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NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series returns to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the second race in its Chase Round of 6. Just two races remain before that field will be reduced to the Championship 4, battling it out in a winner-take-all race for the trophy at Homestead.
As of Monday, there are 35 trucks entered, meaning three drivers will not make the race, barring any entry list updates.
Among the notable Truck Series part-timers entered is XFINITY Series Chase contender Daniel Suarez. Suarez, competing in Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 51 for the second consecutive race is hoping to build momentum for his own title bid. Friday will mark the Mexican driver’s third Truck Series start at Texas after running both races and finishing second twice last season.
Austin Dillon, meanwhile will make his first Truck Series start of 2016 this weekend as he pilots the No. 71 car owned by Carlos Contreras. When Dillon last competed in the series at New Hampshire last September, he went to Victory Lane.
Dillon should have another great opportunity this week to cash in. The Contreras No. 71 was driven by Chase Elliott last week at Martinsville, prepared by JR Motorsports and delivered the team a second-place finish. He’ll join Reed Sorenson as the only Cup regulars in the field although Sorenson’s paired with underfunded Premium Motorsports.
Popular underdog Jordan Anderson also returns to the series this week driving the No. 66 for Bolen Motorsports. Anderson had lost his ride the last few weeks due to sponsorship concerns as the team tries to shore up funding to run full-time for the title once again in 2017.
Action from Texas begins on Thursday with two practice sessions, the first at 3:30 p.m. and second at 5:30 p.m. (all times ET). Qualifying will take place on Friday at 3:45 p.m. followed by the race at 8:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.
|00||Cole Custer||Haas Automation||Chevy||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|1||Jennifer Jo Cobb||TBD||Chevy||Tracy Lowe|
|02||Tyler Young||Randco / Young's Building Systems||Chevy||Randy Young|
|4||Christopher Bell||JBL||Toyota||Kyle Busch|
|05||John Wes Townley||Jive Communications / Zaxbys||Chevy||Tony Townley|
|07||Matt Mills||TBD||Chevy||Bobby Dotter|
|8||John Hunter Nemechek||Death Wish Coffee||Chevy||Joe Nemechek|
|9||William Byron||Liberty University||Toyota||Kyle Busch|
|10||TBA||Grimes Irrigation & Construction||Chevy||Jennifer Jo Cobb|
|11||Matt Tifft||Waste Connections, Inc. / BRAINGEAR||Toyota||Tom Deloach|
|13||Cameron Hayley||Ride TV / Cabinets by Hayley||Toyota||Duke Thorson|
|17||Timothy Peters||Red Horse Racing||Toyota||Tom Deloach|
|19||Daniel Hemric||Blue Gate Bank||Ford||Brad Keselowski|
|20||Austin Hill||Lawless Jerky / Alien Gear Holsters / Don Rich Ford||Ford||Bryan Hill|
|21||Johnny Sauter||Allegiant Travel||Chevy||Maurice Gallagher Jr|
|22||Austin Wayne Self||AM Technical Solutions||Toyota||Tim Self|
|23||Spencer Gallagher||Allegiant Travel||Chevy||Maurice Gallagher Jr|
|24||Shane Lee||TBA||Chevy||Maurice Gallagher Jr|
|29||Tyler Reddick||Cooper Standard||Ford||Brad Keselowski|
|33||Ben Kennedy||Jacob||Chevy||Maurice Gallagher Jr|
|41||Ben Rhodes||TBA||Toyota||Duke Thorson|
|44||Tommy Joe Martins||Diamond Gusset Jeans / RPM Trailers||Chevy||Craig Martins|
|45||Casey Smith||Niece Equipment||Chevy||Al Niece|
|49||Reed Sorenson(i)||TBD||Chevy||Jay Robinson|
|50||Travis Kvapil||Willbros||Chevy||Mark Beaver|
|51||Daniel Suarez(i)||ARRIS||Toyota||Kyle Busch|
|63||Norm Benning||TBA||Chevy||Michael Mittler|
|66||Jordan Anderson||Columbia, SC-Famously Hot||Chevy||Jeff Bolen|
|71||Austin Dillon(i)||Russell by HTPG Chevrolet||Chevy||Carlos Contreras|
|74||Mike Harmon(i)||TBD||RAM||Mike Harmon|
|81||Ryan Truex||KOBE Toyopet||Toyota||Shigeaki Hattori|
|88||Matt Crafton||Damp Rid / Menards||Toyota||Rhonda Thorson|
|97||Jesse Little||Carolina Nut Co.||Toyota||Jason Little|
|98||Rico Abreu||Safelite Auto Glass /CURB Records||Toyota||Mike Curb|
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