By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Writer
17 races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season six series regulars have scored a victory (Christopher Bell five times, John Hunter Nemechek and Johnny Sauter twice, Austin Cindric, Matt Crafton, and Kaz Grala once). Bell has a 40-point lead over Sauter heading into the 18th race of the season. This weekend marks the second race of the 2017 Playoffs for the Truck Series competitors.
The last time the Truck Series visited Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Tyler Reddick took home the victory in dominant fashion. Reddick led 70 of the 146 laps on his way to victory, beating his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Daniel Hemric by 1.404 seconds. Cole Custer, Ben Kennedy, and William Byron rounded out the top five that day. None of the top-five finishers are entered in this weekend’s race.
Timothy Peters and Sauter are the only former winners at Las Vegas in this weekend’s race.
Truck Series Championship
After the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Bell has 2,100 points with a 40-point lead over Sauter. Crafton is in third, 41-points behind. Ben Rhodes jumped from sixth to fourth, 50 points behind Bell. Cindric is in fifth with 2,043 points.
Grala hold the cutoff for the Round of Six with 2,038 points. Chase Briscoe is three points behind Grala. Nemechek is seven points behind Grala after mechanical issues left him last among the Playoff drivers at NHMS.
At Las Vegas, the first stage ends on lap 35, the second stage on lap 70, and the final stage on lap 146.
What to Watch For in the UNOH 175
There are several storylines going into this weekend’s race to watch for:
- Timothy Peters will be in the No. 02 Randco / Young’s Building Systems Chevrolet Silverado for Young’s Motorsports.
- Christopher Bell will have DC Solar as the primary sponsor of his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra.
- John Hunter Nemechek will have Berrys Bullets as the primary sponsor of his No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado.
- Austin Wayne Self will be in the No. 44 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado for Faith Motorsports in cooperation with AM Racing.
- Travis Pastrana returns to the Truck Series for the first time in two years in the No. 45 Wienerschnitzel Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports.
- Myatt Snider will be in the No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Where and When to Watch (All Times Eastern)
Practice 1: Saturday, September 30, 11:30 a.m., not televised.
Practice 2: Saturday, September 30, 1:00 p.m., not televised.
Qualifying: Saturday, September 30, 6:10 p.m., on Fox Sports 2.
Race: Saturday, September 30, 8:00 p.m., on Fox Sports 1, SiriusXM Channel 90, and the Motor Racing Network.