Top Five for the AAA Insurance 200 Truck Race

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Top Five for the AAA Insurance 200 Truck Race

This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Friday night under the lights at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

It's race number 14 of 25, the trucks are back at the other track in Indy, and it's one of five original tracks left on the schedule.

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

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr. in nine races at the track, has compiled two wins, six top fives, six top-10 finishes and led 309 laps.

He's the short track king with 19 career wins. He should have a fast truck and qualify in the top three as track position is important. His pit crew will be the difference for him and he'll be the guy everyone will be chasing in the closing laps for the win.

As a fan of Hornaday's, it would be awesome to see him get that fourth win and add another record to his storied career in Trucks.

2.) Rick Crawford, in 12 races at the track, has compiled one win, two top fives, five top-10 finishes, and led 81 laps.

He's tough on short tracks with a good truck, but needs to qualify well. You could see him and Cowboy use pit strategy to get up front. With a fast truck you can't over look him and he could be there vying for the win.

He ran a great race at Martinsville earlier in the season, with ORP being similar, he could be tough for Horn to beat.

3.) Mike Skinner, in nine races at the track, has compiled two wins, two top fives, three top-10 finishes, two poles, and led 371 laps.

Like Hornaday, he's always good on short tracks and should have a fast truck, needs to qualify well, be tough all day, and be there in the end vying for the win.

4.) Dennis Setzer, in 12 races at the track, has compiled one win, two top fives, eight top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 294 laps.

He's another short track ace and should have a fast truck. He needs to qualify well and could use pit strategy to get up front and be vying for the win.

5.) Matt Crafton, in eight races at the track, has compiled two top fives, six top-10 finishes, and led 22 laps.

He should have a fast truck and needs to qualify in the top-10. He just seems to persevere, getting the best possible finish and minimize the points gain.

Crafton will be their battling it out for the win, but if he can't win, he'll just try for the best possible finish.

My Raybestos Rookie of the Race pick is Johnny Sauter like last week, picking him based on his stats on short tracks. He's compiled one top five and three top-10 finishes in nine races.

In 2004, he led 150 laps and almost wonm had it not been for old tires and contact with Travis Kvapil on a late restart.

Not to mention his experience in the Nationwide Series at the track.

I decided on two Sleeper Picks, since I couldn't decide which one to pick.

First, Terry Cook, in 12 races at the track, has compiled one win, two top fives, four top-10 finishes, two poles, and led 221 laps.

It's one of his better tracks and he should qualify well. With a good truck, he has a shot of being there in the end vying for the win.

Second, Brian Scott as a rookie crashed out of the race after 162 laps and finished 29th.

Scott will have a fast truck and should qualify well. His pit crew, like Horn's, gives him an advantage and we could see him win his second race of the season Saturday.

This one wasn't too bad picking wise, of course with JB and Jack Sprague it would have been tougher.

I probably should have added Rowdy, but he'll have a tough time with all the short track drivers and I don't see him being a factor, other than finishing out of the top-10.

Like last year's race, this should be another instant classic at ORP. Who can forget last year's finish with JB winning with Horn hot on his heels after they spent most of the race chasing each other.

Photo Credit: sports.yahoo.com (It's from last years O'Reilly race).

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