The Camping World Truck Series has narrowed it’s playoffs down to four drivers after a very close, red flag heavy fight to the end in Phoenix. Heading into the final race of the season next week, the final four battling for the cup is Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Christopher Bell, and truck racing rookie Austin Cindric.
The race in Phoenix at first looked like a start to finish win for Christopher Bell, as he took stage one and two. The first stage was won clear and concise with a 4 second lead over the second place Noah Gragson. The second stage was won under caution for Bell, when Grant Enfinger hit the wall.
In the final stage of the race we saw multiple red flags, with the first one coming with 21 laps to go. Ben Rhodes got tipped by Austin Cindric, taking out Matt Crafton on the way. This ended Rhode’s playoff chances.
A big crash happened with 14 laps to go between the 16, 97 and 99 cars, which caused another red flag. They restarted the race with 10 laps to go. Three laps into the 10, Gragson went sideways and took out Justin Haley on the way. Bell was just barely involved in this crash, making contact with the wall. Due to this, he had to pit and lose his position. It was a shootout with two laps to go. Johnny Sauter pulled ahead on the first lap and was able to hold his position for the final moments of the race. Solidifying his spot in playoffs, and gaining a win at Phoenix, Sauter stole the show.
Heading to Homestead-Miami, the focus has went from 8 names to only four. Veterans, and rookie alike have their sights set on being the champion.
(Special thanks for nascarfan68 on the /r/nascar discord for a correction in details)