Ty Majeski wins again, Ben Rhodes squeals in Championship 4 at Homestead
In a race where all but one of the trucks finished the race, and the only warnings were for skipping stages, Ty Majeski won his second career race — second in three weeks, in fact — at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 22.
Majeski led the most laps of the day with 67 laps around the 1.5-mile facility.
Having already advanced to Championship 4 thanks to his victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, Majeski is joined by Zane Smith, Chandler Smithand defending champion Ben Rhodes like the four drivers who will be competing for a championship at Phoenix Raceway in two weeks.
Rhodes Fast Early, Zane Smith just as fast
After pole sitter Preece was forced to start the race from behind for unapproved adjustments, Rhodes jumped in front at the start of stage one, leading every lap en route to stage one victory, with Zane Smith just behind him on arrival.
When stage two started, it was Smith who was the faster truck of the two. Although Rhodes held him off for the early laps of the stage, Smith overtook No. 99 and won stage two, while Rhodes slipped to fifth by the end of the stage.
Nemechek and Finallyger’s championship hopes go flat
Nemechek came into Homestead in an inescapable situation after finishing outside the top 10 at Bristol and Talladega Superspeedway. He started 13th to start the afternoon and tried to move early in the peloton.
However, a puncture on lap 14 sends the #4 into the wall. Despite pitting for new tyres, the problem persisted, forcing Nemechek to stop a few times throughout the race, from which he was never able to recover.
“I am sorry.” – JHN
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) October 22, 2022
He ended up finishing 35th, six laps behind and the last truck running (Spencer Boyd was the only DNF in the race, suffering from brake problems with a handful of laps to go).
Likewise, Finallyger treated Homestead as a must-go situation and ran in the lead for the majority of the race, until his No. 23 suffered the same fate as Nemechek, cutting a tire on lap 81 and hitting the wall. While the damage wasn’t as severe as Nemechek’s, Lastly, he was still forced to make his final pit stop earlier than planned.
After everyone made their final pitstop, Finallyger found himself fifth, but his nearly 20 lap older tires caused him to fade quickly, finishing 14th, a lap later at the checkered flag. .
Grant Finallyger says he thinks he crushed something to advance the flat that ended one of his hopes of a Homestead win. pic.twitter.com/lk5fwV5PGx
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 22, 2022
No Precautions Rhodes Advance Help
Despite winning the first stage, Rhodes found himself on the verge of elimination at the start of the third stage, having to fend off both Friesen and his teammate, Eckes.
Friesen’s long-range speed was unlike any other, as he found himself third in the final laps of the race. However, the lack of precautions had led Friesen 10-12 seconds behind second-placed Zane Smith. Friesen going no further, it was up to Rhodes not to lose any position.
By the time Friesen took third place at Preece, he and Rhodes were tied on points; however, Rhodes held the tiebreaker – best finish in the Round of 16 (second to Talladega). So when teammate Crafton started challenging Rhodes for seventh place, Crafton was playing with a double edged sword.
Eventually, the two ThorSport Racing teammates caught Eckes, whom Rhodes easily passed, securing a gap of at least one point between him and Friesen.
And that was all she wrote. Although Eckes did not advance, Rhodes was able to take fourth and final championship place from Friesen by a single point. If a warning had been issued at any time during the race (apart from stage breaks), that might have been a different story.
Summary of points
Championship 4 is now set – Majeski, the two Smiths and Rhodes. For these pilots, the points no longer matter. The best finisher in Phoenix is the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion.
— Phoenix Raceway (@phoenixraceway) October 22, 2022
However, apart from Championship 4, the constructors’ championship is already decided. Majeski’s win secured the constructors’ championship for Toyota, a real boost the manufacturer needs as its number one feeder team Kyle Busch Motorsports leaves at the end of the season for Chevrolet.
Likewise, Heim picked up 2022 Rookie of the Year. Heim becomes the first driver since Tyler Ankrum in 2019 to win the Rookie of the Year award despite not competing all season. Heim has missed seven races this season due to Kyle Busch and Buddy Kofoid run the truck for five and two races, respectively.
No. 9 Blaine Perkins (22nd)
No. 22 Max Gutierrez (21st)
No. 24 Jack Wood (31st)
No. 30 Kaden Honeycutt (27th)
No. 33 Nick Leitz (28th)
No. 40 Dean Thompson (23rd)
Mason No. 43 Maggio (32nd)
#44 Chad Chastain (30th)
No. 45 Lawless Alan (34th)
No. 51 Corey Heim (fifth)
Race paint scheme
When a foundation/charity sponsors a race car or truck, the paint scheme is usually the one that stands out on the track and grabs attention.
Tanner GrayThat’s exactly what number 15 did this weekend.
Tanner finds his rhythm. Number 15 takes P15. 👏 pic.twitter.com/v0qJNB5Ua6
— David Gilliland Racing (@dgr_racing) October 22, 2022
Place of Hope is an organization that supports abused and neglected children and finds them new homes. The black with bright blue streaks all over Gray’s truck certainly caught the eye this weekend.
Where to go next?
The Truck Series has another week off before heading west to crown a champion in Phoenix. Racing kicks off on championship weekend, and coverage can be found on FOX Sports 1 starting at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, November 4.
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