 8 (6/22/1996)
Running at the Finish: 28 32 (8/23/2006) 22 (8/20/2003)
Laps Led (Winner): 20 204 (8/22/2012) 2 (8/20/2003)
Margin of Victory: 0.274 4.416 (6/5/1999) 0.05 (8/21/2013)

Following the LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will go mid-week racing at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. The trucks will hit the track Wednesday, August 16 for the UNOH 200.

Ben Kennedy is the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Johnny Sauter (fifth), Christopher Bell (seventh) and John Hunter Nemechek (eighth) all finished inside the top-10.

2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Countdown: 3 Races
With only three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season races remaining, below is a look at the playoff picture heading into Bristol this week.

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Playoff Points

Pts from Cutoff

1

Christopher Bell

572

4

24

-

2

JH Nemechek

404

2

11

-

3

Johnny Sauter

535

1

10

-

4

Matt Crafton

510

1

7

-

5

Kaz Grala

321

1

5

-

6

Chase Briscoe

509

0

1

97

7

Ryan Truex

431

0

1

19

8

Ben Rhodes

426

0

1

14

9

Grant Enfinger

412

0

0

-14

10

Noah Gragson

382

0

1

-37

11

Austin Cindric

361

0

0

-62

12

Justin Haley

316

0

0

-101

Playoff Bubble Drivers At Bristol
With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff picture above, below is an outlook of drivers No. 7-12 in the current playoff standings. 

7. Ryan Truex: Now sitting seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings, Ryan Truex will need another top finish this week at a track where he has never made a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career start in order to maintain his position. Truex has back-to-back top-five finishes (Michigan and Pocono).

8. Ben Rhodes: Ben Rhodes finished outside the top-10 for the fourth time in his last five races after an 11th-place finish at Michigan. Having been a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs contender for most of the season, Rhodes will look to get back on track this week at Bristol. In two career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol, Rhodes has finishes of 30th – 2016 (engine) and ninth – 2014.

9. Grant Enfinger: If the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs began today, ThorSport Racing Sunoco Rookie Grant Enfinger would be the first driver out, sitting below the cutoff line by 14 points. He will look to change that this week at Bristol. Enfinger attempted to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2012 at Bristol – but didn’t make the field. Enfinger has five top fives this season and eight top 10s in 13 starts.

10. Noah Gragson: After a wreck at Pocono, Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gragson got right back on track at Michigan – scoring a seventh-place finish. It was his ninth top-10 finish in 13 starts this season. He currently sits 37 points out of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs spot and has never made a career start at Bristol.

11. Austin Cindric: Even though he sits 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff standings and 62 points away from the cutoff line, Austin Cindric is making a strong push for the playoffs. He has five-consecutive top-10 or better finishes. The Brad Keselowski Racing driver has made one career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Bristol – he finished 18th there last season after starting 27th.

12. Justin Haley: Scoring his eighth consecutive top-10 or better finish, GMS Racing driver Justin Haley is another bubble driver making a run at a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoffs seat. He sits 101 points below the cutoff line but has some experience on his side this weekend at Bristol. He made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol in 2015 and finished 14th.

A Look Back At Bristol: Christopher Bell
In last season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, 2016 Sunoco Rookie contender Christopher Bell made his mark at the 0.533-mile track. 
 
Bell led a race-high 101 laps – which remains a career-high in laps led for the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver. He would go on to finish the race with a seventh-place finish after starting the race fifth. 
 
Bell’s 101 laps led at Bristol already rank him third amongst active NASCAR national series drivers that have made starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol. Kyle Busch is first with 435 laps led and Timothy Peters is second with 349 laps led there. 
 
Bell has come close to beating his career-high in laps led this season. He led 99 laps on his way to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Since Atlanta, Bell has led over 90 laps three times; he led 96 laps at Martinsville Speedway, 92 laps at Texas Motor Speedway and 99 laps at Iowa Speedway. 
 
Bell will be looking for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Bristol. He’s had a stout 2017 campaign – winning four times and finishing inside the top five eight times. 

First Timers At Bristol
There are four Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders making their track debut at Bristol Motor Speedway in Wednesday’s UNOH 200. They include: Chase Briscoe, Cody Coughlin, Grant Enfinger and Noah Gragson. 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie contenders who have made starts at Bristol Motor Speedway include Wendell Chavous, Austin Cindric, Stewart Friesen, Kaz Grala and Justin Haley. 
 
In 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway, two active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Chase Elliott (08/21/2013) and Ryan Newman (08/19/2009), won their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles at Bristol. Other drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles at Bristol include Cale Gale (08/22/2012) and Ken Schrader (08/25/2004). 
 
Current NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ben Kennedy (08/17/2016) and 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski are the only two drivers to win their first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol. 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Kyle Busch Bringing It At Bristol: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch will run the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway this week. Busch has brought his best at Bristol in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – winning three consecutive races at the Last Great Coliseum from 2008-10. Busch won his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol in 2013. 
 
From The Booth To Bristol: NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will make his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season in the No. 75 Toyota Tundra for Charles Henderson at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kligerman has two top-10 finishes this season and three career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Bristol, with finishes of 20th (2016), second (2012) and 10th (2011). 
 
Brandon Jones Returns To Trucks At Bristol: NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Brandon Jones will make his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season in the No. 99 Chevrolet for Matthew Miller at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones has improved in each NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season, as he has finishes of 31st (Charlotte), sixth (Dover), third (Iowa) and second (Kentucky). 
 
NASCAR Next Driver Burton Slated For Bristol Start: NASCAR Next driver Harrison Burton is set to make his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start this season in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Burton has finished top 15 or better in all four starts this season, and has a season-best finish of 11th at Iowa Speedway. 
 
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings Update: Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra retains a 37-point lead over GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after 13 races this season. ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-62), Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 29 Ford F-150 (-63) and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 Toyota Tundra (-133) round out the top five. 
 

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