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Top Five Picks For Lucas Oil 150 Phoenix Truck Race

Horn FanSenior Writer INovember 12, 2009

This week the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will be racing Friday night under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway.

It's race No. 24 of 25. I have loved the Phoenix races ever since the inaugural event in 1988, won by the late Alan Kulwicki.

Here are 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 14 races at the track, Hornaday has compiled two wins, eight top-fives, 11 top-10s, two poles and led 152 laps.

Horn will have another stout truck. He'll be fast, qualify in the top three and stay out of trouble. He should dominate this race.

2.) Mike Skinner

In nine races at the track, Skinner has compiled two wins, six top-fives, eight top-10s, two poles and led 206 laps.

Skinner is always tough at Phoenix and should have a decent truck this week. He needs to qualify well. He will be fast and will be their in the closing laps vying for the win.

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3.) Kevin Harvick

In nine races at the track, Harvick has compiled three wins, four top-fives, four top-10s and led 243 laps.

Harvick will also have a stout truck. He'll be fast, qualify in the top five and be tough all race long.

4.) Todd Bodine

In five races at the track, Bodine has compiled one win, three top-fives, four top-10s and led 57 laps.

Bodine will be another one with a decent truck. He'll also be fast, qualify well and be tough.

5.) Kyle Busch

In four races at the track, Busch has compiled one win, two top-fives, three top-10s and led 157 laps.

Busch will be another one with a decent truck. He needs to qualify well. He's going to have tire issues by taking just fuel in his pit-stops but will end up with a top-five finish.

My Raybestos Rookie of the Race Pick: Johnny Sauter

Sauter has found success at Phoenix, picking up four top-10 finishes in the Cup and the Nationwide. He likes the track he dubbed flat, fun and great racing.

He should have another great run and collect another top-five finish. He's picked up 12 top-rookie honors so far in 2009.

My Sleeper Picks Are: Brian Scott and Mike Bliss

Brian Scott has driven in two races at the track. He finished fourth as a rookie.

This will be another track where Jeff Hensley will be an asset. Scott's crew will give him a really good truck. He should qualify well and drive fast. He could use pit strategy for the win.

Mike Bliss in 14 races at the track has compiled one win, three top-fives, seven top-10s, two poles and led 219 laps.

Bliss has always run well at Phoenix. He needs to qualify well and could be a spoiler, or at least pick up a decent finish.

Aric Almirola, Timothy Peters, Rick Crawford and Colin Braun just missed the cut.

James Buescher, Taylor Malsam, Matt Crafton, David Starr and Chad McCumbee could all factor in, as well.

It's always exciting when the trucks race at Phoenix. You end up with masterpieces like last year's Lucas Oil 150. As it does in my picture, Monument Hill offers the best seat in the house to watch the race action.

Photo Credit: Fan Central a Kevin Harvick Site

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