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2017 Anthem Annual February

drivers in a seven-race, three-round series. William Byron, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Crafton qualified with victories during the 16-race regular season. Daniel Hemric, Timothy Peters and Christopher Bell qualified via points.   Kennedy, Byron, Sauter, Crafton, Peters and Bell survived the Round of 8, which included the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway races. Sauter, Bell, Crafton and Peters earned Championship 4 berths by doing well in the Round of 6 at the Martinsville Speedway, Texas and Phoenix races. In the Homestead- Miami finale, Sauter won his first series title by finishing third behind Byron and Tyler Reddick, but safely ahead of Crafton, who finished seventh. Bell finished eighth and Peters finished ninth. Sauter, a veteran of all three NASCAR national series, was humbled almost beyond words by his first title. “I’ve wanted a driver’s championship for 15 years,” said Sauter, who had finished in the top five of the final Camping World Truck Series standings five times. “Of course, everybody wants a championship. You want to win races and be in the hunt. With the Chase, the final race was pretty exciting. There was a point where we could have finished fourth in points, but we picked ‘em off one at a time. So, it’s just cool to be a champion in one of the top three NASCAR divisions.” “When I heard about it, I knew it would be great for this series,” Camping World Truck Series Director Brad Moran said of his reaction when the inaugural Chase formats were announced in January. “Look at what it’s done for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Look at the level of intensity over there and how important every race and every point is. The Chase has brought that same level of intensity over here, to the Camping World Truck Series. “It’s done everything we hoped it would. Mostly, it’s made competition closer, so teams are racing harder than ever. The pressure and intensity level needed to win and make the Chase are way up under this format. The whole Camping World Truck Series garage has embraced it. The crew chiefs say they’re losing sleep because of the pressure, but they love the challenge, and wouldn’t give up the Chase for anything.”  (Left to right): Erik Jones, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler were the Championship 4 drivers who for battled for the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series title during the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. Eventual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Johnny Sauter began the series’ playoff era with a victory in the 2016 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. 198 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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