AVONDALE, AZ – Now that Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 is behind us, the Championship 4 for the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series is now set. Stewart Friesen earned his second career Truck Series win and for the first time of his career, will race for a NASCAR championship next Friday night at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Friesen, has to enter was one of the favorites. He has five top seven finishes in six playoff starts this season to go along with 11 top 10 results in his last 13 starts on the season in his No. 52 Chevrolet.
Joining him though are two more Chevy drivers and a Ford entrant.
Brett Moffitt finished 10th on Friday at the ISM Raceway and easily advanced to the final round. Moffitt, is looking to repeat as the champion as he won last year with Hattori Racing Enterprises. He too has 11 top 10 finishes in his last 13 starts on the year including two wins in the playoffs. Moffitt, found his footing in the Truck Series the last two years and is looking for two straight titles with two different teams. GMS Racing has had a driver though compete for the championship in all four years under this format, with Johnny Sauter doing so in 2016, 2017, 2018 as well as Justin Haley last year too.
Ross Chastain, a young driver who’s always raced underfunded equipment, just like his Niece No. 45 Chevrolet this season is championship bound too. Chastain, had a bad handling Truck on Friday night but still finished ninth. He has five top nine finishes in six playoff races and has a shot at a title next Friday. He’s an unbelievable story.
Chastain, originally elected for XFINITY Series points, but following a win earlier this season, he switched to go for points in the Truck Series. After a win in Iowa in June was taken away for his Truck failing post race tech, they were at risk of not getting into the top 20 in points to become playoff eligible. After that though, they went on a terror and easily ended up in the postseason. Now, the Florida native has a chance to win a title in a miraculous way.
Joining these three is the vet in Matt Crafton. The former series champion hasn’t won a race since 2017. He’s riding a 57 race winless streak. He hasn’t had a top five in 14 races. After scoring six top five finishes in the first nine races of the year, he’s had zero in the last 13. His last win came on dirt over two years ago in Eldora. The three other drivers he’s going to be challenging for a championship next Friday have won a combined nine times this year alone.
Crafton though, joins them with his third final four in four years.