NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes – Off Weekend

The first four races of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season have passed the eye-test producing side-by-side, action-packed competition, and it’s no surprise because the stats are backing up what the fans are seeing.

The first four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2022 season have produced an average of 16.75 lead changes per race – the most through the first four races of a Truck season since the inception of the series in 1995. Plus, the final lead change of each of the first four races this season have occurred with two laps or less in each event. With two of the four races this season concluding with a Margin of Victory of less than a second.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has seen 21 different drivers lead laps this season – the most through the first four races since 2005 (24). The first four races of the 2022 season have produced an average of nine different leaders per race – the most through four races since the inception of the series in 1995.

This weekend the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be off to regroup for next Thursday’s (April 7) Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 on the historically famous half-mile Martinsville Speedway at 8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Last season, the Truck Series only visited Martinsville Speedway once (October 30, 2021) and the race was won by Zane Smith, the series’ most recent winner (COTA).


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Next Race: Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Thursday, April 7

The Time: 8 p.m. ET

The Purse: $693,842

TV: FS1, 7 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Distance: 105.2 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 50),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 100), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)


Front Row Motorsport’s Zane Smith heads into off-week after a rallying win at COTA

Just when they needed a rallying win, Front Row Motorsport’s driver Zane Smith delivered.

After opening the season with a massive win at Daytona International Speedway, Zane Smith and the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford team thought the wind was at their backs for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Smith had locked the team into the Playoffs with the win in Daytona and he was atop the series driver point standings. But then the very next week, after another strong run that saw Smith cross the finish line in second at Las Vegas, the truck failed post-race inspection and the result was disqualified relegating him to a 36th-place finish.

The 36th at Las Vegas dropped Smith from the standings lead to 12th in points. Though it was a skid in the early season momentum, Smith was determined to rebound, and he did just that. At Atlanta the following weekend, he managed a fifth-place finish and then last weekend in the final restart he made a pass for the lead to take the win, becoming the first multiple winner of the 2022 season (Daytona, COTA).

It was Smith’s fifth career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and Front Row Motorsport’s second consecutive team win at Circuit of The Americas (Todd Gilliland, 2021). Smith is now back up to fourth in the driver points standings just 31 points behind Chandler Smith in the standings lead.

Smith not only gets an extra week to soak in the spoils of his win at COTA, but he also is the latest series winner of next week’s track – Martinsville Speedway. Smith won the Playoff race at the historic half-mile last season to earn his spot in the Championship 4 Round of the Playoffs.

Back-to-back short tracks on tap for Camping World Trucks

After a superspeedway (Daytona), two 1.5-mile tracks (Las Vegas and Atlanta) and a road course (COTA) the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to back-to-back varying short tracks (Martinsville Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt) when the series returns to action next Thursday (April 7) for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 200 at Martinsville Speedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Last season the Trucks only visited Martinsville Speedway once and it was quite the show with 10 different lead changes among four drivers. It looked to be Todd Gilliland’s race to win after leading 133 of the scheduled 204 laps but Zane Smith passed him on the final lap to take the checkered flag and earn a spot in the Playoff’s Championship 4 Round.

The Camping World Truck Series Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt race was a spectacle unto itself. The event produced 11 lead changes among six drivers, and it was NASCAR Cup Series veteran Martin Truex Jr. driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports that scored the win. It was his first in the series.

Youth Movement: Average age of Truck Series winners this season is 20.5

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is known for being a mix of young, up-and-coming stars and steely veterans battling it out each week, but this season the youngsters of the series have been stealing the spotlight early with the average age of the three different winners in the first four races of the year at 20.5.

Front Row Motorsport’s 22-year-old, Zane Smith, has two Camping World Truck Series wins this season at Daytona and at the Circuit of The Americas. The other two Truck Series races this year have been won by a pair of 19-year-olds – Kyle Busch Motorsport’s teammates Chandler Smith at Las Vegas and Corey Heim at Atlanta.

In fact, this current streak of drivers under the age of 30 winning consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races dates back to Nashville Superspeedway of last season – a total of 14 consecutive races since a driver the age of 30 or older last won in the series – Ryan Preece at 30 years, seven months, 24 days.

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Sunoco Rookie Update: Lawless Alan jumps to rookie standings lead – Niece Motorsport’s driver Lawless Alan’s 11th-place finish at Circuit of The Americas catapulted him to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings lead.

Alan, from Van Nuys, California, is in first full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and his 11th-place finish at COTA was the best of his series career.

Alan is now eight points up on Kyle Busch Motorsport’s Corey Heim in second in the rookie standings; followed by Jack Wood (-15), Dean Thompson (-18) and Blaine Perkins (-42).

Jessica Friesen announces Truck Series return with Halmar Friesen Racing – It’s official. Jessica Friesen will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and compete in the two dirt races on the schedule, the Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt on April 16th and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race at Knoxville Raceway on June 18th.

Friesen will compete alongside her husband and teammate, Stewart Friesen (No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota), in the No. 62 Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota with crew chief Trip Bruce on top the pit box.

Jessica Friesen made her NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut last season at Knoxville Raceway; she started 25th and finished 26th.

“I’m pumped to get another shot with the truck on the dirt,” said Jessica Friesen. “I am beyond grateful to Halmar International and Chris Larsen for believing in Stewart and I, in this team, and in our family.”

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