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Ben Beshore Suspended, 10 Teams Fined in Phoenix Penalty Report

Kyle Busch car 2021 fall playoff Kansas race NKP

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Ben Beshore, crew chief of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing car driven by Kyle Busch, has been suspended from the 2022 Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after two lug nuts were found unsecured after the NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway. In addition to the suspension, Beshore has been …

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Ben Rhodes is a NASCAR Champion and Feelin’ Good

Ben Rhodes at Phoenix Raceway

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“It’s really quiet in here, I just came from a party.”

Thus began the most memorable post-race press conference in recent NASCAR history.

As he entered the deadline room of the Phoenix Raceway media center draped in a decorative towel, self-admitted lightweight Ben Rhodes was four Bud Lights and a “decent” amount of champagne deep into his celebration as the newest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.

Tracking the Trucks: Chandler Smith Snags 2nd Career Win, Ben Rhodes Wins Championship in Phoenix

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In a Nutshell: Chandler Smith scored his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win in Friday night’s (Nov. 5) Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The rookie led five times for 39 laps, including the final 18 for his second victory in five races, just one week after being eliminated from the championship battle. …

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Zane Smith & John Hunter Nemechek Fall Just Short in Championship Chase

Zane Smith NASCAR Truck Series

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Zane Smith had the championship spot in his hands with 10 laps to go. John Hunter Nemechek rallied from early contact that set him behind by two laps. Neither driver was able to leave Phoenix Raceway Friday night (Nov. 5) with a championship on their resumes. Smith was passed for the lead by Ben Rhodes …

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Matt Crafton, Junior Joiner Fall Short Of 4th Championship as Decade-Long Partnership Ends

Matt Crafton and crew chief Junior Joiner talk on pit road at Pocono Raceway. (Photo: NKP)

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Two years ago, Matt Crafton won a championship without winning a race.

Friday night (Nov. 5) at Phoenix Raceway, they had the chance to do it again, but fought handling all evening and wound up with a 12th-place finish in his No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra.

Chandler Smith Wins Truck Series Finale in Phoenix, Ben Rhodes Wins Championship

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Chandler Smith swept both stages and scored his second career victory in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway, just one week after being eliminated from playoff contention. “I’m just really blessed right now,” Smith said. “Can’t thank Safelite, Toyota Racing, Danny [Stockman], KBM, Kyle [Busch], everyone that goes down the line to make …

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Chandler Smith on Pole for Truck Series Finale at Phoenix

Chandler Smith at Knoxville 2021, NKP

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Chander Smith may have been the last to qualify for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 5, but he certainly was not the least. In his one lap, Smith put down a blistering pace of 136.576 mph, more than a quarter of a second faster than second-fastest Sheldon Creed. …

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Todd Gilliland Paces Final Truck Practice of 2021

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Practice returned to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule for its season finale at Phoenix Raceway, and Todd Gilliland led the field Nov. 5. Gilliland crowned the 39-truck field with a speed of 135.844 mph. Sheldon Creed, Tyler Ankrum, Chandler Smith and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top five. Of the group, Rhodes is …

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Stock Car Scoop: NASCAR Championship Weekend Preview

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It’s NASCAR’s crowning moment. Championship weekend is upon us all this weekend at Phoenix Raceway, where the Camping World Truck, Xfinity and Cup series will crown their 2021 title-winners come checkered flags on Friday (Nov. 5), Saturday and Sunday. Ahead of the excitement, Adam Cheek and Bryan Nolen team up for one final preview podcast …

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4 Burning Questions: Who’s Saying Goodbye After 2021?

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Who will win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship? John Hunter Nemechek enters Phoenix Raceway with the most wins on the season but as the fourth seed after just barely getting to this round after a late crash at Martinsville Speedway. Nemechek is probably the most aggressive driver of these four and will do …

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