Open Race Thread: NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 | Chicagoland Speedway

JOLIET, IL - JULY 22: Johanna Long, driver of the #70 Fore Travel Motorcoach Chevrolet, signs autographs during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 22, 2012 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Nationwide on a Sunday? Cool! Speaking of cool, it is going to be so neat to see virtually a whole Nationwide field with no Cup regulars, except Ky Busch, in the race line up.

I don't count Truck regulars as poachers in the Nationwide Series as I see it as they are moving a step up in the developmental focus of NASCAR's top 3 racing series, whereas 'stepping down' from Cup has nothing to do with development (unless that person is still a fairly young driver getting some seat time at tracks where they may not have a lot of experience).

Another cool thing is to see NASCAR RnR's (OK, Matt's) favorite Nationwide driver, Johanna Long qualify in the top 15.

Like I said in yesterday's Open Race Thread for the truck series look for somebody who is not 'favored to win' win the race - or a RCR driver. It just seems to flow that way!

Starting line-up after the jump! See you on the other side!

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Rancher's Reserve / Dominick's / Cargill 176.916 30.523 Leader
2 3 Austin Dillon* Chevrolet AdvoCare 176.783 30.546 -0.023
3 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Alliance Truck Parts 176.367 30.618 -0.095
4 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster Energy 175.833 30.711 -0.188
5 22 Parker Kligerman Dodge Discount Tire 175.804 30.716 -0.193
6 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General 175.667 30.740 -0.217
7 44 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 175.285 30.807 -0.284
8 88 Cole Whitt* Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 175.222 30.818 -0.295
9 18 Ryan Truex Toyota Grime Boss 174.865 30.881 -0.358
10 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet Rheem / Menards 174.492 30.947 -0.424
11 109 Kenny Wallace Toyota Family Farmers 174.087 31.019 -0.496
12 70 Johanna Long* Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 173.617 31.103 -0.580
13 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 173.460 31.131 -0.608
14 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J 173.377 31.146 -0.623
15 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Hunt Brothers Pizza 173.344 31.152 -0.629
16 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 173.049 31.205 -0.682
17 81 Jason Bowles* Toyota American Majority 173.049 31.205 -0.682
18 30 James Buescher Chevrolet Fresh from Florida Gulf Seafood 173.044 31.206 -0.683
19 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 172.298 31.341 -0.818
20 23 Jamie Dick Chevrolet Viva Auto Group 172.227 31.354 -0.831
21 38 Brad Sweet* Chevrolet Great Clips 172.194 31.360 -0.837
22 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 171.625 31.464 -0.941
23 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports 171.527 31.482 -0.959
24 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Gerber Collision & Glass 171.396 31.506 -0.983
25 41 Timmy Hill Ford Poynt.com 171.233 31.536 -1.013
26 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 170.794 31.617 -1.094
27 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Phoenix Automotive Cores / USS James E. Williams DDG 95 170.729 31.629 -1.106
28 39 Josh Richards Ford NSW Kids 170.541 31.664 -1.141
29 42 Blake Koch Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 169.977 31.769 -1.246
30 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota G-Oil / Noah's Light Foundation 169.742 31.813 -1.290
31 47 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 169.635 31.833 -1.310
32 199 Travis Pastrana Toyota Boost Mobile 169.587 31.842 -1.319
33 4 Danny Efland Chevrolet Tradebank 169.210 31.913 -1.390
34 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet TheMotorsportsGroup.com 169.109 31.932 -1.409
35 117 Tanner Berryhill Toyota New Gulf Resources 168.982 31.956 -1.433
36 124 Benny Gordon* Chevrolet SR2 Motorsports 168.750 32.000 -1.477
37 52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet Metro Ministries 168.740 32.002 -1.479
38 50 T.J. Bell Chevrolet Beaver Bail Bonds 167.567 32.226 -1.703
39 108 Tim Andrews Ford Randy Hill Racing 166.236 32.484 -1.961
40 171 Matthew Carter Chevrolet Rick Ware Racing 165.924 32.545 -2.022
41 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Racing With Jesus / Hyland's Leg Cramps 165.771 32.575 -2.052
42 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink 163.939 32.939 -2.416
43 15 Carl Long Chevrolet RWR / Lilly Trucking 161.686 33.398 -2.875
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