Anthony Ballantoni

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Wrap-up: Fort Worth

Sunday, November 04, 2012


This past weekend, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted the Sprint Cup Texas AAA 500, the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Part Challenge and the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 191.076 mph. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet driver's 29th pole in 397 NSCS races. He moves into a tie with Ricky Rudd for 23rd on the all-time series poles list. This is his fourth pole (second consecutive) and 23rd top-10 start in 2012. This is Johnson's first pole in 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway. He led the most laps (168 of 335) and won the race.

Did Not Qualify: No. 33 Stephen Leicht, No. 79 Kelly Bires and No. 30 David Stremme.

Race Winner:  Jimmie Johnson won the AAA Texas 500, his 60th victory in 397 NSCS races. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet driver's fifth victory and 24th top-10 finish in 2012. Johnson has now won two consecutive races, pushing his Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup wins record to 22. It is his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Contingency Awards:
- Jimmie Johnson won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (168 of 335). 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 third.
- Jimmy Fennig, crew chief on the No. 17 Ford (Matt Kenseth), won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The $5,500 award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.448 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times.
- Ryan Newman won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 39 Chevrolet driver improved 24 places from 36th in the lineup to a 12th place finish. Newman moved up one spot to 14th 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 is currently 13th in the point standings.

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

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

Mathematically eliminated from winning the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship:
11. Kevin Harvick       
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  

Next NSCS Race: Advocare 500, Sunday, November 11th at Phoenix International Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials:  
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge with a lap of 183.051 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's 25th pole in 242 NNS races. He takes sole possession of fourth on the all-time series poles list. This is his second pole and 13th top-10 start in 2012. It is Busch's track-best third pole in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway. He led 65 laps in the race and finished in third place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 46 Chase Miller, No. 15 Timmy Hill, No. 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb and No. 89 Morgan Shepherd.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup driver Kevin Harvick won the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, his 39th victory in 290 NNS races. With the victory, Harvick takes sole possession of third on the all-time series wins list. This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2012. This is his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 14 races at Texas Motor Speedway. He is now tied with Kyle Busch for the series track wins record.

Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon started fourth and finished third. 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 16th place finish was 19 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. Clements is 14th in the point standings.
- 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. 
- Kevin Harvick won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award as the eligible driver leading the most laps (127 of 200) in the No. 33 Chevrolet. He started third in the lineup and won the race. He is a Sprint Cup regular and ineligible for points in this series.
- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Harvick’s Chevrolet.

Points Leader: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler are tied in the points, but Stenhouse takes the lead based on more wins in 2012.

NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  +1
2. Elliott Sadler            -1
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: Great Clips 200, Saturday, November 10th at Phoenix International Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Time Trials:
Nelson Piquet Jr. won the $2,300 Keystone Light Pole Award for the WinStar World Casino 350 with a lap of 180.246 mph. This is the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado driver's third pole in 50 NCWTS races. It is his third pole and 14th top-10 start in 2012. This is Piquet's first pole in five races at Texas Motor Speedway. He led the most laps (65 of 147) and finished in third place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 83 Chris Fontaine and No. 0 Blake Koch.

Race Winner: Johnny Sauter won the WinStar World Casino 350, his sixth victory in 106 NCWTS races. This is the No. 13 Toyota Tundra driver's second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2012. His first victory was also at Texas. He becomes the third driver to sweep at Texas, joining Ron Hornaday Jr. (2008) and Brendan Gaughan (2002-03). This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Texas Motor Speedway.

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

Contingency Awards:
- Ty Dillon started ninth and his fifth place finish was 23 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned him $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award.
- Johnny Sauter 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.
- Hendrick Engines won the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck (Piquet’s No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado).

Points Leader: James Buescher leads the standings by 15 points over Ty Dillon.

NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
(no change this week)

1. James Buescher      0
2. Ty Dillon                 0
3. Timothy Peters        0
4. Parker Kligerman     0
5. Joey Coulter            0
6. Matt Crafton            0
7. Nelson Piquet Jr.      0
8. Justin Lofton           0
9. Johnny Sauter         0
10. Miguel Paludo        0

Next NCWTS Race: Lucas Oil 150 Friday, November 9th, at Phoenix International Raceway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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