Open race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400 | Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, KY - JUNE 29: The #48 Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet of pole sitter Jimmie Johnson sits in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 29, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Interesting race last night. Interesting in the fact that the #3 car dominated and won giving Austin Dillon his first Nationwide race win with an exclamation point.

Will we such a domination in today's race? Probably not, but never say never either because a win such as Dillon's at the Cup level isn't unheard of.

Who would be able to pull off such a feat? Pole sitter Jimmy Johnson could, along with any of his Hendrick teammates, except for maybe Kahne - his team isn't consistent enough yet.

And anyone out of the Roush racing stable too. I bet Kenseth ends up having a good run today. Call it a hunch but usually when a team makes a big announcement that their driver is leaving at the end of the year they either go out and run hard or implode like a bad car wreck on the Interstate. I honestly think that the #17 team will not crash and burn but rather rise to the occasion and prove to everyone that will not be a lame-duck team.

Oh, and the last time I had a hunch that a driver will have a good run, Austin Dillon won his first ever Nationwide race. Let's see if I can go 2-for-2 this weekend.


Starting line up after the jump! See you in the comments.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's Dover White 181.818 29.700 Leader
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Red, White & Blue 181.421 29.765 -0.065
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 181.147 29.810 -0.110
4 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Folds of Honor 180.367 29.939 -0.239
5 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 180.337 29.944 -0.244
6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-hour Energy 180.228 29.962 -0.262
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 180.222 29.963 -0.263
8 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 180.204 29.966 -0.266
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 180.036 29.994 -0.294
10 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 179.964 30.006 -0.306
11 16 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross 179.754 30.041 -0.341
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Mac Tools 179.509 30.082 -0.382
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 179.337 30.111 -0.411
14 51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Phoenix Construction Services 179.206 30.133 -0.433
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 179.075 30.155 -0.455
16 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 179.045 30.160 -0.460
17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 178.992 30.169 -0.469
18 20 Joey Logano Toyota Dollar General 178.867 30.190 -0.490
19 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Quaker State 178.737 30.212 -0.512
20 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Fifth Third Bank 178.230 30.298 -0.598
21 13 Casey Mears Ford Valvoline NextGen 177.825 30.367 -0.667
22 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 177.801 30.371 -0.671
23 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 177.020 30.505 -0.805
24 195 Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing 176.505 30.594 -0.894
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford UPS 176.217 30.644 -0.944
26 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row 175.970 30.687 -0.987
27 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 175.730 30.729 -1.029
28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products 175.615 30.749 -1.049
29 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 175.211 30.820 -1.120
30 26 Josh Wise* Ford MDS Transport 175.080 30.843 -1.143
31 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 175.063 30.846 -1.146
32 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 174.757 30.900 -1.200
33 34 David Ragan Ford Front Row Motorsports 174.695 30.911 -1.211
34 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King 174.402 30.963 -1.263
35 98 Michael McDowell Ford Presbyterian Healthcare System 174.402 30.963 -1.263
36 23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 174.345 30.973 -1.273
37 119 Mike Bliss Toyota Humphrey Smith Racing 174.272 30.986 -1.286
38 10 David Reutimann Chevrolet Outsourcing in the USA@TMone 173.511 31.122 -1.422
39 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 172.199 31.359 -1.659
40 38 David Gilliland+ Ford Taco Bell - - -
41 32 Ken Schrader+ Ford Federated Auto Parts - - -
42 36 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet SealWrap - - -
43 33 Stephen Leicht* Chevrolet Little Joes
Autos.com
173.132 31.190 -1.490
Did Not Qualify
- 249 J.J. Yeley Toyota America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents - - -
- 52 Mike Skinner Toyota CrusaderStaff
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+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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