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!
|3||3||Ty Dillon*||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats||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-
|12||09||John Wes Townley*||Toyota||Toyota Care||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|
|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|
|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|
* Denotes Rookie