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Wrap-up: Charlotte

Sunday, October 14, 2012


This past weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, hosted the Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 and the Nationwide Series Dollar General 300. The Camping World Truck Series returns to action in two weeks with the Kroger 200, Saturday, October 27th at Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Bank of America 500 with a lap of 27.877 seconds, 193.708 mph. His qualifying run broke the old record at Charlotte Motor Speedway set by Elliott Sadler (193.216 mph; 27.948 sec.) on Oct. 13, 2005. This is the No. 16 Ford driver's 12th pole in 361 NSCS races. It is his third pole and 19th top-10 start in 2012. This is Biffle's first pole in 20 races at Charlotte. He led 53 laps in the race and finished in fourth place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 87 Joe Nemechek, No. 26 Josh Wise, No. 23 Scott Riggs and No. 33 Cole Whitt.

Race Winner: Clint Bowyer won the Bank of America 500, his eighth victory in 248 NSCS races. This is the No. 15 Toyota driver's third victory and 19th top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 14 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Contingency Awards:
- Brad Keselowski won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (139 of 333). The No. 2 Dodge driver started 20th and finished in 11th place.
- Roush Yates Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Greg Biffle’s No. 16 Ford.
- Greg Biffle 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.
- Clint Bowyer’s crew chief, Brian Pattie, 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. Bowyer started fourth and won the race.
- 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. Edwards started the race in 19th position and finished in seventh. He is currently 15th in the NSCS 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. The No. 14 Chevrolet driver improved 19 places from 32nd in the lineup to a 13th place finish.
- Denny Hamlin 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. Hamlin started the No. 11 Toyota ninth in the lineup and finished second.

Points Leader: Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 7 points over Jimmie Johnson.

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

Next NSCS Race: Hollywood Casino 400, Sunday, October 21st at Kansas Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials:  Elliott Sadler won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dollar General 300 with a lap of 184.237 mph. This is the No. 2 Chevrolet driver's 15th pole in 193 NNS races. It is his fourth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2012. This is Sadler's first pole in 12 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He led 15 laps in the race and finished in third place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 50 T.J. Bell, No. 52 Joey Gase, No. 71 Matt Carter and No. 89 Morgan Shepherd.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano won the Dollar General 300, his 17th victory in 106 NNS races. This is the No. 20 Toyota driver's eighth NNS victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2012. This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon started second and finished sixth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders and earned the No. 3 Chevrolet driver the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards:
- Jeremy Clements makes the most improvement in the series since his 19th place finish was 8 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. He moved up one spot to 14th in the point standings.
- 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 third in the No. 2 Chevrolet.
- Joey Logano won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award as the eligible driver leading the most laps (62 of 200) in the No. 20 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. 20.

Points Leader: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 13 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Elliott Sadler               0
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.     0
3. Austin Dillon               0
4. Sam Hornish Jr.          0
5. Michael Annett         +1
6. Justin Allgaier           -1
7. Cole Whitt                 0
8. Mike Bliss                  0
9. Brian Scott                 0
10. Danica Patrick        +1

Next NNS Race: Kansas Lottery 300, Saturday, October 20th at Kansas Speedway.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Points Leader:
Ty Dillon leads the standings by 1 point over James Buescher.

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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