It All Comes Down To Homestead For The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

By Christy Valdez

The 2012 NASCAR season has made its way to championship weekend and in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series it all comes down to the final 200 miles to declare this year’s champion.

As the season comes to an end with it’s 22nd race it all comes down to three drivers competing for the same honor, to be crowned the 2012 Trucks Series champion. The top three in points will provide one of the closes race for the title with James Buescher, Timothy Peters, and Ty Dillon ready to give it their all on the track.

Heading into Homestead Buescher goes into the final race as the current points leader and looks forward to capturing his first trucks championship. Throughout the 2012 season Buescher captured his first career Trucks win in the fourth race of the season at Kansas. His trucks win came following his first NASCAR win in the Nationwide Series. Upon capturing his first career wins in each series, he also became the first repeat winner of the season.

The current points leader has had the best season of his career with four wins, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. His average start and finish are just about the same at 8.4.

After leading in the points once and falling back a bit in the points, Peters has another opportunity to attempt winning the championship. With two wins this season Peters kept himself within contention. Currently sitting 11 points behind the leader Homestead could give Peters is not far away from the possibility of taking the title.

Throughout the season Peters has posted two wins, two poles, 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. He has also averaged a 7.2 start and an 8.3 finish in 2012.

The Rookie within the championship hunt is Ty Dillon and has reached the top of the points standings prior to the final races.  Currently sitting in third in the points with 12 points behind the leader, Dillon hopes to stay in the mix and possibly win the title as a rookie.

In the 2012 season Dillon has a win along with seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. He has a better average start than his competitors at 6.1 with an average finish of 8.2.

At Homestead it will be a three man battle for the title but in the past the championship winner has not won in the final race.

All three drivers raced in the 2011 finale and all placed with the top 12. In 2011 the highest finisher happened to be Dillon with a sixth place finish in a race that was for him to prepare for his full time run. Peters would go on to finish eighth followed by Buescher in 12th.

It will be a close one at Homestead between the three drivers and have very little room for error especially with it being their final chance to become champion.

Buescher can capture the title by finishing seventh with no laps led as well as eighth with one lap led or ninth with most laps led.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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