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Top Five Picks for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer IAugust 27, 2009

This week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Friday night under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway.

It's race No. 16 of 25 and the trucks will be making their debut at the one-and-a-half mile Midwest oval. It's the first of two inaugural events in a row.

Here are my top five picks for the race, along with a sleeper pick, and my Raybestos Rookie of the Race pick.

1.) Brian Scott has compiled the following stats on one-two mile tracks; 29 races, one win, six top fives, 11 top 10 finishes, and 51 laps led.

Scott should unload with a fast truck and qualify top five. His Jeff Hensley crew will be an asset for him but he should run well all day and this time it'll be Horn chasing him for the win.

2.) Ron Hornaday Jr. has compiled the following stats on one-two mile tracks; 110 races, 22 wins, 56 top-fives, 79 top-10 finishes, 10 poles, and 3,505 laps led.

Horn should unload with a fast truck and qualify top three. We may see crew chief Rick Ren use pit strategy getting tires on a late caution to get the lead, and he'll be battling Scott for the win.

While I could have pick either one for the win, I think it'll come down to who has the best truck late, and something tells me Scott won't be doing any chasing this time.

3.) Mike Skinner has compiled the following stats on one-two mile tracks; 98 races, eight wins, 36 top-fives, 58 top-10 finishes, 30 poles, and 2,512 laps led.

Skinner should have a fast truck and needs to qualify well. He can't afford to make any mistakes but he should be tough and be there in the end vying for the win.

4.) Colin Braun has compiled the following stats on one-two mile tracks; 23 races, four top-fives, nine top-10 finishes and led 54 laps.

Braun should have a decent truck and needs to qualify well. He could also use pit strategy to get the lead, but think it'll get him a top-five finish.

5.) Rick Crawford has compiled the following stats on one-two mile tracks; 168 races, two wins, 45 top-fives, 90 top-10 finishes, four poles, and 1,049 laps led.

Crawford should be on his game being in his sponsor's backyard. He'll be hungry for a win, and should have a good truck, should qualify well. We could see them use pit strategy for the lead but think he'll battle his way into the top five.

5.) Rowdy Busch has compiled the following stats on one-two mile tracks; 35 races, eight wins, 17 top-fives, 27 top-10 finishes, two poles, and 1,042 laps led.

Busch should have a fast truck, qualify well, run a decent race, and be vying for the win in the late stages.

With the return of crew chief Richie Wauters, they'll gamble putting tires on during a late caution, they won't get one and ultimately end up with a top five finish.

Could make up my mind to either pick Crawford or Busch, so I stuck them both in the top five and it's actually six picks again this week.

My Raybestos Rookie of the Race is James Buescher. He's got one top five and two top 10 finishes on one two-mile tracks this year.

Buescher is so close to a breakout race, why not in his sponsors back yard? He needs to qualify well, and we could see him finish third to sixth on Friday night.

My Sleeper pick is Terry Cook. He has compiled the following stats on one-two mile tracks; 168 races, four wins, 16 top-fives, 65 top-10 finishes, three poles, and 514 laps led.

Cook should have a decent truck, needs to qualify well, could use pit strategy to get the lead or be up front vying for the win.

I basically used statistics to comply my picks. I based my pick of Scott winning on his performance over the last six races and it'll be interesting to see how well I did.

Easily could have had Matt Crafton, David Starr, Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters, Dennis Setzer, or Tayler Malsam in my top five picks, but I figure they'd finish out of the top five. 

It definitely will be exciting to see the trucks racing under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway and it's a shame they haven't been racing at the track sooner.

While many drivers and crew chiefs compare it to Kansas or Homestead, but I think you could add Atlanta or Charlotte to the above two mentioned tracks.

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