NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Young Guns Rise To The Top In First Nine NCWTS Races
just nine races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 25-race schedule a younger generation has arrived on track and does not appear to be going anywhere.
Currently, five out of the top 10 in the series standings are 21 years of age or younger with four out of the five still searching for their first series victory.
A breakdown of series young guns’ season so far in the order they appear in the series standings:
Cole Whitt (20): In his first full NCWTS season, Whitt has positioned himself has a front runner in the series championship and Sunoco Rookie of the Year title with one pole, two top-five and five top-10 finishes in nine races. He is second in the series standings only 20 points behind leader Johnny Sauter.
Austin Dillon (21): Last year’s Sunoco Rookie of the Year has not missed a beat in his sophomore season capturing two poles, two top-fives and four top-10 finishes. Dillon, currently fourth in the series standings, will revisit the site of his first series victory when the series races at Iowa Speedway on July 16.
James Buescher (21): After failing to qualify for the second race of the season, Buescher has continued to turn heads climbing all the way to seventh in the series standings with 16 events left on the series schedule. Buescher has finished inside the top-10 in seven of the eight races he has competed in.
Parker Kligerman (20): Not only is Kligerman embarking on his first full season in NCWTS competition he is also carrying the banner for Dodge and Brad Keselowski Racing. In nine races, Kligerman has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. A second place finish at Texas moved Kligerman up to eighth.
Joey Coulter (20): Before Daytona, Coulter had never made a NCWTS start and has wasted no time getting accustomed to his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. In nine races this season, Coulter has finished inside the top-10 four times; including back-to-back top-five finishes Kansas and Texas in June. He currently sits ninth in the series standings.
Carmichael Focuses On NASCAR Nationwide Series During NCWTS Open Weekend
While the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series completes its third consecutive open weekend on the schedule, Ricky Carmichael will continue to focus on the NASCAR Nationwide Series event this weekend at Daytona.
Carmichael will once again pilot the No. 30 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports.
He finished ninth in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut for the 2011 season at Road America last weekend.
Carmichael, who finished eighth in the NCWTS race at Daytona in February, currently sits 12th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.
Up Next: Kentucky Motor Speedway
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action following three open weekends on the schedule at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 7.
In 11 races at Kentucky, 10 different winners have visited victory lane, including six (Biffle, Bliss, Hamilton, Benson, Hornaday and Bodine) who went onto win the series championship in the same season.
Carl Edwards remains the only first-time winner at Kentucky. He performed his first post victory back flip following his win in the Bluegrass State in 2003.
This season will mark the first time the series has competed at Kentucky Speedway twice in one season. The series will return to the 1.5-mile oval on Saturday, Oct. 1.