Who Will Win the 2012 NASCAR Truck Championship? Fan’s Analysis

Without offering a caveat for choosing who might be the top five contenders to win the Camping World Truck series in 2012, when you analyze the favorites, it becomes increasingly clear that this is almost impossible to predict. With that said, here are my choices (alphabetically) and no, I didn't list them fifth through first as anyone one of these could win the title. But I will take a stab at number one at the end.

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James Buescher - It seems like Buescher is an old veteran driver in the Truck series but the guy is only 21 (22 in March). He was in the 2011 championship battle right to the very end and the same can be expected this year. I'd be surprised if he doesn't lead the points at sometime this season.

Matt Crafton - Is this the year Crafton finally makes his way to the top of the point standings? If the team can keep from blowing up engines, the veteran will very likely be a top contender all year.

Joey Coulter - A rookie last year, he should be considered one of the front runners. A very consistent driver, Coulter finds a way into the Top 10 quite often, so don't be surprised if he lands a win or two and fights right to the end for the championship.

Ron Hornaday Jr. - Even though he's changed teams, there's no way you can count out the greatest Truck driver of all-time. It was sickening to see him purposely wrecked by Kyle Busch near the end of last season for no apparent good reason. The four-time champ was the hottest driver as last year drew to a close - you know the cagy old veteran is capable of winning the title any year.

Johnny Sauter - The veteran driver missed the championship by such a close margin last year and it's hard not to consider him a favorite. It seemed he was in the top five almost all year and will be a front runner again in 2012.

Parker Kligerman, Timothy Peters and Nelson Piquet Jr. all will battle for wins and may contend for the championship too. I'd say 19 year old rookie Ty Dillon should be a favorite to win a race and contend for first in points but he's younger than his brother Austin was when Austin won the championship in 2011 (source - Yahoo! Sports). So there will be just enough inconsistencies during the year to keep Ty from winning it all.

Oh, and the favorite to win the title? If I'm forced to pick someone, it would be Johnny Sauter. Experience and his ability to stay near or at the front just about all the time gives him the edge. What do you think?

Source - NASCAR, Racing Reference

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Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus blogged about every type of racing for several years.

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Updated Friday, Feb 24, 2012