Just two more weekends off until the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action at Kansas Speedway for the Playoffs Round of 8 finale, the Kansas Lottery 200 on Sept. 9 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR). But before the engines fire back up, let’s take a look at how the competition has fared this season.
Through 18 races, the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is tied with the 2012 season for the series-most different winners with 13 each. This season’s Camping World Truck Series winners include:
|2022 Race Winners||Wins||Tracks|
|Chandler Smith||3||Las Vegas, Pocono, Richmond|
|Zane Smith||3||Daytona, Austin, Kansas|
|Corey Heim||2||Atlanta, Gateway|
|Ben Rhodes||1||Bristol Dirt|
|John H. Nemechek||1||Darlington|
The 2022 Camping World Truck Series season has also produced 6.17 lead changes per race – the ninth-most through 18 races since the inception of the series in 1995.
In addition, the 2022 season has produced 10.94 average lead changes per race – the fifth-most through 18 Camping World Truck Series races since 1995.
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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season has also seen 319 green flag passes for the lead through 18 races – the eighth-most since the Loop Data stat was originally tabulated in 2007 – with an average of 17.7 green flag passes for the lead per race. The GFPL record though 18 races in the Truck Series is 436 set in 2018.
The series has also produced the 25,401 total green flag passes through the field – the third-most since the Loop Data stat was originally tabulated in 2007 – with an average of 1,411 green flag passes per race. The GFP record through 18 series races is 27,379 set in 2013.
The passing has been top notch but so have the finishes. The 2022 season’s 18 races have produced an average margin of victory of 0.916-second, the fifth closest margin of victory through 18 races since the inception of the series in 1995, and just the ninth season through 18 races with a margin of victory of less than a second. In total, 11 of the 18 races this season have finished with a margin of victory of less than a second.
On top of all that, the 2022 season is seeing the second-highest percentage of trucks ‘Running at the Finish’ all-time with 83.90%; second only to the 2006 season with 88.27%.
- Next Race: Kansas Lottery 200
- The Place: Kansas Speedway
- The Date: Friday, September 9
- The Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- The Purse: $648,530
- TV: FS1, 7 p.m. ET
- Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)
- Distance: 201 miles (134 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 30),
- Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 60), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 134)
Clinch Scenarios: Kansas Speedway
Only two drivers have clinched spots in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs’ Round of 8 – GMS Racing’s Grant Enfinger (Indianapolis winner) and Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Chandler Smith (Richmond winner) – which means a lot can happen among the six other positions that are still open with one race to go. Below are the clinch scenarios heading into the Round of 8 finale at Kansas Speedway on September 9, 2022.
The following two drivers have clinched a spot in the eight-driver field of the next round: Chandler Smith, Grant Enfinger.
Can Clinch Via Points
If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 7th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among Zane Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes or Matt Crafton.
- Zane Smith: Would clinch with 10 points
- John Hunter Nemechek: Would clinch with 13 points
- Ty Majeski: Would clinch with 20 points
- Stewart Friesen: Would clinch with 25 points
- Ben Rhodes: Would clinch with 34 points (needs 35 points if Crafton wins)
- Matt Crafton: Would clinch with 53 points
- Carson Hocevar: Would clinch with 55 points (needs help if Crafton wins)
- Christian Eckes: Could only clinch with help
If there is a new winner from Carson Hocevar or Christian Eckes, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 6th winless driver in the standings.
- Zane Smith: Would clinch with 13 points
- John Hunter Nemechek: Would clinch with 16 points
- Ty Majeski: Would clinch with 23 points
- Stewart Friesen: Would clinch with 28 points
- Ben Rhodes: Would clinch with 38 points
- Matt Crafton: Could only clinch with help
- Carson Hocevar: Could only clinch with help
- Christian Eckes: Could only clinch with help
Can Clinch Via Win
The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Zane Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Matt Crafton, Carson Hocevar and Christian Eckes.
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Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings Update – Kyle Busch Motorsport’s rising star, Corey Heim, has strengthened his grip on the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings after posting his third straight top-five finish and fifth overall on the season at Richmond Raceway. Now the Marietta, Georgia native has an 87-point lead on second place in the rookie standings, Niece Motorsports’ Lawless Alan.
Though Heim has only participated in 11 of the 18 scheduled races this season, he has been the top of his 2022 rookie class putting up two wins (Atlanta, Gateway), five top fives and six top 10s.
|NCWTS 2022 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings|
Truck Series Owner Playoffs Update – With Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Toyota taking the win at Richmond, they are the only team currently locked into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Round of 8, leaving seven spots still wide open heading into the round’s finale at Kansas Speedway on Sept. 9.
The highest ranked team without a win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Playoffs is the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford team, up +46 points on the Round of 8 cutline. Plus, the No. 38 team is the most recent winners at the next track on the schedule, Kansas Speedway.
At the other end of the Playoff standings, straddling the Playoffs’ Round of 8 cutline, is Niece Motorsports’ No. 42 Chevrolet team in the eighth and final transfer spot on points, up two points over Team DGR’s No. 17 Ford team in ninth – the first spot outside the Round of 8 cutoff. Not far behind Team DGR’s No. 17 Ford team in ninth, is ThorSport Racing’s No. 98 Toyota team in 10th, the basement of the Playoff standings, but within striking distance, just three points behind Niece Motorsports’ No. 42 team.