Truck Race Preview: Texas

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Following the opening Round of 6 race at Martinsville Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs shift to Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 350. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Friday's JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 220.5 miles (147 laps)
Stage Lengths: Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 35), Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 70), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)

Races: 39
Pole Winners: 25
Youngest Pole Winner: Tyler Reddick (10/31/2014 - 18 years, 9 months, 20 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (11/2/2007 - 50 years, 4 months, 5 days)
Race Winners: 22
Youngest Race Winner: William Byron (6/10/2016 - 18 years, 6 months, 12 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr. (6/10/2011) - 52 years, 11 months, 21 days)
Races Won from Pole: 5
Race Record: Erik Jones - 159.002 mph (11/6/2015)
Qualifying Record: Noah Gragson - 185.134 mph (6/9/2017)

Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 28 38 (6/5/1998) 27 (6/6/2014)
Lead Changes: 8 19 - 2 Times (6/5/2015) 1 (6/6/1997)
Leaders: 5 11 (6/10/2011) 2 - 2 Times (11/3/2006)
Cautions: 10 10 - 2 Times (6/9/2017) 1 (11/6/2015)
Caution Laps: 42 46 - 2 Times (6/10/2011) 5 (11/6/2015)
Lead Lap Finish: 11 24 (11/4/2005) 6 - 3 Times (6/8/2007)
Running at the Finish: 15 31 - 2 Times (6/9/2006) 15 (6/9/2007)
Laps Led (Winner): 92 140 (6/6/2008) 1 (6/9/2006)
Margin of Victory: Caution 13.302 (6/6/2014) 0.116 (6/9/2006)
Playoff Battle In The Lone Star State
Following the opening Round of 6 race at Martinsville Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs shift to Texas Motor Speedway for the JAG Metals 350.

Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner, while two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton finished right behind him in second in last year’s contest.

It’s important to note that current Playoffs leader Christopher Bell won the WinstarOnlineGaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this season.

Ben Rhodes (fifth), Sauter (eighth) and Crafton (ninth) all finished inside the top 10 in that Texas showdown.

2017 NASCAR Playoffs Outlook Update: Post-Martinsville
Following the opening race of the Round of 6, below is an updated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs grid heading into Texas:

Rank

Driver

Points

Race Wins

Playoff Points

Pts from Cutoff

1

Christopher Bell

3083

-

47

-

2

Johnny Sauter

3080

-

27

-

3

Matt Crafton

3068

-

14

-

4

Ben Rhodes

3049

-

14

-

5

Austin Cindric

3038

-

13

11

6

JH Nemechek

3021

-

7

28

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs Clinch Scenarios
Below is a look at the clinch scenarios for all six Playoffs drivers in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Round of 6 heading into Texas Motor Speedway:

Christopher Bell (0 Wins, 3083 Points): Bell would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win or could clinch on points with help.

Johnny Sauter (0 Wins, 3080 Points): Sauter would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win or could clinch on points with help.

Matt Crafton (0 Wins, 3068 Points): Crafton would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win or could clinch on points with a repeat winner and help.

Ben Rhodes (0 Wins, 3049 Points): Rhodes would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win.

Austin Cindric (0 Wins, 3038 Points): Cindric would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win.

John H Nemechek (0 Wins, 3021 Points): - Nemechek would clinch a Championship 4 spot with a win.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings Update: Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 Toyota Tundra leads GMS Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado by a rail-thin three points in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner standings after 20 races this season. ThorSport Racing’s No. 88 Toyota Tundra (-15), Kyle Busch Motorsports’ second entry, the No. 51 Toyota Tundra (-22) and Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 19 Ford F-150 round out the top five.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer Standings Update: Through 20 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races this season, Toyota leads Chevrolet by 48 points in the manufacturer standings, 753-705. In third place sits Ford with 629 points.

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