The youth movement is on in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Defending champion Sheldon Creed returns, but will he out-run all of his challengers again?
BY AARON BURNS
Last season’s Truck Series championship battle saw Creed and fellow up-and-comers such as Zane Smith challenge the series’ longtime veterans, like Matt Crafton, with phenomenal results. Not only did Creed and Smith finish first and second in points, but only two drivers older than 30 – Crafton and Grant Enfinger – visited the winner’s circle.
Enfinger won four races a year ago and earned the pole for the Championship 4 finale at Phoenix, but the veteran Alabama driver led just two laps and finished 13th. He’ll be looking for more this season, as will other “Old Guard” drivers like Crafton and Johnny Sauter.
But they’re likely going to have their hands full with the defending champion and a new crop of youngsters.
Here’s a look at six drivers who fans should follow from the season opener to the final checkered flag: