The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is the third of the three top national series in the sport. Ratings have soared this year as competition becomes stronger on a weekly basis.
Racing has gotten better across all of NASCAR, including the smaller series. The Camping World Truck Series is usually the first step drivers take once they turn 18-years old, but they need a lot of experience just to get there.
Teams have seen Whelen Modified, K&N Pro East and West Series, and ARCA Series drivers enter the truck series. Drivers such as Donny Lia, Ty Dillon, James Buescher, Justin Lofton, etc. have each graduated from the lower ranks of stock car racing to enter the prestigious world of NASCAR. These drivers don’t just work their way through these series over night.
It takes several years of hard work, patience, and plenty of luck to succeed by the time they reach the legal age to race in the Truck Series when they turn 18-years old. The sport has seen drivers rushed up the ranks and within a year of making their national series debut, they enter the Sprint Cup Series without the experience they need to succeed.
Joey Logano is a prime example of this. As soon as he turned 18-years old, Joe Gibbs Racing threw him into the midst of Nationwide Series competition, sending him into the Cup Series at the end of the 2008 season, the same year he made his debut. Logano ended up missing two races in the Cup Series and in the three races he did make, his best finish was 32nd. In all do respect to Logano, he was rushed up through the ranks which isn’t even his fault.
This is one thing teams, drivers, and fans must be aware of as these young men and women race through the ranks with the hope of becoming a champion in NASCAR.
Part-time Camping World Series drivers are not included.