This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets back to racing after a month off at Kansas Speedway.
It's race No. five of 25. The trucks are always exciting on the 1.5 mile tri-oval and it makes for some exciting three-wide action.
Here are my top top five picks for the race, along with my Raybestos Rookie of the Race pick and my sleeper pick.
1) Ron Hornaday Jr.
In five races at the track, Hornaday has compiled one win, two top-fives, three top-10 finishes, won two poles, led 217 laps, has an average start of 8.4 and an average finish of 8.0.
Horn will have another stout KHI Silverado. He should win the pole or be in the outside pole position, and either dominate the race or challenge for the win in the closing laps.
2) Mike Skinner
In six races at the track, Skinner has compiled one win, five top-fives, five top-10 finishes, won two poles, led 241 laps, has an average start of 5.7 and an average finish of 5.3.
Skinner will be racing the same chassis, he won last years race with. He should qualify top-five, be fast, race among the lead pack all day, and if not already leading will challenge for the win in the closing laps.
3) Todd Bodine
In six racesat the track, Bodine has one win, one top-five, three top-10 finishes, led 94 laps, has an average start of 20.3 and an average finish of 12.3.
Bodine will be another one racing with an older chassis. He needs to qualify well, should be fast, run close to the lead pack and with a good handling truck could challenge for the win or battle for a top-five finish.
4) Johnny Benson Jr.
In five races at the track, Benson has compiled three top-fives, four top-10 finishes, has an average start of 17.4 and an average finish of 9.4.
It's so awesome to see JB back racing in a truck race.
JB will have a really fast Tundra, will need to qualify well, and expecct him to challenge for the win or battle his way to another top-five finish.
5) Johnny Sauter
As a rookie Sauter started the race 12th, then ran a really good race and finished in ninth.
Sauter will have one of those stout super fast KHI Silverado's. He should qualify top-10, be fast, and expect him to battle his way to a top-five finish.
My Raybestos Rookie of the Race Pick: Austin Dillon
Dillon will be making his debut at Kansas, but he's been on a roll winning three straight top rookie honors and it'll be no different on Sunday. As he'll continue his streak on Sunday.
He'll have another one of those KHI Silverado's. Dillon should qualify top-10 or better, run most of the race in the top-15, and could best his career best finish of 10th.
My Sleeper Pick: Brian Ickler
Ickler as a rookie started the race ninth, ran an excellent race, and finished the race in fifth.
He'll be racing with chassis set-up for Rowdy Busch. Ickler should qualify top-10 or better, be fast, and could very well challenge for his first win or have another top-five finish.
Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters, and Ricky Carmichael just missed the cut.
Jason White, James Buescher, Aric Almirola, Rick Crawford, David Starr, Brett Butler, and Ken Schrader could all factor in as well.
It'll be exciting to have the trucks back in action racing again after a month off.
I've never cared too much for the cookie cutter tracks, but have to say the Truck Series runs the perfect amount of at Kansas, 167 to be exact.
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