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The Truck Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Entry # Driver Owner Crew chief Manufacturer Sponsor 1 00 Cole Custer Gene Haas Joe Shear 14 Chevrolet Haas Automation 2 0 Caleb Roark Kenneth Grimes Michael Stewart 12 RAM Driven2Honor.org 3 02 Tyler Young Randy Young Bryan Berry 14 Chevrolet Randco/Young's Building Systems 4 05 John Wes Townley Tony Townley Mike Beam 14 Toyota Zaxby's 5 6 Norm Benning Norm Benning Kevin Dargie 14 Chevrolet TBA 6 07 B J McLeod Ken Smith Rusty Ebersole 14 Chevrolet TBA 7 08 Ray Black Jr Bobby Dotter Jason Miller 14 Chevrolet ScubaLife 8 8 John Hunter Nemechek Sidney Mauldin Jerry Babb 14 Toyota Smoke-N-Sear/SWM 9 9 Brennan Newberry Joe Denette Ryan McKinney 14 Chevrolet Qore-24 10 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Steve Kuykendall 13 Chevrolet Oohrah! Hydration Drink 11 13 Jeb Burton Duke Thorson Jeriod Prince 14 Toyota Estes-Carolina Nut Company 12 17 Timothy Peters Tom Deloach Marcus Richmond II 14 Toyota Red Horse Racing 13 19 Tyler Reddick Brad Keselowski Doug Randolph 14 Ford DrawTite 14 20 Gray Gaulding Bob Newberry Christopher Rice 14 Chevrolet Silverado 15 21 Joey Coulter Maurice Gallagher Jr Jeff Stankiewicz 14 Chevrolet Allegiant Travel 16 29 Ryan Blaney Brad Keselowski Chad Kendrick 14 Ford Cooper Standard 17 31 Ben Kennedy Steve Turner Doug George 14 Chevrolet Heater.com 18 32 Cameron Hayley Harry Scott Jr Mike Hillman Jr 14 Chevrolet Cabinets by Hayley 19 35 Mason Mingus Kevin Cywinski Dennis Connor 14 Toyota Call 811 20 136 Justin Jennings Beverly Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet Mitler Bros Machine & Tool/Ski Soda 21 50 T J Bell Mark Beaver Ken Evans 13 Chevrolet Dedicated to Electrical Linemen 22 51 Erik Jones Kyle Busch Eric Phillips 14 Toyota ToyotaCare/Project Pink 23 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Kyle Busch Jerry Baxter 14 Toyota ToyotaCare 24 63 Jr Heffner Michael Mittler Michael Mittler 14 Chevrolet TBA 25 74 TBA Mike Harmon Gary Ritter 14 Chevrolet TBA 26 77 German Quiroga Tom Deloach Butch Hylton 14 Toyota NET10 Wireless 27 186 Brandon Brown Jerry Brown Adam Brenner 13 Chevrolet Dominion Recycling 28 88 Matt Crafton Rhonda Thorson Carl Joiner 14 Toyota Slim Jim/Menards 29 98 Johnny Sauter Mike Curb Jeff Hensley 14 Toyota Nextant/Curb Records 30 99 Bryan Silas Chris Baluch Cal Boprey 14 Chevrolet TBA MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Johnny Sauter has to fend off a late effort by teammate Matt Crafton to win the Careers For Veterans 200 in Michigan.
Crafton's 47-race streak of no DNFs ends; he also loses points lead
Defending series champion Crafton takes over lead, others take step back JOLIET, Ill. -- In the shadows of the garage area, Ryan Blaney stood over the engine that had blown a cylinder during Saturday night's Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway and stared blankly while shaking his head. The blown engine combined with some bad timing on a late caution led to a 12th-place finish for the driver of the No. 29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing. It also caused Blaney, who entered the race 13 points behind Johnny Sauter in the standings, to slip to 16 points out of first place. It was a night when the points standings got shuffled thanks to situations that played out in the final 40-45 laps. Blaney and Johnny Sauter were both victimized by late-race mishaps. Meanwhile, Matt Crafton rode to the front of the standings in part by managing to stay out of trouble. Before all the mayhem occurred Blaney had pulled to within eight points of the lead on NASCAR.com's live standings . When informed of this, Blaney raised up from looking under the hood and calmly shook his head yet again. "We had an engine problem," Blaney said. "That's part of racing. These are the things that you have to overcome. We can bounce back from this; there's still seven races to go." Blaney, who had run in the top five for the first 110 laps of the race, had a truck that was capable of second place on a night when Kyle Busch ran through the entire field on more than one occasion en route to the victory. And after finishing fourth in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Blaney was on course for quite the doubleheader in a city where the Cubs' Ernie Banks made double dips famous. But it wasn't meant to be as the race started to unravel for him on Lap 111. That's when Blaney came to pit road along with the race leader Austin Dillon . One lap later, Todd Shafer spun on the infield grass to bring out a caution. The top five were still out on the track, and after the caution, Blaney found himself a lap down. By Lap 138, Blaney's cylinder was going bad, and he had no chance to make up the ground he lost on that fateful pit stop. Earlier, around Lap 108, Sauter came to pit road, but after that stop, he had to serve a pass-through penalty for speeding. That sequence sent him on the way to a 14th-place finish and relinquishing the points lead to ThorSport teammate Crafton . Sauter is now five points behind. Interestingly, though, it was Crafton who offered some hope for Blaney and Sauter by saying it's too early to start counting points. "We had to do a points race last year, and it was one of the most miserable things that I had to do," Crafton said. "Those sleepless nights that you'd wake up and say, 'Oh my God, am I going to lose this?' " "(This year) we're just going to go to each and every race and try to win each and every damn race. I've won one (championship). I have zero pressure. I'm having a great time knowing that I have a truck to win every week." Blaney and Sauter could both easily say the same thing if it weren't for the late-race problems. And they might be able to say it again if situations play out differently the next time the trucks take the track, which is next Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the UNOH 175 (1 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). And while Crafton might not be counting points, fans of the Camping World Truck Series certainly can. Chicagoland proved to be a good time to start a little scoreboard watching. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
'Rowdy' scores fourth career Chicagoland Truck Series victory MORE: Full race results " Updated series standings JOLIET, Ill. -- Kyle Busch overcame more than his share of adversity Saturday night in winning the rain-postponed Lucas Oil 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway . Busch came from the rear of the field twice and overcame a caution that put him on the wrong end of a cycle of pit stops to win in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota for the sixth time this year and the 41st time in his career. In a race rescheduled because of a Friday rainout, Busch finished 1.130 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton , who snatched the series lead from ThorSport teammate Johnny Sauter . Crafton leads Sauter by five points and Ryan Blaney by 16. Austin Dillon surrendered second place to Crafton in the closing laps and came home third, followed by Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton . Busch led 66 of the 150 laps at the 1.5-mile track and made what turned out to be the winning pass with 16 laps left, ducking to the inside of Dillon and squeezing him behind the lapped truck of Michael Affarano. "When I was chasing the 20 truck (Dillon) there for the lead, I was just getting really tight behind him," Busch said. "The aero on these things is hurting, and I hate that, but fortunately I got through on a lapped truck, and we were able to win this thing." Busch started from the rear, in 32nd place, because Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup media activities kept him away from NCWTS practice on Thursday, and qualifying was rained out on Friday. Before NASCAR called a scheduled competition caution on Lap 31, Busch had climbed to fourth, passing Crafton for that position on Lap 29. But a pit road speeding penalty under the caution sent Busch to the back again. He restarted 27th on Lap 36 (with attrition having reduced the field by five trucks) and began another relentless march through the field. On Lap 52 he took the lead for the first time, passing Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. for the top spot. A small piece of tape, however, adhered to the grille of Busch’s No. 51 Tundra and raised his water temperature to a dangerously high level. Busch surrendered the lead to Wallace, shortly before Norm Benning’s impact with the Turn 4 wall caused the second caution of the evening and gave Busch a chance to come to pit road, where his crew removed the tape. "Early on I was being patient, trying to get everybody acclimated to not being on the track at all (Friday)," Busch said. "I was getting acclimated, too. I knew we had a good truck. I was just trying to pace myself early. "But I knew what I had, and when I had that pit road penalty and got stuck back behind, I tried to charge back through a little harder." After a restart on Lap 67, Busch pulled away to a lead of more than four seconds, but his travails were far from over. Busch had come to the pits under green on Lap 110 when Todd Shafer missed the entrance to pit road and plowed through the infield grass on Lap 112 to cause the third caution. Busch had to take a wave-around for a restart on Lap 119 and was eighth for the restart behind leader Dillon. Though Dillon adroitly blocked Busch for 15 laps, the driver of the No. 51 finally got past Dillon near the entrance to the tri-oval on Lap 134, using the truck of Affarano as a pick. "We were just too tight," Dillon said. "I was doing everything I could. Man, Kyle’s truck was so fast -- it was unbelievable." From that point -- finally -- it was smooth sailing for the race winner. Note: Dillon's No. 20 truck was found to be too low in the front during post-race inspection. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: NASCAR Chase Grid games WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
How one wonderful week in the spring put Crafton on a championship path
Matt Crafton describes the feeling of finally taking home a grandfather clock from Martinsville.
With one win, Crafton leads Peters, Hornaday Jr. by eight points in the standings