It’s the final race of the 2016 Camping World Truck Series season. While there will be 32 trucks on the mile and a half at Homestead-Miami Speedway, only four drivers – Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, rookie Christopher Bell, and Johnny Sauter – will be racing to take the title of the very first Race for the Chase Champion.
No matter who wins the race, the Chase driver with the highest finish will be crowned the 2016 Camping World Truck Series champion.
Thirty-five drivers vie for the 32 starting spots in the race.
After qualifying earlier in the day, William Byron earned his second pole in two weeks and will lead the field to the green flag. Byron beat out Cole Custer by 1/100th of a second to take the pole position.
The starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 200:
Matt Crafton – Chase driver
John Hunter Nemechek
Christopher Bell – Chase driver
Brady Boswell – sitting in for injured John Wes Townley
Timothy Peters – Chase driver
Johnny Sauter – Chase drivers
Scott Lagassee Jr
Austin Wayne Self
Jennifer Jo Cobb, Tommy Joe Martins, and Norm Benning did not qualify for the final race of the season.
Rookie Camping World Truck Series driver William Byron has won six races this season but failed to make The Chase when his truck blew an engine last week in Phoenix. Byron is looking for his seventh win of the season.
Chase driver Matt Crafton is the defending race champion.
William Byron brings the field down to the green flag and pulls out in front of the field.
On lap two the drivers get three and four wide as they vie for position.
Lap five William Byron has a narrow lead of ust under a quarter of a second for Cole Custer.
Lap eight, William Byron and Cole Custer have a lead of over a second on third place driver Kyle Larson. Larson is doing the triple this weekend, running in all three series.
The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 14 when Stewart Freisen spins with a flat tire.
After coming down pit road for service, William Byron leads the race off of pit road with Matt Crafton in second.
Alon Day is penalized for having a crew member come over the pit wall too soon. Stewart Freisen is penalized for coming down pit road before it was open Both drivers will have to restart the race at the back of the field.
William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 18 and takes over the lead of the race.
On lap 20 Matt Crafton passes William Byron to take over the lead of the race.
On lap 23 Kyle Larson passes Matt Crafton to take over the lead of the race.
Lap 26 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second over second place driver Matt Crafton. Stewart Freisen is the only driver not on the lead lap.
On lap 30 Kyle Larson has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on second place driver Matt Crafton. There are 29 trucks on the lead lap.
On lap 32 Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over three seconds on the Matt Crafton.
On lap 39 Kyle Larson has driven away from the field with a lead of over five seconds. There are 26 trucks on the lead lap.
The second caution flag of the race comes out when Patrick Staropoli spins out and flat spots his tires.
After coming down pit road for service, the number 29 truck driven by Tyler Reddick leads the race off of pit road. Matt Crafton is second with Kyle Larson falling to sixth place.
Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 27 and pulls out in front of the field but on lap 48 Matt Crafton passes Reddick for the lead of the race.
Lap 52, Ryan Truex is only truck off of the track. There are 25 trucks on the lead lap.
On lap 54 Kyle Larson comes from sixth place to take over the lead of the race from Matt Crafton.
On lap 56 Kyle Larson has a lead of just under half a second on second place driver Matt Crafton.
On lap 60 Tyler Reddick hits the wall but the track stays green. Kyle Larson has a lead of a second and a half over Matt Crafton.
Lap 68 – halfway – Kyle Larson has a lead of three seconds over second place driver Matt Crafton with 24 trucks on the lead lap and only one truck out of the race – Ryan Truex.
Lap 72 Kyle Larson has a lead of over five second on Matt Crafton.
On lap 74 Christopher Bell scrapes the wall but the track stays green.
On lap 75 Kyle Larson’s lead is now over six seconds.
And on lap 76 the lead is over seven second with 22 trucks on the lead lap
Lap 78 the lead is now over eight seconds on Matt Crafton. Larson is running his race as the drivers say, “he’s driving it like he stole it.”
Lap 80 Christopher Bell scrapes against the wall for a second time. The track stays green.
O lap 82 Patrick Staropoli brigs out the caution flag again just before the caution clock was down to zero. The third caution flag of the race erased a nine second lead by Kyle Larson. Matt Tifft is the “lucky dog”.
Kyle Larson leads the race off of pit road.
Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 87 and pulls out in front of the field. After scraping the wall twice, Christopher Bell pulls up to the third place.
Lap 92 Christopher Bell and Matt Crafton battle for third place. William Byron is less than a second behind leader Kyle Larson.
Lap 93 Timothy Peters is reporting a possible vibration.
Lap 95 the Championship drivers are Matt Crafton in fourth, Johnny Sauter in fifth, Christopher Bell in sixth, and Timothy Peters in eleventh. Kyle Larson continues to lead the race.
Lap 98 Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter battle it out for the first spot in the Championship race.
Lap 100 Kyle Larson is still out in front of the field.
With 29 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two seconds.
Patrick Staropoli brings out his third caution flag on lap 110 when he hits the wall. Kyle Larson had a lead of nearly three seconds when the fourth caution flag of the race came out.
Tyler Reddick leads the race off of pit road. Kyle Larson loses several spots and will restart the race in ninth place.
Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 114 and pulls out in front of the field to lead the race.
Lap 116 Chase drivers Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter resume their battle for the Championship lead.
On lap 118 while Crafton and Sauter battle for the Championship, William Byron passes them both to take over second place and sets his sights on Tyler Reddick.
On lap 119 Johnny Sauter finally edges out Matt Crafton to take over the top spot in the Championship race.
On lap 124 pole sitter William Byron passes Tyler Reddick for the lead of the race.
Rim riding Kyle Larson hits the wall on lap 125 but the track stays green.
With less than 10 laps to go, all four Chase drivers are in the top 10.
While he cannot win the driver’s championship this season, William Byron can secure the owner’s championship for his truck owner Kyle Busch.
With four laps to go, William Byron continues to lead the race by nearly a second.
William Byron takes the white flag – last lap.
Setting a new rookie record in all three of NASCAR’S racing series, William Byron takes the checkered flag to win his seventh Camping World Truck Series race of the season and the owner’s championship for truck owner Kyle Busch.
At 38 Johnny Sauter wins his first driver championship of his career. Sauter started the race in 19th place and ended the race in third to take the title.
The unofficial results of the Ford EcoBoost 200:
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John Hunter Nemechek
Scott Lagasee Jr
Austin Wayne Self