NASCAR: Talladega DNF ends longest active Truck Series streak

With his DNF at Talladega Superspeedway, Spencer Boyd ended his streak of running at the finish of every NASCAR Truck Series race in 2020.

In this past Saturday’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, the Chevrolet Silverado 250, Spencer Boyd was involved in an accident and was credited with a DNF. As a result, he finished in last place (38th).

He ended his streak of finishing every race in the 2020 season and became the last full-time driver to see that streak end. Derek Kraus’s streak had been the most recent streak to end after 11 races.

After 19 races, Boyd joins Kraus, Matt Crafton, Sheldon Creed, Grant Enfinger and Ben Rhodes as full-time drivers who have finished all but one race. Of those six drivers, Boyd has the least amount of lead lap finishes with only five. Moreover, Boyd trails those drivers in nearly every other statistical category, including points.

Nonetheless, Boyd held onto his perfect finish streak heading into the final race of the round of 10. Ironically, his streak ended at the same race track where he earned his first career Truck Series victory last October when NASCAR ruled Johnny Sauter illegally blocked Riley Herbst and awarded Boyd the victory.

The 25-year-old Creve Coeur, Missouri native is in his second season driving the #20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet. Last year after he failed to make the Truck Series playoffs, he opted to finish the season in a part-time capacity while making three Cup Series starts. In addition to his win at Talladega Superspeedway, he also finished in fourth place in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Boyd returned to pilot the #20 Chevrolet full-time this year, but he has not performed as well. He is three spots lower this year in the championship standings in 20th place despite competing full-time and has the least amount of lead lap finishes of the top 20. He is also still 63 points behind Ty Majeski, who has not competed in any of the last four races.

Moreover, Boyd’s Young’s Motorsports rookie teammate, Tate Fogleman, has driven a more respectable season. Fogleman has bested Boyd 13 times through 19 races. However, neither driver has recorded a top 10 finish, and they have combined to lead only one lap. Fogleman sits 50 points ahead of Boyd in the championship standings.

In the Truck Series race at Darlington Raceway, Boyd honored two-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Todd Bodine with a throwback paint scheme.

Boyd finished two laps down in 26th place in that race.

Entering Talladega Superspeedway, he sought his first top 15 finish of the season as well as his first lead-lap finish in six races. He finished a season-best 17th in the inaugural Truck Series race at the Daytona International Speedway road course in mid-August, which his when he most recently finished on the lead lap.

Instead, Boyd’s chance of repeating at Talladega Superspeedway ended after his involvement in the lap 14 caution. He was thankfully checked and released from the infield care center.

Boyd looks to finish the season strong through the final four races.

If Boyd can finish all four of those races, he will tie last year’s series-high of 22 finishes set by champion Crafton. In 2018, ThorSport Racing teammates Enfinger and Rhodes finished all 23 races, though neither driver won the championship like Crafton did last year.

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Spencer Boyd will look to restart his streak of finishing NASCAR Truck Series races when the series heads to Kansas Speedway for the Clean Harbors 200 on Saturday, October 17. This race is set to be broadcast live on FOX beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.