Top Five Picks For the WinStar World Casino 350K Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer INovember 6, 2009

This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Friday night under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.

It's race No. 23 of 25, and the trucks are always exciting on the very fast and multi-grooved oval.

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


1.) Ron Hornady Jr.

In 13 races at the track, Hornaday has compiled two wins, four top fives, eight top-10 finishes, and led 595 laps.

Horn should have a stout truck, as he's driving the truck he dominated the Spring with, a qualify top five, and is expected to be fast all day. Don't be surprised to see him have another dominating performance for the win.


2.) Todd Bodine

In 10 races at the track, Bodine has compiled five wins, seven top fives, seven top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 174 laps.

Bodine should have a decent truck, one of his better tracks, should qualify well, be fast, and should be there in the end vying for the win.


3.) Mike Skinner

In 11 races at the track, Skinner has compiled six top fives, nine top-10 finishes, five poles, and led 458 laps.

Skinner will have one of his older chassis, should also have a decent truck, be fast, win the pole, and be their in the end vying for the win.


4.) Matt Crafton

In 17 races at the track, Crafton has compiled two top fives, eight top-10 finishes and led seven laps.

Crafton will be another one with a decent truck, needs to qualify well, lead laps, and could be there in the end vying for the win and needs to collect bonus points.


5.) Rick Crawford

In 23 races at the track, Crawford has compiled eight top fives, 13 top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 201 laps.

Crawford usually runs well on his team's home track. He needs to qualify well, be fast, and he and crew chief Cowboy Starland could use pit strategy to get the win or have another top five.


My Raybestos Rookie of the Race Pick: Johnny Sauter

On tracks 1.5 miles in length this season, Sauter has compiled one win, two top fives, four top-10 finishes, one pole, and led 104 laps.

Sauter will be another with a decent truck, should qualify well, be fast, and will be vying for the win, or trying to chase down the leaders for the win.


My Sleeper Pick: Brian Scott

In four races at the track, Scott has compiled one top-10 finish.

Scott should have a stout truck, crew chief Jeff Hensley will be a asset this week, he should qualify, use pit strategy on a late caution to steal the win, or get a top five finish.


Kyle Busch, Colin Braun, and Aric Almirola just missed the cut.

James Buescher, Chad McCumbee, Timothy Peters, David Starr, and Taylor Malsam could all factor in as well.

I've always loved the trucks at TMS, it's the fastest 1.5 mile track in Trucks and being a multi-grooved Track, it leads to some very exciting racing.