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Wrap-up: Texas, Rockingham

Sunday, April 15, 2012


This past weekend, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas hosted the Sprint Cup Series Samsung Mobile 500 and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. The Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina hosted the Camping World Truck Series inaugural Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Winner: Greg Biffle wins the Samsung Mobile 500, his 17th victory in 337 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Biffle ends a 49-race winless streak. His last win came at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 3, 2010. This is the No. 16 Ford driver's fifth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 17 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Biffle locked up a spot in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Biffle now leads the 2012 NSCS point standings by 19 points over Matt Kenseth.

Pole:
Martin Truex Jr. received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Fort Worth. He put up a 190.369 mph lap in the No. 56 Toyota to start up front. Truex led 69 laps of the 334 lap event and finished 6th. He is 4th in the 2012 point standings.

Did Not Qualify: #30 David Stremme; # 87 Joe Nemechek; 74 Stacy Compton. 

Contingency Awards:
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (156 of 334). He started the No. 48 Chevrolet 10th and finished the race in 2nd. He is 8th in the standings.
- Greg Biffle 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. Biffle started the No. 16 Ford 3rd in the lineup and won the race.
- Hendrick Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48).
- Greg Biffle’s crew chief, Matt Puccia, won the $5,000 DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race Award. The award goes to the crew chief of the driver who has demonstrated the best qualifying and race effort based on finishing positions during the weekend.
- Alan Gustafson, crew chief on the No. 24 Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon 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 (0.183 seconds).
- Jeff Gordon won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award (started 34th and finished 4th). The No. 24 Chevrolet driver moved up four spots to 17th in the points.
- Mark Martin won 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. Martin started the No. 55 Toyota 4th in the lineup and finished 3rd. He is 20th in the 2012 points.

NSCS Points Leader: Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 19 points over Matt Kenseth.

NSCS Top 12:

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

Next NSCS Race: STP 400 on April 22nd at Kansas Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his fourth victory in 79 NNS races. He started the No. 6 Ford third in the lineup and led 68 laps of the 200 lap event. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Texas. This is Roush Fenway Racing's fourth consecutive victory at TMS. Stenhouse is 2nd in the point standings after this race.

Pole:
Sprint Cup regular, Paul Menard received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Fort Worth. He put up a 181.714 mph lap in the No. 33 Chevrolet to start up front. He led 100 laps and finished in 2nd place.

Did Not Qualify: # 89 Morgan Shepherd; # 72 John Jackson.

Rookie of the Race:
Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started 4th and finished 5th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders. Dillon is 3rd in the 2012 NNS point standings.

Contingency Awards:

- Austin Dillon won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award.
- Danica Patrick makes the most improvement in the series since her 8th place finish was 27 places better than her last NNS finish. This earned the No. 7 driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. Patrick is 11th in the standings.
- Paul Menard won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (100 of 200).
- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (Menard’s No. 33 Chevrolet) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.

NNS Points Leader:
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 4 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NNS Top 10:

1. Elliott Sadler
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3. Austin Dillon
4. Sam Hornish Jr.
5. Michael Annett
6. Cole Whitt
7. Trevor Bayne
8. Tayler Malsam
9. Justin Allgaier
10. Mike Bliss

Next NNS Race: NASCAR Nationwide Series 250, April 27th at Richmond International Raceway


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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Winner:
Kasey Kahne wins the Inaugural Good Sam Roadside Assistance 200, his fourth victory in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. This is the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado driver's first top-10 finish in 2012. His last NCWTS victory came at Darlington Raceway on March 12, 2011. Kahne is a Sprint Cup Series regular (No. 5 Chevrolet) and is not eligible for driver points in this series.

Pole: Nelson Piquet Jr. received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award at Rockingham. He put up a 144.387 mph lap in the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado to start up front. This is his first career pole award in 33 NCWTS races. Piquet led 107 laps (the most), finished 7th and is currently 6th in the point standings.

Did Not Qualify: # 68 Clay Greenfield; # 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb; # 84 Chris Fontaine; # 28 Wes Burton; # 74 Brian Weber.

Rookie of the Race:
Ty Dillon won the Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” award since his 8th place finish in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. He is 3rd in the point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Johnny Sauter started 10th and his 4th place finish was 25 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 13 Toyota driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. He moved up 14 spots to 13th in the point standings.
- James Buescher 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. The No. 31 Chevrolet driver moved up two spots to 4th in the points.
- Hendrick Engines (Piquet’s No. 30 Chevrolet) wins the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck. Piquet started on the pole and finished 7th in the race.

NCWTS Points Leader: Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 6 points over Justin Lofton. John King, point leader heading into Rockingham, was involved in an early accident, was credited with a 33rd place finish and dropped to 8th in the standings.

NCWTS Top 10:

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

Next NCWTS Race:
SPF 250, April 21st at Kansas Speedway.

 



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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