The 2017 CWTS Playoffs Class

Christopher Bell
Following the TheHouse.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs class is set.

Among the eight championship-contending drivers this year, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek will be making their second consecutive Playoffs appearances as all four drivers were a part of the 2016 postseason class.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala – as well as second-year driver Ben Rhodes – will be making their first career Playoff appearances.

Below is the updated 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs standings grid heading into the post-season action.

 

Rank Driver Playoff Points
1 Christopher Bell 40
2 Johnny Sauter 25
3 John Hunter Nemechek 14
4 Matt Crafton 14
5 Chase Briscoe 9
6 Austin Cindric 7
7 Ben Rhodes 7
8 Kaz Grala 5

 

Christopher Bell Clinches 2017 Regular Season Championship At Chicagoland

Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell topped off his 2017 regular season like he wants to end his 2017 post-season…as champion.

Bell was crowned the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season champion when he scored his 10th top-five finish of the season at Chicagoland Speedway. For the regular season, Bell has four wins and 14 top 10s, with 593 laps led.

He heads into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs with 40 playoff points and as the top driver seed.

Bell was excited about capturing the regular season title, but knows there is more work to be done to win the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

“This is really cool. To win the regular season championship is a huge testament to Kyle Busch Motorsports and everyone on this No. 4 team. For us, it’s huge to have all of the bonus points going into the playoffs.”

You can listen to the rest of the post-race audio here.

Sauter Primed For Another Title Run

Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter appears ready for another strong post-season run in 2017.

Sauter was already in Playoffs mode at Chicago as he won the TheHouse.com 225 and heads into the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed with 25 playoff points.

In last season’s Playoffs, Sauter was as strong as they come during the playoff stretch.

Beginning with New Hampshire Motor Speedway and ending at Homestead-Miami Speedway last season, Sauter finished top-10 or better in every Playoffs race and won two races, including Martinsville and Texas.

The Rhodes To The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs

ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes finally saw his hard work pay off this season when he scored the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs berth at Chicagoland Speedway.

Rhodes has had a very strong 2017 campaign – collecting five top fives and nine top 10s, with 123 laps led in the regular season.

He moves forward in the Playoffs ranked seventh with seven total playoff points.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs By Round

The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs begin this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the UNOH 175 (Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway kicks off the Round of 8.

Below is a look at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs rounds and which tracks line up per round.

ROUND OF 8

UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

(Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

(Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Fred’s Pharmacy 250 at Talladega Super Speedway

(Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

ROUND OF 6

Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway

(Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

JAG Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway

(Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway

(Friday, November 10 at 8:30 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

CHAMPIONSHIP 4

Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

(Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 Crafton Top of The Class At New Hampshire

As the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins its 2017 Playoffs at New Hampshire, back-to-back champion (2013 and 2014) Matt Crafton is seeking his third title in a five-year span.

Crafton has been strong at New Hampshire – especially over the last three seasons. He’s finished top-three or better in every race he’s competed in since 2014 and hasn’t finished outside the top-six at New Hampshire since 2008.

Crafton leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (14) as well as top 10s (nine), laps completed (2,607) and lead lap finishes (11).

Crafton will look to start his 2017 Playoffs campaign with another top-three at New Hampshire.

 TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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