Wrap-up: Kansas SpeedwaySunday, October 21, 2012
This past weekend, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, hosted the Sprint Cup Hollywood Casino 400 and the Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. The Camping World Truck Series returns to action next week with the Kroger 200, Saturday, October 27th at Martinsville Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Hollywood Casino 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 191.360 mph. This is the No. 5 Chevrolet driver's 26th pole in 320 NSCS races. He moves into a tie for 26th on the all-time series poles list with Bobby Labonte. This is his fourth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2012. It is Kahne's third pole in 11 races at Kansas Speedway. He led only one lap in the race and finished in fourth place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 26 Josh Wise, No. 30 David Stremme and No. 33 Cole Whitt.
Race Winner: Matt Kenseth won the Hollywood Casino 400, his 24th victory in 468 NSCS races. With the win, Kenseth moves into a tie for 26th on the all-time series wins list with Kurt and Kyle Busch. This is the No. 17 Ford driver's third victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2012. This is Kenseth's second win in the 2012 Chase (Talladega). It is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Kansas Speedway.
- Matt Kenseth won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (78 of 267). The No. 17 Ford driver started 12th and won the race.
- 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.
- 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 the No. 15 Toyota third in the lineup and finished sixth.
- Steve Addington, crew chief on the No. 14 Chevrolet (Tony Stewart), won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The $5,500 award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.372 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times.
- Regan Smith won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 88 Chevrolet driver (subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in two races) improved 32 places from 39th in the lineup to a seventh place finish. Smith is currently 23rd in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Tony Stewart 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. Stewart started the No. 14 Chevrolet 33rd in the lineup and finished fifth.
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. Martin Truex Jr. +1
7. Tony Stewart +1
8. Jeff Gordon +1
9. Matt Kenseth +2
10. Kevin Harvick 0
11. Greg Biffle -5
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0
Next NSCS Race: Tums Fast Relief 500, Sunday, October 28th at Martinsville Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kansas Lottery 300 with a track qualifying record lap of 182.914 mph. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver’s 21st pole in 107 NNS races. It is his fifth pole and 16th top-10 start in 2012. This is Logano's second pole in five races at Kansas Speedway. He led 34 laps in the race and finished in third place. Logano is ineligible for points in this series.
Did Not Qualify: No. 42 Josh Wise.
Race Winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Kansas Lottery 300, his eighth victory in 103 NNS races. This is the No. 6 Ford driver's sixth victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 2012. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Kansas Speedway.
Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon started second and finished second. 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.
- Justin Allgaier makes the most improvement in the series since his seventh place finish was 27 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 31 Chevrolet 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.
- Paul Menard won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award as the eligible driver leading the most laps (110 of 206) in the No. 33 Chevrolet. He started fifth in the lineup but ran out of fuel with two laps to go and was credited with a 16th place finish. Menard is a Sprint Cup regular and ineligible for points in this series.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Joey Logano’s No. 20 Toyota.
Points Leader: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 6 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
NNS Top 10 (G/L): (no change this week)
1. Elliott Sadler 0
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 0
3. Austin Dillon 0
4. Sam Hornish Jr. 0
5. Michael Annett 0
6. Justin Allgaier 0
7. Cole Whitt 0
8. Mike Bliss 0
9. Brian Scott 0
10. Danica Patrick 0
Next NNS Race: (off next week)
O'Reilly Auto Part Challenge, Saturday, November 3rd at Texas Motor 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: Kroger 200, Saturday, October 27th at Martinsville Speedway.