Jones Attempts To Hold Off Reddick For Championship At Homestead
With one race left in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Erik Jones leads second-place Tyler Reddick by 19 points in the championship standings.
Regardless of Reddick’s performance, all Jones must do to take home the title is finish 15th or better; 16th with at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).
A record will be broken no matter what as Jones (19 years, 5 months, 21 days) or Reddick (19 years, 10 months, 9 days) will become the youngest champion in NCWTS history. The title was previously held by Austin Dillon (2011: 21 years, 6 months, 22 days).
Jones has finished lower than 15th just once this season (23rd at Gateway). In fact, he currently boasts a streak of 14 consecutive top-10 showings. The No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports driver has never raced at Homestead.
Reddick enters Friday’s race riding a streak of four consecutive fifth-place finishes. He has put himself in title contention by posting two wins, 13 top fives and 18 top 10s in 22 starts this season. Reddick raced in last season’s Homestead finale, finishing sixth.
Crafton To Become Truck Series All-Time Starts Leader
Already etching his name among the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series greats like Ron Hornaday Jr., Jack Sprague, Todd Bodine and Mike Skinner with his two championships, Matt Crafton will become the high-octane circuit’s all-time starts leader (361) when he presses down the gas pedal for Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200.
Crafton – a veteran of 15 full-time NCWTS seasons – tied Hornaday’s total of 360 starts last week at Phoenix where he wrecked going for the win and subsequently finished 23rd, crushing his hopes of a third consecutive championship.
In addition to his two career NCWTS titles, Crafton owns 10 wins, 88 top fives (fifth all-time) and 209 top-10 finishes (second all-time). His 65,743.3 miles driven are enough to travel across the continental United States more than 24 times.
The No. 88 ThorSport Racing driver has set career highs with five wins and three Keystone Light Pole Awards this season.
Crafton made his first NCWTS start at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 28, 2000 and finished ninth.
Toyota Takes Manufacturer’s Championship, Ties Chevrolet For Series Record
Toyota won its third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series manufacturers’ championship following Timothy Peters’ victory at Phoenix International Raceway. Toyota now boasts eight manufacturers’ titles – tied with Chevrolet for the series record.
On the season, Toyota has won 13 races with Matt Crafton (5), Erik Jones (3), Kyle Busch (2) and Christopher Bell (1).
Toyota has won four driver championships – Todd Bodine (2006), Johnny Benson (2008), Matt Crafton (2013-14) – and can capture a fifth with Erik Jones in Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Peters Wins Second Race Of Season At Phoenix
Taking advantage of a late-race wreck by leaders Erik Jones and Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters paced the field for 28 laps on his way to winning last Friday’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. The victory was the second of Peters’ season, 10th of his career and first at PIR.
Peters has now won multiple races in three of the last four seasons. He has also won at least one race in the last seven consecutive seasons, ranking tied with Todd Bodine (2004-10), Kyle Busch (2005-11) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (2005-11) for second in NCWTS history. He only trails Dennis Setzer, who won at least one race in eight consecutive seasons (1998-2005).
The No. 17 Red Horse Racing driver has picked up his performance in the homestretch of the season with seven consecutive top-six finishes. Included in that stretch are two wins and a runner-up.
Peters ranks fifth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of two wins, seven top fives and 15 top 10s.
Abreu Returns To The No. 31 For Homestead
One week after making his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR Next member Rico Abreu will gain his first experience on a 1.5-mile track when he takes the seat of the No. 31 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet on Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Abreu started 14th and finished 28th in his series debut after getting caught in an accident on Lap 44 of 150 that knocked him out of the race.
“Last weekend was really all about getting comfortable in the truck, making as many laps as I could and learning as much as possible,” Abreu said. “Even though we didn’t have the result we were hoping for, I got a great feel for the truck and what it needs to go fast. Now that I’m heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway with a higher comfort level and a smaller learning curve, I feel like I can set my goals higher and focus on a top-five, top-10 finish.”
Can’t Steal Their Sunshine: Kennedy And Black Ready To Finish Season In Home State
Ben Kennedy and Ray Black Jr. will be flying on the asphalt of Homestead-Miami Speedway this week when they return to their home state of Florida for Friday’s Ford EcoBoost 200.
Kennedy, a 23-year-old Daytona Beach native, ranks ninth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season on the strength of a career-best three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has made two starts at Homestead with a high finish of 17th last season.
Black, 24, hails from Palm Coast. He ranks 11th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings with a high finish of fifth at Daytona.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Ross Kenseth, son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, will make his second series start on Friday for Hattori Racing Enterprises. … NASCAR Next member Jesse Little will make his fourth series start in the No. 97 Toyota.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Ford EcoBoost 200
The Place: Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Date: Friday, Nov. 20
The Time: 8 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 201 miles (134 laps)