You Decided: Who Is the Breakout Driver for 2009
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has always been blessed with young talent eager to move up the ladder and it's become home to veteran drivers who are just looking to continue racing.
Every year, the series has produced a breakout driver and in 2009 you have at least three drivers to choose from.
Maybe it's Brian Scott, Colin Braun, or it's Johnny Sauter?
I'm going to do mine in reverse order, going from third to first. You can post your's in your comments or answer the poll.
3.) I'm placing Johnny Sauter third, since he's run in Cup, in Nationwide and 11 starts prior to the '09 season and it's a no brainier that he'd run like he has.
He's on a hot streak right now with five straight races with top-five finishes and picked up his first win in Trucks, Saturday at Las Vegas.
Placing him here, not knocking him at all. Just that I knew the minute Thorsport Racing signed him, he'd found a home in NASCAR and he'd be a winner.
I just don't understand why he's considered a rookie, but Ambrose who ran 11 races prior to this season isn't considered a rookie.
Sauter has compiled the following stats, in 20 races has one win, six top fives, 10 top-10 finishes, one pole, led 45 laps, has a average start of 11.2 and a average finish of 11.9.
He's also fifth in the points and 563 points behind points leader Hornaday.
2.) Colin Braun comes in second, last years Raybestos Rookie of the Year, picked up his first win of his career earlier in the season at Michigan.
He's put together a decent season, probably could have a couple of more wins but ended up getting beat for the win by veteran experience.
Braun does have six races were he was caught up in wrecks, not of his doing and that's hurt him but you can't over look what he's done in '09.
He has compiled the following stats, in 20 races, one win, six top fives, 11 top-10 finishes, three poles, led 95 laps, has a average start of 6.6, and a average finish of 12.8.
He's also seventh in the points and 578 points behind points leader Hornaday.
1.) For me Brian Scott cast and all is my break out driver of the 2009 Camping World Truck Series season and at Dover he collected his first career win.
Normally, a driver breaks his wrist, he misses a couple of races, and he comes back to salvage the season.
But not Scott, he broke his right wrist June 13 at Michigan, then recorded a third place finish and second place finish in his next two races at Milwaukee and Memphis.
During Hornaday's five win race streak, Scott was the most consistent driver (except Horn) and made a big jump in the points from outside the top-10 to sixth points wise.
Scott has compiled the following stats in 20 races, one win, seven top fives, 12 top-10 finishes, led 74 laps, has a average start of 10.7 and a average finish of 11.4.
He sits fourth in the points and 496 points back of points leader Hornaday.
Don't get me wrong what both Sauter and Braun have had really good season's but it all came down to the cast and what Scott's done wearing it.
You just can't over look what he's achieved wearing the cast this season, he's the new "tough guy" in Trucks but maybe in NASCAR sounds better and to quote crew chief Jeff Hensley "he's the real deal."
And Scott recently saw his doctor about getting the cast off and unfortunately he'll have to wear it still for a while.
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