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NASCAR Truck Series season preview

Matt Crafton has won two straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships and is looking for a third in 2015.
Matt Crafton has won two straight NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championships and is looking for a third in 2015. Getty Images

Looking at the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Preseason Top 10

1. Erik Jones, Kyle Busch Motorsports: Jones has already shown plenty of promise and his team owner, Kyle Busch, believes he could be the next best thing.

2. Matt Crafton, ThorSport Racing: He became the series’ first back-to-back champion. Can he make it three in a row?

3. Johnny Sauter, ThorSport Racing: He’s been knocking on the door of the championship for several years now. Can he jump over his ThorSport teammate to get there?

4. Ben Kennedy, Red Horse Racing: A solid rookie season and now a move to a new but solid team. Will need to compete for wins to stay in the title hunt.

5. Timothy Peters, Red Horse Racing: An experienced, talented driver but needs to take that next step to championship contender.

6. Tyler Reddick, Brad Keselowski Racing: Reddick had shown great promise in his young career. Expect to see him contending for race wins this season.

7. John Wes Townley, Athenian Motorsports: He’s showed flashes of speed but also continues to find himself in bad situations on the track. Needs more consistency.

8. James Buescher, NTS Motorsports: Unclear if this will materialize into a full-time ride, but the former series champion should be a contender this season for wins, and possibly the title if the ride pans out.

9. Daniel Hemric, NTS Motorsports: A champion in Legends cars and the Southern Super Series, Hemric makes his first move to a full-time NASCAR ride.

10. Mason Mingus, Billy Boat Motorsports: The move last season to BBM was productive and should really pay off this season with improved performance.

They said it

“Matt (Crafton) has won the championship the last two years by being very consistent and we know that if we are going to beat him, we need to make sure on the days where we don’t have a winning truck we don’t try to make something happen and have it bite us.” – Erik Jones

“This is a big step for our team and I look forward to working with Chevrolet and the guys at ECR Engines for a competitive season. I have never worked with (ECR Engines) before, but I look forward to building a relationship with them and running up front in 2015.” – John Hunter Nemechek

“Last year was a big learning curve for me, going from ARCA to the Truck Series. But this year, I’ll be a lot more comfortable. Plus, I’ve got a great new crew chief at Billy Boat Motorsports in Dennis Connor, who has a lot of success in the series.” – Mason Mingus

Observations

▪  Everyone knows how good Kyle Busch is in the Truck series. If his protege, Erik Jones, comes anywhere close in his first full-time season, he may run away with the championship.

▪  Upstart John Hunter Nemechek continues to progress nicely but because of his age – 17 – still cannot run a full schedule on his own. Would not be surprised to see him in Victory Lane this season.

▪  ThorSport Racing has won the past two Truck championships and the road to this year’s title will go through them once more.

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