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Wrap-up: Pocono and Fort Worth

Sunday, June 10, 2012


This past weekend, Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania hosted the Sprint Cup Pocono 400. The Camping World Truck Series held it’s WinStar World Casino 400 race at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The Nationwide Series will return to action next week, June 16th, at Michigan International Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
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Joey Logano received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award. He put up a 179.598 mph lap, a new track qualifying record. This is the No. 20 Toyota driver's fourth pole in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012. This is Logano's second pole in seven races at Pocono Raceway.

Did Not Qualify:
No. 30 David Stremme.

Race Winner:
Joey Logano won the Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR, his second victory in 125 NSCS races. This is the No. 20 Toyota driver's first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in seven races at Pocono Raceway. At 22 years, 17 days old, he became the youngest series winner at Pocono. Logano moved up one spot to 15th in the 2012 NSCS point standings.

Rookie of the Race:
Stephen Leicht, the No. 33 Chevrolet driver, started 43rd and finished 33rd. 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 four of the 14 races so far this season, moved up one spot to 44th in the 2012 NSCS points.

Contingency Awards:
- Steve Addington, crew chief on the No. 14 Chevrolet driven by Tony Stewart 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 0.540 seconds). Stewart started the race in 22nd and finished in third. He is eighth in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 48 Chevrolet driver improved 20 places from 24th in the lineup to a fourth place finish. He is currently fifth in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Besides winning the Pocono 400 (and the pole award), Joey Logano and his team won the bulk of the contingency race awards for this event. Logano won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (48 of 160). He 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. He also 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. Crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, won the $5,000 DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race award presented to the crew chief of the driver who demonstrates the best qualifying and race finish for each event.  Toyota Racing Development (TRD) won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Logano’s No. 20 Toyota).

Points Leader:
Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by ten points over Dale Earnhardt Jr. Greg Biffle, point leader over Kenseth by one point heading into Pocono, had an engine problem in his No. 16 Ford (finished 24th). Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford finished in seventh and Dale Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet finished eighth.

NSCS Top 12:

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

Next NSCS Race:
Quicken Loans 400, June 17th, at Michigan International Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Next NNS Race: 
Alliance Truck Parts 200, June 16th at Michigan International Speedway.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Time Trials:

Qualifying was cancelled due to weather conditions. The starting lineup was set based on a combination of current owner’s points, past championships and previous attempts. No. 6 Chevrolet driver Justin Lofton, the points’ leader, started up front. No. 17 Toyota driver Timothy Peters, second in the points, started opposite Lofton on the front row.

Did Not Qualify:

NONE, only 35 entries for 36-truck field.

Race Winner:
Johnny Sauter won the WinStar World Casino 400, his fifth victory in 93 NCWTS races. This is the No. 13 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and second top-ten finish in 2012. It is his first victory and sixth top-ten finish in eight races at Texas Motor Speedway. Sauter started 20th in the lineup and led 41 laps. He moved up  two spots to 15th in the 2012 NCWTS point standings.

Rookie of the Race:

Ty Dillon won the Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” award since his seventh place finish in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. Dillon is currently third in the point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Johnny Sauter started 20th and his first place finish was 23 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 13 Toyota driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award.
- Johnny Sauter 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.
- Toyota Racing Technologies (TRT) (Sauter’s No. 13 Toyota) wins the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck.

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

NCWTS Top 10:

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

Next NCWTS Race:
UNOH 225, June 28th (Thursday) at Kentucky Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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