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Top Five Picks for the Mountain Dew 250 Powered by Fred's Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer IOctober 30, 2009

This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Saturday afternoon on Halloween at Talladega Superspeedway.

It's race No. 22 of 25, the trucks are always exciting on the Superspeedways, and it makes for some four-wide racing action.

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


1. Todd Bodine

In three races at the track, Bodine has compiled two wins, three top fives, three top 10 finishes, one pole, and led 61 laps.

Bodine will have old faithful back at Talladega—its chassis No. 058, and it has won the last four consecutive superspeedway races.

He'll have a really good truck and should qualify front row. Expect him to be leading or near the front so in the closing laps he can make his move for the win.


2.) Ron Hornaday Jr.

  In three races at the track, Hornaday has compiled one top five and three top 10 finishes.

Horn will have another stout truck, be fast, should qualify top five, stay out of trouble, and should use strategy to be vying for the win in the closing laps or points race for another top five.


3.) Rowdy Busch

In three races at the track, Busch has compiled one top five finish, one top 10 finish, and has led 14 laps.

Busch will have a decent truck, be fast, and should qualify well. He may try to dominate early, but the final laps that are the most important and Busch should be one of the drivers vying for the win in the closing laps.


4.) Mike Skinner

In three races at the track, has compiled one top five finish, two top 10 finishes, and has led nine laps.

Skinner will be another one with a decent truck, should be fast, needs to qualify well and stay out of trouble, and could be there in the end vying for the win or a top five finish.


5.) Colin Braun

As a rookie last year, he finished fourth and led four laps.

Braun should be another one with a decent truck, should be fast, and he could qualify on the pole. He will have to drive a smart race, log laps, and be in position in the closing laps to be vying for the win.


My  Raybestos Rookie of the Race Pick: J.R. Fitzpatrick

In his first Superspeedway race, he finished fourth at Daytona and led 17.

Fitzpatrick will need qualify well, run a smart race while staying out of trouble, and pick up another top 10 finish.


My Sleeper Pick: Mike Wallace

He's run one race at the track, has compiled one top five finish, one top 10 finish, and has led four laps.

He's won in the Nationwide at Daytona in not the best equipment and I could easily see him using his veteran experience to put himself in position for a good finish.

Brian Scott, Rick Crawford, and Johnny Sauter just missed the cut.

Rick Crawford, James Buescher, David Starr, Matt Crafton, Chad McCumbee, Timothy Peters, and Terry Cook could all factor in as well.

It should be a really exciting race, it's just cool to see the Trucks drafting on a Superspeedway and it should be another four-wide finish like last year's race.


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