Top Five Picks for the Dover 200 Truck Race
This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets back to racing after a one-week layoff at Dover International Speedway for the Dover 200.
It's race No. 6 of 25. The trucks are always exciting 1 mile oval of concrete known as the Monster Mile and it makes for some exciting two-wide action.
Here are my top five picks for the race, along with my Raybestos Rookie of the Race and my Sleeper pick.
1) Ron Hornaday Jr.
In five races at the track, Horn has compiled one win, three top-fives, four top-10 finishes, won one pole, led 273 laps, has an average start of 6.6 and an average finish of 8.2.
Horn will have another stout Silverado at Dover, be wicked fast and should qualify top-three for the race.
If he already isn't dominating the race, he'll be amongst the lead pack and be in position to battle for the win in the closing laps.
2) Rowdy Busch
In five races at the track, Busch has compiled one win, one top-five, three top-10 finishes, led 41 laps, has an average start of 5.0 and an average finish of 11.8.
Busch will have a decent Tundra, be fast and should qualify in the top five. He could lead a portion of the race, be amongst the lead pack and could challenge for the win.
3) Johnny Sauter
As a rookie, he started the race in fourth, ran a really great race and finished in fifth.
Sauter will have another wicked fast KHI Silverado chassis at Dover, be fast and should qualify top-10 or better.
Expect him to spend the majority of the race in the top-five, be amongst the lead pack and could challenge for the win in closing laps.
4) Mike Skinner
In six races at the track, Skinner has compiled one top-five, five top-10 finishes, won two poles, led 113 laps, has an average start of 6.0 and an average finish of 9.7.
Skinner will be another one with a good Tundra, be fast, and will qualify on the front-row either on the pole or in the outside pole position.
He very easily could lead the race with a good truck, but expect him to battle hard for a top-five finish in the closing laps.
5) Jason White
In five races at the track, White has compiled one top-five, one top-10 finish, has an average start of 24.6 and an average finish of 23.0.
White will bring back the same chassis that he finished fourth last year with, should have a fast truck and will need to qualify well.
He should run top-10 most of the race, may use pit strategy for the lead and win, but expect him to have another top-five finish.
My Raybestos Rookie of the Race Pick: Austin Dillon
I'm going with Dillon this week again, he has a great team, and they are coming together nicely.
He's coming off of his break out race at Kansas, were he went a lap down due to speeding and would battle back after getting the Aaron's lucky dog to a sixth place finish.
Dillon, his rookie crew chief Danny Stockman and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shop very easily could be celebrating his first win at Dover or he'll end up with a top-five.
My Sleeper Pick: David Starr
In eight races at the track, Starr has compiled three top-fives, six top-10 finishes, won one pole, led three laps, has an average start of 13.5 and an average finish of 8.5.
Starr should have one of his better trucks this weekend, be fast and will need to qualify well for the race.
He should run top-10 the majority of the race, could use pit strategy to get the lead, and he'll battle hard for a top-five finish.
Matt Crafton, Timothy Peters and Ricky Carmichael just missed the cut.
Aric Almirola, Elliott Sadler, Johnny Benson Jr., Todd Bodine, James Buescher, and Stacy Compton could all factor in as well.
It should be an classic Dover truck race. They run the perfect amount of laps on the Monster Mile at 200 and it's never boring.
The big question is.
Will the streak of the first-time winners continue?
Will the streak of no repeat winners continue?
Will we see the first repeat winner Friday night?
Authors Note: This article is dedicated to the late Adam Petty, a tremendously talented Kid whom we lost 10 years ago today and no doubt he'd have been a champion.
Photo Credit: zimbio.com
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