The Camping World Truck Series has just eight races left in NASCAR’s third and final top division.
Throughout the year, there has been six first time winners. Four of the six are in the midst of one of the deepest championship battles the sport has seen since the Camping World Truck series was created in 1995.
There are a few driver’s which have a strong chance to gain some momentum for the remainder of the season and eventually move on to become the series champion.
Timothy Peters leads the points standings with his Red Horse Racing team for the first time in his career. For the first time, Peters has broken into the win column multiple times when he drove to victory lane at Iowa as well as his complete domination at Bristol where he led every lap.
Peters isn’t the only driver to have multiple wins for the first time in their career.
Probably one of the most standout driver’s in the garage area is Turner Motorsports driver, James Buescher. Buescher, 22, has been involved in the sport since 2008 and has quickly moved up the ranks.
After missing the second race of the season last year at Phoenix, Buescher made a run at the championship and could have won it if he would have made that race and finished in the top five.
But, this year, he’s going for redemption. He has three wins coming at all mile and a half tracks which fills up the majority of the remaining races including Iowa, Kentucky, Las Vegas, Texas, and Homestead.
Even though Peters and Buescher are separated by a lone six points, there are two driver’s just behind them lurking in the late stages of each race.
Richard Childress’ grandson, Ty Dillon, and Penske Racing development driver, (at least until the end of the season) Parker Kligerman, are each in the hunt for the title as well.
Dillon is third in points after having what may be the most consistent rookie year in Camping World Truck Series history. The 20 year old son of Richard Childress Racing’s Vice President of Competition, Mike Dillon, has 12 top ten’s throughout the year which is two ahead of each of his peers as he battles them out for what may be the closest championship battle this season.
Then there is Kligerman.
Mid-season, Kligerman made the move from Brad Keselowski Racing to join Red Horse Racing. In three races for RHR, he’s posted all top four finishes including a second place finish at Bristol to his teammate Peters.
Now Kligerman is in the midst of the championship battle along with the other young guns, just 21 points back of his new teammate.
The most stunning part of this season may just be the lack of veterans involved in the championship battle.
Driver’s such as Matt Crafton, Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter, and Todd Bodine have each under performed this season. Combined, they only have two wins with 14 top five’s and 23 top ten’s compared to the top four in points who have a combined six wins, 24 top five’s, and 32 top ten’s.
The Camping World Truck Series’ championship battle should come down to just two or three driver’s once they near the palm trees at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November as the year wraps up in grand fashion.