The 2016 season marks the first time the “Chase” format that’s been used by the Sprint Cup Series the past two seasons will also be implemented in the Camping World Truck Series and there are just three races remaining before the eight-driver field is set, including Saturday’s Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway. If the post-season began today, The Chase Grid would include rookies Christopher Bell and William Byron, who are teammates at Kyle Busch Motorsports … two-time champion Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Ben Kennedy, Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters, who leads rookie Cole Custer by twenty-nine points for what would be the final “playoff” spot. After Saturday’s stop at M-I-S, remaining races in the regular season will be run at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Chicagoland Speedway. The Chase will open September 24th in Loudon, New Hampshire.
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Marcus Richmond will take over the duties of crew chief on Cole Custer’s Number-00 Junior Motorsports Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2016 Camping World Truck Series, beginning with Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway. He replaces Joe Shear Junior, who resigned earlier this month. Richmond has 205 starts as a crew chief in the Truck Series with nine victories. He helped steer Ty Dillon to a runner-up finish in the 2013 championship standings, behind only Matt Crafton. Richmond has most recently served as a crew chief at G-M-S Racing. Custer is currently fourteenth in the standings after seven races, twenty-three points shy of a Chase berth with nine races remaining in the regular season. His best finish this year is fifth place last month at Dover International Speedway.
Eighteen-year-old Cole Custer has added five X-FINITY Series races to his 2016 schedule with Junior Motorsports, beginning with the ToyotaCare 250 on April 23rd at Richmond International Raceway. Additional starts are scheduled for Charlotte on May 28th and October 7th, Kentucky on July 8th and the season finale on November 19th at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Custer will split time between the Number-5 and Number-88 Chevrolets, part of a four-car J-R-M stable. Sponsorship will come from Haas Automation and Cessna. Custer is currently running a full season for Junior Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series. He has finishes of twenty-fourth and seventeenth in the first two races, and is tied with Christopher Bell for twenty-first place in the early-season point standings.
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