Top Five Picks For The 200 Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer IJune 26, 2009

This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Saturday night under the lights at Memphis Motorsports Park.

It's race number 11 of 25, and should be exciting to see the trucks back on a 0.75 mile track and nothing tops the trucks on the short tracks.

Here's my top five picks for the race, along with a sleeper pick and my Raybestos Rookie of the race pick. 

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. in six races at the track, has compiled two wins, four top fives, five top-10 finishes and led 322 laps.

Like last week, Horn should dominate most of the race and he's the king of the short track racers in trucks with 18 wins.

He'll unload with a fast truck and should qualify on the pole.  If he wants to win that Sun guitar, just dominate the race and claim that last Elvis Trophy.

2.) Matt Crafton in eight races at the track, has compiled two top fives, seven top-10 finishes and led eight laps.

Crafton having one of those years where you can't leave him off your short list and has just been running really well. Regardless the fact of not winning a race yet.

Sure he'll qualify well, have a fast truck, battle his way to the front if he needs to and will be there in the end vying for the win.

3.) Mike Skinner in five races at the track, has compiled one top five, three top-10 finishes and led 16 laps.

He'll have a fast truck, should qualify well, be tough hanging in the top five, and will be their vying for the win.

4.) Dennis Setzer in 10 races at the track, has compiled one win, seven top fives, eight top-10 finishes and led 161 laps.

Setzer is always tough on the short tracks, should have a decent truck, needs to qualify well and we could see his team use pit strategy to get up front for the win.

5.) Stacy Compton in four races at the track, has compiled one top five, two top-10 finishes and led 22 laps.

Compton could be the big surprise, use pit strategy late to get into the top five and try to battle for the win.

My Raybestos Rookie of the Race pick is, Tayler Malsam. He's ran a great race at Milwaukee, I feel he can run just as good at Memphis and we'll see him finish top five.

My Sleeper Pick is, Brian Scott. As a rookie he ran a great race, started sixth, and  finished 13th. Just think we'll see this kid fair better at Memphis this year with cast and all.

It was the race that Scott got my attention started following his career and by Homestead I became a fan of his.

This one was tough to come up with, since Johnny Benson would have been tied with Horn as my winner pick, plus both Jack Sprague and Ted Musgrave would have been on it had they been racing this year.

Just think we'll see another awesome short track race at Memphis Motorsports Park, they always are exciting and last year's green-white-checkers was a classic.

I'm dedicating this one to Jason Arden. A talent crew member in NASCAR, who was killed last year on June
26, right before the Memphis Truck race. He always had a smile on his face at the track. "Ardy" will always be missed, he touched many drivers and fans hearts.