Top Five Picks for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Truck Race
This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicks off its 2010 season Friday night at Daytona International Speedway.
It's race No. 1 of 25, the trucks always put on the best race during speedweeks, and Daytona looks like its best all lit up at night with trucks racing on it.
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 five races at the track, Bodine has compiled two wins, five top fives, five top-10 finishes, and led 104 laps.
Bodine will have old faithful back at Daytona— it's chassis No. 058, and with it he's won four of the last five superspeedway races.
He'll have a really good truck, be fast and qualify top five. Expect the Onion (his nickname) to be in the lead pack most of the race, so in the closing laps he can make his move for the win coming to the checkers.
2. Rick Crawford
In 10 races at the track, Crawford has compiled one win, three top fives, six top- 10 finishes and led 64 laps.
Crawford should have a fast truck, since Daytona is one of his better tracks, and qualifying well will be important for him.
He should stay close to the leaders, staying out of trouble will also be important for him, and in the closing laps should be challenging for the win.
3. Rowdy Busch
In two races at the track, Busch has compiled two top fives, two top-10 finishes, and led 18 laps.
It'll be his maiden voyage as an owner, and it'll be exciting since it's at Daytona. Busch will have a decent truck, be fast, and should qualify well.
He should be in the lead pack in the closing laps, be vying for the win battling to the checkers or a top five finish.
4. Ron Hornaday Jr.
In six races at the track, Hornaday has compiled one top five, two top-10 finishes, and led 18 laps.
Horn will be kicking off his Drive for Five titles campaign at Daytona and it marks the start of the Horn/Fuge era.
He'll have the oldest chassis in his stable, but it's still a stout truck and will be fast. Horn should qualify top five, stay out of trouble, and be vying for the win or another top five finish.
5. Mike Skinner
In six races at the track, Skinner has compiled two top fives, three top-10 finishes and led 54 laps.
Skinner will be another one with a decent truck, should be fast, and needs to qualify well. He also needs to stay out of truck, don't drive to aggressively, and be one of the drivers in the lead pack vying for the win or a top five finish.
My Raybestos Rookie of the Race Pick: Justin Lofton
Lofton has prior racing experience at Daytona in ARCA. Last year he started the race from the pole, ran a really good race and finished third.
He needs to qualify well, run a smart race while staying out of trouble, and could see him having a top 15 finish.
My Sleeper Picks: Johnny Sauter and Aric Almirola (Couldn't decide, so I'm going with both)
Sauter should have a stout truck, be fast, and qualify well. He could very well be challenging for the win, but needs to stay out of trouble and could easily finish top five.
Almirola will have one of Rowdies stout chassis, be fast, and needs to qualify well. If he can run like he did last fall at Talladega. Look out because he very easily could win the race or end up finishing top five.
Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton, and Elliott Sadler just missed the cut.
Johnny Benson, David Starr, Tayler Malsam, Ted Musgrave and Austin Dillon could also factor in as well.
It should be another classic race, it's just cool to see the trucks drafting on a Superspeedway, and it should be another four-wide finish to the checkers.
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