Ryan Truex Could Clinch Camping World Series East Championship at Dover

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2009

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 18:  Ryan Truex, driver of the #00 NAPA Toyota, comes in for a pit stop during the NASCAR Camping World Series East Heluva Good! Fall 125 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 18, 2009 in Loudon, New Hampshire  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ryan Truex, the seventeen year old younger brother of Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr., just may be following in his brother's footsteps in the Camping World Series East.  Baby brother Truex has the opportunity this weekend to win the East Series championship at Dover International Speedway.

Truex can win the championship by finishing fourth or better, by finishing fifth or better and leading a lap, or by finishing sixth or better and leading the most laps. 

The young driver, in the development program at Michael Waltrip Racing, has a good chance to do just that, with three victories for the season.  Truex has also finished third or better in his last seven races.

Just by taking the green flag for the East race, Truex will eliminate all other drivers, with the exception of those in the second and third place, Eddie MacDonald and Jody Lavendar respectively.

Truex currently has a 30 point lead over second place driver Eddie MacDonald.  MacDonald was able to tighten the points race by trimming Truex's lead by 20 points with his win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this past weekend.

The win was MacDonald's third in his last four races at NHMS, which he considers his "home track."  While he did the best he could have done, unfortunately for MacDonald, Truex finished the race close behind, taking the third position.

The only other driver in the hunt is third-place Jody Lavendar.  Lavendar has to win or finish second and lead the most laps and pray that both Truex and MacDonald finish well back in the field in order for him to have a chance at the championship.

The fourth place driver, Matt Kobyluck, is the defending champion of the Series.  Kobyluck, who won the 2008 title, had a good run at NHMS, leading the most laps and posting a fourth place finish.

"We played the cards we were dealt and made the best of it," Kobyluck shared.

The driver currently in the fifth position in the points, Brett Moffitt, also deserves mention.  Although out of the championship hunt, this young driver, under the tutelage of four-time East champion Andy Santerre, had a great run at NHMS.

Moffitt finished in the second position in this past weekend's Heluva Good! Fall 125.  Because the race was called early due to darkness, race winner MacDonald was able to get past Moffitt, who finished as the runner up.

"We're definitely happy with this finish," Moffitt said.  "We would have liked to win, but Eddie (MacDonald) has been running really well lately so we can't be too down about finishing second to him."

The remainder of the top ten in the championship points standings are wily veteran Steve Park, currently sixth; Dustin Delaney, seventh; Alan Tardiff, eighth; Ryan Duff, ninth; and Alex Kennedy in the tenth position.

The Camping World Series East championship will be decided in the Sunoco 150, scheduled to run at 4:45 PM EST on Friday, Sept. 25 at Dover.