Changing of the Guard Continues in the NCWTS
Just two races into the 2012 season, the young guns continue to outshine the veterans in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.
The top eight – who have never won a series championship - are separated by only 21 points.
Daytona winner – John King – remains the standings leader by one point over Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters following a solid ninth place finish at Martinsville. King is the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to lead the championship after multiple races. Cole Whitt was the first rookie overall points leader following last May’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The award for most impressive turnaround goes to third place contender Justin Lofton. The Eddie Sharp Racing driver has kicked off the season with two back-to-back top-five finishes – a feat he hasn’t accomplished since 2010.
Rookie standout Ty Dillon – who finished an impressive second at Martinsville – and Jason White complete the top five followed by James Buescher, Parker Kligerman and Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr. Dillon is the first rookie to score a runner-up finish at Martinsville Speedway since Todd Kluever in the fall of 2005.
Tough Start For ThorSport
The 2012 season is off to a disappointing start for pre-season championship favorites Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton.
Separate crashes at Daytona and part failures in Martinsville have resulted in back-to-back finishes outside the top-20 for the ThorSport Racing teammates.
Crafton currently sits 22nd in the series standings followed by Sauter in 27th.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Sunday, April 15 at Rockingham Speedway for the inaugural Good Sam Road Side Assistance 200.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standout Kasey Kahne announced last week he will pull the double – competing in the NSCS race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night before flying to Rockingham for the NCWTS event on Sunday.