Post-Race Reactions: Ford EcoBoost 200
Kyle Busch on the tight finish, plus Ty Dillon and Timothy Peters react after nearly winning the championship.
NASCAR TV schedule: Nov. 16-22
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Newest Truck Series champ to be youngest yet
In just three short days, the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion will be crowned -- and for perhaps the first time in Truck Series history champagne will not be sprayed during the champ's celebration. Why's that? Because the two drivers gunning for the title, Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick , are both just 19 years old -- making the future 2015 champion, whoever it is, the youngest in Truck Series history. "It's cool to have the opportunity to win both Rookie of the Year and the championship in the same season," Jones said during a Tuesday teleconference. Leading the tight standings battle, Jones is going into Homestead-Miami Speedway 19 points ahead of Reddick. Jones has never made a Truck Series start at Homestead, while Reddick has one under his belt when he finished sixth in 2014. Both of the young drivers have had a lot of influence from NASCAR's Sprint Cup star Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch , as Reddick drives for Brad Keselowski Racing and Jones for Kyle Busch Motorsports. "The biggest thing for me (to get adjusted to) has been the short tracks," Reddick said. "When I first came into this deal I had very minimal short-track experience. Coming from the dirt racing world I had to unlearn everything and then learn it again. I've leaned a lot on Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney ." And just as Keselowski has been a mentor to Reddick, Kyle Busch has done the same for his phenom. "I've leaned a lot on Kyle, trying to figure out how to be better at the mile-and-a-half tracks," Jones said. "I think we've come a long way since 2013, KBM has come a long way." Jones recently gained experience behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup Series car, piloting the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota during Matt Kenseth 's two-race suspension, where he finished 12th and 19th at Texas and Phoenix, respectively. Jones also filled in for Kyle Busch at Kansas this season when the JGR driver was out for injuries. Jones finished 40th there. Tune in as the Camping World Truck Series takes the Miami track on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. ET for the Ford EcoBoost 200 (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).
Carli Lloyd named grand marshal for XFINITY finale
RELATED: Buy tickets to the race MIAMI -- A championship race calls for championship-caliber dignitaries, and that's exactly what the 2015 Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series championship race will have. World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carli Lloyd will serve as the Grand Marshal for the race, which will take place Nov. 21 at 2:45 p.m. at Homestead-Miami Speedway . As Grand Marshal, Lloyd will give the command for drivers to "start their engines." In addition, as a guest of XFINITY , Lloyd will participate in various activities around the track and with the fans, including a visit to the XFINITY Zone to host a Championship Rally before the race. Andy Miyares, a Special Olympics swimmer from Miami, will be the Honorary Starter for the race, while actress/singer Elizabeth Elias, also a native Miamian, has been tabbed to perform the national anthem. "Thanks to XFINITY , having someone with Carli Lloyd's accolades is a perfect fit for what Ford Championship Weekend is all about," said Homestead-Miami Speedway president Matthew Becherer. "We are also honored to have Andy and Elizabeth as integral parts of our pre-race festivities. The things they have been able to accomplish are tremendous, and they are outstanding ambassadors in their respective fields and also for the Miami area." Lloyd, who currently plays for the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League, won the coveted Golden Ball Trophy as the best player of the 2015 Women's World Cup tournament when she notched six goals and one assist in leading the U.S. to the World Cup title. A member of the U.S. Women's national team since 2005, Lloyd scored three goals in the team's 5-2 win over Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final. She was also part of the U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning teams in 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London), where she scored the deciding goal in the Gold Medal games on both occasions. Overall, she has played in more than 200 matches for the U.S. national team and has scored more than 70 goals. Miyares, 32, who grew up in Kendall, was born with Down syndrome. He has competed in two Special Olympics World Games and is the holder of numerous world records. He won both silver and bronze medals in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. He is a registered United States Swimming Coach, teaching younger special needs children how to swim. Elizabeth Elias, called Liz by her many fans, is an actress and recording artist best known for her role of Mia Black in the Nickelodeon’s hit series, "Every Witch Way." Currently working on her music with Atlantic Records, Elizabeth is set to launch her first single at the beginning of the New Year. Her musical style is an integration of today’s pop and Latin pop music genres. You can follow Liz on all her Social Media. Tickets are still available for the Ford EcoBoost 300 , as well as the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday. For tickets, call 305-230-5255 or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com .
Hemric tops Truck Series practice at Homestead-Miami
RELATED: Practice results Daniel Hemric (No. 14 NTS Motorsports Chevrolet) topped the lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The rookie paced the 145-minute session with a fast lap of 168.908 mph. Tyler Reddick (No. 19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford ) came in second with a speed of 168.824 mph. Reddick enters the final race of the season 19 points back of Erik Jones (No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota) for the championship lead. Jones placed fifth in the session (167.447 mph). Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet) was third (168.418 mph) and Crafton (167.452 mph) came in fourth. Jones had the fastest 10-lap average speed among seven drivers at 161.716 mph from Laps 11-20; Crafton was second at 160.629 mph, followed by Christopher Bell (159.862 mph), Hemric (159.644 mph) and Daniel Suarez (158.886 mph). Jones will lock up the title with a finish of 15th or better in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM); 16th with at least one lap led; or 17th with the most laps led. Jones or Reddick would become the youngest driver to win the Camping World Truck Series championship, while also dethroning two-time defending champion Matt Crafton (No. 88 ThorSport Racing Toyota) in the process. Austin Theriault (No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford ), who is set to make his first start since a major crash last month at Las Vegas Motor Speedway , finished the session 11th. Earlier in the week, Theriault was medically cleared to return to racing after suffering a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back on Oct. 3 during the Rhino Linings 350 . Keystone Light Pole Qualifying is set for 4:10 p.m. ET (FS1).
Austin Theriault cleared to race at Homestead-Miami
Brad Keselowski Racing announced on Thursday that Austin Theriault has been medically cleared to return to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway . The 21-year-old suffered a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back in a crash while wheeling the No. 29 BKR Ford during the Rhino Linings 350 on Oct. 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway . "I'm looking forward to getting back in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and being fast at Homestead," Theriault said in a team press release. Due to the incident, Theriault has been rehabilitating and staying out of competition for the last four races -- Brian Keselowski , Austin Cindric and Ryan Blaney have each taken turns driving the No. 29 during his absence. Despite the difficulties he has faced, Theriault's 2015 season includes two top fives and four top-10 results in eight NCWTS starts, which he will look to add to during Friday's Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). Been a long time a coming. Glad he is now cleared and feeling great after Vegas. https://t.co/nAWsmzkeDE — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) November 19, 2015
Crafton, Reddick hold heads high as season ends
RELATED: Race results " Series standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Neither the reigning two-time champion nor the plucky driver in his first full season took a spot on the big stage Friday night. But for Matt Crafton and Tyler Reddick , there was plenty of solace to go around. Crafton and Reddick made the most of banner seasons in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series despite coming up short to newly crowned champion Erik Jones in Friday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway . Crafton netted the biggest consolation prize of all, a resounding victory in the Ford EcoBoost 200 . Reddick, though stinging from a runner-up finish in the standings, found silver linings in the impact of a successful two-win season. For Crafton and his ThorSport Racing No. 88 Toyota team, the championship torch was passed to a rookie driver 20 years his junior. But the Truck Series veteran savored his most prolific season in the win column with six victories, capped by Friday night's romp at the 1.5-mile Homestead track, where he led 93 of 134 laps from the Keystone Light Pole position. Crafton wound up third in the final series standings, 22 points behind Jones, but relished a year flush with dominance and laps led, doubling the amount of victories in both championship seasons combined. "This year, I said these guys are unbelievable what they build these trucks up there in Sandusky, Ohio and what (team owners) Duke and Rhonda (Thorson) give us to be able to go out and win six races," said Crafton, who led the standings from late March through late July. "I say it each and every race, I don't worry about the points, and I haven't worried about the points. The last five races, six races, I knew I was going to have to be that much more aggressive, and I was." Reddick kicked off his first full season in the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 19 Ford with a victory in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway . He added a win three months later at Dover, but lamented a handful of subpar finishes (19th at Mosport, 15th at New Hampshire) in the season's second half that left him at a deficit in the series' pecking order. Reddick still ended up second in the standings, 15 points off the top and exceedingly close to the lofty goals he set for himself back in the winter. "Going into this year, our standards were set very high," Reddick said. "We wanted to win the championship and obviously a lot of people -- I feel like a lot of people didn't think we were capable of that. We didn't end up being capable of it. As you see, we were runner-up. We were always very strong throughout the season. We were always right there. Unfortunately we were just a little too short there coming into Homestead to really mix it up in the last race."
Contact between Jones, Crafton shakes up points picture
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings AVONDALE, Ariz. -- A hard-edged contest for the lead snared two championship contenders, and a pit-stop misstep hindered the third, as Friday the 13th luck haunted the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title race at Phoenix International Raceway . While Timothy Peters scooted away with his second victory of the season, Erik Jones , Tyler Reddick and Matt Crafton all played damage control Friday night in a topsy-turvy Lucas Oil 150 . Once the curtain closed on the next-to-last event of the season, Jones inched closer to his first NASCAR national series crown, Reddick made modest but unfulfilling gains and Crafton's hopes for extending his title reign to three years grew dimmer. After a late-race restart, Jones and Crafton collided with 30 laps to go on the exit of Turn 4. Crafton caught the worst of the melee, collecting ThorSport Racing teammate Johnny Sauter at speed on the frontstretch. Jones, the pole-starter, emerged with relatively minor damage on the left-rear fender, rallying from a pit stop to finish ninth. Crafton spent significant time behind the wall for repairs, finishing 20 laps down in 23rd place. Crafton and Jones had raced fiercely earlier in the 150-lapper, and their contact near the end was no different. But the two-time series champ absorbed the blame for the fateful brush. "It was 100 percent my fault," said Crafton, who led three times for 15 laps. "We were close and it was tight racing. When you get somebody side-by-side with you, I just got loose and made a mistake. Things happen, we're all human and we'll go on to Homestead. I hate it for the guys, we had such a good truck. We'll just hold our heads up and go to Homestead." Jones, who can eliminate Crafton from the title picture with a result of 27th or better in the 32-truck field in next Friday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM) at Homestead-Miami Speedway , said the contact was simply the byproduct of hard-nosed competition. "There was definitely some hard racing," said Jones, who led five times for 106 laps. "He didn't want us to get the lead obviously and slipped up and made a mistake. It's going to happen, it's racing, it's hard racing and we both had fast trucks. It's just a shame when you lose a shot at the win. ... "At that moment I wasn't thinking about the championship. I was thinking about winning a race and that flashed before my eyes. I was somewhat worried about it, I wasn't too concerned about it, I figured we'd be OK since obviously the 88 (Crafton) was involved as well. Still a 19-point lead and that's a solid margin to go into Homestead." Reddick actually gained a spot in the standings with a fifth-place finish, but failed to capitalize more on the misfortunes of Crafton and Jones. The 19-year-old driver said his Brad Keselowski Racing team would investigate possible trouble on his No. 19 Ford's right-front, which led to a balky tire change on his final pit stop. Jones can close out Reddick in the season finale by placing 15th or better, 16th with leading one lap, and 17th with leading the most laps. Though a mathematic chance at taking the title exists, Reddick was despondent in the immediate aftermath of defeat, calling the night "a real shame." "We still needed to win the race and that was all I really cared about doing," Reddick said. "Running fifth is not going to win us a championship."
Crafton claims first win at Homestead-Miami
RELATED: Race results " Series standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- As strong as he was in winning Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 , Matt Crafton was already looking ahead to 2016. Crafton, whose hopes for a third consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship were dashed by a crash at Phoenix last week, won his sixth race of the season, holding off John Hunter Nemechek and Tyler Reddick in the season finale. Although Crafton's No. 88 Toyota Tundra finished 2.9 seconds ahead of Nemechek and more than six seconds ahead of Reddick, the 39-year-old veteran still wound up third in the point standings, 15 behind 19-year-old Erik Jones . "I was having so much fun there at the end of this race," said Crafton after his first career victory at HMS. "Six wins with as many laps as we’ve led -- it's been awesome this season. We just made too many mistakes. I made too many mistakes. … I promise one thing: It's going to make us stronger in 2016." Crafton said he was happy to be able to "take the gloves off" and go all out for a win at HMS. "That was lot of fun," he said. "It's amazing what Junior (crew chief Joiner) can do with these trucks. On that last run, we hit a home run there." Ultimately, Kyle Busch 's eye for youthful talent paid off as Jones did what he needed to in becoming the youngest driver ever to claim a NCWTS title (19 years, 5 months, 21 days) and first NASCAR Next alum. He also became the first to win a driver's title for Kyle Busch Motorsports. "He put it to me when he beat me in a Super Late Model race," recalled Busch, who will race for the Sprint Cup title on Sunday. "I tend to pick up on the talent of younger kids. Actually, the first time he raced against me, he blew my doors off, then blew up 40 laps later. I said, 'Good. I don’t have to race (against) this one.' " There was no blowing up Friday night. Jones entered the race 19 points ahead of Reddick, his nearest competitor, and 32 points ahead of Crafton, the Keystone Light Pole-sitter. Making his first HMS start, Jones needed only to avoid trouble and finish 15th or higher to claim the series crown. Jones, who notched three wins this season and has seven career NCWTS victories, finished sixth in the race behind Ben Kennedy and Timothy Peters . He qualified fifth and was content to race safely and efficiently, remaining in the top 10 for most of the race and avoiding any calamity on the track. "I can't think of a better way to repay these guys. I can't think of a better ending than that," said Jones, who expects to drive full-time in the XFINITY Series for Joe Gibbs Racing next year after parts of three seasons with Kyle Busch Motorsports. "Eric's done a lot of growing up in a short period of time," Busch said. "I'm glad he stuck with me and our plan. I think he has a lot of bigger and greater things ahead on his plate." NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next alum Daniel Suarez appeared to have the strongest truck early in Friday's race, charging from sixth to the lead. But Suarez slid up the track into the truck of Dexter Stacey on Lap 61, falling back to 15th, then found the wall again on Lap 83. That left Crafton in position to dominate the race. He led 93 of the 134 laps, leaving NASCAR Next driver Nemechek (Chevrolet) and Reddick ( Ford ) in his wake to battle for second. Reddick, driving for Brad Keselowski Racing, started fourth and advanced to second behind Crafton with 40 laps to go. But by then, Jones, who briefly slid back to 14th after a caution flag shuffle, had rallied to seventh, keeping Reddick, also a 19-year-old driver, at bay in the chase for the title. "We were very consistent this year. I'm proud about that," Reddick said. "We just have to move on to next year. I know what second place feels like and I really don't like it too much. If I didn't have enough reasons to win a championship, I've got one more."
Erik Jones wins Camping World Truck Series title
RELATED: Complete Miami race results " Series standings HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- With the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title now in Erik Jones ' rear-view mirror, the immediate question becomes "What's next for the 19-year-old prodigy?" With a relatively nondescript, problem-free sixth-place finish in Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway , Jones secured the series driver's championship, as well as the owner's title for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Discovered by Busch when he beat his future car owner as a 16-year-old in the Snowball Derby for Super Late Models, Jones delivered the championship after running two part-time seasons for KBM. "I can't think of a better way to repay these guys," Jones said in Victory Lane, after securing the title by 15 points over runner-up Tyler Reddick . "I can't think of a better way to thank Kyle for all these years (than by) getting the driver’s championship for him. He's wanted one since the company started, and to bring it home for myself and for KBM, you couldn't really ask for a better ending than that." The youngest champion in series history at 19 years, 5 months, 21 days, Jones has been earmarked for a meteoric ascent to the top level of NASCAR racing. "It means so much more to have the opportunity to help these younger drivers and to help these kids that are coming up through the ranks to be successful," Busch said. "And to do that with Kyle Busch Motorsports and Toyota, there's nothing greater than to have that feeling and to build that company from the ground up, from nothing, and take it to where it is today." But first things first. Team owner Joe Gibbs reiterated on Friday the plan to run Jones in a full season of NASCAR XFINITY Series racing next year, with a few selected Sprint Cup events added to the mix. Jones has already gotten his baptism in Sprint Cup . Earlier this season, he subbed for Kyle Busch at Kansas, the last of 11 races Busch missed after breaking his right leg and left foot in the season-opening XFINITY Series event at Daytona. Jones filled a relief role for Denny Hamlin at Bristol in April, after Hamlin's neck locked up during a rain delay. And when Matt Kenseth earned a two-race suspension for wrecking Joey Logano on Nov. 1 at Martinsville, Jones was tabbed to replace him. His first laps in a Sprint Cup car were hardly tentative. Behind the wheel of Busch's No. 18 Toyota, he ran consistently in the top 10 before crashing on lap 196 of 267 at Kansas. Subbing for Kenseth at Texas and Phoenix, Jones qualified sixth and seventh, respectively, and finished 12th and 19th against the top stock car drivers in the world. Despite the speed he has shown in the Sprint Cup series, Jones is content to let his career take its course. "Absolutely, I think the XFINITY Series is completely necessary," Jones said. "I have no problem running a year there … as long as need be there. I don't know what the exact career path is for me down the road. "At some point, yeah, I want to race in the Cup series every weekend. I feel like there's a plan in place for that opportunity to arise. And I'll just keep taking what's given to me every week and go out and try to win races."