Wrap-up: Martinsville SpeedwaySunday, October 28, 2012
This past weekend, Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, hosted the Sprint Cup Tums Fast Relief 500 and the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200. The Nationwide Series returns to action next week with the O'Reilly Auto Part Challenge on Saturday, November 3rd at Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Tums Fast Relief 500 with a lap of 97.598 mph. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet driver's 28th pole in 396 NSCS races. It is his third pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2012. This is Johnson's second pole in 22 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Did Not Qualify: No. 19 Mike Bliss and No. 37 J.J. Yeley.
Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson won the Tums Fast Relief 500, his 59th victory in 396 NSCS races. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet driver's fourth victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 2012. It is his seventh victory and 19th top-10 finish in 22 races at Martinsville Speedway. With Johnson's win today Chevrolet has clinched the Manufacturers' Championship for this season.
Rookie of the Race:
Stephen Leicht, the No. 33 Chevrolet driver, started 42nd and finished 34th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2012 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Rookie of the Race award. Leicht, who made 14 of the 33 races so far this season, is currently 41st in the points.
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (193 of 500). The No. 48 Chevrolet driver started on the pole and won the race.
- Hendrick Engines won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Johnson’s Chevrolet.
- 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.
- Kyle Busch’s crew chief, Dave Rogers, 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. Busch started the No. 18 Toyota third in the lineup and finished second.
- Paul Wolfe, crew chief on the No. 2 Dodge (Brad Keselowski), won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The $5,500 award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.159 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times.
- Greg Biffle won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 17 Ford driver improved 20 places from 30th in the lineup to a 10th place finish.
- 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 is currently 13th in the 2012 point standings.
Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 2 points over Brad Keselowski.
NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson +1
2. Brad Keselowski -1
3. Clint Bowyer +1
4. Kasey Kahne +1
5. Denny Hamlin -2
6. Jeff Gordon +2
7. Martin Truex Jr. -1
8. Matt Kenseth +1
9. Greg Biffle +2
10. Tony Stewart -3
11. Kevin Harvick -1
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0
Next NSCS Race: AAA Texas 500, Sunday, November 4th at Texas Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Points Leader: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 6 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Next NNS Race: O'Reilly Auto Part Challenge, Saturday, November 3rd at Texas Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Time Trials: Timothy Peters earned the $2,300 Keystone Light Pole Award for the Kroger 200 with a lap 96.411 mph, a new track record. The previous track qualifying record was held by Matt Crafton (96.352 mph 10/29/2011). This is the No. 17 Toyota Tundra driver's sixth pole in 137 NCWTS races. It is his second pole and 17th top-10 start in 2012. This is his first pole in 14 races at Martinsville Speedway. Peters led 59 laps in the race and finished in seventh place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 36 Grant Enfinger, No. 14 Brennan Newberry, No. 38 Dennis Setzer, No. 10 Jake Crum and No. 96 Todd Peck.
Race Winner: Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin won the Kroger 200, his second victory in 15 NCWTS races. This is the No. 51 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2012. It is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in six NCWTS races at Martinsville Speedway. Hamlin is ineligible for points in this series.
Rookie of the Race: Max Gresham won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his 11th place finish in the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. Gresham, who made 11 of the 19 races so far this season, moved up two spots to 25th in 2012 NCWTS points.
- Nelson Piquet Jr. started fourth and his second place finish was 29 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado driver $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.
- Piquet also 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.
- Toyota Racing Technologies wins the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck (race winner Hamlin’s No. 51 Toyota Tundra).
Points Leader: James Buescher leads the standings by 21 points over Ty Dillon.
NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. James Buescher +1
2. Ty Dillon -1
3. Timothy Peters 0
4. Parker Kligerman 0
5. Joey Coulter 0
6. Matt Crafton 0
7. Nelson Piquet Jr. +1
8. Justin Lofton -1
9. Johnny Sauter 0
10. Miguel Paludo 0
Next NCWTS Race: WinStar World Casino 350K Friday, November 2nd, at Texas Motor Speedway.