Thursday nights UNOH 200 race preview (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN) and picks

After the elimination race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Round of 10 at Kansas Speedway last weekend, two drivers were eliminated from the Playoffs – Niece Motorsport’s Carson Hocevar and ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton. Now, the series heads to Bristol Motor Speedway for the UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics, this Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

The 2022 season marks the first time Bristol Motor Speedway has hosted the fourth race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, also known as the first race of the Round of 8. In total, this is the fourth-time Bristol has hosted a Camping World Truck Series Playoff race (2019, ’20, ’21, ’22). Prior to this season, Bristol Motor Speedway was the first race of the Truck Series Playoffs in 2019 and 2020. Then in 2021, Bristol served as the elimination race for the Round of 10, the third race of the seven-race Playoff schedule.

 

Bristol Motor Speedway is the fifth different track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Era (2016-2022) to host the fourth race in the postseason; joining Martinsville Speedway (2016-2018), Talladega Superspeedway (2019), Kansas Speedway (2020) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2021).

 

Five different drivers have won the fourth race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, led by Johnny Sauter with two victories (2016, 2018).

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff Race No. 4 – Race Winners

  • 2016 Martinsville – Johnny Sauter 
  • 2017 Martinsville – Noah Gragson (non-Playoff driver)
  • 2018 Martinsville – Johnny Sauter
  • 2019 Talladega – Spencer Boyd (non-Playoff driver)
  • 2020 Kansas – Brett Moffitt
  • 2021 Las Vegas – Christian Eckes (non-Playoff driver)

 

Only one of the race winners in the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff race has gone on to win the championship in the same season – Johnny Sauter at Martinsville in 2016. The Martinsville Speedway win was the first of two victories for Sauter en route to his championship.

 

Bristol Motor Speedway has hosted three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff races producing three different winners.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bristol Motor Speedway Playoff Race – Race Winners

  • 2019 – Johnny Sauter 
  • 2020 – Sam Mayer
  • 2021 – Chandler Smith

 

None of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Bristol Motor Speedway Playoff race winners have gone on to win the title in the same season.

 

Make sure to catch all the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action this weekend on FS1, practice and Cometic Gasket Pole Qualifying are set for Thursday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET. 

 

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 05: Chandler Smith, driver of the #18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway on November 05, 2021 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Chandler Smith returns to Bristol looking to defend last season’s Playoff win

Currently seeded second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings, Kyle Busch Motorsport’s driver Chandler Smith returns to Bristol Motor Speedway looking to defend his victory at the 0.533-mile track from last season and punch his ticket to the Championship 4 Round this season.

 

If Chandler Smith is able to win again at Bristol this weekend, he would become just the third different driver to win consecutive Truck Series race at the track; joining NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. (1997, 1998) and his truck owner Kyle Busch, who won three straight (2008, 2009, 2010).

 

Smith has made three career series starts at Bristol posting one win and three top fives. He has led just five laps at the short track but has an average finish of 2.667 (series-best among active drivers).  

 

Clinch Scenarios: Bristol Motor Speedway

When a new Round begins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs, the clinch scenarios become pretty simple.

 

Already Clinched

No drivers have clinched a spot in the 4-driver field of the next round.

 

Can Clinch Via Win

The following drivers would clinch on their win alone: Zane Smith, Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, Stewart Friesen, Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, Grant Enfinger.

Top Trends

  • 21 of the 24 races were won via a top 10 starter.
  • 5 of the last 8 were won from a top 4 starter
  • Ford hasn’t won since Ryan Blaney in 2015
  • Chevrolet has won 4 of the last 6
  • Just once in the stage era (5 races) did the driver to lead the most laps win the race
    • Kyle Busch led over 100 laps in his win in 2017 (swept stages)
    • Nemechek led 104 laps in 2018 but finished 3rd (swept stages)
    • Chastain led 78 laps in 2019 and finished 3rd
    • Moffitt led 117 laps in 2020 and finished 2nd
    • Creed led 189 laps in 2021 but finished 19th (swept stages)
  • 3 of the 5 years in the stage era did the eventual race winner finish 1st or 2nd in Stage 1
  • All 5 years did the eventual winner finish in the top 5 of Stage 2 (1st, 2nd, 1st, 5th, 5th)

Picks

  1. 18 CSmith – The defending race winner who has finishes of 2nd, 5th and 1st here. He also has 2 wins in the last 4 races on the season at that.
  2. 23 Enfinger – Was runner-up last year for his 5th top 10 finish in 5 Bristol starts. 4 of those 5 he’s finished in the top 6 at that. Enfinger has 3 consecutive top 5 finishes on the season at that (1st, 4th, 5th).
  3. 4 Nemechek – He finished 3rd in 3 of the last 4 tries including 4 times in 7 starts in finishing 3rd best. He has 6 top 8 finishes in those 7 starts. He’s finished in the top 3 in 3 of the last 4 starts on the season too (3rd, 10th, 2nd, 1st).
  4. 52 Friesen – 3 top 4 finishes in his last 4 Bristol starts lands him here including 4 top 5’s in his last 7 starts on 2022 as well.
  5. 66 Majeski – 7 top 8 finishes in his last 8 starts on the season including 4 of which in the top 4 at that.

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