Wrap-up: BristolSunday, March 18, 2012
This past weekend, Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee hosted the Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 and the Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Winner: Brad Keselowski wins the Food City 500, his fifth victory in 93 Sprint Cup Series races. This is the No. 2 Dodge driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second consecutive victory and second top-10 finish in five races at Bristol. Keselowski led a race-high 232 laps, a career high. His previous single-race high was 89 in his win at Bristol on Aug. 27, 2011. He moved up 8 spots to 13th in the 2012 NSCS point standings.
Pole: Greg Biffle wins the $5,900 Coors Light Pole Award. The No. 16 Ford driver clocked a 125.215 mph qualifying lap. He led 41 laps and finished in 13th place.
- Race winner, Brad Keselowski, won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (232 of 500). He also won the $5,000 American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts. Penske Engines, builder of Keselowski’s engine, won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
- Greg Biffle’s crew chief, Matt Puccia, won the $5,000 DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race Award.
- Jimmy Fennig, crew chief on the No. 17 driven by Matt Kenseth wins the $5,500 Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from first half of the race to the second half (0.087 seconds). Kenseth started the race in 21st and finished in 2nd. He is 3rd in the points.
- Martin Truex Jr. wins the $5,000 Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal. He earned the award for his 3rd place finish. The driver of the No. 56 moved up four spots to 4th in the point standings.
- Jeff Burton wins the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award for improving the most from start to finish. The No. 31 driver improved 27 places from 33rd in the lineup to a 6th place finish. He is 11th in point standings.
NSCS Points Leader: Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 9 points over Kevin Harvick.
Next NSCS Race: Auto Club 400 on March 25th at Auto Club Speedway
NASCAR Nationwide Series Winner: Elliott Sadler wins the Ford EcoBoost 300, his seventh victory in 168 NNS. This is the No. 2 Chevrolet driver's second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012. Last time he won multiple races in a season was 1998. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Bristol.
Pole: Joey Logano received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Bristol. He put up a 124.21 mph lap in the No. 18 Toyota to start up front. He led 119 laps and finished 4th. Logano is a Sprint Cup regular and is not eligible for points in this series.
Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started 9th and finished 12th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders. Dillon is 4th in the 2012 NNS point standings.
- Elliott Sadler won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award.
- Benny Gordon makes the most improvement in the series since his 24th place finish was 6 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 24 driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. Gordon is 13th in the standings.
- Joey Logano’s team wins multiple race awards. Besides winning the pole award for this race, Logano also won $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (119 of 300). Mark Cronquist won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
NNS Points Leader: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 25 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Next NNS Race: Royal Purple 300, March 24th at Auto Club Speedway