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Making The Field: 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona

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With 42 trucks on the entry list for Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona, we break down the entrants and see who should be worried about Friday’s qualifying session. PC: Chris Graythen / Getty Images

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has brought a stout field of 42 [41 after the No. 97 has withdrawn] trucks to the Daytona International Speedway for the season-opening NextEra Energy 250.

Fighting for 36 spots in the series’ biggest event of the season, these 42 drivers will have to face single-truck qualifying on Friday Afternoon (3:00 pm/ET on FS1). With that, six drivers will be sent packing, without taking the green flag on Friday Night.

G2G Racing, Cook Racing Technologies, and Spire Motorsports are the three organizations looking to make their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Owned by NCWTS driver Tim Viens, G2G Racing has tapped Matt Jaskol (No. 46) and Johnny Sauter (No. 47) to pilot its two Toyota Tundras. Jaskol is scheduled to run full-time in 2022, while Sauter is scheduled to run up to 13 races.

Cook Racing Technologies, owned by long-time crew chief Bruce Cook, brings its ARCA Menards Series program into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a part-time basis this season, with Clay Greenfield driving the No. 84 at Daytona.

Finally, Spire Motorsports quietly brings 2020 NextEra Energy 250 winner, Austin Hill, to Daytona International Speedway in its No. 7 United Rentals Chevrolet Silverado. The NASCAR Cup Series team has yet to announce their plans in the series beyond Daytona.

On the contrary, Matt DiBenedetto (No. 25), Blaine Perkins (No. 9), Matt Jaskol (No. 46), and Jason Kitzmiller (No. 97) will each attempt to qualify for their first event in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona.


LOCKED IN:

#DriverTeamReason
99Ben RhodesThorSport Racing1st in 2021 NCWTS OP

2021 NCWTS Champion (PCP 1)
23Grant EnfingerGMS Racing2nd in 2021 NCWTS OP (was GMS 21)
4John Hunter NemechekKyle Busch Motorsports3rd in 2021 NCWTS OP
38Zane SmithFront Row Motorsports4th in 2021 NCWTS OP
88Matt CraftonThorSport Racing6th in 2021 NCWTS OP

2019 NCWTS Champion (PCP 2)

Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger, John Hunter Nemechek, and Zane Smith are all guaranteed a spot into Friday’s NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona International Speedway, by virtue of their 2021 owner points rank.

Matt Crafton – ranked sixth in 2021 NCWTS OP — is locked into the field, based on being the most recent eligible past champion that isn’t inside the top-four in owner points.


ESSENTIALLY LOCKED IN:

#DriverTeamReason
24Jack WoodGMS Racing5th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was GMS 2)
16Tyler AnkrumHattori Racing Enterprises7th in 2021 NCWTS OP
42Carson HocevarNiece Motorsports8th in 2021 NCWTS OP
98Christian EckesThorSport Racing9th in 2021 NCWTS OP
51Corey HeimKyle Busch Motorsports10th in 2021 NCWTS OP
52Stewart FriesenHalmar Friesen Racing11th in 2021 NCWTS OP
18Chandler SmithKyle Busch Motorsports12th in 2021 NCWTS OP
66Ty MajeskiThorSport Racing13th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was ThorSport 13)
19Derek KrausMcAnally-Hilgemann Racing14th in 2021 NCWTS OP
22Austin Wayne SelfAM Racing15th in 2021 NCWTS OP
91Colby Howard McAnally-Hilgemann Racing16th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was GMS 26)
40Dean ThompsonNiece Motorsports17th in 2021 NCWTS OP
33Jason WhiteReaume Brothers Racing18th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was GMS 24)
25Matt DiBenedettoRackley WAR 19th in 2021 NCWTS OP
1Hailie DeeganDavid Gilliland Racing20th in 2021 NCWTS OP
47Johnny SauterG2G RacingNO OWNER POINTS

2017 NCWTS Champion (PCP 3)

The vehicles that are ranked fifth through 20th in 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points are deemed ‘essentially locked in’, based on their owner points position and previous trends of qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnny Sauter – driving the No. 47 Toyota Tundra for G2G Racing — is also included in this category, despite having no points to fall back on, as he is third in line to receive a Past Champions Provisional.

Only in a bizarre situation would Sauter be denied usage of his Past Champions Provisional by Matt Crafton, who ranks sixth in 2021 NCWTS OP. In order for Sauter to be bumped from the field, Crafton, along with all of the top-five in owner points would need to be outside of the top-31 in qualifying.


FEELING ANXIOUS:

#DriverTeamReason
02Jesse LittleYoung's Motorsports21st in 2021 NCWTS OP
43Thad MoffittReaume Brothers Racing22nd in 2021 NCWTS OP (was GMS 23)
56Timmy HillHill Motorsports23rd in 2021 NCWTS OP
9Blaine PerkinsCR7 Motorsports24th in 2021 NCWTS OP
15Tanner GrayDavid Gilliland Racing25th in 2021 NCWTS OP
30Tate FoglemanOn Point Motorsports26th in 2021 NCWTS OP

Ranked 21st through 26th in 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points, Jesse Little, Thad Moffitt, Timmy Hill, Blaine Perkins, Tanner Gray, and Tate Fogleman are probably a little bit on edge when thinking about Friday’s qualifying session.

While some of these trucks may have the speed to be inside the top-31 in qualifying, there could be some slight worries about an extenuating circumstance that would prevent them from competing in the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona.


SWEATING BULLETS:

#DriverTeamReason
12Spencer BoydYoung's Motorsports27th in 2021 NCWTS OP
44Kris WrightNiece Motorsports28th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was Niece 45)
17Riley HerbstDavid Gilliland Racing29th in 2021 NCWTS OP
61Chase PurdyHattori Racing Enterprises30th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was RBR 34)
75Parker KligermanHenderson Motorsports31st in 2021 NCWTS OP
20Danny BohnYoung's Motorsports32nd in 2021 NCWTS OP
3Jordan AndersonJordan Anderson Racing34th in 2021 NCWTS OP
32Bret HolmesBret Holmes Racing35th in 2021 NCWTS OP
45Lawless AlanNiece Motorsports36th in 2021 NCWTS OP (was SDM 11)
10Jennifer Jo CobbJennifer Jo Cobb Racing*Must Qualify on Speed*
28Bryan DauzatFDNY Racing*Must Qualify on Speed*
7Austin HillSpire Motorsports*Must Qualify on Speed*
46Matt JaskolG2G Racing*Must Qualify on Speed*
84Clay GreenfieldCook Racing Technologies*Must Qualify on Speed*

Everybody else, ranked from 27th in 2021 NCWTS OP on down, is anxious, maybe even terrified for Friday’s single-truck qualifying session, as their owner points position leaves them in a precarious spot, should their qualifying speed not be enough.

While there is still a chance that Boyd, Wright, Herbst, Purdy, Kligerman, Bohn, Anderson, Holmes, and Alan could use their owner points to put them in the field, last year’s season-opener saw the truck ranked 29th in OP fail to make the event.

One would expect that drivers like Riley Herbst, Chase Purdy, Lawless Alan, and Kris Wright should be able to post a top-31 lap time, we’ve seen in years past that mechanical issues in qualifying can have an impact on who makes the show.

Jennifer Jo Cobb, Bryan Dauzat, Austin Hill, Matt Jaskol, Clay Greenfield are the six trucks that will have to put themselves into the top-31 in qualifying speeds if they hope to make the race.

UPDATE: After crashing in the first five minutes of practice, Jason Kitzmiller and CR7 Motorsports are done for the weekend, and will not make a qualifying attempt tomorrow afternoon.


RAINOUT CONDITIONS:

According to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rule Book, the field will be set in the following way in the first race of the season, if qualifying is canceled due to adverse weather conditions:

  • The highest 29 trucks in 2021 NCWTS OP will be assigned a spot in the field.
  • The fastest two trucks in practice, not already in the field, will be assigned a spot in the field.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to team owner(s) that have won an NCWTS event in 2021.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to driver(s) that have won an NCWTS event in 2021.
  • The next available starting position(s), if any, will be assigned to drivers that are eligible past champions.
    • The driver must have won their championship in the last 10 seasons, competed in the series in 2021, and currently be running for series points.
    • If more than one past champion, positions are assigned in descending order, starting with the most recent champion.
  • The remaining position(s), if any, will be assigned to the vehicles that are highest in 2021 NCWTS OP.
  • Additional positions, if available, will be assigned based on a random draw.

Starting Lineup (if Qualifying is Cancelled):

NOTE: Johnny Sauter (9th in practice) and Lawless Alan (19th in practice) will receive the two spots available from practice speeds, in the event of a rainout. As a result, if qualifying rains out, Sauter WILL NOT be credited with using a Past Champions Provisional.

Rank#NameTeamNotes
199Ben RhodesThorSport Racing
223Grant EnfingerGMS Racing
34John Hunter NemechekKyle Busch Motorsports
438Zane SmithFront Row Motorsports
524Jack WoodGMS Racing
688Matt CraftonThorSport Racing
716Tyler AnkrumHattori Racing Enterprises
842Carson HocevarNiece Motorsports
998Christian EckesThorSport Racing
1051Corey HeimKyle Busch Motorsports
1152Stewart FriesenHalmar Friesen Racing
1218Chandler SmithKyle Busch Motorsports
1366Ty MajeskiThorSport Racing
1419Derek KrausMcAnally-Hilgemann Racing
1522Austin Wayne SelfAM Racing
1691Colby HowardMcAnally-Hilgemann Racing
1740Dean ThompsonNiece Motorsports
1833Jason WhiteReaume Brothers Racing
1925Matt DiBenedettoRackley WAR
201Hailie DeeganDavid Gilliland Racing
2102Jesse LittleYoung's Motorsports
2243Thad MoffittReaume Brothers Racing
2356Timmy HillHill Motorsports
249Blaine PerkinsCR7 Motorsports
2515 Tanner GrayDavid Gilliland Racing
2630 Tate FoglemanOn Point Motorsports
2712Spencer BoydYoung's Motorsports
2844Kris WrightNiece Motorsports
2917Riley HerbstDavid Gilliland Racing
3047Johnny SauterG2G Racing9th in Practice
3145Lawless AlanNiece Motorsports19th in Practice
327Austin HillSpire Motorsports2021 NCWTS Winner
3361Chase PurdyHattori Racing Enterprises30th in '21 NCWTS OP
3475Parker KligermanHenderson Motorsports31st in '21 NCWTS OP
3520Danny BohnYoung's Motorsports32nd in '21 NCWTS OP
363Jordan AndersonJordan Anderson Racing34th in '21 NCWTS OP
37 (DNQ)32Bret HolmesBret Holmes Racing35th in '21 NCWTS OP
38 (DNQ)10Jennifer Jo Cobb Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing40th in '21 NCWTS OP
39 (DNQ)28Bryan DauzatFDNY Racing48th in '21 NCWTS OP
40 (DNQ)46Matt JaskolG2G RacingNO OWNER POINTS
41 (DNQ)84Clay GreenfieldCook Racing TechnologiesNO OWNER POINTS
WD97Jason KitzmillerCR7 MotorsportsWITHDREW
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Joseph Srigley
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University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at TobyChristie.com

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