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Wrap-up: Kansas

Sunday, April 22, 2012


This past weekend, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas hosted the Sprint Cup Series STP 400 and the Camping World Truck Series SFP 250.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Winner: Denny Hamlin won the STP 400, his 19th victory in 231 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is the No. 11 Toyota driver's second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012. It is Hamlin's first victory and third top-10 finish in nine races at Kansas Speedway. He is currently 5th in the 2012 NSCS point standings.

Pole
: AJ Allmendinger received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award in Kansas City. He put up a 175.993 mph lap in the No. 22 Dodge to start up front. This was his second pole in 160 NSCS races. Allmendinger led 44 laps before developing engine problems. He finished the 267 lap race 10 laps down to the leaders in 32nd place. He is 23rd in the 2012 point standings.

Did Not Qualify: No. 79 Tim Andrews; No. 33 Jeff Green; No. 74 Tony Raines  

Contingency Awards:

- Martin Truex Jr. won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (173 of 267). He started the No. 56 Toyota 6th and finished the race in 2nd. He is 2nd in the standings.
- Martin Truex 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.
- Toyota Racing Development won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Truex Jr.’s No. 56).
- Denny Hamlin’s crew chief, Darian Grubb, 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.
- Chad Knaus, crew chief on the No. 48 Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson won 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 (0.117 seconds).  Johnson started the race in 15th and finished in 3rd. He is 7th in the points.
- Juan Pablo Montoya won the $5000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 42 driver improved 27 places from 39th in the lineup to a 12th place finish. He is 16th in the standings.
- Denny Hamlin 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. Hamlin was the race winner.

NSCS Points Leader: Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 15 points over Martin Truex Jr.

NSCS Top 12:

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

Next NSCS Race: Richmond 400 on April 28th (Saturday night) at Richmond International Raceway.

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

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Winner: James Buescher won the SFP 250, his first victory in 76 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. This is the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado driver's third top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second top-10 finish in four races at Kansas Speedway. Buescher moved up two spots to second in the 2012 NCWTS point standings, 4 points behind leader Timothy Peters.

Pole: Tim George Jr. received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award. He put up a 172.436 mph lap in the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado to start up front. This is his first career pole award in four NCWTS races. He finished the race in 17th place. George, who made only two of the four races so far this season, is currently 28th in the point standings.

Did Not Qualify: No.74 Mike Harmon, No.38 Dennis Setzer

Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon won the Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” award since his 9th 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:
- Todd Bodine started 9th and his 5th place finish was 26 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 11 Toyota driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. He moved up 5 spots to 11th in the point standings.
- Race winner, 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.
- Hendrick Engines (Buescher’s No. 31 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. Buescher started 6th and won the race.

NCWTS Points Leader: Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 4 points over James Buescher.

NCWTS Top 10:

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

Next NCWTS Race:
NC Education Lottery 200, May 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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