Truck Race Preview: Daytona

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series opens the 2017 season Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series news, notes and fast facts in advance of Friday's season opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

Radio: MRN, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Race Distance: 250 miles (100 laps)

Races: 17
Pole Winners: 15
Youngest Pole Winner: Colin Braun (2/13/2009 - 20 years, 4 months, 22 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Joe Ruttman (2/16/2001 - 56 years, 3 months, 19 days)
Race Winners: 15
Youngest Race Winner: Tyler Reddick (2/20/2015 - 19 years, 1 month, 9 days)
Oldest Race Winner: Joe Ruttman (2/16/2001 - 56 years, 3 months, 19 days)
Races Won from Pole: 3
Last Race Won From Pole: Jack Sprague (2/16/2007)
Race Record: Mark Martin - 146.622 mph (2/17/2006)
Qualifying Record: Ty Dillon - 188.774 mph (2/20/2015)

  Last Race Most/Largest Fewest/Smallest
Trucks: 32 36 - 15 Times 32 - Twice
Lead Changes: 26 31 (2/18/2000) 6 (2/18/2011)
Leaders: 10 17 (2/18/2005) 4 (2/21/2014)
Cautions: 7 9 (2/24/2012) 4 (2/21/2014)
Caution Laps: 29 42 (2/13/2004) 17 (2/17/2006)
Lead Lap Finish: 15 22 (2/22/2013) 7 (2/18/2000)
Running at the Finish: 21

27 (2/17/2006)

12 (2/18/2005)
Laps Led (Winner): 12 59 (5/18/2000) 1 - Twice
Margin of Victory*: Caution 0.318 (2/16/2001) 0.016 (2/21/2014)

*Since 1993 (advent of digital timing and scoring); does not include races completed under caution

Sauter Begins Title Defense At Daytona
Back for his ninth full-time season to defend his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, Johnny Sauter will attempt to win the NextEra 250 at DAYTONA International Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1) for the second consecutive year.
 
The No. 21 GMS Racing driver became the first competitor in NCWTS history to clinch an automatic berth in the playoffs when he held off Ryan Truex for the victory at Daytona last year.
 
Sauter captured the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title on the strength of three wins, 12 top fives and 19 top 10s. He increased his performance at the end of the year finishing first, first, second and third in the final four races.
 
Matt Crafton (2013-14) is the only driver who’s won back-to-back NCWTS titles.
 
Bell Ready To Build On Strong Sunoco Rookie Campaign
Following a third-place championship finish in his rookie NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, Christopher Bell is back in the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra for another go-around.
 
"I'm really excited to begin my second full-time season with Kyle Busch Motorsports,” Bell said. “Every track that we will race at this season I'm already going to have experience at, unlike last year where a lot of the tracks I was going to for the first time. I feel like having more experience will be a big help – I know what to expect from all of the tracks and that will allow me to be better prepared for each and every race this season. My goal going into this year is pretty simple and that's to go out and win more races."
 
In 30 career NCWTS starts, Bell owns two wins, 11 top fives and 20 top 10s. He has led more than 300 laps.
 
Last month, Bell won the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals sprint car event.
 
Chasing Hornaday: Crafton Goes For Championship No. 3
Matt Crafton will embark on his quest for a third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, beginning with Friday’s NextEraEnergy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
 
Crafton, who finished runner-up in last year’s final standings, has never won at Daytona. He has a best finish of fifth (2010) at the 2.5-mile track.
 
Crafton trails only Ron Hornaday Jr. (4) and Jack Sprague (3) on the all-time championships list.
 
Family Affair: Father-Son Nemechek Combo To Race Against Each Other At Daytona
John Hunter Nemechek, 19, and his father Joe Nemechek, 53, will compete in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. It is the first time they will race against each other in the series.
 
The last father-son combo to compete in the same NCWTS Race was Dave and Ryan Blaney at Eldora in 2013. The last time a father-son combo competed in a NASCAR national series race at Daytona was 2006 (Bobby Hamilton/Bobby Hamilton Jr.).
 
John Hunter scored an eighth-place championship finish last season on the strength of two wins, five top fives and 11 tops 10s. He qualified for the first-ever NCWTS playoffs.
 
Joe Nemechek is a 20-time NASCAR national series winner with four victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and 16 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The Naples, Florida, native earned the 1992 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.

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