Kansas Cut Off Race in Truck Series

The Camping World Truck Series kicks off a triple header weekend with the Kansas Lottery 200.  This is the final race in round one of the playoffs for the Truck Series.  At the end of the night the bottom two drivers in points will be eliminated.  Currently, Carson Hocevar and Christen Eckes are on the bubble and facing elimination.

The 10 Camping World Truck Series playoff drivers are:

Chandler Smith with 2,111 points and a race winn

Grant Enfinger with 2,104 points and a race win

Zane Smith with 2,109 points

John Hunter Nemechek with 2,106 points

Ty Majeski with 2,099 points

Stewart a Friesen with 2,094 points

Ben Rhodes with 2,084 points

Matt Crafton with 2,066 points

Carson Hocevar with 2,063 points

Christian Eckes with 2,060 points.

John Hunter Nemechek put his number four Kyle. Such Motorsports truck and the pole and will bring the field to green with Ty Majeski starting alongside on the front row.

A total of 38 teams brought trucks to the track for 36 starting spots.  Tate Fogleman and Trey Hutchins failed to make the race.

The starting lineup for the Kansas Lottery 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Corey Heim
Christian Eckes
Chandler Smith
Ben Rhodes
Ryan Preece
Matt Crafton
Zane Smith
Tanner Gray
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Derek Kraus
Matt DiBenedetto
Carson Hocevar
Bayley Currey
Hailie Deegan
Colby Howard
Tyler Ankrum
Brett Moffitt
Kaden Honeycutt
Chase Purdue
Dean Thompson
Parker Kligerman
Timmy Hill
Bret Holmes
Jack Wood
Lawless Alan
Blaine Perkins
Kaz Grala
Brennan Poole
Tyler Hill
Jesse Little
Spencer Boyd
Armani Williams
Mason Maggio

Brett Moffitt joins Brennan Poole, Armani Williams, and Mason Maggio at the back of the field after the crews made some unapproved adjustments to trucks.

Stages one and two of the race are just 30 laps in length with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 137 laps around the mile and a half track.  The drivers will have to make at least one pit stop in stage three for fuel.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane.  Nemechek edges out Ty Majeski for the lead after a push from teammate Corey Heim.

Lap two, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Corey Heim in second; Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap four, leader John Hunter Nemechek has already moved his truck to the top lane near the outside wall; Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

All 10 of the playoff drivers are in the top 15.

Lap six. John Hunter Nemechek holds a lead of just a quarter of a second on Ty Majeski; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Lap eight, Ty Majeski battle with John Hunter Nemechek for the lead and takes the top spot.

Lap 10, Ty Majeski has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Chandler Smith round out the top five.

Carson Hocevar is reporting a very loose condition in his truck.

Lap 12, Ty Majeski now has a one second lead on John Hunter Nemechek.

Lap 16, Ty Majeski continues to lead the race by over half a second on John Hunter Nemechek; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Zane Smith round out the top five.  There are 33 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 19, on the bubble and in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs, Carson Hocevar has not been able to move higher than his 15th place starting spot.

Lap 20, John Hunter Nemechek passes Ty Majeski to retake the lead with 31 trucks on the lead lap.  All 36 trucks are on the track.

Lap 27, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Ty Majeski; Christian Eckes, Corey Heim, and Zane Smith round out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek wins stage one for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ty Majeski
Christian Eckes
Corey Heim
Zane Smith
Ryan Preece
Derek Kraus
Chandler Smith
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray

After their stage one finishes, John Hunter Nemechek and Zane Smith have locked in their spots in the next round of the playoffs; joining race winners Grant Enfinger and Chandler Smith.

The drivers head for pit road with multiple complaints of a loose truck.  John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road with Christian Eckes on his bumper.

Spencer Boyd, Bayley Currey, and Brennan Poole were all charged with crews coming over the wall too soon.  Tyler Hill was caught speeding on pit road.

Chandler Smith had a slow pit stop and restarts the race in 23rd place.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 38 from the inside lane.  Nemechek gets out in front to hold on to the lead.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Ty Majeski, Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, and Corey Heim.

John Hunter Nemechek is reporting a left rear tire vibration.

Lap 40, John Hunter Nemechek has a third of a second lead on Christian Eckes; Ty Majeski, Ryan Preece, and Zane Smith round out the top five.  There are 27 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 43, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over half a second on Christian Eckes; Zane Smith, Ryan Preece, and Ty Majeski round out the top five.

Lap 47, Stewart Friesen has dropped nine spots since the race restart.

Just nine laps remain in stage two, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly two seconds on Zane Smith; Christian Eckes, Ryan Preece, and Corey Heim round out the top five.

After falling to 23rd, Stewart Friesen is reporting a very loose condition and says that the truck is junk.

Lap 35, John Hunter Nemechek has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds on Zane Smith.

Lap 36, Bayley Currey brings out the caution flag when he got loose and spins out but keeps it off the wall.

Stage two ends under caution with John Hunter Nemechek taking the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Zane Smith
Ryan Preece
Christian Eckes
Corey Heim
Ty Majeski
Tyler Ankrum
Derek Kraus
Matt Crafton
Carson Hocevar

Drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments as the track cools with the sunset.  John Hunter Nemechek wins the race off of pit road.

Ty Majeski has clinched a spot in the next round of the playoffs.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 65 with Ryan Preece alongside.  Nemechek gets out in front for the lead.

The caution flag comes out after Kaden Honeycutt spins out.  He heads for pit road with flat tires.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 70.  He has led 53 laps so far.  Nemechek gets a push form Corey Heim and holds on to the lead.

The top five are John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, Corey Heim, Ryan Preece, and Grant Enfinger.

Drivers are three wide in a battle for position with a few slapping the wall; the track stays green.

With 62 laps to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a half second lead on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Brett Moffitt’s truck is on fire and brings out the caution flag on lap 73.

Brett Moffitt, Grant Enfinger, and Zane Smith are the only drivers in the field who have won a race at Kansas.

Several drivers get loose as they hit the fluid left on the track by Brett Moffitt’s truck.

A few drivers come down pit road for adjustments including Carson Hocevar who is in danger of being eliminated from the playoffs.  Hocevar and Matt Crafton are currently below the cut line to make it the next round.

John Hunter Nemechek brings the field down for the green flag restart with 53 laps remaining in the race.  Nemechek gets out in front for the lead once again with Corey Heim in second.

With 52 to go, John Hunter Nemechek has a half second lead on Corey Heim; Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, and Ryan Preece round out the top five.  There are 28 trucks on the lead lap with Brett Moffitt the only driver out of the race.

Lap 86, John Hunter Nemechek has a one second lead on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece, Corey Heim, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

There are 21 trucks on the lead lap with John Hunter Nemechek out in front.

Forty laps remain in the race, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of over a second on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece, Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Lap 97, all five of the drivers moving on to the next round of the playoffs are in the top 10.

Lap 100, John Hunter Nemechek has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Zane Smith; Ryan Preece, Corey Heim, and Grant Enfinger round out the top five.

Spencer Boyd is off the rtrack.

Carson Hocevar’s crew reports that he is good on fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Lap 103, leader John Hunter Nemechek makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Zane Smith.  Drivers begin to make their green flag pit stops.

Zane Smith makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Grant Enfinger.

Christian Eckes is the new leader with Carson Hocevar in second.

Christian Eckes makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead to Carson Hocevar; Bayley, Colby Howard, Hailie Deegan, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Chase Purdy was caught speeding on pit road during his pit stop.

Armani Williams is off the track.

There are 25 laps remaining in the race and Carson Hocevar leads the race.  If he can hold on, he would not only earn his first truck series win; but secure himself a spot in the playoffs.

Twenty to go, Carson Hocevar has a lead of over seven seconds in front of Bayley Currey; Colby Howard, Matt DiBenedetto, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.  Nemechek passes DiBenedetto for fourth.  There are only 15 trucks on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Carson Hocevar continues to lead the race and is now over eight seconds in front of John Hunter Nemechek; Bayley Currey, Zane Smith, and Colby Howard round out the top five.

Ten to go, Ben Rhodes has unlapped himself and is now back on the lead lap in 16th place.  Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to under five seconds on John Hunter Nemechek; Zane Smith, Ryan Preece, and Bayley Currey roud out the top five.

Armani Williams is out of the race.

Seven to go, Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to two and a half seconds on John Hunter Nemechek.  Hocevar is the youngest driver in the playoffs at age 19.

Five to go, John Hunter Nemechek has closed the gap to just under two seconds behind Carson Hocevar.

Three to go, Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to just one second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Two to go, Carson Hocevar’s lead is down to just half a second on John Hunter Nemechek.

Carson Hocevar takes the white flag with John Hunter Nemechek on his bumper.  Nemechek passes Hocevar for the lead.  Hocevar is out of gas but holds on to take seconds with John Hunter Nemechek winning the race for his second win of the season.  This is the first time in his career that John Hunter Nemechek swept both stages and won the race.  He was also the pole sitter for the race.

The unofficial results of the Kansas Lottery 200:
John Hunter Nemechek

Carson Hocevar
Ryan Preece
Zane Smith
Grant Enfinger
Chandler Smith
Corey Heim
Ty Majeski
Colby Howard
Christian Eckes
Parker Kligerman
Matt DiBenedetto
Ben Rhodes
Tyler Ankrum
Matt Crafton
Tanner Gray
Bret Holmes
Kaz Grala
Timmy Hill
Stewart Friesen
Derek Kraus
Hailie Deegan
Dean Thompson
Kaden Honeycutt
Chase Purdy
Jack Wood
Bayley Currey
Jesse Little
Tyler Hill
Blaine Perkins
Lawless Alan
Mason Maggio
Spencer Boyd
Brennan Poole
Armani Williams
Brett Moffitt

Three time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton and despite a valiant effort and a second place finish Carson Hocevar have been eliminated from the playoffs.  Hocevar missed the playoffs by three points.

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