Race Preview – Phoenix Raceway

Practice: Friday, Nov. 5 at 11:05 a.m. ET – No TV
Qualifying: Friday, Nov. 5 at 5:05 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Race: Friday, Nov. 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET. on FOX Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network (MRN)
 

Johnny Sauter | No. 13 Tenda Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Joe Shear Jr.
Eyes in the Sky: Tab Boyd
Phoenix Stats: In 12 series starts at the track, Sauter has one win (20117), five top-five and nine top-10 finishes averaging an 9.0 finish to go along with 21 laps led.
Season Stats: In 21 starts, Sauter has one pole, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes averaging a 12.7 start and a 16.9 finish to go along with 36 laps led.
Series Career Stats: 310 starts, 24 wins, 114 top-five and 184 top-10 finishes to go along with nine pole awards and 2,671 laps led.

 

Matt Crafton | No. 88 Ideal Door / Menards Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Carl “Junior” Joiner
Eyes in the Sky: Jason Hedlesky
Phoenix Stats: In 20 series starts at the track, Crafton has six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes averaging a 10.0 finish to go along with 16 laps led.
Season Stats: After 21 races, Crafton has five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes, averaging an 7.3 start and 11.4 finishing position to go along with 19 laps led.
Series Career Stats: Crafton has 497 consecutive starts, 15 wins, 130 top-five and 300 top-10 finishes in addition to 16 poles and 2,675 laps led. 

Career Playoff Highlights Notables
  • The 2021 season marks the sixth consecutive season he has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. Crafton is the only driver in the series to compete in all six Playoffs (2016-2021) since its inception in 2016.
  • Three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion (2013, 2014, 2019). Only driver in series history to win titles in both the Playoff Era (2016-Present) and the prior points format (1995-2015).
  • Has advanced to the 2021 series Playoffs Championship 4 Round on points – the fourth time in his career he has advanced to the final round of the Playoffs (2016, 2017, 2019, 2021) – series most.
  • Finished the 2020 season fifth in the series Playoffs standings after being eliminated in the Round of 8.
  • Made the Championship 4 Round and won the 2019 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title by finishing runner-up in the championship finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Christian Eckes | No. 98 Curb Records Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Jeriod Prince
Eyes in the Sky: Chris Monez
Phoenix Stats: Eckes has two series starts at the track where he as finished ninth and fourth, respectively.
Season Stats: In nine starts with ThorSport Racing this season, Eckes has one win (fall Las Vegas), two top fives and four top-10 finishes to go along with 10 laps led.
Series Career Stats: In 44 starts, he has one win, 12 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes to go along with three pole awards and 317 laps led.

 

Ben Rhodes | No. 99 Bombardier / Learjet 75 Toyota Tundra

Making the Calls: Rich Lushes
Eyes in the Sky: TJ Bell
Phoenix Stats: In six starts at the track, Rhodes has two top-five, and three top-10 finishes, averaging a 10.3 finish.
Season Stats: Rhodes has 21 starts, 99 laps led en route to two wins, seven top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Rhodes has an average start of 6.6 and 9.6 finishing position.
Series Career Stats: In 140 starts, five wins, 40 top-five and 75 top-10 finishes to go along with five pole awards and 835 laps led.

Career Playoff Highlights Notables
  • The 2021 season marks the sixth consecutive season he has competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. Crafton is the only driver in the series to compete in all six Playoffs (2016-2021) since its inception in 2016.
  • Three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion (2013, 2014, 2019). Only driver in series history to win titles in both the Playoff Era (2016-Present) and the prior points format (1995-2015).
  • Has advanced to the 2021 series Playoffs Championship 4 Round on points – the fourth time in his career he has advanced to the final round of the Playoffs (2016, 2017, 2019, 2021) – series most.
  • Finished the 2020 season fifth in the series Playoffs standings after being eliminated in the Round of 8.
  • Made the Championship 4 Round and won the 2019 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title by finishing runner-up in the championship finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Notables:

ThorSport Racing at Phoenix: In 58 starts, the team has 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, in addition to 92 laps led.

All-Time Numbers: ThorSport Racing sits at 39 wins, 306 top-five and 633 top-10 finishes. The team has led 6,117 to go along with 35 pole awards in 1,386 series starts.

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