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Sauter earns Camping World Truck Series regular-season championship; playoff field set

Johnny Sauter sealed the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular-season championship Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Sauter, ahead by 56 points entering Thursday’s UNOH 200, clinched the crown just by starting the regular-season finale. He qualified fourth behind pole winner Christopher Bell at the .533-mile track.

The Wisconsin native then went out and took home the checkered flag for his fifth victory of the 2018 season.

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Sauter, who built a substantial lead in the standings by winning four of the first eight races of the season, captured his first Truck Series title in 2016. He was the series’ runner-up in 2011 and 2017.

Sauter became the first recipient of one of the regular-season championship trophies, unveiled this week for all three NASCAR national series. That added to the additional souvenirs he collected for the race win Thursday night at Bristol.

PHOTOS: See the regular season championship trophies

“Yeah, I got a lot of trophies tonight. I got one for the championship, two for the win tonight and a sword, all kinds of stuff,” Sauter said. “A lot of hardware tonight, but I’ll take it. This is so cool. I consider myself a short-track guy, and to get a short-track win at a historic place like this where I’ve finished second before and raced here for so many years, this is the ultimate.”

Here is a look at the full field of eight drivers for the seven-race postseason, complete with point totals and wins:
1. Johnny Sauter (2,042 points; Wins at Daytona, Dover, Charlotte, Texas and Bristol)
2. Brett Moffitt (2,027 points; Wins at Atlanta, Iowa, Chicago and Michigan)
3. Noah Gragson (2,022 points; Won at Kansas)
4. Ben Rhodes (2,014 points; Won at Kentucky)
5. Stewart Friesen (2,012 points; qualified on points)
6. Grant Enfinger (2,011 points; qualified on points)
7. Justin Haley (2,009 points; Won at Gateway)
8. Matt Crafton (2,003 points; qualified on points)

The Truck Series Playoffs kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 26, in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).