Monday, Oct 18

What's New For The Camping World Truck Series in 2015

As Speedweeks moves on, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Daytona to kick off the 2015 season. With a new season come new changes and a new championship quest. 

Following the results of the 2014 finale, Matt Crafton prepares to defend his Truck Series championship. After becoming the first driver to win back to back championships in the 20 year history of the series, title defense number two for Crafton will begin at Daytona,  in the quest for a third straight championship.

Along with the new year, the Truck Series will feature some new faces and some familiar face back at the track. 

Over at Kyle Busch Motorsports, Erik Jones will be returning to the team, this time in a full time role. With two part time seasons under his belt, Jones will be competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in his first full time season with the team. The 2014 season featured Jones capturing three wins while competing part time.

At Brad Keselowski Racing, Tyler Reddick will be taking on the duties of being the team's primary driver -- as Blaney moves on to the XFINITY Series and part time Cup ride. Last year, Reddick finished the year as the runner-up in Rookie of the Year honors. 

Besides some of the officiating changes on pit road, some other changes on the track will be within the teams. After winning Rookie of the Year honors with Turner Scott Motorsports in 2014, Ben Kennedy moves to Red Horse Racing in the No. 11 Toyota.

Joey Coulter will assume a different position with GMS Racing. Due to the lack of sponsorship, he will be taking the role of team relationships coordinator. 

In the race for Rookie of the Year in 2015, Ray Black Jr. will make his full season debut after making select starts last season.  Cameron Hayley will be joining ThorSport in the No. 13 truck. Spencer Gallagher will make his full season debut in the No. 23 for GMS Racing. Justin Boston will be joining KBM as the team's second driver.

Joining the Truck Series in part-time schedules will be Daniel Suarez and Matt Tifft, who will be sharing team with Kyle Busch in a KBM ride. 

Returning back to the series this year will be Johanna Long. She will be making select starts for Mike Affarano Motorsports. 

Not returning this season will be Turner Scott Motorsports, as the team closed down in 2014. 

Also in 2015, the Truck Series will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway, after not racing at the track for three seasons. The trucks will be part of a double header at the track with the Xfinity Series. Atlanta will be the second race of the season, the following week after Daytona -- contrary to years prior where the trucks would go on a bye week. 

The 2015 season is getting set to kick off at Daytona, with 34 trucks attempting to make the race field. Daytona will be the first of 23 races and where every driver will want to be the first winner of the year. Daytona will also be the first stop on the way to the 2015 championship.

Christine Valdez

Christine Valdez has been following the world of sports from a very young age and it was her love for sports that led her to career insports journalism. As a Kean University alumni with a degree in Communications ,she has covered various sporting events within college sports, MLS, MLB, and, NASCAR.

Over the years her work has been featured in various publications, with some of most recent work being featured on NJTV News, RantSports and New Jersey Newsroom.

  

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