Wrap-up: Chicagoland SpeedwaySunday, July 22, 2012
This past weekend, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois hosted the Nationwide Series STP 300 and the Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 225. The Sprint Cup Series returns to action next week for the annual Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Nationwide Series will feature the Indy 250, the first-ever NNS race at Indy as well. The trucks will take another one-week break.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 16 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Next NSCS Race:
Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard, July 29th (Sunday) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Chicagoland Speedway. He put up a 176.916 mph lap in the No. 6 Ford to start up front. This was his seventh NNS pole in 91 starts. It was his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2012. Stenhouse led the most laps (136 of 201) and finished second.
Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 43 cars entered.
Elliott Sadler won the STP 300, his eighth victory in 182 NNS races. This is the No. 2 Chevrolet driver's third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and second top-10 finish in six races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Rookie of the Race:
Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started second and finished sixth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.
- Travis Pastrana makes the most improvement in the series since his 17th place finish was 14 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 99 Toyota driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award. Pastrana, who made six of the 18 races so far this season, moved up two spots to 33rd in the point standings.
- Elliott Sadler won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award for his first place finish.
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (136 of 201) in the No. 6 Ford.
- Roush Yates Engines (Stenhouse’s No. 6) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 11 points over Austin Dillon.
NNS Top 10 (G/L): (no change this week)
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 0
Next NNS Race:
Inaugural Indy 250, July 28th (Saturday) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Justin Lofton received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award at Chicagoland Speedway with a lap of 174.154 mph. This is the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado driver's first career pole in 60 NCWTS races. He started first at Texas on 6/8/12 after qualifying was cancelled for rain. His best previous qualifying effort was second at Charlotte on 5/18/12. It is his eighth top-10 start in 2012. Lofton led 24 laps of the 150 lap event and finished 21st.
Did Not Qualify:
No. 74 Mike Harmon and No. 65 Chris Lafferty.
James Buescher won the American Ethanol 225, his third victory in 82 NCWTS races. This is the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado driver's third victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Rookie of the Race:
Cale Gale won the Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” award since his sixth place finish in the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. Gale is currently 14th in the point standings.
- James Buescher started 11th and his first place finish was 29 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 31 Chevrolet driver $2,200 and the Featherlite “Most Improved Driver” award.
- Buescher 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 Technologies (Brendan Gaughan’s No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado) wins the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck. Gaughan started sixth and finished second. He also led the most laps (83 of 150). Gaughan is a Nationwide Series regular and is ineligible for driver points in this series.
Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 23 points over Ty Dillon.
NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Timothy Peters 0
2. Ty Dillon +1
3. Justin Lofton -1
4. James Buescher 0
5. Parker Kligerman 0
6. Matt Crafton 0
7. Ron Hornaday Jr. 0
8. Joey Coulter 0
9. Nelson Piquet Jr. 0
10. Jason White +3
Next NCWTS Race:
Pocono Mountains 125, August 4th (Saturday) at Pocono Raceway.