By Amanda Ebersole – With a week off before heading to Michigan International Speedway, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is about to head into a busy five race stretch.
What’s the buzz as we prepare for racing in the “Irish Hills?”
Matt Crafton atop the points standings
With a 52 point lead over Jeb Burton, Matt Crafton is currently the man to beat in the NCWTS.
After an eighth place finish at Pocono, Crafton scored his 11th consecutive top-10 finish to start the season, the fourth-longest such streak in the series. While that is an impressive stat, will Crafton be able to take his early success and turn it into his first series championship? It’s been eight races since he took the points lead and his lead keeps growing, with no Chase to reset the points, it is the 88’s championship to lose at this point.
Impressive young talent
While seasoned veteran Matt Crafton leading the points, look to who is second in the standings…Jeb Burton. Burton along with Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., German Quiroga and Brennan Newberry are all candidates in the 2013 Rookie of the Year battle.
With strong performances from all the rookies, it is hard to say who is a clear favorite among the class. Personally, if ever asked, I would choose between Jeb Burton and Ryan Blaney.
A monkey wrench in the season
In just three weeks the NCWTS will head to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for their first race on Canadian soil. Phased out in 2001, this is the first road course brought back to the series schedule and will present a challenge to drivers accustomed to left turns.
Featuring a total of 10 turns, high-speed corners and elevation changes to add to the challenges, the series is on an even playing field as none of the series regulars are considered to be road course experts.
In a season of firsts that have included a dirt race and now a road race, rookies breaking through to victory lane and whatever awaits us come November – who are you keeping your eye on in the series?
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