The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is upon us. Last year was the inaugural season of the extension of the Chase format to this Series. William Byron dominated the season with seven wins and 16 top ten finishes in 23 races. His very untimely blown engine in the second to last race at Phoenix eliminated him from contention. He won the last race a Homestead to show he should have won the Championship.
“It feels awesome. It’s just – it’s incredible.” William Byron added, “I mean this team has worked so hard all year. We just had an unfortunate situation last week that we couldn’t control, but, man, they brought a good truck. Qualified on the pole. These guys just are awesome.”
Johnny Sauter won at Daytona then used that win to catapult himself to his first Championship in NASCAR. He had three wins and 19 top ten finishes in the 23 races. This year the competition is expected to be even better now that they have some experience with this format.
“This championship means a lot to me, but it means a lot to my family,” the newly crowned champion continued.” Sauter added, “I just can’t thank these guys enough. They executed like they needed to and I can’t thank the Gallagher family enough for giving me this opportunity. It was a leap of faith to come here over the off season. Being in a Chevrolet was very important to me and this is just awesome.”
2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule
|2/24||Daytona International Speedway||FS1||7:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|3/4||Atlanta Motor Speedway||FS1||4:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|4/1||Martinsville Speedway||FS1||2:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|5/12||Kansas Speedway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|5/19||Charlotte Motor Speedway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|6/2||Dover International Speedway||FS1||5:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|6/9||Texas Motor Speedway||FS1||8 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|6/17||Gateway Motorsports Park||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|6/23||Iowa Speedway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|7/6||Kentucky Speedway||FS1||7:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|7/19||Eldora Speedway||FS1||9 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|7/29||Pocono Raceway||FS1||1 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|8/12||Michigan International Speedway||FS1||1 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|8/16||Bristol Motor Speedway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|9/3||Canadian Tire Motorsport Park||FS1||2:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|9/15||Chicagoland Speedway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|9/23||New Hampshire Motor Speedway||FS1||1 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|9/30||Las Vegas Motor Speedway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|10/14||Talladega Superspeedway||FOX||1 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|10/28||Martinsville Speedway||FS1||1:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|11/3||Texas Motor Speedway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|11/10||Phoenix International Raceway||FS1||8:30 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
|11/17||Homestead-Miami Speedway||FS1||8 p.m.||MRN / SiriusXM|
Next year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers with five or more years of experience will be limited to seven starts in this Series.
“The updated guidelines will elevate the stature of our future stars, while also providing them the opportunity to compete against the best in professional motorsports,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “These updated guidelines are the result of a collaborative effort involving the entire industry, and will ultimately better showcase the emerging stars of NASCAR.”
Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.
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