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Wrap-up: Talladega

Sunday, October 07, 2012


This past weekend, Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, hosted the Sprint Cup Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 and the Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola. The Nationwide Series returns to action next weekend with the Dollar General 300 on Friday, October 12th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 with a lap of 191.455 mph. This is the No. 5 Chevrolet driver's 25th pole in 318 NSCS races. It is his third pole and 21st top-10 start in 2012. This is Kahne's first pole in 18 races at Talladega Superspeedway. He led 9 laps in the race and finished in 12th place.

Did Not Qualify: NONE, only 43 cars entered.

Race Winner: Matt Kenseth won the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500, his 23rd victory in 466 NSCS races. This is the No. 17 Ford driver's second victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 26 races at Talladega Superspeedway.

Contingency Awards:
- Jamie McMurray won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (38 of 189). The No. 1 Chevrolet driver started 24th, was involved in a wreck on lap 184 and was credited with a 34th place finish. He is currently 20th in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Roush Yates Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Kenseth’s No. 17 Ford.
- Matt Kenseth 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.
- Matt Puccia, crew chief on the No. 16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle, 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 0.079 seconds). Puccia also won the $5,000 DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race award presented to the crew chief of the driver who demonstrates the best qualifying and race finish for each event. Biffle started the race in fifth position and finished in sixth.
- Travis Kvapil won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 93 Toyota driver improved 28 places from 36th in the lineup to an eighth place finish. Kvapil moved up one spot to 29th in the 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 13th in the lineup and finished third. He is 13th in the point standings.

Points Leader: Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 14 points over Jimmie Johnson.

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

Next NSCS Race: Bank of America 500, Saturday night, October 13th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series

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

Next NNS Race: Dollar General 300, Friday, October 12th at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Time Trials:
Ty Dillon earned the $2,300 Keystone Light Pole Award for the fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola with a lap 177.291 mph. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado driver's third pole in 21 NCWTS races. It is his third pole and 15th top-10 start in 2012. Dillon posted his first pole in his first start at Talladega Superspeedway. He led the most laps (25 of 94) and finished fourth.

Did Not Qualify: No. 28 Wes Burton.

Race Winner: Parker Kligerman won the fred's 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, his first victory in 44 NCWTS races. This is the No. 7 Toyota Tundra driver's 12th top-10 finish in 2012 and his first top-10 finish in two races at Talladega Superspeedway. This win today is Kligerman's first NASCAR national series victory. 

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

Contingency Awards:
- Johnny Sauter started 29th and his second place finish was 19 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 11 Toyota Tundra driver $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.
- Parker Kligerman 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 (Ty Dillon’s No. 3 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. Parker Kligerman    +1
5. Joey Coulter           -1
6. Matt Crafton            0
7. Justin Lofton           0
8. Nelson Piquet Jr.      0
9. Johnny Sauter       +2
10. Miguel Paludo      -1

Next NCWTS Race: (off for two weeks)
Kroger 200, Saturday, October 27th at Martinsville Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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