Top five future Sprint Cup Series drivers from the Camping World Truck Series
Most people know him as the driver sponsored by watermelon companies. But, Ross Chastain didn't just get to the Truck Series because of sponsorship. Driving for SS/Greenlight Racing in 2012, Chastain has raced his way to a top five and three top ten finishes in sub-par equipment. If he is given an opportunity to drive race winning cars and/or trucks, Chastain should be competing for wins on a weekly basis which could elevate him to be the next Brad Keselowski. Both drivers started out their careers slow, but eventually took advantage of opportunities to race with the elite.
Nelson Piquet Jr.
This man will be in the Sprint Cup Series within two or three years. There is no doubt that Nelson Piquet Jr. isn't capable of winning a championship. He was able to win a Nationwide Series race this year along with two wins in the Camping World Truck Series which should elevate him to a run more Nationwide Series races next year.
After leaving Brad Keselowski Racing, Parker Kligerman's talent has been unleased at Red Horse Racing. He is likely moving to the Nationwide Series next year but if he doesn't, he will stay with his current team. If he can make it to the Sprint Cup Series, he may be able to compete with the top drivers if given the right equipment.
James Buescher is extremely talented. He's about to win the Camping World Truck Series title and can clinch with one more win. Buescher has four wins this year plus a win at Daytona to begin the Nationwide Series season. If Buescher gets an opportunity to race full-time in the Nationwide Series next season, it should lead to a full-time Sprint Cup Series opportunity in 2014 which he will eventually become a serious title contender in.
Richard Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, is set to follow his brother's footsteps and run two seasons in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series before making the jump to the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis. Dillon is competing for a championship in his first season in NASCAR competition and hasn't recorded a DNF throughout 20 of 22 races. Dillon will certainly be a title contender once he gets to the Cup Series, especially after gaining four years of experience when all is said and done.
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.