Top Picks for NASCAR Truck Series' Ford 200 Race With Bonus Pick
This week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Friday night under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It's race No. 25 of 25 and the trucks are always exciting to watch on the very fast multi-grooved 1.5 mile oval.
Here are my top six picks for the race along with a sleeper pick and my Raybestos Rookie of the Race.
1.) Brian Scott
In two races at the track, Scott has compiled one top-five, one top-10 and led four laps.
Scott will have the best truck of his fleet, be fast and qualify top-three. His Hensley-led crew will be an asset this week. He should be leading after the final pit stops and be the truck everyone is chasing to catch for the win.
2.) Ron Hornaday Jr.
In nine races at the track, Horn gas compiled one win, three top-fives, eight top-10s and led 110 laps.
Horn will have another stout truck, be fast, qualify front row and run top-five the entire race. In the closing laps he'll settle for second and win the owner's title for Delana.
3.) Todd Bodine
In four races at the track, Bodine has compiled two wins, two top-fives, two top-10s and led 82 laps.
Bodine will be another one with a decent truck. He'll qualify well and could use pit strategy for track position or the win. He will be their in the end vying for the win or another top-five finish.
4.) Rick Crawford
In 12 races at the track, Crawford has compiled one win, three top-fives, seven top-10s and led 90 laps.
Crawford should have a decent truck, but he'll need to use the practices to make his truck better. He needs to qualify well. He and crew chief Cowboy Starland could use pit strategy to get the lead or end the season with another top-five finish.
5.) Kevin Harvick
In four races at the track, Harvick has compiled two top-fives, two top-10s and led 17 laps.
Harvick will have another stout, brand-new 2010 Silverado that should be fast. He'll qualify well. He'll take two tires, using pit strategy only to fall back but finish top five.
6.) Kyle Busch
In three races at the track, Busch has compiled two top-fives, three top-10s and led 133 laps.
Busch will have another stout truck that will be fast and should qualify well. He'll be tough most of the race, but will take on four fresh tires late and only make it back to sixth.
My Raybestos Rookie of the Race: Johnny Sauter
On tracks of one to two miles in length, Sauter's compiled one win, six top-fives, 10 top-10s, two poles and led 115 laps in 18 races.
He'll have another decent truck that will qualify well. He could be vying for the best possible finish in the closing laps and finish in the top 10.
My Sleeper Pick: Mike Skinner
In seven races at the track, Skinner has compiled one top-five, two top-10s, two poles and led 125 laps.
He should be another one with a decent truck. He needs to qualify well and be tough all race. He'll be vying for the win or the best possible finish.
Aric Almirola, Matt Crafton, and Colin Braun just missed the cut.
Timothy Peters, David Starr, Mike Bliss, Chad McCumbee, James Buescher and Tayler Malsam could all factor in, as well.
I've always liked Homestead. The champion gets crowned every year at the track, but what I like the most is it's a track were the pit crew plays a role in who wins.
With the two-stop rule, though, the crew probably won't play as big a role as in past years.
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