The first 22 races on the 23-race 2019 NASCAR Truck Series schedule are in the books, and the season finale is scheduled to take place this Friday, November 15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
This race, the Ford EcoBoost 200, is the Championship 4 race, and it marks the fourth season finale of the current playoff era, which started in the 2016 season.
The four drivers who are set to compete in this 134-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Homestead-Miami Speedway oval in Homestead, Florida with championship aspirations are Halmar Friesen Racingâs Stewart Friesen, GMS Racingâs Brett Moffitt, Niece Motorsportsâ Ross Chastain and ThorSport Racingâs Matt Crafton.
The Truck Series Championship 4 has always been contested Homestead-Miami Speedway. How did the first three pan out?
Four drivers representing four different teams competed in the Championship 4. These four drivers were GMS Racingâs Johnny Sauter, ThorSport Racingâs Matt Crafton, Kyle Busch Motorsportsâ Christopher Bell and Red Horse Racingâs Timothy Peters. Kyle Busch Motorsportsâ William Byron won the season finale ahead of Brad Keselowski Racingâs Tyler Reddick in second place, but Sauter won the championship with his third place finish. Finishing in second in the championship standings was Crafton with his seventh place finish. Bell finished the race in eighth to finish the season in third while Peters finished the race in ninth to finish the season in fourth.
Bell returned to the Championship 4 in 2017 and held off Sauter, Team Penskeâs Austin Cindric and Crafton to win the championship by finishing the season finale in second place behind Brad Keselowski Racingâs Chase Briscoe. Sauter finished in second place in the championship standings with his third place finish in the race while Cindric finished in third with his fifth place finish and Crafton finished in fourth with his sixth place finish.
Sauter was joined by teammate Justin Haley, Hattori Racing Enterprisesâ Brett Moffitt and Kyle Busch Motorsportsâ Noah Gragson in the Championship 4 in 2018. Moffitt won the season finale and the championship while Gragson finished in third place in the race and second in the championship standings. Haley and Sauter finished the race in eighth and 12th, and they finished in third and fourth in the standings, respectively.
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How will this yearâs NASCAR Truck Series Championship 4 pan out? Tune in to Fox Sports 1âs live broadcast of the 2019 season finale, the Ford EcoBoost 200, from Homestead-Miami Speedway this Friday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET.