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Wrap-up: Loudon and Kentucky

Sunday, September 23, 2012


This past weekend, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH hosted the Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 on Sunday. The Camping World Truck Series ran the Kentucky 201 on Friday night at the Kentucky Speedway. On Saturday, the Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 was also held at the Kentucky Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Time Trials
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Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sylvania 300 with a lap of 134.911 mph. This is the No. 24 Chevrolet driver's 72nd pole in 681 NSCS races. It is his second pole and 12th top-10 start in 2012. This is Gordon's fourth pole in 36 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He led seven laps and finished the race in third place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 23 Scott Riggs, No. 19 Jeff Green, No. 26 Josh Wise and No. 49 Jason Leffler.

Race Winner: Denny Hamlin won the Sylvania 300, his 22nd victory in 251 NSCS races. This is the No. 11 Toyota driver's fifth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 14 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin, who started 28th in the lineup, led the most laps (193 of 300) and is currently third in the Chase standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Tony Stewart’s crew chief, Steve Addington, 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. Stewart started the No. 14 Chevrolet third in the lineup and finished in seventh place.
- Rodney Childers, crew chief on Brian Vickers’ No. 55 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 0.298 seconds). Vickers started the race in fourth position and finished in ninth. After making seven of the 28 races this season as a part-time driver of the No. 55, he is currently 35th in the 2012 point standings.
- Denny Hamlin and his crew won the rest of the Contingency Awards. Besides winning the race, Hamlin won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (193 of 300),  $5,000 American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and the $5,000 Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award. He also won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award for improving 31 places (started 32nd and won the race). Toyota Racing Development (TRD) won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.

Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 1 point over Brad Keselowski.

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

Next NSCS Race:  AAA 400, Sunday, September 30th at Dover International Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Time Trials:
Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kentucky 300 with a lap of 177.264 mph. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet driver's third pole in 38 NNS races. It is his third pole and 21st top-10 start in 2012. This is Dillon's second pole in two races at Kentucky Speedway.

Did Not Qualify: NONE, only 43 cars entered.

Race Winner: Austin Dillon won the Kentucky 300, his second victory in 38 NNS races. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet driver's second victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2012. This is Dillon's second NNS race at Kentucky Speedway. He won both of those races from the pole. He is currently third in the 2012 NNS point standings.

Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon started on the pole and won the race. This earned him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards:
- Jeremy Clements makes the most improvement in the series since his 15th place finish was 15 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 51 Chevrolet driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.  Clements is currently 15th in the point standings.
- 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.
- Elliott Sadler won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award as the eligible driver leading the most laps (93 of 200) in the No. 2 Chevrolet. He started the race eighth in the lineup and finished fifth.
- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Dillon’s No. 3.

Points Leader: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 4 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Elliott Sadler                     +1
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.            -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. Brian Scott                        +1
10. Joe Nemechek                  -1

Next NNS Race: OneMain Financial 200, Saturday, September 29th at Dover International Speedway.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Time Trials:
Joey Coulter earned the $2,300 Keystone Light Pole Award for the Kentucky 201 with a lap of 176.488 mph. This is the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado driver's second pole in 41 NCWTS races. It is his second pole and ninth top-10 start in 2012. This is Coulter's first pole in four races at Kentucky Speedway. He led 39 laps and  finished the race in fourth place.

Did Not Qualify:  No. 74 Tim Andrews.

Race Winner: James Buescher won the Kentucky 201, his fourth victory in 88 NCWTS races. This is the No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado driver's fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Kentucky Speedway.

Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his third place finish in the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders.

Contingency Awards:
- Justin Lofton started 14th and his seventh place finish was 24 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 6 Chevrolet Silverado driver $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.
- James 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.
- Hendrick Engines (Buescher’s No. 31 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.

Points Leader: Ty Dillon leads the standings by 4 points over James Buescher.

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

Next NCWTS Race: Smith’s 350, Saturday (night), September 29th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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