After a week off in the NASCAR Camping World truck series, the circuit now sets its sights on Dover for another 200 miles of action.
While Matt Crafton still remains atop the points standings, everyone on the track is trying to take down the elusive Kyle Busch. The driver-owner smoked the field to lead 130 of 134 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway and is set to repeat that success again after winning in Dover last season.
Busch might not be able to earn points on the circuit, but John Wes Townley is certainly looking to keep climbing up the standings. After recording a fourth-place finish in Charlotte, the Wauters Motorsports driver is now up to seventh in the standings.
With the race just days away, here is a look at the full schedule, standings and preview ahead of the Lucas Oil 200.
Lucas Oil 200 Information
Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.
When: Friday, May 30, 5:30 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
|2014 NASCAR CWTS Standings|
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|3||German Quiroga Jr.||144||0||0||4|
|5||Ron Hornaday Jr.||137||0||1||3|
|7||John Wes Townley||127||0||1||1|
|10||Darrell Wallace Jr.||108||0||1||1|
Preview of Lucas Oil 200
On a weekend where every series is in town at Dover, just one notable Sprint Cup driver is scheduled to make a start in the Lucas Oil 200.
Unfortunately, that driver is Busch.
Crafton currently sits at the top of the points standings, but he has finished second behind Busch in the last two races at Kansas and Charlotte. The 37-year-old joked about Busch's dominance on the track, per Tony DiZinno of NBC Sports:
“I’m gonna have to whoop him in some way. I’m getting tired of it,” Crafton said. “We struggled a bit on pit road, although we got back some track position. The last five laps it just went away, but overall not a bad run.”
On top of the negative vibes Crafton continues to get from Rowdy, his daughter clearly shares those feelings, via his personal Instagram account:
While the ThorSport Racing driver is clearly becoming annoyed with Busch, he has been the superior driver among regular truck drivers. Crafton sits at the top of the points standings and is the only competing racer with three top-five results.
As for the separation between the two drivers, John Morris of NASCAR Productions provides a look at the photo finish between Busch and Crafton in Charlotte:
Outside of the two preeminent drivers, Townley might be another one to watch. Following his career-best finish at Charlotte, the 24-year-old is on track to find his way into the top 10 yet again at Dover.
Last season, Townley navigated his way to an 11th-place result at Dover and will look to turn the momentum from two weeks ago into another strong run.
Another driver to watch is Busch's teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr. Bubba took the pole in 2013 at Dover, but fell behind late and wound up 10th in his lone truck series start at the track.
Wallace was running up in the top 10 at Charlotte before an unfortunate wreck would take him out. Given his track record at Dover, the sophomore in the series might be looking for his second top-five finish of the season alongside his dominant team owner.
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