The Other Parts of NASCAR’s Championship Weekend

While most of the motorsports world focuses on the Sprint Cup Championship finale on Sunday, let’s not forget that the second- and third-tier series are also facing a Championship run-off starting Friday. The Camping World Truck Series will contest their Championship Friday night at 8:00 EST, and the Xfinity Series squares off Saturday afternoon at 3:30 EST.

For a full list of this weekend’s events at Homestead-Miami, check out NASCAR’s schedule page

Here are some details going into these shootouts.

Camping World Truck Series

motorsports-trucks-craftonWith 18-year old phenom William Byron’s unfortunate demise in the closing laps at Phoenix handing Daniel Suarez his first win in the series, the Camping World Truck Series 2016 Chase Grid took a strange twist. Byron, who started on the pole, had led 112 laps up to that point to Suarez’s 34, but the Kyle Busch Motorsports driver was in the right place at the right time to inherit the lead and cruise to a half-second win over Chasers Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton.

With Byron, who won six of the previous 21 races on the season, out of the picture, the four-driver Chase Grid for Friday night comes down to Sauter, Crafton, second-year driver Christopher Bell, and Timothy Peters. Sauter and Crafton are seasoned veterans of the series, each with 13 career wins, and both have been winners this season (Sauter with three and Crafton with two). Peters has 10 career wins in the series (although he’s winless in 2016), while Bell’s record features a single win in each of the last two seasons.

At Homestead-Miami, only Crafton (last year) and Sauter (in 2011) have made it to the winner’s circle, so you can bet it’s gonna be a slugfest where anything can happen.

Xfinity Series

motorsports-xfinity-elliott-sadlerIt’s experience against the young guns in the Xfinity Series finale, with 19-year veteran Elliott Sadler set to go up against third-year driver Daniel Suarez, fourth-year driver Justin Allgaier, and third-year driver Erik Jones for all the marbles on Saturday. With 13 Xfinity wins in 328 starts over 19 years, Sadler clearly has the edge in series experience, although his average finish at Homestead-Miami of 16.3 lags behind Jones’ third place (one appearance) and Suarez’s sixth place (also a single appearance). Allgaier’s best finish at Homestead-Miami is a twice-achieved 11th, but his average finish in six total attempts is 17th.

Sadler is a veteran of all three top NASCAR series, and has wins in all three–one Camping World Truck Series win and three Sprint Cup wins in a total of 783 NASCAR starts. Jones has compiled 13 NASCAR wins (six in Xfinity and seven in Camping World Trucks), while Suarez has two Xfinity wins and one Truck Series wins. Allgaier is winless in the Truck Series, but has visited winner’s circle three time in Xfinity competition, most recently in Montreal in 2012.

In last year’s season finale at Homestead-Miami, Jones finished third, Suarez came in 6th, and Sadler was 13th, one lap down. Allgaier was not entered in last year’s event.

For a full list of this weekend’s events at Homestead-Miami, check out NASCAR’s schedule page

 

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