Snapshot: Texas truck race
June 06, 2014, Zack Albert, NASCAR.com
What: 18th annual WinStar World Casino & Resort 400
Where: Texas Motor Speedway
When: Friday, June 6
TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1 (on air at 8:30 p.m. ET), MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (2 p.m. ET)
Distance: 167 laps; 250.5 miles
Pit road speed: 45 mph
Caution car speed: 55 mph
Fuel window: 54 laps
Keystone Light Pole Qualifying: 5:10 p.m. ET (three segments)
Fastest in practice:
First practice: Johnny Sauter, ThorSport Racing No. 98 Toyota (177.247 mph)
Final practice: German Quiroga, Red Horse Racing No. 77 Toyota (176.476 mph)
Defending race winner: Jeb Burton, ThorSport Racing No. 13 Toyota (won last year while driving for Turner Scott Motorsports)
He said it: "I get a constant reminder because my little boy likes to wear the cowboy hat all the time. One day it's the black one; one day it's the white one. Pretty good reminder and he keeps the trophies in his room, so I have to look at them every day." -- Johnny Sauter, who completed a season sweep of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins at Texas in 2012.
He said it II: "I really like Texas. It's a fun, racy joint and it's a shame we don't have any good finishes to show for it than that second place in 2012, but hopefully we can change that." -- Ryan Blaney, on his only top-five finish in five NASCAR national series starts at Texas.
He said it III: "I think it'll be fun. It's going to be something different, for sure, but what better way than to graduate at a race track." -- Erik Jones, who will miss his high school commencement, but will receive his diploma from Swartz Creek (Mich.) Community Schools in a cap and gown during driver introductions at Texas Motor Speedway.
He said it IV: "Last year at Vegas was like a weight lifted off my shoulder, personally. Since joining Red Horse, it seemed like we'd won at the big and small tracks, but not the bread and butter tracks such as the mile and a half." -- Truck series points leader Timothy Peters, who was 0-for-93 on 1.5-mile tracks until his victory last September at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Streak survives: After his ninth-place finish last week at Dover, German Quiroga remains the only driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with top-10 finishes in all five races this season. The Mexico native ranks fourth in the standings, just six points behind series leader and Red Horse Racing teammate Timothy Peters.
Like uncle, like nephew: Jeb Burton's breakthrough win in last year's event continued a family tradition. His uncle, Jeff Burton, was a two-time winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway, including a victory in the track's inaugural Cup race in 1997.
Former Texas winners in the field: Ron Hornaday Jr. (3), Johnny Sauter (2), Jeb Burton (1).