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2016 Anthem Annual Feb Web PDF

On the Horizon In 2015, there were 13 different race winners in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Erik Jones was one of them, winning three races and the series championship. Following his championship campaign, Jones is headed to the NASCAR XFINITY Series. With Jones gone, there will be a new champion this year. Fans can expect to see some of the usual suspects at it again — two-time champion Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter, among others. In addition to those three, there were four, fi rst-time winners in 2015 that should challenge for the title this year — Tyler Reddick, John Hunter Nemechek, John Wes Townley and Christopher Bell. Reddick is one of the two “veterans” of that group, with two years of experience in the series. In 2015, Reddick turned in a career year driving for Brad Keselowski Racing. He won two races — at Daytona International Speedway and Dover International Speedway — had 14 top fi ves and 18 top 10s. Reddick fi nished second in the standings, only 15 points back of Jones. “Going into the year, our standards were set very high,” Reddick said. “We wanted to win the championship. And, I feel like a lot of people didn’t think we were capable of that. We didn’t end up being capable of it. We were always very strong throughout the season … Unfortunately, we were just a little too short there going into Homestead to really mix it up in the last race.” The driver with the least amount of experience is Christopher Bell. The 21-year-old driver made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Iowa Speedway in May and fi nished fi fth. He only made six more starts the rest of the season, picking up two more top 10s, including his victory at Eldora Speedway. After showing promise in only seven starts, Bell was rewarded with a full-time ride this season for Kyle Busch Motorsports. “It’s all been a complete surprise,” Bell said in October. “A month ago, they were telling me I was going to have a couple of Truck races in 2016 and more Super Late Model races and go dirt racing again. Then I got a phone call: ‘You’re going full time, get ready.’” Townley is the most experienced of the four, with 2015 being his fourth season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Townley had a good year, winning one race, collecting three top fi ves and nine top-10 fi nishes — all career-highs in a single season. Townley’s only victory came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he rolled the dice on fuel. Young Drivers Ready to Take Next Step in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series PHOTOS GETTY IMAGES Tyler Reddick was thrilled after winning his fi rst NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. John Wes Townley is focused on putting together a strong season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. 164 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


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