Top Five Picks for the Kroger 200 Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer IOctober 23, 2009

This week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.

It's race No. 21 of 25, and it should be exciting to see the trucks back on the historic 0.526 mile oval. Nothing tops the trucks on the short tracks.

Here are my top five picks along with a sleeper pick and my Raybestos Rookie pick.

1.)  Ron Hornaday Jr.

In 14 races at the track, Hornaday has compiled five top fives, eight top 10 finishes, one pole, and has led 177 laps.

Horn will unload with a short track, he'll be fast, hungry for his first win at the track, and qualify for the top three. If he doesn't dominate the race, he'll be there in the end, vying for the win and looking to gain points.

1.)  Mike Skinner

In 13 races at the track, Skinner has compiled three wins, six top fives, nine top 10 finishes, one pole, and has led 593 laps.

Skinner will have his best truck this week and should be fast and qualify on the pole. He'll be tough all day and will be vying for the win if not already leading in the closing laps.

I just couldn't decide which one to pick for the win. Do I go with the driver who has the best stats at the track or who has the best short track stats from the loop data for the season?

So for one of these two will win, it'll come down to who has the best truck in the closing laps, but a late caution could throw a ringer in this pick and we could see pit strategy used to steal a win by one of the drivers with nothing to lose.

3.)  Rick Crawford

In 19 races at the tarck, Crawford has compiled one win, eight top fives, 11 top 10 finishes, two poles, and has led 197 laps.

Crawford should have a good truck, he's tough on short-tracks, needs to qualify well, could use pit strategy for the led, and will be vying for the win or another solid top five finish.

4.) Dennis Setzer

In 19 races at the track, Setzer has compiled three wins, eight top fives, 12 top-10 finishes and has led 458 laps.

Setzer regardless what he drives he's always good at the track, he'll be both fast and tough, needs to qualify well, could use pit strategy to steal a win and will be their in the end vying for a top five finish.

5.) Aric Almirola

Almirola has run two races at the track, but his finishes this year on short tracks in 2009 that are impressive: he made the cut, picked up three top fives, one top 10 finish, and led 64 laps in four races.

Almirola should have a decent truck, be fast, should qualify well, and may challenge for the win, but will collect another top five.

My Raybestos Rookie of the Race pick is James Buescher. He ran a excellent race in the spring and finished with a hard-fought 11th-place finish.

He'll have a decent truck, needs to qualify well, should have another great finish, and collect a top 10 finish.

My Sleeper Pick is Denny Hamlin. He has run three truck races, collected one top 10 finish, and has led 64 laps.

Hamlin will have a good truck, should qualify well, could factor in the finish, or pick up a top five on his home track.

Kevin Harvick, Brian Scott, Timothy Peters, and Matt Crafton just missed the cut.

Then Colin Braun, Johnny Sauter, tayler Malsam, Todd Bodine, David Starr, and Terry Cook could all factor in as well.

Nothing in NASCAR tops the trucks on a short track—especially seeing them on the historic Martinsville track. It's definitely going to be another instant classic.


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