This past weekend, Dover International Speedway hosted all three NASCAR premier series. The ‘Monster Mile’ in Dover, Delaware was the venue for Friday’s Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 200, Saturday’s Nationwide Series 5-hour Energy 200 and Sunday’s Sprint Cup FedEx 400.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Mark Martin received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award. He put up a 158.297 mph lap. This is the No. 55 Toyota driver's 54th pole in 840 NSCS races. It is his third pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012. It is also his fifth pole in 52 races at Dover. He led 43 laps and finished in 14th place. Martin, who made 10 of the 13 races so far this season, moved up two spots to 24th in the 2012 point standings.
Did Not Qualify:
No. 26 Josh Wise and No. 74 Cole Whitt.
Jimmie Johnson won the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, his 57th victory in 376 NSCS races. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet driver's second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his seventh victory and 15th top-10 finish in 21 races at Dover International Speedway. With Johnson's seventh win he ties NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison for most NSCS wins all-time at Dover. Johnson is fifth in the 2012 NSCS point standings.
Rookie of the Race:
Stephen Leicht, the No. 33 Chevrolet driver, started 37th and finished 35th. 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 3 of the 13 races so far this season, is 45th in the 2012 NSCS points.
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (289 of 400). Race-winner Johnson started the No. 48 Chevrolet 2nd in the lineup.
- Jimmie Johnson 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.
- Hendrick Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet).
- Kevin Harvick’s crew chief, Shane Wilson, 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. Harvick started the No. 29 Chevrolet 6th in the lineup and finished 2nd.
- Chad Johnston, crew chief on the No. 56 Toyota driven by Martin Truex Jr. in the Sprint Cup FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway wins 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 utilizing the 40 best lap times (improved 0.009 seconds). Truex started the race in 18th and finished in 7th. He is 6th in the point standings.
- Travis Kvapil won the $5000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 93 Toyota driver improved 19 places from 42nd in the lineup to a 23rd place finish. He is currently 32nd in the standings.
- Kevin Harvick 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. 29 Chevrolet driver finished 2nd in the race and is currently 7th in the standings.
Greg Biffle leads the point standings by 1 point over Matt Kenseth.
NSCS Top 12:
1. Greg Biffle
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Denny Hamlin
5. Jimmie Johnson
6. Martin Truex Jr.
7. Kevin Harvick
8. Tony Stewart
9. Kyle Busch
10. Clint Bowyer
11. Brad Keselowski
12. Carl Edwards
Next NSCS Race:
Pocono 400, June 10th, at Pocono Raceway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Ryan Truex received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Dover. He put up a 154.746 mph lap in the No. 20 Toyota to start up front. This was his first Nationwide Series career pole. He led 43 laps and finished 2nd. Truex made only 5 of the 12 races so far this season and moved up 8 spots to 22nd in the 2012 NNS point standings after this event.
Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 43 cars entered.
Logano won the 5-hour Energy 200, his 13th victory in 98 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's fourth victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in seven NNS races at Dover International Speedway. Logano is a Sprint Cup regular (No. 20) and is ineligible for driver points in this series. No. 20 Ryan Truex (second) and No. 11 Brian Scott (third) gave Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2-3 finish.
Rookie of the Race:
Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started 11th and finished 6th. 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.
- Justin Allgaier won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award for his 5th place finish. Allgaier, driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet, is 5th in the points.
- Brian Scott makes the most improvement in the series since his 3rd place finish was 28 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 11 Toyota driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. Scott moved up one spot to 12th in the point standings.
- Joey Logano won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (154 of 200). Logano, who started the No. 18 Toyota 2nd in the lineup and won the race, is a Sprint Cup regular and is ineligible for driver points in this series.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines (Logano’s No. 18) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
Elliott Sadler is back on top of the point standings by 12 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Heading into this race, Stenhouse led Sadler by 13 points. The No. 6 Ford driver got into the wall on lap 27 and finished the race 81 laps down in 32nd place. Sadler, the No. 2 Chevrolet driver, finished 7th and took over the points lead.
NNS Top 10:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3. Austin Dillon
4. Sam Hornish Jr.
5. Justin Allgaier
6. Cole Whitt
7. Michael Annett
8. Mike Bliss
9. Joe Nemechek
10. Tayler Malsam
Next NNS Race: (OFF NEXT WEEK)
Alliance Truck Parts 200, June 16th at Michigan International Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Kevin Harvick received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Lucas Oil 200 with a lap of 158.235 mph in the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado. This is his fourth pole in 119 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. It is his second pole and second top-10 start in 2012. This is his first pole in two races at Dover. He led the most laps (96 of 143) and finished in 3rd place. Harvick, a Sprint Cup regular, is ineligible for driver points in this series.
Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 35 entries for 36-truck field.
Todd Bodine won the rain-shortened Lucas Oil 200, his 22nd victory in 196 NCWTS races. This is the No. 11 Toyota driver's first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in eight races at Dover International Speedway. Bodine started 13th in the lineup, led 20 laps and was in the lead when NASCAR put out the red flag (lap 143 of 200) and called the race official. Bodine moved up three spots to 6th in the 2012 CWTS point standings.
Rookie of the Race:
Cale Gale won the Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” award since his 5th place finish in the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. Gale, who made his first career start at Dover in this race, moved up one spot to 13th in the point standings.
- Nelson Piquet Jr. started 18th and his 4th place finish was 25 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 30 Chevrolet driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. He moved up 1 spot to 7th in the 2012 NCWTS point standings.
- Race winner, Todd Bodine 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 (Kevin Harvick’s No. 2 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. Harvick started the pole and finished 3rd.
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. Todd Bodine
7. Nelson Piquet Jr.
8. Ron Hornaday Jr.
9. Matt Crafton
10. Joey Coulter
Next NCWTS Race:
WinStar World Casino 400K, June 8th at Texas Motor Speedway.