Alright, last week’s picks didn’t go so well for me. I ended up 1678th out of 4500 in the Wind Tunnel Super 7 Sweep pool. It was still in the top half of the field but that’s what happens when Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick (in NNS) all lay eggs. This week, the Camping World Truck Series is the only S7S series in action so I’m giving you my team for this week and why I think I’ve got the right team for the job.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Darlington
- #30 Todd Bodine
- #33 Ron Hornaday
- #18 Kasey Kahne
- #17 Timothy Peters
- #2 Elliott Sadler
- #3 Austin Dillon
- #13 Johnny Sauter
Todd Bodine won the 2010 Too Tough To Tame 200. While he hasn’t led a lap or finished in the top ten so far in 2011, we all know it’s a matter of time before he breaks through this season.
Ron Hornaday is the type of driver that you always think could win at any tract the CWTS goes to. He finished 3rd at Darlington last year and has been running strong so far this season. I listed Bodine as my first pick here but I like Hornaday for the win this weekend.
Why pick the ringer Kahne? After all, this will only be his fourth CWTS start. However, he has two wins and three top fives in those starts. One of his wins came in the 2004 Darlington race which was the last before 2004. He’ll also be in a Kyle Busch truck. If you add all those together, I think he’ll be a safe bet in this race.
Timothy Peters finished second in last year’s Darlington race after starting on the pole. He also runs well on lower-banked tracks like Darlington, Nashville and Michigan. Okay, they’re not exactly identical but Peters is good in these sorts of quick but flat tracks.
Elliott Sadler drives for perennial CWTS contender Kevin Harvick Inc. Their trucks have been running strong all season and there’s no reason why it should change this weekend.
Austin Dillon ran in the top five for most of last year’s race and was a legitimate threat to pick up the win before fading back to 5th. He’s quick and maturing as a driver. Driving for Richard Childress can’t hurt his chances.
Johnny Sauter is another one of those flat track specialists. Unlike Peters, Sauter seemed a bit more low-profile to me. However, he made his way from 13th to 4th on a track where passing in known to be difficult. The guy’s a racer and that makes him a good dark horse at the track that’s too tough to tame.
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