Whether it’s in Illinois, Tennessee or Ohio, the Triple Truck Challenge in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned for drivers to win bonus money as they make their final cross through the checkered flag.
The challenge started June 4 at World Wide Technology Raceway in St. Louis, continued at Nashville Superspeedway on June 24 and ended on July 9 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The prize fund is built to give race winners a $50,000 bonus per win. If a driver won two out of three races, he or she would have been awarded a total of $150,000. If a driver brought home the ultimate goal and won all three races, he or she would have been awarded a total of $500,000.
“The Trip” was created in 2019 and presents an opportunity for series regulars to gain attention and have extra incentive for race wins. John Hunter Nemechek, Todd Gilliland and Sheldon Creed were winners of the Triple Truck Challenge races last season.
2022 Triple Truck Challenge results
At Mid-Ohio: Part-time driver Parker Kligerman put on a dominant performance on the winding road course for his first series victory since 2017, fending off a late charge from Zane Smith. A late caution period led to a three-lap dash to the checkers, but Kligerman prevailed, leading 56 of 67 laps en route to his $50,000 bonus. Kligerman, who also serves as a pit reporter for NBC Sports’ television coverage, claimed the final prize of the 2022 Triple Truck Challenge.
At Nashville: Wiley NASCAR veteran Ryan Preece emerged as the victor at Nashville Superspeedway, holding off a strong charge from rising stars Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar in the closing laps. Running a part-time schedule, Preece earned his second Truck Series win of his career and first of 2022 to cash in on the coveted bonus. Preece’s $50,000 payday is the penultimate of this season’s program and his second consecutive win at the Tennessee track.
At Gateway: The first TTC bonus of the season went to 19-year-old Corey Heim, driver of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota (part-time). Heim started on the pole, battled through issues early and worked his way back through the field to capitalize on the final restart in OT. Heim chose the inside lane, gifting him a starting spot on the front row, and teammate Chandler Smith lined up behind him to push Heim away to his second victory in just six starts this season (Atlanta Motor Speedway).