NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Produces Future NASCAR Stars

NEWTON, IA - JUNE 18: William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway on June 18, 2016 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

By the time a racer reaches the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, his career has already been under way for many years. But it’s in this first rung of the NASCAR national touring series ladder where each promising talent will learn whether his dreams of greatness have a true shot at becoming reality.

More than 20 drivers have regularly thrown their hats into the Truck Series ring this season, but only a handful will ever move up into the second-tier NASCAR XFINITY Series or the pinnacle of stock car racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Here are some of the most promising hopefuls competing full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016.

RICO ABREU
St. Helena, California
No. 98 ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra
When he first arrived in the sport, the fact that Rico Abreu was born with achondroplasia, a common cause of dwarfism, was considered a defining trait. These days, the 24-year-old is more often discussed for his rapidly accumulating list of achievements. After winning the Chili Bowl in January 2015, Abreu found victory in K&N Pro Series East in the same year before getting his shot in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he competes full-time today.

WILLIAM BYRON
Charlotte, North Carolina
No. 9 Liberty University/Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra
2015 K&N Pro Series East champion William Byron is already making waves in his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by breaking win records and remaining consistently near or at the top of the point standings. The 18-year-old won the K&N East title in his rookie season and could well repeat the feat in NCWTS in 2016.

COLE CUSTER
Ladera Ranch, California
No. 00 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado
Cole Custer also comes from a racing family, though his background isn’t as well-known: his father, Joe Custer, is currently Chief Operating Officer of Haas F1. At 18 years old, Custer has made the most of the opportunities he’s been given, scoring wins in part-time programs in ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in recent years. He’s getting his first full-time shot at NCWTS this year while also dabbling occasionally in NASCAR XFINITY Series competition.

CAMERON HAYLEY
Calgary, Alberta
No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley/ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra
Cameron Hayley is currently Canada’s torch-bearer as the only driver regularly competing in any NASCAR national touring series who hails from north of the border. Though the 20-year-old is still searching for his first NCWTS win, Hayley is regularly tipped as a very promising young talent who is working magic with less-than-peak equipment.

JOHN HUNTER NEMECHEK
Mooresville, North Carolina
No. 8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado
John Hunter Nemechek was unquestionably born into a racing family. The 19-year-old son of long-time NASCAR competitor Joe Nemechek competes full-time for the family team, NEMCO Motorsports, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He claimed his first series win at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015, the same year in which he was named NCWTS most popular driver.

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