NASCAR Playoffs recap: Round of 8, Truck Series

Ty Majeski stands on the door of his truck and points to the crowd in celebration
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Editor’s note: With Champion’s Week in Nashville ongoing, will look back at every playoff round of the 2022 season in all three national series.

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 15: Ty Majeski, driver of the #66 Road Ranger Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 15, 2022 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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RACE 1: At Bristol Motor Speedway, Sept. 15

Winner: Ty Majeski

Key highlights: Short tracks, naturally, can lead to late-race restarts. Such was the case at the half-mile oval during the Round of 8 opener, where Majeski rocketed ahead of Zane Smith with 12 laps to go, never looked back and claimed a spot in the Championship 4 as a result.

Full race recap: Ty Majeski wins Truck Series race at Bristol, earns spot in Phoenix

At-track photos: 2022 Bristol Night Race weekend

Matt DiBenedetto celebrates in Victory Lane
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RACE 2: At Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 1

Winner: Matt DiBenedetto

Key highlights: Despite not being a direct participant in the playoff field, the 31-year-old for Rackley W.A.R. didn’t cease from securing his first career win in the truck circuit. Among all Round of 8 drivers, only two finished inside the top 10 (Ben Rhodes in second and Christian Eckes in fifth).

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At-track photos:2022 Talladega playoff weekend

Ben Rhodes stands on pit road at Homestead-Miami
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RACE 3: At Homestead-Miami Speedway, Oct. 22

Winner: Ty Majeski

Key highlights: In what amounted to his second Round of 8 victory (and second in the series overall), Majeski cemented his place as a go-to championship favorite. While both Smiths — Zane and Chandler — locked in their Championship 4 bids by double-digit points (+23 and +13, respectively), Rhodes (+1) secured his spot by the slimmest of margins over Stewart Friesen, despite finishing just behind him in the race (third compared to sixth).

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At-track photos: 2022 Homestead-Miami playoff weekend

DRIVERS ELIMINATED: Stewart Friesen, Christian Eckes, Grant Enfinger, John Hunter Nemechek