Top Five Picks for the VFW 200 Truck Race
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway.
It's race No. nine of 25. We'll see a completely different race this year, as Roush-Fenway Racing has dominated, winning five races, and not one previous winner is in the field.
Here are my top five picks, along with my Raybestos Rookie of the Race pick and my sleeper pick.
1) Kyle Busch
In four races at the track, Busch has compiled three top-fives, four top-10 finishes, won one pole, led 117 laps, has an average start of 3.5, and an average finish of 3.2.
Busch will have one of his Roush chassis that's been converted to a Toyota Tundra. He will be fast and should qualify well.
He will either dominate or be amongst the leaders, and, if not already leading, he'll battle hard for the win.
2) Mike Skinner
In seven races at the track, Skinner has compiled four top-fives, five top-10 finishes, won two poles, led 67 laps, has an average start of 5.3, and an average finish of 7.3.
Skinner looks rejuvenated with making a crew chief after Charlotte. He should have "Old Faithful", his nickname for his favorite chassis, be fast, and will need to qualify well.
He should be in the lead pack, challenge for the win, and battle hard for the best possible finish.
3) Todd Bodine
In five races at the track, Bodine has compiled two top-fives, four top-10 finishes, led 48 laps, has an average start of 11.0, and an average finish of 7.4.
Bodine is another who should have a good Toyota Tundra, be fast, and needs to qualify well.
He should be amongst the top-five most of the race, could challenge for the win, and try pit strategy to steal the win or settle for the best possible finish.
4) Ron Hornaday Jr.
In six races at the track, Horn has compiled four top-10 finishes, led 13 laps, has an average start of 11.0, and an average finish of 14.3.
Horn will have a very stout Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet, be fast, and qualify top-five.
He should be amongst the lead pack, lead some laps, and with a good truck, he could challenge for the win or settle for another top-five.
Crew chief Doug George could be an asset for him if the race comes down to pit strategy, since he's won with Kyle Busch using pit strategy.
5) Matt Crafton
In eight races at the track, Crafton has compiled two top-fives, two top-10 finishes, led two laps, has an average start of 14.6, and an average finish of 16.6.
Crafton will have a really good KHI Cheverolet, be fast, and should qualify in the top-five.
He should run the majority of the race in the top-five, be close to the leaders, and in the closing laps will battle hard for a top-five finish.
My Raybestos Rookie of the Race pick: Justin Lofton
Back in 2008, Justin Lofton picked up his first ARCA win at Michigan, running a flawless race, and he's my rookie pick this week.
Lofton knows how to get around Michigan, but will need to qualify well, should run close to the top-10, and battle hard for a top-10 finish.
My Sleeper pick: Elliott Sadler
Sadler is making his debut start at Michigan in the trucks. He'll have a stout KHI Cheverolet, be fast, and should qualify top-10.
He should lead some laps, with a good truck he could challenge for the win and hopefully, he can turn his luck around with a good finish in the top-five.
Timothy Peters, Johnny Sauter, and Aric Almirola just missed the cut.
Austin Dillon, Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher, and David Starr could also be factors in the race.
I'm not a big fan of the MIS track, but I have to say that the Truck Series runs 100 Laps/200 Miles, and that's the perfect distance at this track.
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