Chase Briscoe Wins Ford 200 as Bell wins Truck Championship

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HOMESTEAD, FL - RIS - Christoper Bell clinched the NASCAR Camping World truck champion by finishing ahead of the other three finalists while Chase Briscoe dominated and won the Ford Ecoboost 200 in dominating fashion.  It was the first championship for Bell and the first truck series win for Briscoe.

Briscoe led 77 laps to take the checkered flag and give Brad Keselowski Racing a victory in what was the team’s final start before closing its doors. He held off Bell by 2.887-second to win the race while Bell’s finish locked up the 2017 Camping World Truck Series championship.

“This is a long time coming,” Briscoe said. “I’m so proud of these guys to know they’re not going to have job next year, yet they continue to bring real good trucks even though we were outside of the playoffs. … For those guys to continue to believe in me, I’m so blessed and thankful.

“I know two years ago I was sleeping on couches and now to be a winner in NASCAR. I wish we were in the final four. I felt like we could have been but that’s part of the circumstances. I have to thank Brad and Ford and the Cunninghams. It’s been a long time coming. I can’t thank them enough.”

Team owner Brad Keselowski celebrated the win for his young driver.

“I feel that Chase is one of the best young talents – if not the best – in the sport that is not in the Cup Series so it is not a surprise to me to see him win a race and make the playoffs in his rookie year,” said Keselowski. “It has been tremendous to have a role in continuing to develop top-tier talent in NASCAR. Chase is a driver that has that kind of future and I am proud, just like I was when Ryan Blaney won for us, that we could play a part in his growth.”

Chase's team, Brad Keselowski Racing is closing it's doors, and this was the last race fom.r the tea

Bell’s finish wrapped the title for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

“It’s a dream come true,” Bell said. “These trucks are so good and they pay so much attention to all the detail that goes into these things, and that’s what makes these Tundras so fast. I’m just speechless.” 

Johnny Sauter, Ryan Truex and Austin Cindric completed the top five finishers.

“To get Chase a win after so many seconds he’s had this year, it’s a dream way to finish it out,” said Briscoe’s teammate Cindric. “ Obviously, we wanted the championship, but we’ve come a long way in not a long time, so I’m proud of the effort and proud of how far we’ve come and I’m looking forward to the future.”

Sauter came up short of winning a second straight series championship.

“We gave it our best shot,” Sauter said. “This is a great team and we’re going to be back next year right back here hopefully battling for another championship.”

Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Grant Enfinger, Justin Haley and Timothy Peters completed the first ten finishers.

The race had only two cautions, the lowest number of the season.

In the manufacturer's championship, Toyota won its 10 title.

Unofficial Race Results for the 22nd Annual Ford Ecoboost 200 - Homestead-Miami Speedway - November 17, 2017

Fin, Str, Driver, Truck, Laps, Stage 1 Pos, Stage 2 Pos, Pts, Status, Tms, Laps, Playoff Pts
1) 1, Chase Briscoe #, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford, 134, 2, 3, 57, Running, 4, 81, 
2) 13, Christopher Bell (P), No. 4 JBL Toyota, 134, 1, 2, 35, Running, 1, 10, 
3) 11, Johnny Sauter (P), No. 21 ISMConnect Chevrolet, 134, 8, 5, 34, Running, , , 
4) 6, Ryan Truex, No. 16 Chiba Toyopet Toyota, 134, 5, 4, 46, Running, , , 
5) 3, Austin Cindric # (P), No. 19 Draw-Tite/Reese Brands Ford, 134, 6, 6, 32, Running, , , 
6) 8, Matt Crafton (P), No. 88 Black Label Bacon/Menards Toyota, 134, 7, 8, 31, Running, , , 
7) 9, Stewart Friesen #, No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet, 134, , , 30, Running, , , 
8) 4, Grant Enfinger #, No. 98 Champion Power Equipment Toyota, 134, 3, , 37, Running, , , 
9) 7, Justin Haley #, No. 24 MyWhy Chevrolet, 134, 9, 10, 31, Running, , , 
10) 17, Timothy Peters, No. 02 AutosbyNelson.com Chevrolet, 134, 10, 7, 32, Running, , , 
11) 15, Regan Smith, No. 92 BTS Tire & Wheel/Advance Auto Parts Ford, 134, , , 26, Running, , , 
12) 12, Myatt Snider, No. 51 Liberty Tax Service Toyota, 134, , , 25, Running, , , 
13) 10, Kaz Grala #, No. 33 Stealth Chevrolet, 133, , , 24, Running, , , 
14) 16, Cody Coughlin #, No. 13 Ride TV/JEGS Toyota, 133, , , 23, Running, , , 
15) 14, John H. Nemechek, No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet, 133, , , 22, Running, , , 
16) 20, TJ Bell, No. 45 Niece Equipment/MG Machinery Chevrolet, 132, , , 21, Running, , , 
17) 18, Austin Wayne Self, No. 44 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet, 131, , , 20, Running, , , 
18) 5, Noah Gragson #, No. 18 Switch Toyota, 131, , 9, 21, Running, , , 
19) 2, Ben Rhodes, No. 27 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, 130, 4, 1, 35, Running, 2, 43, 
20) 19, Dalton Sargeant, No. 99 Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet, 129, , , 17, Running, , , 
21) 22, Jordan Anderson, No. 1 Jacob Companies Chevrolet, 128, , , 16, Running, , , 
22) 26, Josh Reaume, No. 50  Chevrolet, 126, , , 15, Running, , , 
23) 24, Wendell Chavous #, No. 15 Low T Centers Chevrolet, 125, , , 14, Running, , , 
24) 23, Robby Lyons(i), No. 49 Sunwest Construction Chevrolet, 125, , , 0, Running, , , 
25) 27, Norm Benning, No. 6 H&H Transportation/Zomongo Chevrolet, 119, , , 12, Running, , , 
26) 21, Chris Windom, No. 63 Baldwin Brothers/Fr8Auctions Chevrolet, 71, , , 11, Electrical, , , 
27) 25, Camden Murphy, No. 36 Fr8Auctions Chevrolet, 9, , , 10, Suspension, , , 
28) 30, Bayley Currey, No. 83 Preferred Industrial Contractors Chevrolet, 8, , , 9, Engine, , , 
29) 28, Joe Nemechek, No. 87 D.A.B. Constructors/Fire Alarm Services Chevrolet, 7, , , 8, Electrical, , , 
30) 29, Mike Senica, No. 57 Chevrolet, 4, , , 7, Parked, , , 
31) 32, Jennifer Jo Cobb, No. 0 Star Sales/Posi-Grip Chevrolet, 0, , , 6, Electrical, , , 
32) 31, Ray Ciccarelli, No. 10 Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet, 0, , , 5, Engine, , , 
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 28 Mins, 58 Secs.
Average Speed: 135.556 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.887 Seconds
Race Comments: Chase Briscoe won the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, his first victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Prior to the start of the race, Caution Flags: 2 for 12 laps: Laps: 42-47 (Stage 1 Conclusion [63]); 82-87 (Stage 2 Conclusion [45]).
Lead Changes: 6 among 3 drivers: C. Briscoe # 1-33; C. Bell (P) 34-43; C. Briscoe # 44-48; B. Rhodes 49-83; C. Briscoe # 84-87; B. Rhodes 88-95; C. Briscoe # 96-134.
Duralast GT Brakes "Brake in the Race Award" - Stage 1:  Christopher Bell, No. 4 Stage 1
Duralast GT Brakes "Brake in the Race Award" - Stage 2:  Ben Rhodes, No. 27 Stage 2
Keystone Light Pole Award:  Chase Briscoe, No. 29 167.499 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race:  Roush Yates Engines, No. 29 
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  Christopher Bell, No. 4 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race:  Chase Briscoe, No. 29

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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