- 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.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.