In an interview with Frontstretch.com earlier this week, Ricky Carmichael was asked if he was returning to the Camping World Truck Series or moving up to the Nationwide Series in 2012. Carmichael said:
My plan for 2012 is to go full-time Nationwide racing, that is my plan and goal.
He says his goal is to move to the series full time with Turner Motorsports.
Carmichael has spent the last three seasons in the CWTS, and the last two years running for Turner. His transition to stock-car racing has been tough at times, but in 53 starts he has 14 top 10s and three top 5s to go along with that. His best career finish came in 2010 at Dover, where he finished a respectable fourth.
Consistency has been Carmichael’s biggest problem in 2010. He had seven finishes of 20th or worse in 25 races. In 10 races in the 2011 Truck series season, Carmichael has four finishes of 20th or worse.
Still, Carmichael has made a huge impact in the CWTS, bringing a strong fan base with him and winning the most popular driver award in the series in 2009.
He has made six Nationwide Series starts in his young career with one top 10 at Road America in June. With help from successful teammates Justin Allgaier, Reed Sorenson, and Jason Leffler there’s no reason why Carmichael can’t be successful.
Carmichael is making his second start this weekend at the Iowa Speedway in his No. 4 Monster Energy Drink Chevy. Last year, he finished a solid ninth.