Dodging Rain at The Toyota Tundra 200

Leroy Watson Jr.Senior Writer IAugust 1, 2009

Live from the Infield at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., on the outskirts of Music City, U.S.A.



Today’s the day for the Toyota Tundra 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck race. The race will be under the lights tonight, with the starter’s flag going down at 7:00 p.m. CDT.


Sam Bass, an absolute NASCAR legend for his art and design work over the years (he is responsible for the spectacular, glossy Media Guide), and the man behind the stunning Les Paul Trophy Guitars handed out at Nashville Superspeedway, is the Grand Marshal for proceedings.


Former Tennessee Titan H-back Frank Wycheck will serve as Honorary Starter and will wave the green flag to kick off the race.


Post race, there will be a free concert at the south end of the grandstands, presented by Dillon Transportation, LLC.


I missed out on some of the fun and action in Friday’s qualifying; when I reached the Media Center, I was regaled by stories of a wreck in Turn Two and a second in Turn Four. I will have to scramble to get more details.


In Friday night’s Final Practice, Brian Scott, who sits sixth in the points race, turned the fastest lap, completing the 1.333 miles around the oval in 30.247 seconds, with a speed of 158.654 MPH in his Albertson’s Toyota.


Other notable practice laps included Ron Hornaday, Jr., three-time truck points champ and the current series leader, clocking the sixth-best time and speed of 158.089; Mike Skinner (currently second in points) turning a somewhat disappointing 157.860; and 2007 winner Travis Kvapil (a Sprint Cup series veteran) at just 156.972.


Even bigger news than any of that is the specter of rain looming over the race.


Around 2 p.m. CDT, race crews were sent scrambling back under cover, just moments after they had begun venturing onto the infield. Rain and car parts don’t mix, after all. The fans who had begun gathering for pre-race festivities were sent scurrying, as well.


This leaves all of us in the press box watching the weather channel or checking radar online. All signs are pointing to the Nashville area being hit by a deluge before the night is over. Only time will tell if the race itself is in jeopardy.


After all, the race grid can be set by virtue of owner’s points; however, my early stroll through the racer’s area and by the trailers did not turn up many signs of treaded tires, mostly just slicks.


Qualifying is underway now, however; more updates as the situation unfolds.