After a couple weekends off, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is ready to tackle the track ‘too tough to tame’, Darlington Raceway, this Friday, May 6 for the for the Dead On Tools 200 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Darlington Raceway has hosted nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, dating back to the inaugural event on May 12, 2001. The first series race at the 1.366-mile track was won by Bobby Hamilton (Dodge). ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton is the only driver in the series to make all nine previous starts at Darlington Raceway.
The nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Darlington have produced five different pole winners and six different winners. Five drivers are tied for the series-most poles at Darlington Raceway with one each – Jack Sprague (2001), Jason Leffler (2002), Carl Edwards (2004), Timothy Peters (2010), Cole Whitt (2011). And three drivers are tied for the series-most wins at Darlington with two each – Bobby Hamilton (2001, 2003), Kasey Kahne (2004, 2011), and Sheldon Creed (2021 sweep).
This weekend’s race will be 147 laps and broken up into three stages. The first stage will conclude on lap 45, the second stage will end on lap 90.
This Friday the on-track activity will kick off with practice from 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET directly followed by Cometic Gaskets Pole Qualifying at 3:30 p.m. ET (both events will be on FS1).
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Dead On Tools 200
The Place: Darlington Raceway
The Date: Friday, May 6
The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
The Purse: $712,347
TV: FS1, 6:30 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 200.1 miles (147 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 45),
Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 147)
Youth Movement is evident in Camping World Truck Series
Hard to argue there is not a youth movement this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series when the average age of the winners is a youthful 22.3 and the eldest driver to hoist a trophy this season, was Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt winner, Ben Rhodes at 25.
Five different drivers have visited Victory Lane this season in the Camping World Trucks, all 25 years old or younger – Ben Rhodes (25), William Byron (24), Zane Smith (23), Corey Heim (19), Chandler Smith (20).
Corey Heim is the youngest driver to win this season at 19. The Kyle Busch Motorsports driver won his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
It’s not just the winners this season that are leaning on the younger side of the age spectrum. The top 10 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standings have an average age of 26.5, ranging from the 45-year-old veteran Matt Crafton to 19-year-old rising star Carson Hocevar.
Five different Camping World Truck Series winners in the last five races
Since the second race of the season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has rallied off five different winners and when the series returns this Friday, May 6 at Darlington Raceway for the Dead On Tools 200 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), it could very well see a sixth.
ThorSport Racing’s Ben Rhodes and Halmar Friesen Racing’s Todd Bodine are the only active drivers entered at Darlington Raceway with a Camping World Truck Series win at the 1.366-mile track (2020). The last two Truck Series races at Darlington have been won by Sheldon Creed (2021 sweep), who has moved fulltime into the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season with Richard Childress Racing.
Three drivers are tied for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series best average finish among active drivers at Darlington Raceway with a 5.0, and all three are looking for their first win of the season – Grant Enfinger, John Hunter Nemechek and Christian Eckes.
Rhodes, Bodine only former winners entered at Darlington
Looking to this Friday’s Dead On Tools 200 (May 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Darlington Raceway, current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver standings leader, defending series champion and ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes and two-time series champion (2006, 2010) Todd Bodine are the only two active winners entered in the race. Rhodes won the Camping World Truck Series race at Darlington in 2019 and Bodine grabbed his trophy back in 2010.
Rhodes is the most recent winner in the series taking the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt on April 16. In six starts this season, Rhodes has put up one win (Bristol) and five top fives. His average finish is 7.5. Rhodes will be looking to add another win to his stats sheet at Darlington this Friday. The Kentucky native has made three starts at the 1.366-mile track posting one win (2019), two top fives and two top 10s.
Veteran Todd Bodine returns to the series for his second start of the year with Halmar Friesen Racing. Bodine will pilot the No. 62 Toyota with crew chief Trip Bruce on Friday night. Bodine made his series season debut back at Las Vegas (3/4) starting 23rd and finishing 21st. Bodine has made three Truck Series starts at Darlington Raceway, posting one win (2010) and two top fives.
Camping World Truck Series serving up some great racing in 2022
Through six races of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, the teams and competitors have been putting on quite the show for fans with five different winners visiting Victory Lane.
Plus, the action at the end of the Truck races has been amped up as well, with four of the six events concluding with a pass for the win with four laps or less left in each race.
Three of the six Camping World Truck Series races this season have finished with a margin of victory of less than second. And the six 2022 season races have produced an average margin of victory of 1.191-seconds – the closest since 2019 (0.859-second).
In addition, the competition at the front of the pack has been intense. Through six races this season, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has seen 22 different drivers lead laps for an average of 7.33 leaders per race – the most since 2008 (7.33).
The great racing has been throughout the field as well. The first six races have also produced 10,951 total green flag passes, the second-most since the statistic was initially tabulated in 2007; behind only the 2020 season’s 11,614 total green flag passes.
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Akinori Ogata to attempt Truck season debut at Darlington – Reaume Brothers Racing has tapped Akinori Ogata, from Kanagawa, Japan, to pilot the No. 43 Chevrolet this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Ogata will be attempting to make his season series debut.
Ogata had made 12 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts posting a best finish of 18th at New Hampshire in 2015.
He has one career Truck Series start at Darlington (2021); he started 23rd and finished 34th after being caught in an incident late in the race.
Ross Chastain returns to Trucks – One of the hottest drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series right now, Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain, will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this Friday driving the No. 41 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet. Chastain will be collaborating with crew chief Cody Efaw. This will be Chastain’s series track debut at Darlington Raceway this weekend.