One championship fight was wrapped up at Phoenix International Raceway last weekend, as Chase Elliott became the youngest champ and first rookie champ in Nationwide Series history. The stage is now set for the Camping World Truck Series to crown a champ on Friday, November 14th, and for the Sprint Cup Series to finish a thrilling Chase on Sunday, November 16th; all three series will race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Camping World Truck Series – Erik Jones won his second-straight race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, and his third of the season, taking the checkered flag in the Lucas Oil 150. Matt Crafton finished second, followed by Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney and Ben Rhodes. Jones and his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. dominated the race, with Jones leading 114 of the 126 laps and Wallace Jr. leading the other 12; the start of the race was delayed, and eventually the race was shortened, due to power outages in the area.
25 points separate Crafton and Blaney for the championship.
Nationwide Series – Brad Keselowski took the lead from Kyle Busch on the last lap and went on to win the DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans at Phoenix on Saturday. Busch was runner-up, followed by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Elliott Sadler in third and Ty Dillon in fourth. Chase Elliott wrapped up his first NASCAR national series championship over his JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith with a fifth-place finish; Smith finished 10th.
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Sprint Cup Series – Kevin Harvick needed to win to make the Championship Round in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup, and he did exactly that, leading 264 of the race’s 312 laps on his way to his fourth win of the year. Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski, in spite of finishing second, third and fourth, respectively, didn’t advance to the Championship Round, but fifth-place Denny Hamlin did, as did sixth-place Joey Logano. Ryan Newman got the fourth spot in the finale in the final turn of the race, battling hard with Kyle Larson to pick up one spot; the two touched heading into Turn Four, with Larson hitting the wall and Newman picking up the necessary spot.
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