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November 28, 2023

NASCAR Playoffs recap: Round of 10, Truck Series

Trucks take the green flag at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
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Editor’s note: With Champion’s Week in Nashville ongoing, will look back at every playoff round of the 2023 season in all three national series.

Race 1: At Indianapolis Raceway Park, Aug. 11

Ty Majeski celebrates in Victory Lane at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
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Winner: Ty Majeski

Key highlights: Majseki put an old-fashioned beating on the rest of the field in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series playoff opener, leading 179 of 200 laps. Other playoff drivers, Carson Hocevar and Zane Smith, finished in the top five. Corey Heim, the 2023 regular season champion, finished eighth after being penalized for too many men over the wall.

Full race recap: Ty Majeski dominates Truck Series playoff opener at IRP

At-track photos: At-track photos: 2023 Indianapolis weekend

Race 2: At Milwaukee Mile, Aug. 27

Grant Enfinger celebrates at the Milwaukee Mile
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Winner: Grant Enfinger

Key highlights: Grant Enfinger rallied late to clinch his spot in the Round of 8 with his win at the Milwaukee Mile. Enfinger passed Hocevar, who was gambling on old tires after leading the field to the green. Christian Eckes and Corey Heim finished third and fourth, respectively, and both clinched berths in the Round of 8 on points. Matt Crafton moved nine points above the elimination line with a fifth-place finish.

Full race recap: Grant Enfinger dominates to win at Milwaukee Mile, advances in Truck Playoffs

At-track photos: At-track photos: 2023 Daytona-2, Milwaukee weekend

Race 3: At Kansas Speedway, Sept. 8

Christian Eckes does a burnout at Kansas Speedway.
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Winner: Christian Eckes

Key highlights: Already clinched into the Round of 8 on points from Milwaukee, Eckes made a statement to all of the other playoff contenders with his win at Kansas Speedway. In a last-lap, three-wide scramble that saw Zane Smith get loose, turn sideways and fade to fifth, non-playoff driver, Taylor Gray, finished second, 0.363 seconds behind Eckes. Matt DiBenedetto ran third in a valiant effort to try to earn a berth in the Round of 8, but with Ben Rhodes finishing 25th after securing a total of 11 points in the first two stages, Rhodes claimed the final spot in the next round by five points over DiBenedetto.

Full race recap: Christian Eckes seals Truck Series victory at Kansas; Playoffs’ Round of 8 set

At-track photos: At-track photos: 2023 Kansas Speedway-2 weekend

Drivers eliminated: Matt DiBenedetto, Matt Crafton