NASCAR: Young Guns Stealing the Truck Series Show in 2011

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NASCAR: Young Guns Stealing the Truck Series Show in 2011
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Many traditional NASCAR fans believe the Camping World Truck Series produces the best and most exciting racing in NASCAR today.

Without a doubt, the series provides heated action and flaring tempers no matter where it heads. The trucks even made Pocono seem exciting last July, packing more action into 50 laps than the typical Cup race sees in four hours of strung-out green flag runs.

But the most distinctive feature of the series is the ages of the drivers. Most of the drivers are either young, sometimes teenagers, or well past middle age and in what would seem to be their prime racing years.

In recent seasons, the truck series has been dominated by these grizzled veterans such as Ron Hornaday Jr., Todd Bodine, Johnny Benson, and Ted Musgrave.

Bodine won the title last year at a sprightly 46. The last time a driver younger than 42 won the title was 2003, when 27-year-old Travis Kvapil took home the honors.

However, 2011 is already looking like there could be a shift in power from the established veterans to the young guns of the series.

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