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2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

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

Date Location Network Race Start Radio
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.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 322755 Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

 

Cautions Breed Cautions. If not, Artificial Cautionization

Come on, you know you’ve done it, we all have; the NASCAR race has been running and the cars (or trucks) have gotten all strung out and you wished there was a caution flag to bunch them back up. Well NASCAR has given you your wish, well somewhat.

NASCAR is implementing a new program for the Camping World Truck Series where they will set a clock when the green flag waves and if there is no caution flag after 20 minutes of green flag racing they will through a caution flag.

The caution clock will be turned off with 20 laps to go at all events in the series, with the exception of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Pocono Raceway, where the clock will be turned off with 10 laps remaining.

At first look at this it seems wrong, totally against what racing is all about; it is wrong. But in life and sports there are rules. Some rules are there to protect the participants others simply to make it more interesting and still others to help in officiating (game management).

This rule is not much different than the two minute warning in football. It adds some time to the game for all parties to reset, take a breather if you will prior to restarting the action. This will also help, like football; the television partners manage TV time outs or commercials.

Every fan knows that each and every race gets more interesting after a caution flag and the subsequent restart. That is the entire basis for NASCAR implementing this rule.

NASCAR did not provide much additional information. One would think that they should automatically clean the track when one of these cautions is thrown to ensure good racing at the restart. Another thought would be that since there was no debris it would be better to have a quick caution and get right back to it. We will see how this is implemented. This may end up being an option based on what is happening on track throughout the particular race.

In realty the majority of times this rule gets used will be on the 1.5 and 2 mile tracks and may perhaps only come into play one time during a race. Regardless, it can only make the racing more interesting.

One argument that many have is that this adds yet another gimmick to NASCAR racing. It doesn’t. It is another rule for teams to manage. The teams will not only have to manage laps, fuel and tires but also reconcile that with time. In other words this rule only adds to the game it doesn’t take anything away from it.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

The 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season is upon us. Erik Jones won his first Camping World Truck Series championship. Will we have another new Champion or will someone repeat?

Iowa Speedway will host its first NASCAR national series companion weekend, with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series on June 18-19.

Check out the schedule and make your travel plans to attend a race or two. Hope to see you there.

2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule
Friday, Feb. 19 Nextera Energy Resources 250 Daytona International Speedway FS1
Saturday, Feb. 27 Georgia 200 Atlanta Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Apr. 02 April Martinsville Race Martinsville Speedway FS1
Friday, May 06 Toyota Tundra 250 Kansas Speedway FS1
Friday, May 13 Camping World Truck Series 200 Dover International Speedway FS1
Friday, May 20 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Charlotte Motor Speedway FS1
Friday, Jun. 10 Rattlesnake 400 Texas Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jun. 18 June Iowa Race Iowa Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jun. 25 Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Gateway Motorsports Park FS1
Thursday, Jul. 07 Kentucky 225 Kentucky Speedway FS1
Wed. Jul. 20 #Eldora Eldora Speedway FS1
Saturday, Jul. 30 Pocono Mountains 150 Pocono Raceway FS1
Wed., Aug. 17 UNOH 200 Bristol Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Aug. 27 Careers For Veterans 200 Michigan International Speedway FS1
Sunday, Sep. 04 Chevrolet Silverado 250 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FS1
Friday, Sep. 16 Camping World Truck Series 225 Chicagoland Speedway FS1
Saturday, Sep. 24 UNOH 175 New Hampshire Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Oct. 01 Rhino Linings 350 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FS1
Saturday, Oct. 22 Fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Talladega Superspeedway FOX
Saturday, Oct. 29 October Martinsville Race Martinsville Speedway FS1
Friday, Nov. 04 Longhorn 350 Texas Motor Speedway FS1
Friday, Nov. 11 Lucas Oil 150 Phoenix International Raceway FS1
Friday, Nov. 18 Ford Ecoboost 200 Homestead-Miami Speedway FS1
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Follow him on Twitter @brian_jr1 during the race and throughout the week for more NASCAR news and commentary.

Feature Photo Credit: 314396 Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images

Cassie Gannis is Starting Her Dream in the NASCAR Truck Series

NASCAR racing is a dream for many drivers. Many don’t even get close to that dream. Cassie Gannis has gotten close and has the opportunity to get closer by driving the # 74 Camping World Truck Series truck of Mark Harmon Racing at Phoenix International Raceway.

Gannis lives in the Phoenix area and this is her home track. Like all future stars of NASCAR, Gannis works another job when she is not racing. She is a veterinarian technician at a local animal hospital. She is also very active in the Phoenix metro community, promoting safe driving and Don’t Text and Drive campaigns.

Great to be racing at my home track, many of my friends and family will be there.” Gannis added “It’s great to race at PIR

Gannis is the 2012 NASCAR K&N West series Most Popular driver.  That makes this opportunity at Phoenix in the Camping World Truck Series that much more special.

Gannis said, “Getting in a truck and to my dream is amazing.”

The #74 Mark Harmon Racing Truck is 25th in owner points and locked in to make the race. The truck has a sponsor for the race but it has not been announced yet. She also has support from her long term local sponsors.

Gannis said, “This is a great opportunity and I want to thank Mark Harmon and my sponsor plus my local sponsors  Mancavesite.org and InnerDivaDen.com plus Add A Wrap/Industrial Decals Co. “.

This is Cassie Gannis’s first start in a Camping World Truck Series truck so it will be a learning experience. She has a two hour and twenty five minute practice on Thursday to get acclimated to the truck and make her dreams happen.

I have never been in a truck before; especially experiencing the different aerodynamics. “  Gannis added, “Going to have to learn fast in practice and figure it out then.”

If you cannot get to Phoenix International Raceway for the Lucas Oil 150 it will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, November 13th at 8:30 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: Cassie Gannis Racing 

John Hunter Nemechek gets his First Win at Chicagoland Speedway

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series had an eventful weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. John Hunter Nemechek and his whole Chevrolet team persevered, bringing home their first win in the series.

On Friday it was expected that it may rain out qualifying so the first and only practice took on an even more significance as it may end up setting the starting positions for the race. Nemechek driving the Number 8 Chevrolet was only the eleventh fastest. When rain did in fact end qualifying, he started eleventh. The race was originally scheduled to run on Friday night but the race was canceled by a torrential downpour.

When the race was finally run on Saturday morning, Nemechek hung around the top ten the entire day getting as high as fourth. It didn’t look like he would be a factor to challenge Kyle Larson or Johnny Sauter, who collectively lead 101 laps of 150, for the lead.

There was a long caution flag from lap 83 to 95 after Mason Mingus got into the wet grass, went airborne and littered the track and pit road with debris. Just before the field went to green, Gere Kennon, the Crew Chief, called Nemechek to pit road to top off with fuel. Many of the other leaders did the same except while they were racing; he was saving fuel like he was told to by his Crew Chief.

With 22 laps to go the strategy that Gere Kennon had for John Hunter Nemechek started to play out. The No. 8 was in the seventh position, then each and every driver ahead of him pulled to pit road to put in fuel until finally on the second to last lap Kyle Larson ran out of fuel. Nemechek led only the most important lap of the race, the last one, to win his first race of his career.

Yea it’s definitely an amazing feeling. I was a little bit frustrated with our Crew Chief Gere Kennon on that last stop he told me to pit. We had to fix the left side Romeo window.” Nemechek added, “I really didn’t want to go to the back because track position was key and everything but we got to top off there coming to one to go. He kept telling me to save fuel, save fuel that last run and that’s what we ended up doing. I ran out coming out of turn four so that was definitely great strategy that he had worked out in his mind I should know never to doubt him.

It is hard to believe that John Hunter Nemechek, who is 18 years, 3 months and 8 days old is not the youngest winner ever. He is the fourth youngest winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History. Cole Custer, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott were younger when they won.

Erik Jones leads the point standings by ten points over Tyler Reddick. Matt Crafton is third one point behind Reddick. John Hunter Nemechek was the highest finishing rookie.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

Feature Photo Credit: 312761 Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images