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Wrap-up: Charlotte

Monday, May 28, 2012


This past weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted both the Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 and the Nationwide Series History 300. The Camping World Series will return to action on June 1st in Dover, Delaware.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Time Trials:
Aric Almirola received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He put up a 192.940 mph lap in the No. 43 Ford to start up front. This is his first pole in 47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It is his third top-10 start in 2012. This is also Almirola's first Sprint Cup start at Charlotte.  He led 3 laps of the 400 lap event and finished 16th. Almirola is currently 19th in the 2012 point standings.

Did Not Qualify:
No. 19 Mike Bliss, No. 73 David Reutimann, No. 49 JJ Yeley and No. 23 Scott Riggs.

Race Winner:
Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600, his 13th victory in 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is the No. 5 Chevrolet driver's first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his fourth victory (third Coca-Cola 600) and ninth top-10 finish in 17 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kahne moved up one spot to 15th in the 2012 NSCS point standings.

Rookie of the Race:
Stephen Leicht, the No. 33 Chevrolet driver, started 3rth and finished 39th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Rookie of the Race award. Leicht, who made 2 of the 12 races so far this season, is 45th in the 2012 NSCS points.

Contingency Awards:
- Greg Biffle won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (204 of 400). Biffle started the No. 16 Ford 4th in the lineup and finished 4th. He leads the point standings by 10 points over Matt Kenseth.
- Kyle Busch 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. The No. 18 Toyota driver finished 3rd and is currently 8th in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Roush Yates Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Biffle’s No. 16 Ford).
- Greg Biffle’s crew chief, Matt Puccia, won the DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race award. The $5,000 cash award is presented to the crew chief of the driver who demonstrates the best qualifying and race finish for each event. Biffle started the No. 16 Ford 4th in the lineup and finished 4th.
- Steve Letarte, crew chief on the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The $5,500 award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from first half of the race to the second half improved 0.150 seconds). Earnhardt started the race in 12th and finished in 6th. He is 4th in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Carl Edwards won the $5000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 99 Ford driver improved 19 places from 28th in the lineup to a 9th place finish. He is currently 10th 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. The No. 11 Toyota driver finished 2nd in the race and is currently 3rd in the standings.

Points Leader:
Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 10 points over Matt Kenseth.

NSCS Top 12:

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

Next NSCS Race:
FedEx 400, June 3rd, at Dover International Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Time Trials:

Joey Logano received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte. He put up a 179.063 mph lap in the No. 20 Toyota to start up front . He led 26 laps and finished 6th. Logano is a Sprint Cup regular and is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 43 cars entered.

Race Winner:
Brad Keselowski won the History 300, his 18th victory in 178 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. This is the No. 22 Dodge driver's first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 NNS races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski is a Sprint Cup regular (No. 2) and is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race:
Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started 2nd and finished 11th. 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 5th place finish. Sadler is 2nd in the points, 13 behind leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
- Danica Patrick makes the most improvement in the series since her 13th place finish was 17 places better than her last NNS finish. This earned the No. 7 Chevrolet driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award.  Patrick moved up one spot to 9th in the point standings.
- Kevin Harvick won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (92 of 200). Harvick, who started the No. 33 Chevrolet 7th in the lineup and finished 4th, is a Sprint Cup regular and is ineligible for driver points in this series.
- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (Harvick’s No. 33) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.

Points Leader:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 13 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. Justin Allgaier
7. Michael Annett
8. Mike Bliss
9. Danica Patrick
10. Joe Nemechek

Next NNS Race:
5-hour Energy 200, Saturday, June 2nd at Dover International Speedway. 

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

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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