Championship 4 set for Camping World Truck Series
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 is set with Brett Moffitt and Noah Gragson joining Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley as the four drivers that will battle for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. Moffitt won the race at ISM Raceway — taking the lead with three to go while Gragson finished second.
ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton were the two drivers eliminated from the playoffs at the end of the Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway. Enfinger was in contention late but couldn’t win his way into the next round.
GMS Racing teammates Sauter and Haley won their way in with victories at Martinsville and Texas, respectively. Sauter, the 2016 champion, has made all three Championship 4s in Truck Series history. The Wisconsin native and driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet was the Truck Series Regular Season Champion in 2018 and has six wins on the season.
Haley has won three races this season in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet — including two last-lap wins in playoff races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Texas. This is the 19-year-old Indiana native’s second season in the series and first Championship 4 appearance.
Moffitt now has five wins driving the No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota. The 26-year-old Iowa native has had a knack for late-race passes for the win and has been a feel-good story in the Truck Series garage this season running with an upstart team.
Gragson rounds out the Championship 4 in his second full-time Truck Series season. The driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota scored his second series win at Kansas in May and has been knocking on the door for another win during the postseason.
ThorSport Racing teammates Enfinger and Crafton saw their championship dreams come to an end in 2018. Enfinger won at Las Vegas to lock into the Round of 6. Two finishes outside of the top 10 put the driver of the No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford in a hole for the Round of 6 finale.
Crafton, a two-time series champion, had reached the previous two Championship 4s in Truck Series history. However, the driver of the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Ford is looking at some statistical lows this season that led to his elimination — he’s winless (first time since 2012), fewest top 10s since 2008 (12) and fewest laps led since 2008. (65)
The Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET on Nov. 16 with coverage on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will close out the 2018 Truck Series season, and the highest finishing driver among the Championship 4 will take home the title. Christopher Bell, who moved up to the Xfinity Series this season, is the reigning series champion.