Top Five Picks for the Toyota Tundra 200 Truck Race

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Top Five Picks for the Toyota Tundra 200 Truck Race

This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Saturday night, under the lights at Nashville Superspeedway.

It's race No. 14 of 25, should be exciting as the trucks return to the 1.33 mile track and race for that coveted Gibson Les Paul Guitar.

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

 

1.) Mike Skinner in five races at the track, has compiled  two top fives, three top-10 finishes, two poles, and led 250 laps.

He'll have a fast truck, qualify well maybe even win the pole, should be tough leading most most of the race and if not leading he'll be their by race end battling for the win.

2.) Ron Hornaday Jr. in four races at the track, has compiled two top fives, two top-10 finishes and led 30 laps.

Horn will unload with a fast truck, qualify well in the top five, his Rick Ren led pit crew gives him a edge, he should be fast and like the last two races be their in the end battling for another hard fought win.

While I picked Skinner to win, I won't be surprised if Horn beats him for a third-time and gets his fifth race win in a row.

3.) Todd Bodine in four races at the track, has compiled three top fives, four top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 99 laps.

He should have a decent truck, qualify well, be fast, like Horn his pit crew gives him an edge, and expect him with a good truck late in the race to be vying for the win.

4.) Rick Crawford in eight races at the track, has compiled three top fives, five top-10 finishes and led 50 laps.

He'll have a decent truck, be fast, but needs to qualify well, may use pit strategy late in the race, get up front, and then try to hang on for the win.

5.) David Starr in seven races at the track, has compiled three top fives, four top-10 finishes and led 40 laps.

He should have a decent truck, needs to qualify well, may try to use pit strategy to get a win or at least try to get another top five finish.

My Raybestos Rookie of the Race is, James Buescher. He's coming off of two straight top-10's, close to having that break out race and he and his crew seem to be working better together.

On the between tracks (1-2 Miles), he's compiled one top five and two top-10 finishes in eight races.

My Sleeper Pick is, Brian Scott. As a rookie he ran a good race, stayed out of trouble and finishing 14th.

With Nashville being a concrete track that runs similar set-up to Dover, just think he'll have a decent changes of getting win No. 2. He'll have a fast truck, Hensley and his crew are another stellar team on pit road and we could see him in victory lane on Saturday.

 

The hard thing with looking up my picks for the race. Was the absence of Johnny Benson Jr., since he would have been my winner pick this week. Could have gone with Crafton, but just felt  he would have another top-10 finish and just miss the top five.

The races are always very good at Nashville, even more exciting is when the winner gets the trophy a Gibson Les Paul guitar, that's one of a kind that's been hand painted by artist Sam Bass and the drivers always drive to be that lucky race winner.

 

Photo Credit: zimbio.com

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