The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship 4 is set with Brett Moffitt and Noah Gragson joining Johnny Sauter and Justin Haley as the four drivers that will battle for the title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. Moffitt won the race at ISM Raceway — taking the lead with three to go while Gragson finished second.ThorSport Racing teammates Grant Enfinger and Matt Crafton were the two drivers eliminated from the playoffs at the end of the Lucas Oil 150 at ISM Raceway. Enfinger was in contention late but couldn’t win his way into the next round.GMS Racing teammates Sauter and Haley won their way in with victories at Martinsville and Texas, respectively. Sauter, the 2016 champion, has made all three Championship 4s in Truck Series history. The Wisconsin native and driver of the No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet was the Truck Series Regular Season Champion in 2018 and has six wins on the season. Haley has won three races this season in the No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet — including two last-lap wins in playoff races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Texas. This is the 19-year-old Indiana native’s second season in the series and first Championship 4 appearance.RELATED: Moffitt wins at ISM Raceway | Playoff standings Moffitt now has five wins driving the No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota. The 26-year-old Iowa native has had a knack for late-race passes for the win and has been a feel-good story in the Truck Series garage this season running with an upstart team. Coming off of his win at Phoenix, Moffitt is riding high heading into the finale with a championship on the line.“This HRE team has been strong pretty much everywhere we go I feel like we have a shot to win the race if we execute,” Moffitt said. “Tonight we executed like we need to and we need to do that next week. Homestead is a fun track for me, I like it. I’ve also never been there in a truck, never been here in a truck and never been there in a truck – only been in Cup cars so hopefully that’s a good sign.”Gragson rounds out the Championship 4 in his second full-time Truck Series season. The driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota scored his second series win at Kansas in May and has been knocking on the door for another win during the postseason. ThorSport Racing teammates Enfinger and Crafton saw their championship dreams come to an end in 2018. Enfinger won at Las Vegas to lock into the Round of 6. Two finishes outside of the top 10 put the driver of the No. 98 ThorSport Racing Ford in a hole for the Round of 6 finale. Crafton, a two-time series champion, had reached the previous two Championship 4s in Truck Series history. However, the driver of the No. 88 ThorSport Racing Ford is looking at some statistical lows this season that led to his elimination — he’s winless (first time since 2012), fewest top 10s since 2008 (12) and fewest laps led since 2008 (65). The Ford EcoBoost 200 (8 p.m. ET on Nov. 16 with coverage on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will close out the 2018 Truck Series season, and the highest finishing driver among the Championship 4 will take home the title. Christopher Bell, who moved up to the Xfinity Series this season, is the reigning series champion.
The president of the Queen’s Bench Division has branded quotas as ‘demeaning’ to women and minority ethnic groups. Sir Brian Leveson (pictured) waded into the controversial debate over quotas ahead of the publication of a government-backed report that could put law firms under new pressure to promote women in senior posts.Giving a lecture in the Isle of Man entitled ‘Justice for the 21st century’, Leveson said quotas were the ‘antithesis of appointment on merit and demeaning whether to women or those from minority ethnic groups’.‘Making allowance for career breaks or for the consequences of caring responsibilities is one thing,’ Leveson said. ‘That is entirely justifiable because the assessment of merit necessarily embraces potential.’But creating a ‘principle of appointment’ to achieve gender or ethnic balance ‘will inevitably lead to the inference that those appointments are most decidedly not based on merit alone’, Leveson said.The judiciary, he added, were taking steps to improve diversity. These include establishing schemes to widen entry into the High Court, and through outreach, mentoring, judicial work-shadowing and flexible working patterns.‘It is work in progress,’ Leveson said. ‘It is an important one that we all as judges, lawyers and members of society have a stake in realising.’Later this month the Davies Review, which was originally set up to increase the number of women on boards, is due to publish a report which will recommend women make at least a quarter of posts at FTSE 100 companies.The profession is currently split on whether quotas should be introduced to tackle the lack of diversity higher up the career ladder.Last month Vodafone group general counsel Rosemary Martin said quotas were ‘deeply offensive’ but ‘absolutely essential’. However employment lawyer Dame Janet Gaymer said she was not persuaded of the merits of quotas.Research conducted by the Law Society’s Women Lawyers Division during an International Women’s Day Conference in 2012 showed that younger delegates favoured quotas but ‘more established’ women did not, a spokesperson said.However, both agreed that an ‘expedient’ solution was required to address the gender pay gap, and representation in the boardroom and on the bench.‘We welcome any constructive response that encourages parity and inclusion, which could never be an insult to those women who lack only the opportunity, not talent, for senior appointments,’ the spokesperson said.