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Top Five Picks for the Lucas Oil 200 Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2009

This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Saturday night under the lights at Iowa Speedway.

It's race number 17 of 25, the trucks break new ground on the .875 mile oval built by Rusty Wallace and more importantly it's a brand new market for the series.

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

1.) Ron Hornaday Jr.

In the four short-track races held so far during the 2009 season he's compiled the following finishes; two wins at Memphis and O'Reilly, a second at Martinsville and a third at Bristol.

Horn will have a stout truck, get the truck fine tuned on Friday during the extra practice sessions, qualify on the pole, his Rick Ren led crew will be the difference, should dominate the race, lead the most laps and collect his 21st career short track win at Iowa.

2.) Mike Skinner

In the four short-track races held so far during the 2009 season he's compiled the following finishes; a sixth at Memphis, a second at O'Reilly, a third at Martinsville and 20th at Bristol.

Skinner should have a fast truck, benefit from the extra practice sessions on Friday, needs to qualify well, be tough all day, may use pit strategy to get the lead or track position late and could be vying for the win in the closing laps.

3.) Aric Almirola

He has run three of the four short-track races run so far during the 2009 season. He's compiled the following finishes; a fourth at Memphis, a third at O'Reilly and a sixth at Bristol.

Almirola should have a decent truck, benefit from the extra practice sessions on Friday, should qualify top-10, will benefit from crew chief Doug George, with a fast truck late won't be surprised to see him in the mix battling for the win.

4.) Brian Scott

Having run in all four of the short-track races run so far during the 2009 season, he's compiled the following finishes; a eighth at Martinsville, a second at Memphis, a 12th at O'Reilly and a fifth at Bristol.

Scott will unload with a fast truck, will fine tune the truck during Friday's extra practice sessions, qualify top five, make no mistakes, will be tough and could be their in the end vying for the win.

5.) Matt Crafton

He has run in all four of the short-track races run so far during the 2009 season. He's compiled the following finishes; a ninth at Martinsville, fifth at Memphis, a 16th at O'Reilly and a second at Bristol.

Crafton needs to have a fast truck, will benefit from the extra practice sessions on Friday, needs to lead some laps, do whatever it takes to get up front and more importantly the win.

My Raybestos Rookie of the Race is Brian Ickler. He finished 12th at Memphis in his only short-track start of the season.

But he has won a Camping World Series East race in 2008 at the track and got valuable seat-time in the Nationwide race earlier in the season.

Ickler should have a decent race, benefit from Friday's extra practice sessions, benefit from Richie Wauters, should qualify well, and finish solidly in the top-10.

My Sleeper Pick is Timothy Peters. He's run in all four of the short-track races run so far during the 2009 season. He's compiled the following finishes; a 22nd at Martinsville, a seventh at Memphis, a 17th at O'Reilly and a 10th at Bristol.

Peters should have a decent truck, benefit from Friday's extra practice sessions, needs to qualify well and could factor into the win using pit strategy.

I basically just used the stats from the four short-track races run so far this season to comply my picks for the inaugural Lucas Oil 200.

Easily could have picked Todd Bodine, Terry Cook, Rick Crawford, and David Starr but felt they'll finish just out of the top five. Wish I could have picked JB or Dennis Setzer.

Should be an exciting race under the lights at Iowa. It's always a sweet deal to see the series move into a new market.

It's always a classic when the Trucks race on the short-tracks and sure the war at the track Wallace built will be no different.

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