Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 | Texas Motor Speedway

David Ragan celebrates his first career Coors Light Pole Award in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after turning a lap of 189.820 mph Friday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


Don't you think David Ragan looks a little awkward in this picture?  I'm sure he'll get to feeling a little more comfortable with winning poles as the season progresses because I foresee a lot more Ford drivers taking poles and winning races this year with that nice FR9 powerplant they have under their hoods.  Last year they worked the bugs out of those engines and this year they're tweaking some awesome horsepower out of them.

Don't get me wrong, GM and Toyota have some pretty good powerplants too (the jury is out on Dodge at the moment), but those Ford cars have been running really well since the end of last season.

I'm picking the 17 of Matt Kenseth to be in victory lane tonight with Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson not too far behind.

Starting line-up is here (via nascar.com)

See you on the other side, in the comment area of course.

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