James started eighth in a field of 24 trophy trucks. He quickly found his pace, and using Smitty's keen skills the duo was able to navigate the course without fail. There were a few bumps along the route. The course was so rough that they lost a cylinder at about the 200-mile mark, had to get a tire changed after getting a flat, and the shocks started to give out toward the end. In addition, a miscommunication between the team and driver led to James having to wait until mile 170 to refuel, an act that seemed to defy science as other teams stopped far earlier.

Four hours and 35 minutes after starting the race, James came barreling down the final road at 110 mph and placed where he started, a respectable eighth overall in the Trophy Truck division. His goal was get into the top 10, and James seemed very pleased with the result -- a personal best for his racing career.

And then in typical James fashion, right after the race he packed up his car and drove the 400 miles home, avoiding the after partying and congratulatory back slapping for a nice, quiet night.