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1. Johnny Sauter - No. 13 ThorSport Racing Toyota - In 2011 Sauter eclipsed his teammate Matt Crafton both in performance and stance in the driver standings. The driver of the No. 13 Toyota won two races and came within an eyelash of capturing the championship, losing by just six points to Austin Dillon. Sauter should again be one of the top contenders in the series in 2012. With Dillon moving on to Nationwide Series competition and perennial championship contender Todd Bodine losing his ride, the competition is losing ground. At the same time, Sauter has done everything in his power to elevate him to this level in the truck series.
2. Ron Hornaday Jr. - No. 9 Joe Denette Motorsports Chevrolet - Four-time truck series champion Hornaday saw his hopes for a fifth championship go up in smoke at the Fort Worth oval late last season. The tangle between he and series firebrand Kyle Busch hurt both drivers. Busch ended up on suspension and probation, but the wound to Hornaday cut much deeper. The veteran driver ended up fourth in the final standings after a four-win, 17 Top 10 campaign. Gone is former owner Kevin Harvick and his dominant equipment, and present are new team owner Joe Denette and the new No. 9 team. Hornaday has the right stuff, but the newness of this team situation could hamper his championship hopes in 2012.
3. Jason Leffler - No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota - With the exodus of Kyle