The 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship goes through GMS Racing. That’s just my opinion, but one that I feel is justified. They’ve been the most dominant team throughout the course of the season and have half of the field in the Championship 4. Out of them, I honestly feel this is Johnny Sauter’s title to lose. If he does win the championship, we have to start looking at him like a future Hall of Famer.
I mean this would be championship No. 2 for the Wisconsin native. Both would have come in the last three years. Since he joined GMS, he’s won 13 of his 23 career Truck Series win to go along with 39 top fives and 55 top 10’s. That’s a heck of a run in just a three year span. He won the title in 2016 and finished second last year. Why not another one for good measure.
Sauter, hasn’t finished worse than fourth in the final standings since 2012. In fact, he’s been in the top four in seven of his last eight seasons. So, with how well he’s been in his career, mixed with how well he’s done on the season, this is his to lose.
He started off the year with a win in Daytona. He had 10 top five finishes in the first 11 races of the season, eight of which top three’s at that. His next three races were a bit of a lull with a best finish of eighth. Then, the spark came back. He finished runner-up at Michigan to being a string of four top two finishes in six tries.
Now, he’s aiming to close out the year with a win and a championship. He has eight top 10 finishes in his last nine tries at Homestead.
If he’s going to be beat, don’t overlook Haley. He finished ninth in this race last year and until last Friday night, hadn’t finished worse than sixth all playoffs. He also has 12 top 10 finishes in his last 13 starts overall and has been getting better and better.
We know GMS has fast trucks. One of them likely wins this year’s title.