NASCAR has been around since the late 1940s, but the idea for pickup truck racing didn't come into the picture until 1991. The Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts (SCORE) were concerned about the future of desert racing, so they decided to create a pavement truck racing series. After a couple of test trucks were put together and a few demonstration races were held, NASCAR's Western Operations Vice President, Ken Clapp made the series official in 1996.
Chrysler, Ford, GM and Toyota all manufacture some pretty powerful trucks for the series. The Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and the Toyota Tundra are the typical front runners on the track. Chrysler tried to make moves in the racing series with their Dodge Ram and Ram, but since 2016 neither model has been seen on the tracks. There are several specifications the vehicles are required to meet in order to race in the NASCAR series, including the type of tires, the height of the truck and the weight.
These massive trucks must weigh at least 3,500 pounds (with the driver and fuel) and each run on a mighty 700 horsepower! Racing a pickup truck on the track is both thrilling and invigorating. A lot of young racers dream of the day they get behind the wheel of one of these powerful models. The way some of these trucks are put together is like nothing you’ve seen on your neighborhood streets. If you’re a fan of trucks in the least, you’ve got to check out these amazing NASCAR pickup trucks.
20 Brett Moffitt's No. 16 Toyota Tundra
Twenty-five-year-old Brett Moffitt races this stunning Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises. Before joining former NASCAR driver, Shigeaki Hattori’s racing team full-time in 2018, Moffitt competed for Red Horse Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
The No. 16 Tundra’s latest win was during the 2018 Overton’s 225 in Chicagoland. Moffitt almost missed out on this race completely, which would have eliminated him from playoff eligibility, but at the last-minute Moffitt’s racing team contracted a sponsorship making his racing possible. During the race, John Nemechek ran out of fuel on the very last lap, allowing for Moffitt and his Tundra to push to first place and get his third win of the season.
19 Ben Rhodes' No. 41 Ford F-150
ThorSport Racing’s No. 41 Ford F-150 is raced full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series by 21-year-old Ben Rhodes. When Rhodes first signed with ThorSport in 2015, he started racing a Toyota Tundra on the track. Rhodes’ first win in the series came with the No. 27 Tundra during the 2017 Las Vegas 350.
However, Rhodes now drives behind the wheel of the No. 41 Ford F-150. The team has high hopes for the F-150 during the 2018 racing season. In its most recent race, Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland, Rhodes finished in second place, pushing him to eighth in points.
18 Johnny Sauter's No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado
Forty-year-old Johnny Sauter races full-time for GMS Racing with the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado. During the last 15 years of Sauter’s truck series racing, he’s come in first place 21 times and made the top 10 150 times.
During the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ final practice leading up to the 2018 Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, Sauter and the Silverado had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed with 167.796 mph! Sauter completed all 150 laps of the Overton 225 race with the Silverado but finished in third place. However, Sauter remains in first place as far as points go for the 2018 season.
17 Jennifer Jo Cobb's No. 10 Ford F-150
Seeing the color pink on any race track is exciting but seeing it in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series is on a whole different level. The No. 10 Ford F-150 is driven by 45-year-old Jennifer Jo Cobb for her self-owned racing team, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. Unfortunately for this pretty pink truck, Cobb has raced over 160 races in the truck series but has never hit any wins.
In recent years, Cobb and her F-150’s presence on the track has been a controversial one. She’s been penalized multiple times for her radical behavior on the track, including an incident where she had a cell phone in her vehicle.
16 Noah Gragson's No. 18 Toyota Tundra
This Toyota Tundra is raced for Kyle Busch Motorsports by the 19-year-old Noah Gragson. He has been racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for three years now and has finished in the top 10 21 of his 36 races.
Gragson and the Tundra started at the pole during Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland after winning the pole award with a lap of 175.131 mph! Gragson led 42 of the 150 laps, but ultimately finished the race in fourth place. He is currently in second place as far as points go for the 2018 seasons with 65 points behind Johnny Sauter.
15 John Hunter Nemechek's No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado
John Hunter Nemechek, son of NASCAR driver Joe Nemecheck, competes part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for his father’s racing team, NEMCO Motorsports with the No. 8 Chevy Silverado. Racing has been apart of John’s life for as long as he can remember. The 21-year-old driver career began when he was just five-years-old.
John made his debut in the truck series in 2013. He won his first truck series race in 2015 at 16-years-old and was voted the Most Popular Driver for that season. The No. 8 Silverado raced in the 2018 Overton’s 225 with a seventh-place finish. John was the lap-leader of the race and almost finished first, but the Silverado’s engine blew on the last lap.
14 Grant Enfinger's No. 98 Ford F-150
Thirty-three-year-old Grant Enfinger drives the No. 98 Ford F-150 full-time for ThorSport Racing. Enfinger made his first Camping World Truck Series debut in 2010. ThorSport Racing officially signed Enfinger on to the team to drive the F-150 in 2017.
The No. 98 F-150 came in eighth place during its most recent race at Chicagoland Speedway for Overton’s 225. Enfinger was able to complete all 150 laps of the race, but unfortunately didn’t make any big moves with his massive F-150. Enfinger stands at fifth in points for the 2018 racing season, 141 points behind the leader, Johnny Sauter.
13 Justin Haley's No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado
Justin Haley is another young driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Haley made his truck series debut in 2015 at just 16-years-old. Haley began racing with the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado full-time with GMS Racing in 2017.
Haley earned his first career win with the Silverado in 2018 during the Eaton 200 race at Gateway, which was his first victory out of 37 Camping World Truck Series races. This win pushed the driver into racing playoffs for the first time ever. The Silverado was able to finish sixth during the 2018 Overton’s 225 putting Haley sixth in points for the 2018 season.
12 Austin Hill's No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado
Austin Hill drives the No. 02 Chevrolet Silverado full-time for Young’s Motorsports. Hill has been racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for five years now and has slowly but surely been making his presence known. So far, during the 2018 season, Hill has entered all 11 truck races with the Silverado.
“2018 will be the first time that Young's Motorsports has run full-time with one driver, in two years,” stated Young’s Motorsports in an interview with ESPN. “There's a lot of good things going on, but with the signing of Austin it set things in motion to make 2018 one of our best years yet.”
11 Matt Crafton's No. 88 Ford F-150
Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion, Matt Crafton currently races the No. 88 Ford F-150 full-time for the ThorSports Racing team. Crafton began his truck series racing career in 2000 with ThorSports, but driving a Chevy.
Crafton has been involved in several race collisions during his 19 years in the series. ThorSports made the decision to move him to the Ford F-150 at the beginning of the 2018 racing season, a manufacture close to Crafton’s heart. “In my old Southwest Tour days in 1997, I started racing a Ford out west, and that’s all my dad has ever owned and raced,” Crafton stated in an interview during the NASCAR Media Tour Presented by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
10 Austin Wayne Self's No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado
The driver of Niece Motorsports’ No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado is 22-year-old Austin Wayne Self. He is one of the newest drivers for the racing team after joining for the 2018 racing season. Self has raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series since 2016.
After joining Niece Motorsports, Self exclaimed, “I am very humbled and thankful for this opportunity to drive for Niece Motorsports for 2018. I’ve been fortunate to run several races for the organization this season and I’m fired up to think what we accomplish in 23 races next season.” In his latest race, the 2018 Overton’s 225, Self drove the Silverado to a 13th place finish.
9 Myatt Snider's No. 13 Ford F-150
Myatt Snider races the No. 13 Ford F-150 full-time for ThorSport Racing. Snider used to race for AM Racing and then for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He moved over officially to ThorSport for the 2018 season to round out their four-driver lineup, in replacement of Cody Coughlin.
“I’m really looking forward to working with my new teammates, as there is a lot of knowledge to tap into going into my rookie season,” expressed Snider in an interview with NASCAR. “Switching to a new manufacturer, it seems things have come full-circle, with Ford being a part of some of the biggest highlights in my racing career, including my ARCA win at Toledo,”
8 Cody Coughlin's No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado
Twenty-two-year-old Cody Coughlin has been a part of NASCAR’s Camping World Series since 2015, but joined GMS Racing for the 2018 racing season to drive the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado. Coughlin is expected to have a great 2018 season with GMS racing. He’s raced 45 truck series races since his debut and has had nine top 10 finishes.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the GMS Racing family, as well as be back running for Chevrolet,” expressed Coughlin in an interview with NASCAR. “I think we have the right tools and personnel in place with the No.2 team to run up front and contend for race wins every weekend.”
7 Bo LeMastus' No. 54 Toyota Tundra
Fifty-five-year-old Bo LeMastus competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He drives the No. 54 Toyota Tundra for DGR-Crosley. Despite his age, LeMastus is considered a rookie among the truck series participants. LeMastus’ first race was the 2018 NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona.
LeMastus and his Tundra haven’t achieved any victories in the 2018 season, but the driver has just become a part-owner of Indiana’s Salem Speedway along with David Gilliland of DGR-Crosley. “When I was a boy I would sit at Salem and watch those races. I loved the place,” LeMastus said in an interview with Speed Sport.
6 Korbin Forrister's No. 7 Toyota Tundra
Korbin Forristor drives the No. 7 Toyota Tundra part-time for his self-owned racing team, All Out Motorsports. Forristor made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014. After bouncing from team to team, Forristor announced in 2018 that he would open up his own racing team.
"I'm excited to be back in a truck this year," Forrister said in an interview with ESPN. "My parents figured if we were going to continue to race we might as well open our own team.” Forrister is only set to race in part of the 2018 seasons, with hopes of running a full season with the Tundra in 2019.
5 Justin Fontaine's No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado
Twenty-year-old Justin Fontaine competes full-time for Niece Motorsports with the No. 45 Chevrolet Silverado, alongside Austin Wayne Self and his No. 22 Silverado. During Fontaine’s first race with the Silverado, he scored his first top ten victory with tenth place.
“Austin has been a great friend and mentor for me and I’m glad to join him at Niece. The team is working hard to put two competitive full-time trucks on track,” Fontaine told CATCHFENCE.com. Fontaine finished in 14th place during his second career run on the Chicagoland Speedway for Overton’s 225.
4 Todd Gilliland's No. 4 Toyota Tundra
Eighteen-year-old Todd Gilliland races the No. 4 Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Gilliland and the Tundra are currently competing for 2018’s Rookie of the Year. Gilliland’s father, racecar driver David Gilliland drove the No. 4 Tundra in the season opener for Todd, because Todd wasn’t eligible to compete on the larger tracks until May when he turned 18.
In an interview with Kyle Busch Motorsports, Todd expressed his excitement to be racing a Toyota. “I’m super excited be continuing my development within the Toyota Racing family and look forward to being behind the wheel of KBM’s No. 4 Tundra this season.”
3 Jordan Anderson's No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado
Jordan Anderson is the 27-year-old driver behind the wheel of the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado for his self-owned racing team, Jordan Anderson Racing. Anderson’s truck racing career hasn’t been the easiest, after he suffered a couple of crashes that put his truck on the sideline. He even started a webpage for fans to help fund a new truck.
“It’s a new chapter, for sure,” Anderson said about racing under his new racing team. “It’s a long way from where we were last year, but it’s a new chapter, a new journey for us. It’s going to have its own set of challenges, but I’m excited to see what we can do this year.” Anderson finished 17th in the latest truck series race.
2 Stewart Friesen's No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado
Stewart Friesen competes full-time with Halmar Friesen Racing driving the No. 52 Chevrolet Silverado. Friesen broke into the NASCAR world in 2016 after racing a truck during a dirt derby race. He started his official NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career with the 2017 racing season.
During the 2018 season, Friesen and his Silverado stand in fourth-place for points. He has made it in a top five finish three times and had led over 100 laps for the season. In his latest race, the 2018 Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, Friesen finished in 19th place.
1 Dalton Sargeant's No. 25 Chevrolet Silverado
Dalton Sargeant was 2016’s ARCA Rookie of the Year. Now, the 20-year-old driver races the No. 25 Chevy Silverado for GMS Racing. He’s previously made a few appearances here and there in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but the 2018 season will be Sargeant’s first full-time run.
Sargeant’s Silverado is numbered 25 as a tribute to the legendary racecar driver, Tim Richmond. During his 2018 season, Sargeant has had a few close calls with collisions. Most recently, during the Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland, the No. 25 yellow and black Silverado nearly hit the wall, but Sargeant maneuvered it in such a beautiful way to keep it from hitting.