CWTS Crowns New Champ…and a First Time Winner

It’s the final weekend of the 2017 racing season for NASCAR when all three of the series’ travel to south Florida and the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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The Camping World Truck Series gets the weekend started with the Ford EcoBoost 200.

Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Matt Crafton, and reigning CWTS champion Johnny Sauter will be competing for the title of 2017 champion on Friday night (November 17).

For this final race of the season, no veteran drivers outside the series are allowed to enter the race. For example, Kyle Busch has driven some truck races this season, but is not eligible to run the the CWTS race on Friday night.

After the race Brad Keselowski will be dismantling his truck team, but promises something more in the near future.

During final practice, Austin Way Self found himself on pit road with the hood up after a smoking truck.

After two rounds of qualifying Chase Briscoe wins his fourth career pole and will bring the field to green.

The starting lineup for the Ford EcoBoost 200:
Chase Briscoe
Ben Rhodes
Austin Cindric
Grant Enfinger
Noah Gragson
Ryan Truex
Justin Haley
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Kaz Grala
Johnny Sauter
Myatt Snider
Christopher Bell
John Hunter Nemechek
Regan Smith
Cody Coughlin
Timothy Peters
Austin Wayne Self
Dalton Sargeant
T.J. Bell
Chris Windom
Jordan Anderson
Robby Lyons
Wendell Chavous
Camden Murphy
Josh Reaume
Norm Benning
Joe Nemechek
Mike Senica
Bayley Currey
Ray Ciccarelli
Jennifer Jo Cobb

Stages one and two of the race are 40 laps each with stage three lasting 54 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front to take over the lead of the race.

In only one lap, Matt Crafton has gone from his eighth position starting spot to third place. Christopher Bell has moved up two spots from 13th to eleventh.

Lap four Chase Briscoe leads the race with playoff driver Matt Crafton in second. He remaining playoff drivers are:
Austin Cindric in seventh
Christopher Bell in ninth
Johnny Sauter in eleventh

Jennifer Jo Cobb and Ray Ciccarelli are off the track.

Lap nine Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with Matt Crafton in second. Austin Cindric is in fifth, Christopher Bell is in seventh, and Johnny Sauter is in ninth. There are 26 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 16 all four playoff drivers are in the top eight positions. Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race with a one second lead on Grant Enfinger with Matt Crafton in third. Mike Senica and Joe Nemechek are off the track

Lap 18 Christopher Bell passes Matt Crafton to take over third place as Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race. There are 24 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 20 Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly a second on Grant Enfinger. Christopher Bell is in third with Matt Crafton in fourth, Austin Cindric in sixth, and Johnny Sauter in eighth. There are 23 trucks on the lead lap with six trucks off of the track.

Lap 23 Christopher Bell has passed Grant Enfinger for secnd with Chase Briscoe still leading the race.

Lap 28 Chase Briscoe continues to dominant the race with Christopher Bell in second less than half a second behind. There are 21 trucks on the lead lap. Camden Murphy, Bayley Currey, Joe Nemechek, Mike Senica, Jennifer Jo Cobb and Ray Ciccarelli out of the race.

Lap 32 Chase Briscoe has a lead of only two tenths of a second on Christopher Bell.

Lap 33 Christopher Bell passes Chase Briscoe to take over the lead of the race.

With five laps remaining in stage one; Christopher Bell leads the race with Chase Briscoe in second, Grant Enfinger in third, Ben Rhodes in fourth, and Ryan Truex rounding out the top five.

Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter are both reporting some very loose conditions and will have to make major adjustments during their pit stops.

Christopher Bell wins stage one by three seconds.

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After stage one the four playoff drivers are all in the top eight with:
Christopher Bell in first
Austin Cindric in sixth
Matt Crafton in seventh
and Johny Sauter in eighth

The last race of the season, stage points are not being awarded. The playoff driver with the highest finish wins the championship.

Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road with Christopher Bell in second.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 48 but Ben Rhodes makes it a three wide battle for the lead with Chase Briscoe edging out for the win.

Lap 49 Ben Rhodes passes Chase Briscoe for the lead with Austin Cindric in third. There are 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 51 Ben Rhodes leads the race with Austin Cindric in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 54 Ben Rhodes has a second and a half lead on Austin Cindric with Christopher Bell nearly two seconds behind.

Lap 57 Ben Rhodes has a lead of over a second on Austin Cindric with Christopher Bell over a second and a half behind with 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 63 Ben Rhodes has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Christopher Bell. Austin Cindric is in third with Johnny Sauter in fifth, and Matt Crafton in seventh.

Lap 67 Ben Rhodes now has a lead of nearly three and a half second on Christopher Bell. All four playoff drivers are in the top seven.

Lap 70 Ben Rhodes dominates the race with Christopher Bell in second, Chase Briscoe in third, Austin Cindric in fourth, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.

Lap 73 Ben Rhodes has a lead over Christopher Bell of nearly four seconds.

Lap 74 Ben Rhodes has increased his lead to over four seconds over Christopher Bell.

With only four laps remaining in stage two Ben Rhodes has increased his lead ot over five seconds.

Ben Rhodes wins stage two with Christopher Bell in second.

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Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road edging out Ben Rhodes for the lead.

Ryan Truex was penalized for having a crew member of the pit wall too soon.

Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 87 and jumps out in front for he lead.

Ben Rhodes gets around Chase Briscoe for the lead. Christopher Bell is in third with 19 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 91 Ben Rhodes lead the race with Chase Briscoe in second and Christopher Bell in third.

Lap 93 Ben Rhodes has a narrow lead on Chase Briscoe. Noah Gragson gets into the wall and has a smoking truck with a flat tire but the tracks stays green.

Ben Rhodes and Chase Briscoe battle it out for the lad with 40 laps remaining in the race. Chase Briscoe takes over the lead of the race. Christopher Bell holds on to third.

Thirty five to go and Chase Briscoe leads the race with Ben Rhodes in second and Christopher Bell in third. There are 18 trucks on the lead lap.

With only 27 laps remaining in the race, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly two seconds on Ben Rhodes. In third place Christopher Bell leads the playoff drivers.

Twenty three to go and Chase Briscoe has a one second lead on Ben Rhodes with Christopher Bell closing in on Rhodes.

Twenty to go and the race has stayed green except for the ends of stages. Chase Briscoe continues to lead the race by over a second. Christopher Bell is a little over a second behind in third.

Eighteen to go and Ben Rhodes is slowly closing the gap to Chase Briscoe with Christopher Bell on his bumper.

Christopher Bell has a seven second lead on Johnny Sauter, his closest playoff competitor.

Fifteen to go and Ben Rhodes has closed the gap on Chase Bricoe to under a second.

Thirteen to go and Chase Briscoe has opened up his to over a second on Ben Rhodes.

Twelve to go and there are 17 trucks on the lead lap with Chase Briscoe leading the race by over a second on Ben Rhodes.

Ten to go, Chase Briscoe holds on to the lead by over a second on Ben Rhodes with Christopher Bell holding on to thrid and the playoff lead.

Seven to go, Chase Briscoe continues to dominate the lead of the race. Ben Rhodes is in second over a second behind with Christopher Bell in third. There are 14 trucks on the lead lap.

With only five laps remaining in the race, Ben Rhodes brings his truck down pit road with an empty fuel tank. Chase Briscoe leads the race with Christopher Bell in second over two seconds behind.

Three to go and Chase Briscoe’s lead is three seconds on Christopher Bell.

Two to go and Chase Briscoe’s lead is two and a half seconds on Christopher Bell.

Chase Briscoe takes the white flag.

Chase Briscoe wins the race for his first career CWTS win.  Chase Briscoe is also the 2017 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year winner.

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Briscoe and Christopher Bell drive around the track side by side as champions and friends.

The two drivers crate losts of smoke as they celebrate with burnouts on the track.

The 2017 Camping World Truck Series champion is Christopher Bell! Next year Christopher Bell will be driving full time in the Xfinity Series.

The unofficial results of the Ford EcoBoost 200:
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Johnny Sauter
Ryan Truex
Austin Cindric
Matt Crafton
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Justin Haley
Timothy Peters
Regan Smith
Myatt Snider
Kaz Grala
Cody Coughlin
John Hunter Nemechek
T.J. Bell
Austin Wayne Self
Noah Gragson
Ben Rhodes
Dalton Sargeant
Jordan Anderson
Josh Reaume
Wendell Chavous
Robby Lyons
Norm Benning
Chris Windom
Camden Murphy
Bayley Currey
Joe Nemechek
Mike Senica
Jnnifer Jo Cobb
Ray Ciccarelli


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