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Camping World Trucks To Add Road Courses?

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, July 13 2012

Driver Timothy Peters says moving back to a 25-race schedule is a great idea. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

NEWTON, Iowa – There were rumblings on Friday at Iowa Speedway about the possibility of one or two road course events and an additional short track race being part of next season’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.

“I’m hearing a lot of that chatter in the garage area,” said points leader Timothy Peters. “I think it would be great to get back to 25 races. But NASCAR has our best interest in doing whatever we can to get the most notoriety throughout the year.

“I’m hearing a lot of short track stuff, which is great for me because that’s more my background. I’m hearing some of that and I’m hearing some road courses.

“But you never know. Everybody will be curious when (the schedule) does come out. I can’t wait.”

There are 22 races, including Saturday night’s American Ethanol 200, on this year’s truck series calendar.

“I hope like hell we go back to 25 races, and maybe a road course or two,” said defending Iowa race winner Matt Crafton.

Cowboy hats are beginning to spring up throughout the NASCAR garage.

That was the case again this weekend when truck series rookie driver Ty Dillon strolled into Iowa Speedway sporting what has become his traditional western-wear look.

Dillon, his brother Austin Dillon, last year’s truck series’ champion, and their grandfather, longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, are now wearing cowboy hats on a weekly basis.

“We’re all pretty much country boys and have been raised that way,” said Ty Dillon, who is currently tied for third in the truck series standings.

“We all wear cowboy boots all the time. So why not wear cowboy hats and be a little different than the old, black ball cap with your sponsor or something on the side of it?

“We’re just trying to change it up a little bit and be ourselves.”

With four drivers separated by a mere nine points in the title battle and 39 competitors on the Iowa entry list, NASCAR’s truck series appears to be healthy even as many teams struggle to attract corporate funding.

“I think it’s great,” said Matt Crafton, when asked about the condition of the series. “The competition in the truck series is phenomenal. There have been years when we have been short of people. But this year has been great. The quality of trucks has been really, really good.

“I know the truck guys can definitely be proud of having full fields and having the depth of the quality of trucks each and every week.”

When Timothy Peters woke up and prepared to head to the .875-mile oval located 35 miles east of Des Moines, it dawned on him it was Friday the 13th only after logging onto the Internet.

“I was just ready to get back to the race track and I looked on Twitter and a lot of people were making comments about Friday the 13th,” he said. “I had forgotten about it.

“I’m a little superstitious about having green around. But I’ve won races with green on my stock car back home.

“I’m a little superstitious but not really too much. I believe you make your own luck.”

– Jeff Hood can be reached at jhood@racintoday.com

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Friday, July 13 2012
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