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Wrap-up: Martinsville

Sunday, April 01, 2012


This past weekend, Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia hosted the Sprint Cup Series Goody’s Fast Relief 500 and the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Winner: Ryan Newman wins the Goody's Fast Relief 500, his 16th victory in 374 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is the No. 39 Chevrolet driver's first victory and third top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and 11th top-10 finish in 21 races at Martinsville Speedway. Newman moved up two spots to 8th in the 2012 NSCS point standings.

Pole: Kasey Kahne received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award. He put up a 97.128 mph lap in the No. 5 Chevrolet to start up front. He lost the engine and was credited with a 38th place finish. He is 31st in the 2012 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Jeff Gordon won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (328 of 514). He started the No. 24 Chevrolet 9th and finished the race in 14th. He is 21st in the standings.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the $5,000 American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race on the lead lap. Earnhardt started the No. 88 Chevrolet 14th in the lineup and finished 3rd. He is 2nd in the point standings, 6 points behind leader Greg Biffle.
- Hendrick Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Ryan Newman’s No. 39).
- Ryan Newman’s crew chief, Tony Gibson, 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 (0.059 seconds).
- Matt Kenseth won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award (started 21st and finished 4th). The No. 17 Ford driver moved up two spots to 4th in the points.
- Ryan Newman 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.

NSCS Points Leader: Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 6 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NSCS Top 12:

1 Greg Biffle
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3 Tony Stewart
4 Matt Kenseth
5 Kevin Harvick
6 Martin Truex Jr.
7 Denny Hamlin
8 Ryan Newman
9 Clint Bowyer
10 Jimmie Johnson
11 Carl Edwards
12 Brad Keselowski

Next NSCS Race: Samsung Mobile 500 on April 14th (Saturday night) at Texas Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series:

Next NNS Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, April 13th at Texas Motor Speedway

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Winner: Kevin Harvick wins the Kroger 250, his 14th victory in 118 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. This is the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado driver’s first victory and first top-10 finish in 2012. He started on the pole, led all but two of the laps (248 of 250) and scored his third victory in 14 truck races at Martinsville Speedway. Harvick, a Sprint Cup regular (No. 29), is not eligible for driver points in this series.

Pole: Kevin Harvick received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award at Martinsville. He put up a 95.665 mph lap in the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado to start up front.

Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon won the Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” award since his 2nd place finish in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. He is 4th in the point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Ross Chastain started 17th and his 7th place finish was 21 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 08 driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. He is currently 11th in the point standings.
- Ty Dillon won the $1,500 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award. It is given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal. He earned the award for his 2nd place finish.
- Earnhardt Childress Racing Technologies, supplier of the engine in the No. 2 Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick, wins the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck. Harvick started on the pole and won the race.

NCWTS Points Leader:
John King leads the point standings by 1 point over Timothy Peters. King finished 9th and Peters finished 6th in the race.

NCWTS Top 10:

1 John King
2 Timothy Peters
3 Justin Lofton
4 Ty Dillon
5 Jason White
6 James Buescher
7 Parker Kligerman
8 Nelson Piquet Jr.
9 Ron Hornaday Jr.
10 Todd Bodine

Next NCWTS Race:
Good Sam Roadside Assistance Carolina 200, April 15th at Rockingham Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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