Back At It: Camping World Truck Series heads to Las Vegas
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers and teams had last weekend off to recharge and regroup after an action-packed race in Daytona to open the 2022 season but this weekend they are back for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 presented by Westgate Resorts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Fans last saw Front Row Motorsports’ Zane Smith make his first trip to Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway with his new team in the No. 38 Ford.
Going into this weekend, eyes may be on last year’s Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 winner, Christian Eckes to see if he can pull it off again. His 2021 win at Las Vegas was his first in the series. In his 10 series starts, he has managed one win, two top fives and five top 10s. In 2019, he became the youngest pole winner in Las Vegas Motor Speedway history at 18 years, 3 months and 28 days old.
Kyle Busch leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in wins at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with three (2018, 2019 and 2020). He isn’t the only former winner entered in the race this weekend. He will be joined by Christian Eckes (2020), teammate John Hunter Nemechek (2019), Grant Enfinger (2018) and Ben Rhodes (2017).
Truckin’ in Vegas
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Las Vegas this weekend for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 (Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET. on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
This will be the 30th running of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The first series race took place on November 3, 1996 and was won by three-time series champion Jack Sprague driving for Hendrick Motorsports.
In total, the 29 previous Truck races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have produced 20 different pole winners and 24 different race winners.
Mike Skinner (2004, 2005, 2006) and Jack Sprague (1997, 1998, 2001) lead the series in poles at Las Vegas with three each. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers this weekend with two (2019, 2020).
Practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will take place on Friday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. ET directly followed by Cometic Gaskets Pole Qualifying at 5 p.m. ET both will be televised on FS1.
Busch also leads the Camping World Truck Series in wins at Las Vegas with three (2018, 2019, 2020). Busch is the only driver in the series to win in all three of NASCAR’s national series at the 1.5-mile facility.
Todd Bodine ‘The Onion’ is back
For fans that have followed the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for a while, the name Todd Bodine should ring a bell (and rightfully so!) Bodine has made quite the name for himself. He won two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships (2006 and 2010), finished top five in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings for six consecutive seasons (2005-2010) and has made 727 career starts across NASCAR’s three national touring series.
It’s been almost a decade since the veteran driver has been seen on track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the last time being in 2013 when he competed in eight races (seven for ThorSport Racing and one for Turner Motorsports).
This season, Bodine will be back for select races behind the wheel of the No. 62 Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota with veteran crew chief Trip Bruce. Bodine will be teammates with Halmar Friesen Racing’s driver of the No. 52 Toyota – Stewart Friesen.
Bodine will be looking to post his third career NASCAR national series win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. His first was in 2001 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and his second was in 2005 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
In total, Bodine has made nine Truck Series starts at Las Vegas posting one win (2005), six top fives and seven top 10s.
Zane Smith looks to become fourth driver to open season with consecutive victories
Front Row Motorsports’ Zane Smith has jump started his 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season with a big win at Daytona International Speedway and now heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Victoria’s Voice Foundation 200 (Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET. on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) to try to become the fourth different driver in series history to win the first two races of the season; joining Ben Rhodes (2021: Daytona, Daytona RC), Johnny Sauter (2013: Daytona, Martinsville) and Mark Martin (2006: Daytona, Auto Club).
Zane Smith currently has a two point lead in the driver standings over 2021 series champion and ThorSport Racing driver Ben Rhodes.
Smith has made four Camping World Truck Series starts at Las Vegas posting three top-10 finishes.
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Matt Crafton to make 500th consecutive start – No driver has made more consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts than ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton. Actually, no other Truck Series driver has made more starts than Crafton period and this weekend the veteran will make his 500th career consecutive start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Crafton’s streak began with his very first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Auto Club Speedway on October 28, 2000. In the event he started 17th and raced his way up to a ninth-place finish. Since then, Crafton has collected 15 wins, 130 top fives and 300 top 10s. Plus, he is the only driver in series history to win back-to-back championships (2013, 2014).
Crafton has made 25 series starts at Las Vegas and put up 11 top fives and 16 top 10s. Vegas is the last 1.5-mile track left on the schedule he has yet to win at.