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Wrap-up: Dover and Las Vegas

Sunday, September 30, 2012


This past weekend, Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware hosted the Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200 on Saturday and the Sprint Cup AAA 400 on Sunday. The Camping World Truck Series ran the Smith’s 350 on Saturday night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA 400 with a lap of 159.299 mph. This is the No. 11 Toyota driver's 12th pole in 252 NSCS races. It is his third pole and 17th top-10 start in 2012. This is Hamlin's first pole in 14 races at Dover International Speedway. He led 39 laps in the race and finished in third place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 30 David Stremme, No. 19 Mike Bliss, No. 49 Jason Leffler, No. 33 Cole Whitt and No. 79 Kelly Bires.

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski won the AAA 400, his ninth victory in 118 NSCS races. This is the No. 2 Dodge driver's fifth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in six races at Dover International Speedway. Keselowski has now won two of the first three races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and is now the series points leader.

Contingency Awards:
- Kyle Busch won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (302 of 400).
- Penske Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Keselowski’s No. 2 Dodge.
- 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. The No. 48 Chevrolet driver finished in fourth place.
- Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief, Chad Johnston,  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. Truex started the No. 56 Toyota third in the lineup and finished in sixth place.
- Chad Norris, crew chief on the No. 99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The $5,500 award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times (improved 0.053 seconds). Edwards started the race in 15th position and finished in fifth. He is currently 14th in the 2012 point standings.
- Mark Martin won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. He started 26th in the lineup and improved 23 places to finish in third place. The part-time No. 55 Toyota driver, who made 19 of the 29 races so far this season, is 25th in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings. 
- 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 fifth in the lineup and finished seventh. He is 13th in the point standings.

Points Leader: Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 5 points over Jimmie Johnson.

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

Next NSCS Race: Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, Sunday, October 7th at Talladega Superspeedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials:  
Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the OneMain Financial 200 with a lap of 155.905 mph. This is the No. 20 Toyota driver's first pole in four NNS races. It is his third top-10 start of 2012. Wallace, a NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate, has won two poles at Dover in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. After starting four of the 28 races this season, Wallace is currently 36th in the 2012 point standings.

Did Not Qualify: No. 50 David Starr, No. 89 Morgan Shepherd and No. 74 Mike Harmon.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano won the OneMain Financial 200, his 16th victory in 105 NNS races. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's seventh victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Dover International Speedway.

Rookie of the Race: Cole Whitt started 13th and finished sixth. This earned the No. 88 Chevrolet driver the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards:
- Joe Nemechek makes the most improvement in the series since his 17th place finish was 10 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 87 Toyota 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.  He finished fourth in the No. 2 Chevrolet.
- Joey Logano won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award as the eligible driver leading the most laps (184 of 200) in the No. 18 Toyota. He started third in the lineup and won the event.
- 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.

Points Leader: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 9 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NNS Top 10 (G/L): (no change this week)
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3. Austin Dillon
4. Sam Hornish Jr.
5. Justin Allgaier
6. Michael Annett
7. Cole Whitt
8. Mike Bliss
9. Brian Scott
10. Joe Nemechek

Next NNS Race:  (off next week)
Dollar General 300, Friday, October 12th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Time Trials:
Joey Coulter earned the $2,300 Keystone Light Pole Award for the Smith’s 350 with a lap of 176.632 mph. This is the No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado driver's third pole in 42 NCWTS races. It is his third pole and 10th top-10 start in 2012. He also won the pole for last weekend's race in Kentucky. Coulter has the most poles of any driver in 2012. This is his first pole in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He led the most laps (40 of 146) and finished the race in third place.

Did Not Qualify: NONE, only 34 entries for the 36 truck field.

Race Winner: Nelson Piquet Jr. won the Smith's 350, his second victory in 47 NCWTS races. This is the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado driver's second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rookie of the Race: Cale Gale won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his seventh place finish in the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. Gale is 13th in the point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Todd Bodine started 10th and his fifth place finish was 25 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 11 Toyota Tundra driver $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.  He is 14th in the 2012 NCWTS standings.
- Nelson Piquet Jr. 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 Engines (Joey Coulter’s No. 22 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 1 point over James Buescher.

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

Next NCWTS Race: Coca-Cola 250 powered by fred's, Saturday, October 6th at Talladega Superspeedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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