Start ‘N’ Park Blog is taking a look back at the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season by taking a look at drivers who didn’t declare for the series points, but made some noise on the track. Those drivers are Sprint Cup Series regulars Kevin Harivck, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch, along with Nationwide Series regular Brian Scott.
Kevin Harvick: 3 starts, 2 poles, 1 win, 2 top 5s, 2 top 10s, 0 DNFs
Season Recap: Harvick attempted only three races in 2012, picking up the win at Martinsville in April. He finished third at Dover and 12th at Martinsville in the fall. For 2013 he will again be running both Martinsville races and possibly more.
Brian Scott: 5 starts, 0 poles, 1 win, 2 top 5s, 3 top 10s, 0 DNFs
Season Recap: Scott made up for over two years of disappointment and doubt in the Nationwide Series by taking the win at Phoenix. He was so-so in his four other starts, getting fifth at Kentucky and 10th at Martinsville, while finishing 13th at Dover and 17th at Bristol. I expected more out of Scott, who came into the season with 57 other starts in the series, but the win was good enough to convince Richard Childress Racing to give him a shot in their Nationwide Series car for 2013.
Denny Hamlin: 2 starts, 0 poles, 1 win, 2 top 5s, 2 top 10s, 0 DNFs
Season Recap: Hamlin ran two races, getting fifth at Pocono and winning the fall race at Martinsville. That was his second series win in 15 starts, and as of right now there are no plans for him to run in 2013.
Kasey Kahne: 1 start, 0 poles, 1 win, 1 top 5, 1 top 10, 0 DNFs
Season Recap: Kahne batted 100% in 2012, entering just one race at Rockingham and taking the win. It was a great moment for the trucks and one that Kahne will remember. It was about that time that he got on track on the Cup side, so a little confidence went a long way.
Brad Keselowski: 6 starts, 0 poles, 0 wins, 3 top 5s, 4 top 10s, 1 DNF
Season Recap: It puzzles me that Keselowski has yet to pull off a win in his own truck, not only in 2012 but for his whole career. He has gone 54 starts without a win, although it did take fellow Cup driver Kevin Harvick a few years removed from his Truck racing days to get his first win. Keselowski finished second at Charlotte and Kentucky, so you know he’s knocking on the door. It’ll be interesting if he runs in 2013 or keeps it to developmental drivers.
Kyle Busch: 3 starts, 0 poles, 0 wins, 3 top 5s, 3 top 10s, 0 DNFs
Season Recap: A very light truck schedule for Kyle Busch, even though it was thought he wouldn’t run at all, did not produce a win for him. On the plus side, in the three races he ran he got second (Atlanta), fourth (Texas), and second (Homestead) to go three for three in top five finishes. Only for Busch, he would have happily taken a win for the miserable season he had in NASCAR overall.