NCWTS Championships: Down To The Wire
Ten NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races remain in 2011. Two championships are on the line.
Next meeting place? Bristol Motor Speedway.
Owners’ championship: The score card shows Kevin Harvick is up two to one in the win column over Kyle Busch the past two weeks.
However, the score could be adjusted this weekend. Busch has won the last three truck series races held at Bristol.
Harvick’s win this past weekend moved him closer to the lead in the NCWTS owner standings – the duo is currently tied with 583 points. But Busch holds the top spot with four wins this season to Harvick’s two.
If Busch wins his fourth consecutive race at Bristol on Wednesday, he will tie Brendan Gaughan for most wins in a row at a particular track. Gaughan won at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002-2003.
Drivers’ championship: Just when you think the championship battle cannot get much tighter – it does. Only 12 points separates NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings leader Johnny Sauter from fourth-place contender Timothy Peters – who made up more than half of his points deficit at Michigan with a second-place finish.
Austin Dillon dropped from first to third after a crash derailed him to a disappointing 22nd-place finish.
James Buescher moved up to second in the standings, only five points out of the lead following his fourth-place finish. It was his 11 consecutive top-10 finish in 2011.
Red Horse Racing Teammates Making 2011 A Record Year
Timothy Peters and Miguel Paludo could be the most unique teammate combination in the truck series garage. Peters is a North Carolina native while Paludo is one of two Brazilians currently in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series garage.
The combination is proving successful for Red Horse Racing – who is on track to produce its most successful season in truck series competition.
Despite bad luck early in the season, Peters has rebounded with a victory and climbed to fourth in the series standings, only 12 points outside the top spot.
If Peters stays in fourth he will match the team’s best standings finish – a fourth with David Starr in 2006.
Paludo, who made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Bristol last season, captured his best series finish (third) at Michigan just one spot behind Peters.
Peters has the best average finish of the four championship contenders in the last two Bristol truck races.
Chastain Returns At Bristol With TurnOne Racing
Who is Ross Chastain? That is the question everyone was asking following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway.
The 18-year-old Florida native finished 10th in his truck series debut for TurnOne Racing in July.
Chastain, 2011 World of Asphalt Stock Car Auto Racing Late Model Champion, returns to competition on Wednesday at Bristol Motor Speedway. It will be his second career NASCAR start.