Wrap-up: Pocono and IowaSunday, August 05, 2012
This past weekend, Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania hosted the Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 and the Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125. The Nationwide Series ran the U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Speedway located in Newton, Iowa.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Juan Pablo Montoya received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award. He put up a lap of 176.043 mph to start up front. This is the No. 42 Chevrolet driver's eighth pole in 202 NSCS races. He is now locked into the 2013 Shootout at Daytona. This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2012. This is his first pole in 12 races at Pocono Raceway. He led seven laps, was in 20th place when the race was called ‘official’ after the rain started and is currently 21st in the 2012 NSCS point standings.
Did Not Qualify:
No. 33 Stephen Leicht.
Jeff Gordon won the rain-shortened Pennsylvania 400, his 86th victory in 674 NSCS races. Gordon is third on the all-time series wins list. This is the No. 24 Chevrolet driver's first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2012. It is his sixth victory and 28th top-10 finish in 40 races at Pocono Raceway. He takes sole possession of first on the all-time Pocono wins list. Gordon moved up two spots to 13th in the 2012 NSCS point standings.
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (44 of 98). He started the No. 48 Chevrolet tenth in the lineup and finished 14th.
- Hendrick Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award (Jeff Gordon’s No. 24).
- Juan Pablo Montoya 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.
- Paul Menard’s crew chief, Richard Labbe, 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. Menard started the No. 27 Chevrolet third and finished 11th. He is 16th in the point standings.
- Chad Johnston, crew chief on Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 56 Toyota, 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 2.264 seconds). Truex started 15th and finished in third.
- Jeff Gordon won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. Race winner Gordon started the No. 24 Chevrolet 27th in the lineup.
- Martin Truex Jr. 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. Truex finished third.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the point standings by 5 points over Matt Kenseth.
NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0
2. Matt Kenseth 0
3. Greg Biffle 0
4. Jimmie Johnson 0
5. Martin Truex Jr. +2
6. Tony Stewart +2
7. Brad Keselowski +2
8. Denny Hamlin -3
9. Kevin Harvick -3
10. Clint Bowyer 0
11. Kasey Kahne +2
12. Carl Edwards 0
Next NSCS Race:
Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen, Sunday, August 12th at Watkins Glen International.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Elliott Sadler received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Iowa Speedway. His qualifying lap of 135.141 mph in the No. 2 Chevrolet was a new track record. This was his 14th pole in 184 NNS starts. It was his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2012 and his third pole in four races at Iowa.
Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 43 cars entered.
Elliott Sadler won the U.S. Cellular 250 from the pole. This is the No. 2 Chevrolet driver's ninth victory in 184 NNS races. It is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2012 and his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway.
Rookie of the Race:
Brad Sweet, the No. 38 Chevrolet driver, started 16th and finished 12th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award. Sweet, who made 10 of the 20 races so far this season, is currently 21st in the 2012 NNS point standings.
- Danica Patrick makes the most improvement in the series since her 11th place finish was 24 places better than her last NNS finish. This earned the No. 7 Chevrolet driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.
- Elliott Sadler won the $2,000 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.
- Justin Allgaier won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (101 of 250) in the No. 31 Chevrolet.
- Earnhardt-Childress Engines (Sadler’s No. 2 Chevrolet) won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 18 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. Brian Scott 0
10. Danica Patrick 0
Next NNS Race:
Zippo 200, Saturday, August 11th at Watkins Glen International.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Nelson Piquet Jr. received a $2,300 check for winning the Keystone Light Pole Award at Pocono Raceway with a lap of 169.504 mph, a new track qualifying record. This is the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado driver's second pole in 41 NCWTS races. It is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012. It is Piquet's first pole in two races at Pocono Raceway. He led the most laps (33 of 50) and finished third.
Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 36 trucks entered.
Joey Coulter won the Pocono Mountains 125, his first victory in 36 NCWTS races. This is the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado driver's sixth top-10 finish in 2012. This is his second top-10 finish in two races at Pocono Raceway. He is the ninth different winner this season. He is also the fourth different first-time winner of 2012.
Rookie of the Race:
Ty Dillon won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his sixth place finish in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders.
- Nelson Piquet Jr. started on the pole and his third place finish was 23 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 30 Chevrolet driver $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.
- Joe Coulter 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.
- Hendrick Engines (Piquet’s No. 30 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.
Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 8 points over Ty Dillon.
NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Timothy Peters 0
2. Ty Dillon 0
3. James Buescher +1
4. Justin Lofton -1
5. Matt Crafton +1
6. Parker Kligerman -1
7. Joey Coulter +1
8. Ron Hornaday Jr. -1
9. Nelson Piquet Jr. 0
10. Jason White 0
Next NCWTS Race:
VFW 200, Saturday, August 18th at Michigan International Speedway.