This past weekend, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana hosted the Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 and the inaugural Nationwide Series Indy 250. The Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Saturday, August 5th, with the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Denny Hamlin received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award. He put up a lap of 182.763 mph to start up front. This is the No. 11 Toyota driver's 11th pole in 243 NSCS races. It is his second pole and 11th top-ten start in 2012. This is Hamlin’s first pole in seven races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He led 27 laps, finished sixth and is currently fifth in the 2012 NSCS point standings.
Did Not Qualify:
No. 87 Joe Nemechek, No. 91 Reed Sorenson and No. 98 Michael McDowell.
Jimmie Johnson won the Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400, his 58th victory in 383 NSCS races. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet driver's third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He joins Jeff Gordon as the only drivers to win this race four times.
Rookie of the Race:
Stephen Leicht, the No. 33 Chevrolet driver, started 37th and finished 31st. 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 9 of the 20 races so far this season, moved up two spots to 42nd in the points.
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (99 of 160). Johnson started the No. 48 Chevrolet sixth in the lineup.
- Hendrick Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Johnson’s No. 48).
- 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.
- 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. Hamlin started the No. 11 Toyota on the pole and finished sixth.
- Steve Letarte, crew chief on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The $5,500 award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from the first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times (improved 0.345 seconds). Earnhardt started 20th and finished in fourth.
- Tony Stewart won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 14 Chevrolet driver improved 18 places from 28th in the lineup to a 10th place finish.
- Kyle Busch 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. Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished second in the race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the point standings by 14 points over Matt Kenseth. Kenseth was the leader by 16 points heading into The Brickyard. His No. 17 Ford was involved in a wreck on lap 132 and was not able to finish the race. He was credited with a 35th place finish. Earnhardt finished fourth in the race.
NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1
2. Matt Kenseth - 1
3. Greg Biffle 0
4. Jimmie Johnson 0
5. Denny Hamlin 0
6. Kevin Harvick 0
7. Martin Truex Jr. +1
8. Tony Stewart -1
9. Brad Keselowski +1
10. Clint Bowyer -1
11. Kyle Busch +2
12. Carl Edwards -1
Next NSCS Race:
Pennsylvania 400, Sunday, August 5th at Pocono Raceway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He put up a 176.284 mph lap in the No. 38 Chevrolet to start up front. This was his ninth NNS pole in 186 starts. It was his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012. Kahne led four laps and ran in the top ten most of the race. He was running in the top ten with less than ten laps to go when he had to stop for fuel. He finished one lap down in 24th place.
Did Not Qualify:
No. 74 Mike Harmon and No. 89 Morgan Shepherd.
Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski won the inaugural Indy 250, his 20th victory in 183 NNS races. This is the No. 22 Dodge driver's third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2012. This was the first ever Nationwide Series race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Keselowski's win was the 100th Nationwide Series win for team owner Roger Penske.
Rookie of the Race:
Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started seventh and finished fifth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.
- Jeremy Clements makes the most improvement in the series since his 10th place finish was 12 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 4 Chevrolet driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award. Clements moved up one spot to 14th in the point standings.
- Ty Dillon, driver of the No. 51 Chevrolet, won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award for his third place finish. The Camping World Truck Series regular is ineligible for points in this series.
- Kyle Busch won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (51 of 100) in the No. 54 Toyota. The Sprint Cup regular is ineligible for points in this series.
- Penske Engines (Keselowski’s No. 22 Dodge) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 1 point 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. Brian Scott +1
10. Danica Patrick -1
Next NNS Race:
U.S. Cellular 250, Saturday, August 4th at Iowa Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 23 points over Ty Dillon.
Next NCWTS Race:
Pocono Mountains 125, Saturday, August 4th at Pocono Raceway.