P3 penalty, warning issued to two Truck Series teams
One NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team was issued a P3 penalty coming out of the weekend's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , and a second was given a written warning, according to Tuesday's penalty release via NASCAR. No penalties or warnings were issued to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. The No. 30 Truck Series team, which had Jesse Little as its driver over the weekend, had infractions found during opening-day inspection related to throttle body shafts. Examples of a possible violation, according to the NASCAR Rule Book, are meeting a minimum combined thickness of 0.197 inches or ensuring that the shafts seal, to prevent air leakage. The team was also penalized for having an engine ancillary component that did not meet the NASCAR rules, according to the penalty report. The truck did not make the race after qualifying was rained out. Crew chief Mark Rette was fined $5,000 for the infractions. Additionally, the No. 41 team of Ben Rhodes was issued a written warning. Its truck trailing arms did not meet specifications on opening-day inspection. Also on Tuesday's penalty report: Crew member Kelly Johnson has been suspended indefinitely for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy.
Matt Crafton wins Truck race at Charlotte
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings CONCORD, N.C. -- Matt Crafton had a lot to overcome on Saturday -- a 17th-place starting position and a difficult pit stall that cost him dearly in the early stages of Saturday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway . But after 134 laps, Crafton was 5.748 seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Busch , winning the race and extending his series lead to 12 points over seventh-place finisher Timothy Peters . In fact, the two-time champion won consecutive races for the first time in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career, going back-to-back in successive weeks at Dover and Charlotte. Even though it took Crafton more than half the race to get to the front, he sensed the quality of his ride from the drop of the green flag. "I literally did," Crafton said. "I was like, 'Wow!' This thing was unbelievable from the time we dropped the green. This thing went through (Turns) 1 and 2 -- well, the first original start, everybody got jumbled up and went through (Turns) 1 and 2 and then 3 and 4, and I'm like, 'This thing feels really good right here.' "Then we fell back to the 20s (after pit road issues) at that point and we started driving back through them and I was like, 'Oh, my goodness, these boys are in trouble today.' " The victory was the 13th of Crafton's career, but despite the wide margin of victory, his No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota didn't take the lead for the first time until Lap 80, when Crafton tracked down Peters and passed him for the top spot. After starting mid-pack, Crafton worked his way forward during the first run but had major issues on pit road, first sliding through his pit box and later getting blocked in his stall. The miscues forced Crafton to pass a gaggle of cars, but by Lap 78 he was fourth for a restart after Christopher Bell 's spin off Turn 4, and two laps later, Crafton had the lead. The advantage grew to more than 8.5 seconds before a cycle of green-flag pit stops for fuel trimmed Crafton's winning margin in the closing laps. Johnny Sauter did an extraordinary job of saving fuel and rolled home third behind Crafton and Busch. Tyler Reddick and Matt Tifft , the latter recently named to the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class, were fourth and fifth, respectively, both on fuel strategy. Spencer Gallagher , Peters, Bell, Daniel Hemric and polesitter William Byron completed the top 10. Busch led 27 laps in the early going but suffered a suspension part failure that caused the handling of his No. 18 Tundra to tighten up. Nor did it help that Busch's team was penalized for an uncontrolled tire during a pit stop on Lap 68, forcing the driver to restart at the rear of the field on Lap 71. "Once we got back in traffic, it just got super, super tight," said Busch, whose Kyle Busch Motorsports organization also owns the trucks driven by Bell, Byron and Daniel Suarez . "Something broke, and after that, it was just laying on the splitter."
Custer, Byron top Thursday's Truck practices at Dover
Practice 2: Results DOVER, Del. -- Cole Custer topped the leaderboard in Thursday's second and final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Dover International Speedway at 157.577 mph in the No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Right behind him was Christopher Bell in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota at 157.377 mph. Rounding out the top five were Ben Kennedy in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet, Matt Tifft in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota and Daniel Hemric in the No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford. Series points leader Timothy Peters was 11th-fastest with a speed of 155.293 mph in the No. 17 RHR Toyota. In the session's closing minutes, Kennedy brought out the caution after hitting the wall. NASCAR did not resume the practice after that. Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is Friday at 2:15 p.m. ET on FS1. Practice 1: Results DOVER, Del. -- Last week's Kansas winner William Byron topped the leaderboard in Thursday's first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice at Dover International Speedway at 159.426 mph in the No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Right behind him was Brandon Jones in the No. 71 Contreras Motorsports Chevrolet at 158.695 mph. Rounding out the top five were Matt Tifft (158.423 mph) in the No. 11 Red Horse Racing Toyota, Cameron Hayley (158.402 mph) in the No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota and Matt Crafton (158.040 mph) in the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota. Series points leader Timothy Peters was 13th fastest in the session in the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota. The practice was halted with just over 10 minutes remaining to allow for an ambulance to leave the track. Thirteen minutes were added once trucks resumed the session at 2:58 p.m. ET.
Runner-up Suarez's truck found too high in left rear
Related: Full race results from Dover NASCAR officials said that the truck driven by Daniel Suarez to a second-place finish Friday at Dover International Speedway was found too high in the left rear during a post-race inspection. The technical infraction came after Friday's Jacob Companies 200, the fifth of 23 races this year for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series . NASCAR officials said any potential penalties stemming from the violation would be announced Wednesday. Suarez's Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota wound up .571 seconds behind race winner Matt Crafton at the checkered flag. It marked the 24-year-old driver's fourth runner-up finish in 18 career Truck Series starts. NASCAR eliminated ride-height rules for the Sprint Cup Series before the 2014 season, but kept the limitations in place for the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series .
Custer earns top-five result in second XFINITY start
RELATED: Full results " Relive the day in photos CONCORD, N.C. -- After a career-best fourth-place finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 4K TV 300 , Cole Custer emerged from his No. 88 Chevrolet beet-red but satisfied with his result at Charlotte Motor Speedway . The 18-year-old earned a fist bump and congratulations from JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier , among others. "Really happy with where we ended up there," Custer said. "Good call there at the end taking two tires and catching a little more track position. We were just able to make some things happen there on that last restart. "Day didn't start out that great. We got some damage on pit road but we were able to work our way back up there and ended up pretty well." Custer spent much of the latter half of the race running in the top 10, even leading a lap (his first in the series ) and spent some time in the top five before starting to fade back to seventh. A late caution from an accident involving Erik Jones on Lap 198 opened the door for some pit strategy to get back some track position. Crew chief Dave Elenz told NASCAR.com there was no doubt what call he had to make. "We were doing two," Elenz said on pit road after the race. "We were set on that. We had to get ahead of the 18 (eventual race winner Denny Hamlin , who restarted sixth on four fresh tires), so that was the only way we were going to do that. We actually were going to stay out if we could have gotten the front row, but that didn’t happen." Custer restarted in fifth on the third row with Hamlin, and the California native was able to gain one spot in the overtime finish. The result builds off a sixth-place showing Custer had last month at Richmond International Raceway in his series debut. Custer has three more starts slated to come for JRM at Kentucky Speedway in the No. 88 (July 8), before returning to the No. 5 at Charlotte (Oct. 7) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19). JR Motorsports teammate Allgaier has noticed what a quick study Custer is, and Custer admitted that he has picked the brain of veteran teammate Elliott Sadler a little bit. Allgaier said he enjoys having a rotating cast of drivers in the No. 88 Chevrolet that already has included Chase Elliott , Kevin Harvick , Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Alex Bowman . "I told Cole as soon as the race was over, he did a great job today," said Allgaier, who finished fifth. "He was on it, no question, and those guys did a great job. "I think as a company, when you get into that grind of going every week and pushing each other each and every week, it can be sometimes hard to race every week and to not get stale or stagnate. Having those guys come in and push us and we learn from them, I think it definitely helps the whole organization." And with two strong results on the board in the XFINITY Series , Custer is optimistic that the results and speed will carry over to his run at a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. The two-time winner in the series is in the midst of his first full-time season in the sport and sits 15th in the standings. "We've definitely struggled some in the truck and we thought we were having more speed," Custer said. "I think we are going to have some speed here coming up. I think we are working real hard on it with Joe (Shear Jr., crew chief of the No. 00 Chevrolet) and everybody, so I think we will definitely have some speed, but it definitely means a lot to know that I can still do it."
Full schedule for Pocono
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series will race at Pocono Raceway this week, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is off. Check out the full weekend schedule below. Note: All times are ET THURSDAY, JUNE 2: ON TRACK -- 2-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice ( Follow live ) -- 4-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series second practice ( Follow live ) FRIDAY, JUNE 3: ON TRACK -- 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series first practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 12:30-1:25 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series third practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 3-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 4:15 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) SATURDAY, JUNE 4: ON TRACK -- 9:05 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FS1 ( Follow live ) -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Pocono Green 250 (100 laps, 250 miles), FOX ( Follow live ) SUNDAY, JUNE 5: ON TRACK -- 1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 (160 laps, 400 miles), FS1 ( Follow live )
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner Standings
After Race 6 of the 2016 season at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Chase format extended to XFINITY, Camping World Truck Series
RELATED: NXS, Truck Series receive Chase format for '16 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 19, 2016) – Using the overwhelming success of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format introduced in 2014 as a guidepost, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced today the implementation of a playoff system in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series . On the heels of a 2015 Chase that saw the highest season-finale viewership in nearly a decade, record-breaking page views on NASCAR.com, and unparalleled volume on social media, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will each feature a seven-race Chase to decide its respective championships starting in 2016. The announcement was the first of a number of racing innovations presented by NASCAR on Tuesday. "Fans, partners and the industry have embraced the new Chase format like nothing we’ve seen in the sport's history," said France. "Winning never has been this important, and the excitement generated the past two seasons in the Sprint Cup Series has led to this implementation of the Chase format in all three national series . Competition in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will undoubtedly elevate to new heights and shine a spotlight on the rising stars of our sport." The NASCAR XFINITY Series , where "Names Are Made," and the rugged NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will implement seven-race, three-round Chase formats with unique characteristics but very much in the same spirit of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . All three series will conclude the season with a Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to crown a champion. However, all three will begin at different tracks: Chicago ( Sprint Cup Series ), Kentucky ( XFINITY Series ) and New Hampshire ( Camping World Truck Series ) Drivers still must declare a series in which they will earn points, and will only be eligible to compete for a championship in that series . The 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who qualified for the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be ineligible to compete in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway . NASCAR XFINITY SERIES CHASE The seven-race NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase will begin at Kentucky Speedway on Sept. 24, and feature 12 drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . A win in the first 26 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, provided the driver is in the top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race. Drivers who win two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are also all but guaranteed a Chase berth. The first round, called the Round of 12, consists of the races at Kentucky, Dover, and Charlotte. All drivers will start with their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 12, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-8) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points. Each driver who advances to the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 8 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points. The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will be crowned the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion. NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CHASE The seven-race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase will begin at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 24. It will feature eight drivers and two elimination rounds, with four drivers competing in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway . A win in the first 16 races all but guarantees a driver entry into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, provided that the driver is in the Top 30 in points and has attempted to qualify for each race. The first round, called the Round of 8, consists of the races at New Hampshire, Las Vegas, and Talladega. All drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 16 races. If a driver wins a race in the Round of 8, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions (1-6) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points. Each driver who advances to the Round of 6 (Martinsville, Texas, Phoenix) then will have their points reset to 3,000. Drivers who win a race in the Round of 6 automatically advance to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions (1-4) that have not been filled by wins will be filled on points. The four drivers who advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead will have their points reset to 4,000. The highest finishing Championship 4 driver will win the championship. All rules outlined above also apply to both series' owner championship structure. The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season will kick off with the 58th running of the Daytona 500 ® on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway ®. The Great American Race® will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
NASCAR announces innovations for XFINITY, Camping World Truck series
RELATED: New-look Dash 4 Cash unveiled " Caution clock comes to trucks DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 19, 2016) – NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell announced today several racing-related innovations to the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series , beginning with the 2016 season, designed to ignite and energize the growth of each series . In the NASCAR XFINITY Series , where "Names Are Made," each event in the popular Dash 4 Cash program now will be comprised of Two Heats and a Main. Drivers who win two of the four Dash 4 Cash bonuses available also are all but guaranteed a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In addition, the rugged NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races now will feature a Caution Clock, which will be triggered at the start of each green-flag run. When the green flag is displayed, 20 minutes will be placed on the clock. If/when the clock expires, a caution will be thrown. "These innovations contain the elements of racing that our fans want the most," said O’Donnell. "The enhancements put a premium on in-race strategy, and will create an unprecedented level of excitement as teams make tactical decisions that could impact their spot in the Chase." NASCAR XFINITY SERIES DASH 4 CASH The NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash will be comprised of Two Heats and a Main at four tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway (April 16), Richmond International Raceway (April 23), Dover International Speedway (May 14) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 23). Qualifying for each Dash 4 Cash event will set the 40-car field and the starting positions for the Two Heats with the fastest qualifier awarded the Coors Light Pole Award. Odd-numbered qualifiers (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) will start in the first Heat in respective order, while even-numbered qualifiers (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) will start the second Heat in respective order. The Two Heats will set the starting positions for the Main with the top two NASCAR XFINITY Series regulars in each Heat becoming eligible for the Dash 4 Cash bonus. The highest finishing driver among the four Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers will be awarded a $100,000 bonus. If any driver wins two of the four Dash 4 Cash bonuses available, he/she is all but guaranteed a spot in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. In short, two Dash 4 Cash bonuses are equivalent to one race win in the new NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase format. Drivers must have declared to earn NASCAR XFINITY Series points in order to be eligible for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES CAUTION CLOCK A Caution Clock will be utilized in each NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event (except for Eldora Speedway ). The clock will be set to 20 minutes and triggered at the start of each green-flag run during race events. When the clock counts down to zero, a caution flag then will be displayed and no beneficiary will be awarded. A caution occurring before time expires resets the clock when the subsequent green flag is displayed and the first truck a lap down will be the beneficiary. 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. The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season will kick off with the 58th running of the Daytona 500 ® on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway ®. The Great American Race® will be broadcast live on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com.
NASCAR announces 2016 Camping World Truck Series schedule
RELATED: Buy tickets now " 2016 schedules for top two national series MORE: Highlights of the 2016 schedules DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2015) -- NASCAR today announced the 2016 schedule for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series , which features 21 tracks hosting 23 events in the U.S. and Canada. As with the previously announced NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series schedules, agreements have also been reached with the tracks to host the Camping World Truck Series through 2020. 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. Other changes for 2016 are: • The Dover International Speedway event moves two weekends earlier in the schedule (May 13). • The first visit to Texas Motor Speedway moves one week later to June 10. • The Gateway Motorsports Park event moves two weekends later in the schedule to June 25. • The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park event returns to the Sunday of Labor Day (U.S.) weekend, on Sept. 4. "For more than 20 years, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has been home to some of the closest side-by-side racing in the sport, and we're committed to delivering that to our fans for many years to come," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "We expect that the stability of five-year agreements will benefit the entire industry, and anticipate the continuation of compelling NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship battles, like the one we're watching unfold in 2015." The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off the 2016 season during Daytona Speedweeks, as the iconic track welcomes fans to experience its $400 million redevelopment project, DAYTONA Rising. After Daytona, the trucks will race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in a double-header with the NASCAR XFINTY Series for the second consecutive season. Two popular Wednesday night events -- at Eldora Speedway (July 20) and Bristol (Aug. 17) -- also return to the schedule for 2016. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series closes the 2016 season with five events in five weekends, including three triple-header weekends with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY Series at Texas Motor Speedway , Phoenix International Raceway , and Homestead-Miami Speedway . FOX Sports will provide broadcast coverage of every race event in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck season.