Fan’s View: Truck Series Points Battle with Nine Races to Go

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In addition to being one of NASCAR's most exciting series, the Camping World Truck Series has a tremendous battle brewing for the championship in 2012. The drivers in positions two through 10 are all within 96 points of leader Timothy Peters, who picked up his second win of the season by leading all 204 laps of the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 22. The mix of drivers includes a talented rookie, a four-time champ and a popular international driver - they're only three of the 10 drivers with an eye on the title.

Timothy Peters - the driver of the Red Horse Racing #17 Toyota Tundra has wins at Iowa and Bristol on his 2012 resume, and stands as the points leader in Trucks by 17 points. He has 10 top 10 finishes in 13 races this season.

James Buescher - Buescher, driving full-time in Trucks and part-time in Nationwide for Turner Motorsports, won his first Nationwide race before he ever captured a checkered flag in the Truck Series when he avoided the wreckage in Daytona in February. He has gone on to win Truck races at Kansas, Kentucky and Chicagoland in the #31 Chevy Silverado.

Ty Dillon - Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress and brother of 2011 Truck champ Austin Dillon, hasn't earned a win yet, but he does have 11 top 10s in 13 races in his rookie season, putting him third in points, 25 back of Peters.

Justin Lofton - Lofton, tied for fourth in points just 31 points back, won the first race of his career at Charlotte in May. Lofton also has consistency on his side, with 10 top 10s in 13 races.

Parker Kligerman - tied with Lofton for fourth, Kligerman was released from his ride with Brad Keselowski Racing two races ago, but talent like this doesn't sit idle for long - Red Horse re-opened the #7 Toyota team with Kligerman as the driver. At Bristol on August 22, Kligerman brought the #7 home second behind his teammate Peters.

Matt Crafton - a 13-year veteran of the Truck Series (11 seasons full-time), Crafton was runner-up for the title in 2009. The ThorSports Racing driver has yet to win a race this year, but has eight top 10 finishes helping him place sixth in points.

Joey Coulter - out of the Richard Childress Racing stable, Coulter won the first race of his career at Pocono earlier in August. Coulter, currently seventh in the standings, was the 2011 Truck Series Rookie of the Year.

Ron Hornaday Jr. - the four-time Truck champ sits eighth with the new #9 Chevrolet team at Joe Denette Motorsports. While he has yet to pick up a victory this season, three of last year's four wins came in the last nine races.

Nelson Piquet Jr. - much like his Turner Motorsports teammate Buescher, the son of three-time Formula One champ Nelson Piquet won his first Nationwide Series race (Road America) before he won his first Truck Series race (Michigan on August 11). He sits ninth in points with eight total top 10 finishes to his credit.

Jason White - running his own team on the circuit for the first time this season, White sits 10th in points, 96 points out of the top spot with five top 10 finishes.

Paula is a long-time NASCAR fan who also covers the sport at Skirts & Scuff and Examiner.com.

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