Christopher Bell, Chase Briscoe, Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger…These may not be household names, but they are the drivers currently leading the charge in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.
This weekend, drivers of the Truck Series find themselves in unfamiliar territory, as the series heads to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), one of the most storied road courses in the world. Racing on any road course is enough of a challenge for these drivers, there’s a reason they only do it once a year, but Mosport’s 11-turn course features some of the most challenging turns in all of racing.
This is the fifth time the series has made the journey to Bowmanville, Ontario since the inaugural trip in 2013, an eventful race which was won by Chase Elliott. It is the only Canadian stop among NASCAR’s three major series, and has made great strides to grow the sport north of the US border. Nearly 50,000 fans are expected to be in attendance over the weekend.
If the past four races are any indication, Sunday’s race is likely to be action packed, and could even see an unlikely driver take the chequered flag when all is said and done. Last year, a wild finish saw the top two drivers go off in the final turn and race on the grass to the finish line, with John Hunter Nemechek taking the victory.
The Canadian fans will have plenty to cheer for this weekend, as four drivers will be racing with the Maple Leaf onboard. The favourite amongst home fans will likely be Alex Tagliani, driving the #02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet. The long-time IndyCar veteran has started several races in both the Xfinity and Truck Series in recent years – he led the majority of the 2015 Mosport race before running into engine trouble on the last lap.
There will be several Truck Series regulars who will also be worth keeping an eye on come Sunday’s race. Austin Cindric, driver of the #19 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford, had a solid run in his Xfinity Series debut last weekend at Road America. Christopher Bell, who currently leads the Camping World Truck Series standings, finished a solid fifth place in last year’s race, and will be keen to build on that momentum.
With so many unknowns, Sunday’s race will surely be one to watch. Follow @essaarMSport on Twitter for reports from all of the weekend’s NASCAR action.