Most people flock to NASCAR tracks solely for the Sunday Sprint Cup races, but if you aren’t also watching the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, you’re missing out on a lot of fun racing. Let’s learn about the history of the Camping World Truck Series.
History of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
The Camping World Truck Series got its start when a group of prominent desert racers approached NASCAR exec Ken Clapp about a pavement truck racing series. Clapp told the group to build a prototype truck and get back to NASCAR.
The prototype was revealed to NASCAR fans at Speedweeks during the 1994 Daytona 500 weekend and was an immediate hit among fans. Shortly thereafter NASCAR executives met in Burbank, California were they eventually approved the creation of a NASCAR “SuperTruck Series.”
Before this SuperTruck series was approved for their own circuit NASCAR, demonstration races were held at multiple tracks including Tucson Raceway Park which hosted these events as the “Winter Heat Series.” The new truck series was immediately popular with fans, racers, and many Sprint Cup team owners. Many prominent NASCAR names and owners such as Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, and Jack Rousch fielded teams to compete in the newly christened Craftsman Truck Series. The sponsorship for the NASCAR Truck Series changed hands from Craftsman to Camping World in 2008.
The first official NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was held on February 5, 1995 at Phoenix International Raceway. A record crowd of 38,000 spectators watched Mike Skinner hold off Sprint Cup veteran Terry Labonte to win the first official race under the new format.
Differences Between NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Stock Car Racing
There are several differences between NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity and Sprint Cup Stock Car Racing Series. The Camping World Truck series is considered the third tier of NASCAR racing after the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series. Some of the major differences include:
- Truck vs. Stock Car Chassis
- Smaller running fields
- Smaller number of races in the series
- Less experienced but “up and coming” drivers compared to racing veterans
- Shorter races compared to stock car series.
If you’re RVing to a NASCAR event, you may as well check out all three races over the weekend. The Camping World Truck series races are held on Fridays and make for one heck of a race!