NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes – Bristol Motor Speedway

GMS Racing’s Sheldon Creed has been unstoppable in this season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs taking the first two (Gateway and Darlington) of three races in the Round of 10, and now the Californian is looking to become the first driver in the series history to sweep a Playoff round this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90).

In 17 starts this season, Creed has produced three wins, eight top fives and nine top 10s. His average finish is 13.1, and he has led 304 laps.

Looking to this weekend, Creed has made two series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway posting one top-10 finish – sixth in his debut at the track. He finished 11th in this event last season.

Expect Creed to have a little extra pep in his step this weekend at Bristol, it was announced this week the 24-year-old will join Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program next season and will compete for the championship on a fulltime basis.

“To drive for a legendary team like Richard Childress Racing and have the support of Richard Childress means everything to me,” said Creed. “So many current NASCAR Cup Series stars got their start in RCR’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program, so it is an honor to be able to add my name to that prestigious list. I am grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to 2022.”


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Next Race: UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics

The Place: Bristol Motor Speedway

The Date: Thursday, September 16

The Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: FS1, 8:30 p.m. ET

Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR (Channel 90)

Distance: 106.6 miles (200 Laps); Stage 1 (Ends on Lap 55),

Stage 2 (Ends on Lap 110), Final Stage (Ends on Lap 200)


Kyle Busch Motorsport’s John Hunter Nemechek moves to the next round on points

All those regular season wins, and additional Playoff points are starting to pay dividends for John Hunter Nemechek in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. With his runner-up finish two weeks ago at Darlington Raceway he has already clinched his spot in the Round of 8 on points making this weekend at Bristol a breeze for the Playoff contender.

Nemechek has been the class of the field this season posting five wins (series-most), 10 top fives and 13 top 10s in 17 starts.

This weekend at Bristol look for Nemechek to run upfront again. He has made six series starts at the 0.533-mile track posting three top fives and five top 10s. His average finish at Thunder Valley is an impressive 8.7.

 

Camping World Truck Clinch Scenarios for Bristol Motor Speedway

Next week at Bristol Motor Speedway the first round of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs will come to a close and two of the 10-driver Playoff field will be eliminated. Two drivers have already locked themselves into the Round of 8, leaving just six spots available among the remaining eight drivers.

Already Clinched

The following two drivers have clinched a spot in the eight-driver field of the next round: Sheldon Creed and John Hunter Nemechek.

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 8th winless driver in the standings. The same point requirements listed below would hold true if a new win comes from among John Hunter Nemechek, Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Carson Hocevar or Austin Hill.

  • Matt Crafton: Would clinch with 21 points
  • Stewart Friesen: Would clinch with 23 points
  • Ben Rhodes: Would clinch with 41 points
  • Todd Gilliland: Would clinch with 45 points
  • Carson Hocevar: Would clinch with 48 points
  • Austin Hill: Would clinch with 51 points
  • Zane Smith: Could only clinch with help
  • Chandler Smith: Could only clinch with help

If there is a new winner from Zane Smith or another winless driver lower in the standings but still eligible to advance to the next round, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the 7th winless driver in the standings.

  • Matt Crafton: Would clinch with 25 points
  • Stewart Friesen: Would clinch with 27 points
  • Ben Rhodes: Would clinch with 45 points
  • Todd Gilliland: Would clinch with 50 points
  • Carson Hocevar: Would clinch with 52 points
  • Austin Hill: Would clinch with 55 points
  • Zane Smith: Could only clinch with help
  • Chandler Smith: Could only clinch with help

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Carson Hocevar, Austin Hill, Zane Smith, Chandler Smith.

Rank Driver Points Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Pts From Cutoff
1 Sheldon Creed 2,128 3 4 24 In On Wins
2 John H. Nemechek 2,126 5 10 50 Clinched On Pts
3 Matt Crafton 2,094 0 0 4 35
4 Stewart Friesen 2,092 0 0 1 33
5 Ben Rhodes 2,074 2 1 19 15
6 Todd Gilliland 2,070 1 3 15 11
7 Carson Hocevar 2,067 0 0 2 8
8 Austin Hill 2,064 2 1 21 5
9 Zane Smith 2,059 0 3 9 -5
10 Chandler Smith 2,052 0 1 1 -12

Playoff challengers at Bristol Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has reached its first elimination race of the Playoffs this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. Only two drivers have locked themselves into the Round of 8 making the intensity for the other eight drivers vying for the final six spots that much higher.

Sheldon Creed can rest easy this weekend because the Californian has won the first two races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs at Gateway and Darlington locking himself into the Round of 8. Creed also leads the Playoff standings with 2,128 points. Creed has made two series starts at Bristol posting one top-10 finish and average finish of 8.500.

John Hunter Nemechek, much like Sheldon Creed, heads to Bristol with the wind at his back. Nemechek by virtue of points has clinched his spot in the Round of 8 and heads to the 0.533-mile track ranked second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings with 2,126 points. Looking to Bristol this weekend, Nemechek has made six series starts posting three top fives and five top 10s. His average finish at the track is 8.667.

Matt Crafton rolls into the Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday night as the highest ranked driver (third) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs not locked into the Round of 8. Crafton has accumulated 2,094 points and is currently 35 points ahead of the Round of 8 cutline. Three-time series champion, Crafton, has made 18 series starts (most among active drivers) posting four top fives and 12 top 10s. His average finish at Bristol is 10.444.

Stewart Friesen heads to Bristol Motor Speedway ranked fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 2,092 points – just 33 points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Friesen has made five starts at Bristol amassing two top-finishes and an average finish of 17.800.

Ben Rhodes arrives at Bristol Motor Speedway this Thursday ranked fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 2,074 points – only 15 points ahead of the Round of 8 cutline. Rhodes has made six series starts at Bristol producing one top five and four top 10s.

Todd Gilliland pulls into Bristol Motor Speedway this Thursday ranked sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 2,070 points – only 11 points ahead of the Round of 8 cutoff. Gilliland has made three starts at Bristol posting one top five and two top 10s.

Rookie Carson Hocevar heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this Thursday ranked seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 2,067 points – a mere eight points ahead of the Round of 8 cutoff. Hocevar made his series track debut at Bristol last season; he started 20th and finished 17th.

Austin Hill arrives at Bristol Motor Speedway this Thursday ranked eighth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 2,064 points – the final transfer spot into the Round of 8. Hill is currently five points ahead of ninth place Zane Smith. Hill has made five starts at Bristol posting one top-10 finish.

Zane Smith rolls into Bristol Motor Speedway this week ranked ninth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 2,059 points – just five points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Smith has made his series debut at Bristol last season; he started sixth and finished 16th.

Rookie Chandler Smith heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this week ranked 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 2,052 points – 12 points back from the Round of 8 cutoff. Smith has made two starts at Bristol posting two top fives and an average finish of 3.5.

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McAnally-Hilgemann Racing looking to expand in 2022 – McAnally-Hilgemann Racing announced this week that the organization will be expanding to a two-truck operation in 2022 and have signed Colby Howard to join the team.

“We’re pleased to have Colby join our team for 2022, as we look to expand our Camping World Truck Series program,” said team co-owner Bill McAnally. “Colby comes from a racing family and brings with him an extensive racing resume. Most recently, he had an impressive run in the truck series race at Darlington last week.”

This season MHR’s No. 19 Toyota driven by Derek Kraus is currently in the ranked 13th in owner points after posting one top five and four top 10s.

“I’m really excited to be joining a team of this caliber,” Howard said. “I feel like it’s a big step in my career. I’m really looking forward to going there next year and working with Bill and all the guys – being competitive and going for wins and a championship.”

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