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NASCAR on FOX 2006 preview: Craftsman Truck champion

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Watch the Craftsman Truck banquet on SPEED at 10 p.m. ET and again at 2 a.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 26.

Jeff Hammond: Todd Bodine. If he decides that he's going to run for the championship and the rest of the field doesn't derail him, you're going to have to look at Todd Bodine. As strong as that Toyota team was in the last part of the season, coming on like they did at the end of the year, he certainly would have been a contender if not the cat that got the trophy in 2005 if he hadn't tried to switch teams around like he did.

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Larry McReynolds: Todd Bodine. The plot continues to thicken over there. But if nothing major changes, how could you pick against Todd Bodine? My gosh! He's not only been consistent, but he just mutilated the field in the final third of the 2005 season. Toyota continues to get stronger and stronger. I know Dodge is pulling back a little bit of their support for the Truck series. Without having a crystal ball, all I can base my pick off of is what happened through Homestead. If Bodine and that team can keep their momentum, they will be the ones to watch. That's one of those teams that hated to see the 2005 season end. Steve Byrnes: Todd Bodine. If Todd Bodine's deal stays solid, I've got to give the nod to Todd. At the end of the season, it just seems like he's always running at the front. If he's in a consistent effort, I just really like Bodine. Sentimentally, I'd like to see Dennis Setzer win it, but Bodine was the class of the field late in the season. Krista Voda: Dennis Setzer. Well, if Ted Musgrave finally got the monkey off his back, why shouldn't Dennis Setzer be able to do the same? Because Todd Bodine is charging hard. Those season-ending wins are momentum for Bodine in 2006. Even so, I think Setzer's solidarity will be too tough to overcome. Ryan McGee: Dennis Setzer. The poor guy has finished second in points three times in a row! It would be a shame to see one of the sport's classiest acts have to run his entire career without a title.

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