Daytona Beach, Fla – The 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season kicks off next Friday night under the lights at the Daytona International Speedway. The NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN) will once again serve as the first race of the NASCAR season at the 2.5-mile high banked Daytona track, as this year will be a transition year per say. This season, will feature a championship battle of the three savvy veterans against the up and coming youth movement.
Basically, it’s Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters and Matt Crafton against a bunch of drivers under the age of 25.
Sauter, Peters and Crafton have won three of the last four Camping World Truck Series championships and have a combined 36 wins between them. The other main full-time or even contending part-time drivers in the field have a combined six victories and zero championships. The trio have made over 1,000 combined Truck Series starts with the youth movement barely over 100 career starts.
So, as you can see, it’s youth vs. veterans for the 2017 title.
Peters is 36 years old, Sauter 38 and Crafton 40, but take a look at their challengers.
Kaz Grala is driving the No. 33 GMS Chevrolet teaming with Sauter but they couldn’t be any further apart in experience. Grala, is literally a high school senior in Massachusetts, as the 18-year old will make his 10th career Truck Series start at Daytona.
Then, there’s rookies Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe at Brad Keselowski Racing. Both are fast but both are young. Cindric, 18, made just six starts a year ago and Briscoe has yet to race a Truck. He won the 2016 ARCA championship and will now attempt a Truck title in 2017.
Kyle Busch Motorsports has 18 year old Noah Gragson as one of their full-time drivers, but Gragson has just two career Truck starts to his credit. Joining him is Kyle Busch in a part-time effort sharing a Truck with Myatt Snider (22 years old), Harrison Burton (16 years old) and Todd Gilliland (16 years old). Talk about a ton of young talent. It’s bad that 22 year old Christopher Bell is the veteran know and he has just one full season under his belt. But, in that season, he did win twice and make it to the final round at Homestead.
ThorSport will bring 19 year old Ben Rhodes back for a second season but team him with 21 year old Cody Coughlin and 32 year old rookie Grant Enfinger.
We can’t also forget about 19 year old John Hunter Nemechek or 24 year old Ryan Truex in competitive full-time rides too.
So, this 2017 Trucks season will be very competitive with a ton of talent, but also have a bunch of younger talent competing with three big named veterans.