Top Five Picks For the O'Reilly 200 Truck Race, With a Bonus Selection
This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Wednesday night under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway.
It's race No. 15 of 25, the trucks are back at the 0.533 mile Thunder Valley, and it's one of the top three races of the season for truck fans.
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 nine races at the track, has compiled two wins, two top fives, five top-10 finishes, two poles and lead 388 laps.
His two wins comes on the old configuration of BMS, he's got 20 wins on short tracks, should have a fast truck, and qualify on the pole.
Horn should run up front, his crew will make a difference, he might not dominate the race, but will be their to collect another hard fought win.
2.) Kyle Busch in four races at the track, he's compiled one win, two top fives, five top-10 finishes and led 145 laps.
He should have a decent truck, should qualify well, be fast, run in the top five, and maybe lead a segment of the race.
It all depends on how well he takes care of his equipment whether he wins or not.
3.) Mike Skinner in seven races at the track, has compiled one win, three top fives, five top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 478 laps.
He should have a decent truck, should qualify top-10, be tough all race and be there in the end vying for the win.
4.) Rick Crawford in nine races at the track, has compiled three top fives, and three top-10 finishes.
He's always tough on the short tracks, should have a good truck, we could see him and "Cowboy" Starland use pit strategy to get the lead and use his veteran experience to steal a win.
5.) Brian Scott as a rookie, he started 22nd and would finish 19th. He has momentum, unload with a fast truck, qualify top five, will benefit from crew chief Jeff Hensley, run top-10 most of the race and be their in the closing laps vying for the win.
6.) Ryan Newman will be moonlighting as he's running in all four races at Bristol this race week.
Think he'll qualify top three, be tough, should have a fast truck, will have Happy's No. 33 crew lead by Ernie Cope pitting him and he'll get another top three finish.
My Raybestos Rookie of the Race, Tayler Malsam. I'm not going with the statistics at Bristol, Malsam collected his first top-10 finish at ORP and should run another great race with a seventh place finish.
My Sleeper Picks is, Timothy Peters. He's been running well since moving to Red Horse Racing, has fared better just having to drive rather than having to do multiple jobs to get his trucks to the track.
Peters is close to having that first breakout win, but think we could see him have another top five finish and qualify top three.
This one wasn't that hard to come up with, but a few drivers I left out being the entry list for the O'Reilly 200 has been released yet when posting.
Being Chad McCumbee and Dennis Setzer, but if they race should be top 10 along with Matt Crafton and Colin Braun.
It's another race were I would have had Johnny Benson Jr. and Jack Sprague in the top five and it would hard to pick.
Nothing is better than the Trucks on the short tracks. It's always a classic when the trucks come to Thunder Valley, under the lights and this is my Daytona 500.
Maybe next year, I'll be their in person.
The big question with the race is? Can Ron Hornaday Jr. complete the drive for six.
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