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Wrap-up: Charlotte and Iowa

Sunday, May 20, 2012


This past weekend, Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa hosted the Nationwide Series Pioneer Hi-Bred 250. Also, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted both the Camping World Truck Series N.C. Education Lottery 200 and the Sprint Cup Series (non-points) Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Races.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Showdown Time Trials
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AJ Allmendinger won the pole for Saturday night's Sprint Showdown at the Charlotte. The No. 22 Dodge driver's lap of 192.465 was the quickest of the 22 drivers qualifying for the preliminary event to Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race. No. 56 Martin Truex Jr., No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 31 Jeff Burton and No. 43 Aric Almirola were the rest of the top 5 in the lineup for the event.

Showdown Race Winner:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. led all 40 laps of the non-points 2012 Sprint Showdown at Charlotte.  The No. 88 Chevrolet driver earned the top "transfer" spot into the Sprint All-Star Race. No.22 AJ Allmendinger, who was the pole-sitter but had to drop to the rear at the green due to a flat tire, raced his way back to 2nd place and also transferred. Only the top 2 finishers in the Showdown transferred into the main event. One final transfer, based on fan voting, went to No. 47 Bobby Labonte who also made the line-up for the All-Star event.

All-Star Race Time Trials:
Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag in Saturday night's All-Star Race at Charlotte. Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M's Toyota, was the quickest of the 20 teams running the special time trials for the All-Star event. Qualifying was determined by the best time for three laps, including a four-tire pit stop. No. 39 Ryan Newman shared the front row as second-best in qualifying.

All-Star Race Winner:
Jimmie Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, his third victory in 11 starts in the annual non-points event. With the victory, Johnson ties Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon for most NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race wins all-time. Johnson also won in 2003 and 2006. This is Rick Hendrick’s seventh NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race win (Jimmie Johnson, three; Jeff Gordon, three; Terry Labonte, one).

Next NSCS Race:
Coca-Cola 600, May 27th (Sunday night), at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series


Time Trials:

Elliott Sadler received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Iowa Speedway. He put up a 133.911 mph lap in the No. 2 Chevrolet to start up front. This is his 13th pole in 174 NASCAR NNS races and his second pole in three races at Iowa. He led 2 laps and finished in second place. Sadler is 2nd in the points, 28 behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 43 cars entered.

Race Winner:

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250, his fifth victory in 83 NNS races. This is the No. 6 Ford driver's third victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his third consecutive victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Iowa Speedway. Stenhouse leads the point standings by 28 points over Elliott Sadler.

Rookie of the Race:

Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started 6th and finished 4th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award. Dillon is 3rd in the 2012 NNS point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Elliott Sadler won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award for his 2nd place finish.
- Elliott Sadler makes the most improvement in the series since his 2nd place finish was 22 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 2 Chevrolet driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award.
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (209 of 250).
- Roush Yates Engines (Stenhouse’s No. 6 Ford) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.

Points Leader:

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 28 points over Elliott Sadler.

NNS Top 10:

1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2. Elliott Sadler
3. Austin Dillon
4. Sam Hornish Jr.
5. Cole Whitt
6. Michael Annett
7. Justin Allgaier
8. Mike Bliss
9. Joe Nemechek
10. Danica Patrick

Next NNS Race:

History 300, Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Time Trials:

Ty Dillon received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 with a lap of 181.616 mph in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado. This is his first career pole in eight NCWTS races. He led 25 laps and finished 10th in the race. Dillon is 3rd in the point standings.

Did Not Qualify:
No. 07 Johnny Chapman, No. 70 Jeff Agnew, No. 57 Norm Benning, No. 93 B J McLeod and No. 28 Wes Burton.

Race Winner:
Justin Lofton won the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his first victory in 55 NCWTS races. This is the No. 6 Chevrolet driver's fifth top-10 finish in 2012 and his first top-10 in three races at Charlotte. With this victory, Lofton moved up two spots to take over the lead in the 2012 NCWTS point standings by 1 point over Timothy Peters.

Rookie of the Race:
Jeb Burton won the Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” award since his 8th place finish in the No. 27 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders.

Contingency Awards:
- Jeb Burton started 21st and his 8th place finish was 28 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 27 Chevrolet driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. He moved up 5 spots to 20th in the point standings.
- Race winner, Justin Lofton 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.
- Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Lofton’s No. 6 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. Lofton started 2nd and won the race.

Points Leader:
Justin Lofton leads the point standings by 1 point over Timothy Peters.

NCWTS Top 10:

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

Next NCWTS Race:

Lucas Oil 200, June 1st at Dover International Speedway.

 



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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