Open Race Thread: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 400 | Texas Motor Speedway

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 07: The wrecked #24 Made in USA Brand Chevrolet truck of Max Gresham is seen in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Series WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 7, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)

Things are bigger in Texas, so they say anyway. I don't know if I totally agree with that statement 100% but tonight's race potentially could be a big one. Big on points (just 22 points betwen first and fifth in standings), big on weather (no clouds in the forecast), and potentially big on wrecks (just ask Max Gresham).

To me Texas is the track that was forced onto me as a fan, as both of it's race dates came from two of my more favorite tracks at the time that were bought for the sole purpose of giving Texas NASCAR Cup race dates.

North Wilkesboro was bought and closed by it's new owners who transferred it's race dates to their other tracks, New Hampshire and Texas. North Wilkesboro still sits almost exactly as it was when it ran it's last Winston Cup race - a forgotten track sitting in a void of time paying tribute to those who once raced there.

One race date wasn't enough though so Bruton Smith, Owner of Texas Motorspeedway, bought North Carolina Speedway, otherwise known as 'The Rock' to race fans, and transferred it's race date to Texas and volia we got ourselves a brand new race track complete with two NASCAR Sprint Cup race dates. Other NASCAR dates for Nationwide and Trucks soon followed.

Still leaves a sour taste in my mouth though.

With that being said, I've got nothing to complain about racing at Texas now a days, although it wasn't that good when it first opened with groundwater problems (among other things), but to Bruton's credit he and his crew have worked to make it a bigger and better facility. Admittedly the track has grown on me, but to be honest I'd still like to see them racing at The Rock and North Wilkes again.

Looking forward to seeing how the race is going to unfold tonight.

Qualifying was rained out, so the field was set by Owner Points.

Starting line up is after the jump, see you there!

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet CollegeComple
te.com
N/A N/A N/A
2 17 Timothy Peters Toyota Toyota N/A N/A N/A
3 3 Ty Dillon* Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats N/A N/A N/A
4 31 James Buescher Chevrolet Koike.com N/A N/A N/A
5 29 Parker Kligerman Ram Terse Towpower / Mopar N/A N/A N/A
6 2 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino N/A N/A N/A
7 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Red Horse Racing N/A N/A N/A
8 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Chevrolet Qualcomm / Autotrac N/A N/A N/A
9 9 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet SWM / AM FM Energy N/A N/A N/A
10 88 Matt Crafton Toyota Menards / Goof Off N/A N/A N/A
11 22 Joey Coulter Chevrolet RCR / darrellgwynnf-
oundation.org
N/A N/A N/A
12 09 John Wes Townley* Toyota Toyota Care N/A N/A N/A
13 23 Jason White Ford GunBroker.com N/A N/A N/A
14 27 Brandon Knupp Chevrolet Hillman Racing N/A N/A N/A
15 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Unite For Diabetes / Duroline Brakes N/A N/A N/A
16 33 Cale Gale* Chevrolet Rheem N/A N/A N/A
17 81 David Starr Toyota Build Your Future / Zachry N/A N/A N/A
18 18 Jason Leffler Toyota Dollar General N/A N/A N/A
19 98 Dakoda Armstrong* Toyota EverFi.com N/A N/A N/A
20 13 Johnny Sauter Toyota Hot Honeys / Curb Records N/A N/A N/A
21 24 Max Gresham* Chevrolet Made in USA Brand N/A N/A N/A
22 5 Paulie Harraka* Ford Dollar Racing N/A N/A N/A
23 08 Ross Chastain* Toyota Watermelon / Holiday Inn Express N/A N/A N/A
24 99 Bryan Silas* Ford Rockingham Speedway N/A N/A N/A
25 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet Pull A Part Used Auto Parts N/A N/A N/A
26 84 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet Boggy Creek Air Boat Rides N/A N/A N/A
27 93 Brent Raymer Chevrolet RSS Racing N/A N/A N/A
28 07 Johnny Chapman Toyota Wear Your Gear / www.Bobber .info N/A N/A N/A
29 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Ram Driven2Honor.org N/A N/A N/A
30 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing N/A N/A N/A
31 165 Scott Stenzel Chevrolet Making the Driver N/A N/A N/A
32 73 Rick Crawford Chevrolet Trans Pecos Trucking / Superseal N/A N/A N/A
33 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink N/A N/A N/A
34 214 Brandon Miller Chevrolet NTS, Inc. N/A N/A N/A
35 0 Chris Lafferty Ram Driven2Honor.org N/A N/A N/A
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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