The eleventh race of the 2013 Camping World Truck Series, the Pocono Mountains 125, was completed on August 3, 2013 at Eldora Speedway. Since the Racing Points Index only awards points to drivers finishing in the Top Ten, below is a list of those drivers who finished in the Top Ten with the tentative number of points awarded. (Note: Points are awarded based upon finishing position and relative purse of each race as compared to all other races of a particular season. Since relative purse cannot be determined until the end of the season, the number of points awarded for each race in 2013 is approximate until that time.)
2013 Pocono Mountains 125, Pocono August 3, 2013:
Pos. Driver (App. Pts)
1. Ryan Blaney (743)
2. Miguel Paludo (668)
3. German Quiroga (594)
4. Joey Coulter (520)
5. Ross Chastain (446)
6. Ron Hornaday, Jr. (371)
7. Darrell Wallace, Jr. (297)
8. Matt Crafton (223)
9. Brendan Gaughan (149)
10. Brennan Newberry (74)
Below are the current RPI CWTS Driver of the Year Standings.
2013 RPI CWTS Driver of the Year Standings – Top 20 (Through 11 of 22 Races):
Pos. Driver App. Pts (St, W, T5, T10)
1. Matt Crafton 5,159 (11, 1, 5, 11)
2. Johnny Sauter 3,745 (11, 2, 4, 6)
3. Ryan Blaney 3,642 (11, 1, 4, 7)
4. Brendan Gaughan 3,577 (11, 0, 6, 7)
5. Kyle Busch 3,474 (5, 2, 4, 4)
6. Ty Dillon 3,006 (11, 1, 3, 5)
7. Jeb Burton 2,845 (11, 1, 3, 6)
8. Timothy Peters 2,586 (11, 1, 2, 6)
9. James Buescher 2,258 (11, 0, 2, 5)
10. Joey Coulter 2,250 (11, 0, 3, 5)
11. Miguel Paludo 2,241 (11, 0, 1, 7)
12. Darrell Wallace, Jr. 2,151 (11, 0, 1, 7)
13. Ron Hornaday, Jr. 2,070 (11, 0, 2, 5)
14. Chase Elliott 1,930 (4, 0, 3, 4)
15. German Quiroga 1,564 (11, 0, 2, 3)
16. Kyle Larson 1,240 (2, 1, 2, 2)
17. Erik Jones 957 (3, 0, 1, 3)
18. Justin Lofton 876 (2, 0, 1, 2)
18. Brad Keselowski 784 (2, 0, 1, 1)
20. Max Gresham 690 (11, 0, 1, 2)
We have updated all of the lists that we created over the winter in which we ranked drivers in various categories based on career statistics and Racing Point Index points. Below are the changes on those lists that took place based on the 2013 Pocono Mountains 125.
The highest mover in our list of the most successful drivers in Camping World Truck Series history involved Miguel Paludo, who finished in second place in the Pocono Mountains 125. Paludo picked up enough career RPI points to move past Kenny Irwin, Jr., Ricky Charmichael and Steve Park to finish the week in 59th place all-time.
Pocono winner Ryan Blaney also picked up three notches on this list, finishing the week ranked as the CWTS’ 61st greatest driver in history. Like Paludo, Blaney passed Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Ricky Charmichael. In addition, Blaney also moved past Geoffrey Bodine on the all-time list.
With his Pocono victory, Ryan Blaney becomes one of seventeen drivers who are tied for the 36th most victories in CWTS history, with two checkered flags to his credit.
Fourth-place finisher Joey Coulter broke his tie with Jon Wood, Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Randy Tolsma and into a tie with Erik Darnell, Mark Martin and Scott Riggs with sixteen career CWTS Top Five finishes, good for a tie for 36th most all-time.
Joey Coulter also moved up on this list, breaking his tie with Erik Darnell and moving into a tie with Austin Dillon with 33 career Top Ten finishes in the CWTS. That total is the 39th most in series history.
Miguel Paludo made the same move he made on the all-time charts as he did in this category, passing Steve Park, Ricky Charmichael and Kenny Irwin, Jr. to move into 47th place among drivers without a CWTS championship.
Likewise, Ryan Blaney passed Charmichael and Irwin and makes his debut this week on our list of the fifty greatest CWTS drivers who have yet to win a series championship. Blaney’s inclusion means that Kenny Irwin, Jr. drops from this list’s Top 50.
For the third time in this post, Miguel Paludo passes Ricky Charmichael. On this list, it makes Paludo the fourth most successful driver in CWTS history without a victory to his credit. Paludo is behind only Jason White, Bill Sedgwick and Coy Gibbs on this list.
Darrell Wallace, Jr. scored his seventh CWTS Top Ten in eleven career races in the Pocono Mountains 125. With this accomplishment, Wallace has skyrocketed up to 25th place on this list of most successful drivers without a CWTS victory. This week, Wallace moved past Hank Parker, Jr., Chase Elliott, Bill Lester, Kevin Cywinski, Dough George and Tayler Malsam.
Pocono’s third-place driver German Quiroga made even a bigger move than Wallace this week, passing eighteen drivers (we won’t list him but feel free to check out the list) to finish the week with the 32nd most career RPI points among drivers without a CWTS victory.
Similarly, Ross Chastain passed thirteen drivers this week as a result of the second Top Five finish of his CWTS career, making him the 35th most successful winless driver in CWTS history.
Johnny Sauter’s start at Pocono was the 119th of his CWTS career, moving him into a tie with Jon Wood for the 27th most in series history.
James Buescher broke his tie with Chad McCumbee this weekend by starting the 105th CWTS race of his career. Buescher is now in sole possession of the 33rd most starts in series history. McCumbee isn’t alone, however, because Norm Benning joins him in 34th place all-time with 104. Like McCumbee, Benning has zero victories to show for his 104 starts.
As mentioned in the preceding paragraph, as a result of his loss at Pocono, Norm Benning joins Chad McCumbee with zero victories in 104 career CWTS races. That total is the fourth biggest 0-fer in CWTS history, behind only Bill Lester (142), Jason White (152) and Lance Norick (154).
Miguel Paludo moved into sole possession of the 20th longest CWTS career 0-fer with 62 starts, breaking his tie Rob Morgan. That total is good for the 20th longest 0-fer in CWTS history.
At 42 starts without a victory, Mike Harmon moved into sole possession of the CWTS’ 45th longest career 0-fer, breaking his tie with Brian Rose, Walker Evans and Kenny Allen.
Debuting on this list in 50th position, tied with Tobey Butler, Tayler Malsam and B.A. Wilson is Johns Wes Townley with 39 losses in 39 races. Congratulations?
Without even participating in the Pocono truck race, Carl Edwards moved into a tie with Todd Bodine with the seventh highest winning percentage in series history at .1000. With Bodine’s loss in the race, he now has 22 victories in 220 CWTS starts.
After failing to win at Pocono, Joey Coulter’s career winning percentage dropped to .0172 (1/57), moving him into a three-way tie for the 38th highest winning percentage all-time, along with Chad Chaffin (2/116) and Brandon Whitt (1/58).