Top five in the Camping World Truck Series point standings in 2013
Ty Dillon will be leaving the Camping World Truck Series after 2013 and he can match his brother Austin by winning the championship before he graduates from the series before moving up to the Nationwide Series. In his rookie season, Dillon has been able to contend for the championship and has a chance to win it entering Homestead.
The shorter season has definitely hurt Matt Crafton's shot at winning a few races. He's had a better 2012 season then he did last year, but hasn't been able to contend for the championship such as he did in 2008-2010. That should change in 2013 as Thorsport Racing should focus on making their two-truck operation a success once again.
Johnny Sauter is due for a breakout season. He's career has been up and down, but is capable of winning races more than he has done in the past. This season hasn't been the best for Sauter. However, he has came a long way to be fighting for wins and should be a championship contender once again in 2013.
This driver has improved drastically over the years. 2012 was by far his best year, especially after leading every lap at Bristol en route to his second victory of the season. Expect Timothy Peters to be running for the championship in an even stronger 2013 campaign.
After finally getting his first career win at Pocono this year, Joey Coulter is leaving Richard Childress Racing for hopefully bigger and better things at Kyle Busch Motorsports where he should be the main focus unlike what happened to him at RCR where it was Childress' grandchildren that were always contending for wins while Coulter watched from the middle of the pack. Expect Coulter to be contending for wins on a weekly basis with Busch's team.
- Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season will be completed in a few days. This season has seen record ratings and more should be expected for the 2013 season.
Competition is as strong as it has ever been. Smaller teams are expanding, gaining resources that they never had before. New teams are entering the sport, showing the advantages of sponsors getting involved in the sport. But, the most important thing is, young drivers are gaining exposure that they never had before.
2012 was indeed a breakthrough year for NASCAR’s third tier series. Teams and drivers that not many people thought could contend for top ten finishes, let alone wins, have shown that they can indeed do so. A small team such as RSS Racing, was able to finish sixth with Ryan Sieg at Phoenix and has been able to run all the races with three cars at each event. The expansion of smaller teams in this series should begin to payoff across the sport. There are even teams from the ARCA and K&N pro series that are expanding into the Camping World Truck Series.
Some of the new teams have brought along rookie drivers as well. A Pro Cup Series team, Henderson Motorsports, moved up to the Camping World Truck Series with Caleb Holman this year and has caught the eye of sponsors to continue to run more races which shows the strength of the series.
The 2013 season isn’t far away. Teams have begun to prepare for next season with setups that haven’t tried this year which could be their new baseline setups. Turner Motorsports is just one of the many teams attempting to prepare for next season while competing for a championship. But, there is still one final race before the season comes to a close.
Drivers that haven’t announced 2013 plans are not included.
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