After yet another weekend off for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, there will be two events held in a span of five days. The first of those races is a crucial one at Michigan with multiple Sprint Cup regulars in the field.
Austin Dillon drove to victory at Pocono and comes back to the track against the trucks at Michigan. Along with the Sprint Cup rookie, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano will be other notable names in the field.
Then there are the stars of the truck series who are looking to claim a championship. Ryan Blaney still sits atop the standings with 408 points, but he has to hold off the experience of Johnny Sauter and defending champion Matt Crafton.
Before the race in Michigan officially gets underway, here's a look at the full schedule, standings and preview of the Careers for Veterans 200.
Careers for Veterans 200 Information
Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
When: Saturday, August 16, 1 p.m. ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
|2014 CWTS Standings|
|Pos.||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|4||Ron Hornaday Jr.||388||0||3||8|
|5||Darrell Wallace Jr.||377||2||4||6|
|6||German Quiroga Jr.||365||0||2||7|
One of the emerging stars in NASCAR just so happens to be a full-time truck series driver. The 20-year-old Blaney has yet to clinch a win this season but holds the points lead after 11 races.
Along with pacing a major NASCAR series, the young driver might also have a bright future in a higher level of the sport. According to a report from Lee Spencer of Motorsport.com, Blaney could be looking at a spot with the Wood Brothers in an effort to replace Trevor Bayne.
The Wood Brothers are set to make an announcement on Thursday about their 2015 season, as Tom Jensen of Fox Sports notes:
For now, Blaney will look to continue dominating the truck series with his consistent racing in 2014. With seven top-fives on the season, including the Pocono event, Blaney will look to rebound from a crash that led to a disappointing finish last season.
As for last year's points champion, Crafton is also hoping to turn around his luck at the track. But after an earlier win this season, the veteran has confidence heading into Michigan, per a press release from ThorSport Racing (Catchfence.com):
Historically Michigan hasn’t been our best track, but with the way we’ve run this year, winning at Texas, we can definitely turn that around this week. These guys work so hard preparing great Toyotas and we’ve had speed everywhere this year, but we’ll need the right strategy on pit road and track position near the end to get a win this weekend.
Currently sitting at third in the standings with 396 points, Crafton has plenty of time to catch Blaney down the stretch. As one of only two full-time drivers with multiple wins in the series, Crafton appears to have a good chance to turn things around at Michigan.
While both Crafton and Blaney are looking to remain two of the top drivers in the standings, names likely at the top of the leaderboard will be familiar ones. Both Busch and Logano have experienced success at Michigan, with each winning a race at the Sprint Cup level.
On the heels of a huge victory at Michigan last season at the premier level, Logano likely comes in as the favorite. But with Busch blistering the series when he's on the track, he'll be tough to catch on Saturday afternoon.
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