There are only four weeks left until the start of the 2013 NASCAR season at Daytona International Speedway. Starting today and then the next two Wednesday’s, Motorsports 101’s writers will debate who will win the Truck, Nationwide, and Sprint Cup championships in 2013. First up are the picks for the 2013 Camping World Truck Series champion.
Ryan Blaney’s Talent will Trump Experience – By Clayton Caldwell
James Buescher will be back. He is the defending champion and he will run the entire season for Turner Scott Motorsports
. Austin Dillon, who finished fourth in the point standings, will be back as well. Dillon nearly won the championship but crashed in the last race at Homestead in an accident that wasn’t his fault. Timothy Peters
, the runner-up from last year, is back as well as Joey Coulter
who finished third. Coulter has moved raceteams, and will be with Kyle Busch Motorsports
I understand that Blaney has never run on some of the tracks that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
competes at. I understand that he is just a month older than 19. I understand that he will be going against veterans who have been racing in the series for a long time and have tons of experience. Now understand none of that scares me.
Blaney won one race in the Camping World Truck Series
in 2012, winning at Iowa Speedway for Brad Keselowski Racing. He is back with the organization for 2013 and the team will have two trucks for the entire season in the No. 29. Ross Chastain will fill out the majority of the schedule in a second truck.
Brad Keselowski Racing has now become a powerhouse raceteam and will be a force to be reckoned with in coming seasons. Ford will be giving the organization a lot of money and will help the team grow.
Blaney will also have the benefit of veteran crew chief Doug Randolph
. Randolph has over 300 races in NASCAR
under his belt as a crew chief and will provide the youngster will the leadership and experience needed to win a championship.
Most importantly this comes down to talent. Blaney has some excellent skill and proved himself worthy of a Truck ride last year. He ran consistently in the top ten and will have his 100% attention on the Camping World Truck Series
. Another thing I think is important is focus. Blaney comes from a racing family, his grandfather Lou was an outstanding dirt racer for many years and his father Dave is a successful Sprint Cup Series driver. Focus won’t be an issue. He has racing in his blood. He was born a racer. He has lived racing his entire life. He won’t have a lack of focus throughout the season that will let the championship get away from him.
My favorite line in racing is, I will take talent over experience any day of the week. In this case I am taking talent over experience and I think it will pay off.
Ty Dillon will Follow His Brothers Footsteps – By Mark Eddinger
In the 2012 season there were 18 drivers that competed in the Camping World Truck Series
full time. Eight of those drivers were within 100 points of the eventual champion James Buescher after the 22 race season was complete. It could have been nine if not for the bad luck that Johnny Sauter
went through on a weekly basis as it seemed. It was an incredible season for the NCWTS with nine drivers picking up their first career win.
Everyone is hoping that the 2013 season can be just as competitive and as the lineup of drivers comes into focus it looks like it will be another great season. As of right now there are again 18 drivers that look like they will race full time. Of that group there are eight legitimate contenders for the title and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if any of these guys win the championship.
James Buescher with Turner Scott Motorsports
, Ty Dillon
with Richard Childress Racing, his new teammate and veteran Brendan Gaughan
, Joey Coulter
with Kyle Busch Motorsports
, Ryan Blaney
with Brad Keselowski Racing, Timothy Peters
with Red Horse Racing, and ThorSport Racing’s veteran combo of Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter
. Three more drivers could join the equation in rookie Jeb Burton, his TSM teammate Miguel Paludo, and John Wes Townley at Red Horse Racing but they would be far long shots.
Of that group I pick Ty Dillon
to win the championship in his second full season in the Truck Series just like his older brother Austin did in 2011 after he followed up a successful 2010 rookie year.
Ty came within a few laps of winning the championship in 2012 until he was crashed out of contention by Kyle Larson in a thrilling season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He had the most top 10’s of any driver in 2012 with 17. His one win came at Atlanta Motor Speedway. While his competition will be stiff in 2013 Ty Dillon
is ready to leave his mark in the series before moving to the Nationwide Series in 2014.
With the full support of his grandfather’s Richard Childress Racing Ty Dillon
in the No. 3 Chevrolet will win the 2013 Truck Series title at the age of 21.
Tags: Austin Dillon
, Brendan Gaughan
, Camping World Truck Series
, Doug Randolph
, James Buescher
, Jeb Burton
, Joey Coulter
, John Wes Townley
, Johnny Sauter
, Matt Crafton
, Ryan Blaney
, Timothy Peters
, Ty Dillon