We are hitting the time of year when all three of the top touring series tend to go their separate ways for a few weeks. This weekend the Camping World Truck Series is in Texas, where everything is bigger.
Don’t be fooled by cowboys hats and oh yea the guns that Texas Motor Speedway offers its winners, the race on Friday night is sure to be a wild one with the championship points so close and every finish meaning more and more.
In this week’s preview its all about the veteran racers still looking for their first wins of 2010.
Ron Hornaday, Jr. has not won in 2010 but it is not for the lack of trying. They have had fast trucks on a week to week basis. At TMS they have a solid 7.9 average finish in his last 10 starts. In that time he has racked up two wins and five top fives and seven top 10 finishes.
After his third place win last week at Charlotte he moved up to fourth in the standings and has steadily gained every week since his slow start early this season.
He doesn’t need a win to prove he is a championship contender but it sure would help jumps start this summer season.
Johnny Benson will be racing this weekend for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the No. 18 in place of Kyle Busch. Busch is not running the full schedule and particularly the non-companion races.
Benson could not be a better pick to take his place this weekend. He hasn’t had a full time ride since 2008. Partly because of a poor economy and horrific crash that forced him out of the truck for recovery.
Benson at TMS in his last nine starts he has an average finish of 13th and last June here he finished fourth.
I think Benson is ready to prove he still has it and can win races. In four starts this season he has four top 10 finishes and two top five finishes. Benson will be driving good equipment and will be a contender for Friday nights Texas duel.
My rookie profile is Jennifer Jo Cobb. I have watched her in every race this season and while this team might not be contending for race wins, they are truly doing it the hard way. Cobb finances the team on her own.
This will be Cobb’s first time at TMS on Friday night. So far this season her average finish is 24.9 but she racks 18th in the standings.
She finishes races and if you remember back to Daytona when she got wrecked early, she was determined to get back in the truck.
Weather should not be a factor on Friday night. There is a chance for a stray storm but all in all this race should go off without a delay.
Watch for pit strategy to come into play with a long green flag run usually halfway through this race. Track position will as always be important.
My drivers to watch this weekend are Benson, Timothy Peters and Aric Almirola. My pick to win is Benson to get his first win of 2010.
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