It was a night of celebrations and heartbreaks for drivers in the Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) last night at Phoenix International Raceway as the final championship four was determined after the race. Four drivers will compete for the truck series title and two drivers title hopes come to an end as they were eliminated from the chase.

The four drivers who will have a shot to win the 2016 championship include veterans Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and rookie driver Christopher Bell. The four will race at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the highest finisher of the race will be the new 2016 Camping World Truck Series champion.

Sauter locked himself into the final four with his win at Martinsville Speedway a few weeks ago. He continued his winning streak as he went on to win in the Lone Star state at Texas Motor Speedway. The other three drivers raced their way in after the race at Phoenix.

William Byron and Ben Kennedy were the two drivers eliminated from the chase after Phoenix. Kennedy came home to finish ninth, but it wasn’t enough for the Richard Childress Racing driver to clinch a spot in the final four. Byron on the other hand finished 27th after leading a race high of 112 laps.

With only nine laps remaining in last night’s race, Byron succumbed to losing his engine and his chances of being in the final four comes to an end. The 18-year old was having a great season in his first year in the series with six wins, ten top-five’s and 15 top-10 finishes. Going into the chase, Byron was one of the favorites to make it all the way and possibly win the championship title.

Now with one race left in the 2016 Camping World Truck Series season, Sauter, Crafton, Peters and Bell will compete against each other the inaugural chase of the series at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Friday.

Only Crafton is a past champion in the series when he won them back in 2013 and 2014. The other three drivers are looking for their first ever championship title.

The race will be shown live on FS1 on Friday, Nov. 18th at 8:00 PM EST for the Ford EcoBoost 200.


Josue Hernandez is a staff writer for The Sports Blaze covering NASCAR. Contact him via email at or on Twitter @JosueDHernande2.