NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Charlotte Preview

By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer

The last time the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visited Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne took the win in a photo finish with Erik Jones finishing in second. Cup Series drivers have been victorious in five out of the last six Truck Series races at Charlotte. Kyle Busch won four of those five. The most recent Truck Series regular to win at Charlotte was Justin Lofton in 2012.

Busch will attempt to add to his six wins in the Truck Series at Charlotte, as he will be piloting the No. 18 SiriusXM Toyota Tundra.

Truck Series Chase

Five races into the 2016 Truck Series Season, there have been five different winners, with four of them, Johnny Sauter, John Hunter Nemechek, William Byron, and Matt Crafton all being Truck Series regulars who have possibly secured their spot in the 2016 Truck Series Chase. The other winner this season, was Kyle Busch at Martinsville. If Kyle Busch wins again, he will put more pressure on those who have not won, and relieve some of the pressure from those who have.

What to Watch For

There are several storylines going into tonight’s race to watch for. Will weather cooperate or force the race to be delayed.

  • The rest of the field are looking to keep Kyle Busch at bay.
  • Many Truck Series regulars are looking for a chance to lock themselves into the Chase.
  • The Truck Series regulars who have won are looking to secure their position in the Chase with the possibility of having more than eight winners likely.
  • Points leader Matt Crafton is looking to extend is points lead over Timothy Peters. 
  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contenders Ben Rhodes, Christopher Bell, and Rico Abreu are looking for their first wins while Cole Custer and William Byron are looking for another win. 
  • With only one hour of practice, do all of the teams have their trucks set up for the race or are they looking for speed. 
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch and NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Brandon Jones are both in the field for today’s race.

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Seth Eggert is a college student that has followed NASCAR his entire life. Seth is currently pursuing a writing career and is majoring in Communications and Journalism. He is an avid iRacer and video gamer. Seth also tutors his peers in multiple subjects.