Five Races, Five Different Winners In 2012
Five races into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and the competition is as tight as ever with no repeat race winners or pole winners to date.
Justin Lofton became the fifth and latest race winner capturing the checkered flag at Charlotte – earning the first series victory for Eddie Sharp Racing.
The season’s winners include three first time winners: Lofton, John King (Daytona) and James Buescher (Kansas).
The last season that there were five winners in the first five races was 2005.
Ty Dillon won the pole at Charlotte joining Tim George Jr., Kevin Harvick, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Miguel Paludo as pole winners in 2012.
Dillon Could Break Rookie Record At Dover
In 2001, the late Ricky Hendrick became the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender to earn top-10 finishes in his first five starts of the season.
Now – more than a decade later – Ty Dillon has matched Hendrick’s feat with his 10th place finish at Charlotte last weekend.
Dillon’s streak is something that some very successful NCWTS graduates have not accomplished. The list includes 2000 champion and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Greg Biffle, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, 2003 NCWTS top rookie Carl Edwards and Travis Kvapil.
He goes for his sixth consecutive top 10 at Dover International Speedway.
Dover Breeds First Time Winners
The "Monster Mile" has boasted 11 different winners in the last 12 races held at the speedway, including five first time winners:
Jason Leffler (2003)
Chad Chaffin (2004)
Scott Speed (2008)
Brian Scott (2009)
Aric Almirola (2010)
Kyle Busch became the first repeat winner last season. Former race winner Brian Scott is slated to drive the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Lucas Oil 200.
NCWTS ETC: After being televised on a same-day, tape-delayed basis in recent years, the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover returns to live television on Friday, June 1 on SPEED at 4:50 p.m. ET.