Stars Return to Compete in the Midwest Truck Series
Although there are lots of new drivers in the Midwest Truck Series there are still several heavy hitters returning to the Midwest Truck series. Former Rookie of the Year Bryce Miller comes into 2022 looking for his first Championship after being in the hunt the last two seasons. Miller has several wins in the series and proved how consistent his team can be as he was the only driver to record a top 10 in every race. While Bryce was consistent, the team will look to find just a little more speed, and luck, to improve on only two podiums a season ago. Also back is last year's runner up in the points James Swan. Swan looks to become a five time champion of the series this season. Swan led the way in 2021 with 5 wins, 7 podiums and 11 top 10s in his title fight with eventual champion Tristan Swanson.
Former Slinger Super Speedway champion Chris Blawat is back in 2022. Blawat had several strong runs last season and looks to put it all together in 2022. Another Slinger competitor will also be back in the Midwest Truck Series, fan favorite Brad JJ Mueller returns to the series on a part time basis. Brad showed his has the speed and that it didn't take long adapting to a truck finishing on the podium in 2 of his three starts.
Veterans such as Danny Darnell and Kenny Joosten look to return in 2022. Joosten averaged a 10th place finish in 2021 which one podium and 8 top 10s. Kenny's strength is on the short track and with a short track focused schedule in 2022 look for Kenny to improve on 2021. Both drivers have been key staples in the Midwest Truck Series.
Coulee region competitor Brent Kirchner has stated he plans to run the full Midwest Truck Season for the first time in his career. Kirchner has been a fixture at Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway for the past decade and a former winner in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Series.
James Lynch looks to build on his 2021 rookie campaign. Lynch came on strong in the second half of the season claiming the Dixieland Delight 35 at Wisconsin International Raceway after DNSing the first race of the season. If Lynch and his crew can find some luck, look for the #76 to be a threat for the title.
The Midwest Truck Series lone lady driver for the 2022 season is Danielle Behn. Behn has been a part of the truck series for several years and has had several strong runs as well as a win at Marshfield back in 2020, 2015 Rookie of the Year and the 2017 E3 Spark Plug Midwest Truck Series Regional Championship.
Kody Hubred has run in just about every division in the Midwest and comes into 2022 with a year of truck experience under his belt. With the mid-summer heavily focused on short track, look for Hubred to find success.
Kevin Knuese is a winner in the Midwest Truck Series and although Kevin only ran a limited schedule in 2021 he was always up front and a threat to win the races. Look for Kevin to lean on his knowledge of the truck and tracks to get back to winning form in 2022.
Two drivers from the Madison International Speedway ranks also will be back in 2022. Chester Ace was in the 2021 Championship Title Hunt and became an Oktoberfest Race Weekend Winner last fall at La Crosse Fairground Speedway. After starting off the season with a fast time at Dells Raceway Park, Chester relied on consistency through the rest of the 2021 campaign. Rusty Hansen will also be back. Hansen runs weekly in the late models at Wisconsin’s fastest half mile and is always fast when he gets behind the wheel of a truck, just can never find the luck in the closing laps.
These four drivers look to return for their “Sophomore Season” with the Midwest Truck Series. Tyler Noble, Trevor Raskie, Evan Hassler and Cody Vander Loop all were rookie drivers last year and will look to build on their rookie seasons. Tyler Noble was a driver that each week showed improvement. He will build on what he learned in 2021 and hope to carry that into the new year. Trevor Raskie will have a slightly different role as he is partnering up with another veteran of the Midwest Truck Series Derek Doerr. Doerr jumped behind the wheel of the 31 at the final race of 2021 and ran inside the top 5 for most of the race. Raskie and Doerr will be chasing the newly implemented Owners Championship in 2022 sharing the #31 ride. Hassler and Vander Loop both got faster as the year went on, and with another year of knowledge look for them to battling it out. For Hassler, a return of the Midwest Truck Series to Slinger, a track in which he has recorded wins at is one that has to be circled on the calendar.
This season is is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons and a mix of veterans with experience.
Our 2022 Season kicks off April 10th at Dells Raceway Park. For more information on our opening even or to purchase tickets in advance and save $5 visit www.dellsracewaypark.com