Anthony Ballantoni

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Wrap-up: New Hampshire & Iowa

Sunday, July 15, 2012


This past weekend, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH hosted the Sprint Cup Lenox Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday and the Nationwide Series F.W. Webb 200 on Saturday afternoon. The Camping World Truck Series held the American Ethanol 200 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on Saturday night.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Time Trials
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Kyle Busch received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award. He put up a lap of 133.417 mph to start up front. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's ninth pole in 276 NSCS races. It is his first pole and tenth top-ten start in 2012. This is Busch’s first pole in 15 races at Loudon. He 72 laps, finished 16th and is currently 13th in the 2012 NSCS point standings.

Did Not Qualify:
No. 19 Mike Bliss

Race Winner:
Kasey Kahne won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301, his 14th victory in 307 NSCS races. With the victory, Kahne moves into the No. 1 Wild Card position. He now has more victories than any other driver outside the top ten. This is the No. 5 Chevrolet driver's second victory and tenth top-ten finish in 2012. This is his first victory and seventh top-ten finish in 17 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kahne moved up four spots to 12th in the point standings.

Rookie of the Race:
Stephen Leicht, the No. 33 Chevrolet driver, started 43rd and finished 32nd. 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 8 of the 19 races so far this season, moved up one spot to 44th in the points.

Contingency Awards:
- Denny Hamlin won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (150 of 200). Hamlin started the No. 11 Toyota third and finished in second place.
- Toyota Racing Development won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Denny Hamlin’s No. 11).
- Kasey Kahne 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.
- Denny Hamlin’s crew chief, Darian Grubb, 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.
- Brian Pattie, crew chief on the No. 17 Toyota driven by Clint Bowyer 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 0.129 seconds). Bowyer started fifth and finished in third.
- Matt Kenseth won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. He improved 14 places from 27th in the lineup to a 13th place finish.
- 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.

Points Leader:
Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 16 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Matt Kenseth 0
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0
3. Greg Biffle 0
4. Jimmie Johnson 0
5. Denny Hamlin +2
6. Kevin Harvick 0
7. Tony Stewart -2
8. Martin Truex Jr. 0
9. Clint Bowyer +1
10. Brad Keselowski -1
11. Carl Edwards 0
12. Kasey Kahne +4

Next NSCS Race: (OFF NEXT WEEKEND)
“Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, July 29th (Sunday) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Time Trials:

Cup regular Brad Keselowski received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He put up a track-record setting 131.035 mph lap in the No. 22 Dodge to start up front. The previous record was set by Kevin Harvick (130.716 mph in 2001). This was his 13th NNS pole in 182 starts. Keselowski won the race.

Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 43 cars entered.

Race Winner:
Cup regular Brad Keselowski won the F.W. Webb 200, his 19th victory in 182 NNS races. This is the No. 22 Dodge driver's second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Rookie of the Race:
Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started 12th and finished third. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards:
- Mike Wallace makes the most improvement in the since his 15th place finish was 21 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 01 Chevrolet driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. Wallace is currently 15th in the point standings.
- Austin Dillon won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award for his third place finish.
- Cup regular Kasey Kahne won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (43 of 200) in the No. 38 Chevrolet.
- Penske Engines (Keselowski’s No. 22) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.

Points Leader:
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by three points over Austin Dillon.

NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Elliott Sadler 0
2. Austin Dillon 0
3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
4. Sam Hornish Jr. 0
5. Justin Allgaier 0
6. Michael Annett 0
7. Cole Whitt 0
8. Mike Bliss 0
9. Danica Patrick 0
10. Brian Scott +1

Next NNS Race:
STP 300, July 22nd (Sunday) at Chicagoland Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Time Trials:

Timothy Peters received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award at Iowa Speedway with a lap of 136.210 mph. This is the No. 17 Toyota Tundra driver's fifth pole in 127 NCWTS races. It is his first pole and eighth top-ten start in 2012. This is Peters’ first pole in four races at Iowa Speedway. He led 87 laps and won the race.

Did Not Qualify:
No. 96 Todd Peck, No. 47 Benjamin Reynolds and No. 50 Natalie Sather.

Race Winner:
Timothy Peters won the American Ethanol 200, his fourth victory in 127 NCWTS races. This is the No. 17 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and eighth top-ten finish in 2012. It is his first victory and second top-ten finish in four races at Iowa Speedway. Peters leads 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.

Contingency Awards:
- Nelson Piquet Jr. started second and his ninth place finish was 20 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 30 Chevrolet driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award.
- Timothy Peters 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.
- Joe Gibbs Engines (Peters’ No. 17 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:
Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 12 points over Justin Lofton.

NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Timothy Peters 0
2. Justin Lofton 0
3. Ty Dillon 0
4. James Buescher 0
5. Parker Kligerman 0
6. Matt Crafton 0
7. Ron Hornaday Jr. +1
8. Joey Coulter -1
9. Nelson Piquet Jr. 0
10. Miguel Paludo 0

Next NCWTS Race:
American Ethanol 225, July 21st (Saturday) at Chicagoland Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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