This past week, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois hosted races for both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. The Nationwide Series ran the Dollar General 300 on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series’ GEICO 400 was featured on Sunday afternoon. The Camping World Truck Series ran their American Ethanol 200 on Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the GEICO 400 with a lap of 182.865 mph. This is the No.48 Chevrolet driver's 27th pole in 390 NSCS races. This is his second pole and 19th top-10 start in 2012. This is Johnson' second pole in 11 races at Chicagoland Speedway. He led a race-high 172 laps and finished the race in second place.
Did Not Qualify:
No. 23 Scott Riggs, No. 91 Reed Sorenson, No. 37 J.J. Yeley and No. 49 Jason Leffler.
Brad Keselowski won the GEICO 400, his eighth victory in 116 NSCS races. This is the No. 2 Dodge driver's fourth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2012. This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Chicagoland Speedway. Keselowski leads the point standings for the first time in his NSCS career.
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (173 of 267).
- Hendrick Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet.
- 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.
- Joey Logano’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, 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. Logano started the No. 20 Toyota 10th in the lineup and finished in seventh place. He is currently 18th in the 2012 Cup standings.
- Tony Gibson, crew chief on Ryan Newman’s No. 39 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 0.438 seconds). Newman is 14th in the point standings.
- Tony Stewart won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. Stewart started 29th in the lineup and improved 23 places to finish in sixth place.
- 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 started the No. 18 Toyota 21st in the lineup and finished fourth. He is 13th in the point standings.
Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 3 points over Jimmie Johnson. This is the first time he has led the NSCS points standings in his career.
NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Brad Keselowski +3
2. Jimmie Johnson 0
3. Tony Stewart 0
4. Denny Hamlin -3
5. Kasey Kahne +6
6. Clint Bowyer 0
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0
8. Greg Biffle -3
9. Martin Truex Jr. +1
10. Kevin Harvick -1
11. Matt Kenseth -3
12. Jeff Gordon 0
Next NSCS Race:
Sylvania 300, Sunday, September 23rd at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano received a $3,400 check for winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dollar General 300 with a lap of 178.012 mph. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's 20th pole in 104 NNS races. It is his fourth pole and 13th top-10 start in 2012. This is Logano's first pole in four NNS races at Chicagoland Speedway. He led 67 laps and finished the race in ninth place.
Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 43 cars entered.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Dollar General 300, his seventh victory in 99 NNS races. This is the No. 6 Ford driver's fifth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Chicagoland Speedway. This is the first win for Roush Fenway Racing at Chicagoland Speedway in any of NASCAR's three national series. With the win, Stenhouse now leads the point standings by 9 points over Elliott Sadler.
Rookie of the Race:
Austin Dillon, the No. 3 Chevrolet driver, started second 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.
- Brian Scott makes the most improvement in the series since his 10th place finish was 18 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 11 Toyota driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.
- Austin Dillon 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.
- Joey Logano won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award as the eligible driver leading the most laps (67 of 200) in the No. 18 Toyota.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Logano’s No. 18.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 9 points over Elliott Sadler.
NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +1
2. Elliott Sadler -1
3. Austin Dillon 0
4. Sam Hornish Jr. 0
5. Justin Allgaier 0
6. Michael Annett 0
7. Cole Whitt 0
8. Mike Bliss 0
9. Joe Nemechek 0
10. Brian Scott 0
Next NNS Race:
Kentucky 300, Saturday, September 22nd at Kentucky Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Parker Kligerman earned the $2,300 Keystone Light Pole Award for the American Ethanol 200 with a lap of 137.507 mph. This is the No. 7 Toyota Tundra driver's first pole in 41 NCWTS races. It is his sixth top-10 start in 2012. This is Kligerman's third start at Iowa Speedway. He led the most laps (107 of 200) but finished in 23rd, 3 laps down, due to a spin late in the race.
Did Not Qualify:
NONE, only 36 trucks entered.
Ryan Blaney won the American Ethanol 200, his first career victory in three NCWTS races. This is the No. 29 Dodge Ram driver's second top-10 finish in 2012. This was his first race at Iowa Speedway. Blaney, who started the race second in the line-up, led 50 of the 200 laps and, after only three starts in the series, is currently 37th in the point standings.
Rookie of the Race:
Ty Dillon won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his second place finish in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders.
- Todd Bodine started 15th and his third place finish was 18 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 11 Toyota Tundra driver $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award. Bodine is 14th in the points.
- Ty Dillon 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.
- Penske Racing Engines (Blaney’s No. 29 Dodge Ram) wins the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck.
Ty Dillon leads the standings by 8 points over Timothy Peters.
NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Ty Dillon +2
2. Timothy Peters -1
3. James Buescher -1
4. Parker Kligerman 0
5. Matt Crafton +2
6. Joey Coulter 0
7. Justin Lofton -2
8. Nelson Piquet Jr. +1
9. Jason White +1
10. Ron Hornaday Jr. -1
Next NCWTS Race:
Kentucky 201, Friday (night), September 21st at Kentucky Speedway.