Anthony Ballantoni

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Wrap-up: Phoenix Int'l Raceway

Sunday, November 11, 2012


This past weekend, Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona, hosted the Sprint Cup AdvoCare 500, the Nationwide Series Great Clips 200 and the Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the AdvoCare 500 with a lap of 25.943 seconds, 138.766 mph (new track record). This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's 10th pole in 292 NSCS races. It is his second pole and 21st top-10 start in 2012. This is Busch's second pole in 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch led the most laps and finished third.

Did Not Qualify: No. 37 J.J. Yeley.

Race Winner:  Kevin Harvick won the AdvoCare 500, his 19th victory in 429 NSCS races. This is the No. 29 Chevrolet driver's first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2012. He breaks a 44-race winless streak dating to Richmond on Sept. 10, 2011. This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 20 races at Phoenix International Raceway.

Contingency Awards:
- Kyle Busch won the $5,400 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (237 of 319). The No. 18 Toyota driver started on the pole and finished third. He is 13th in the point standings.
- Toyota Racing Development won the $5,000 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Busch’s Toyota.
- Kyle Busch 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.
- Gil Martin, crew chief on the No. 29 Chevrolet (Harvick), won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The $5,500 award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.226 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times.
- Jeff Burton won the $5,000 USG Improving the Finish Award which goes to the driver who improves the most from start to finish. The No. 31 Chevrolet driver improved 20 places from 33rd in the lineup to a 13th place finish. Burton is 19th in the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Kevin Harvick 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.

Points Leader: Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 20 points over Jimmie Johnson.

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

Next NSCS Race: Ford 400, Sunday, November 18th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials:  
Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Great Clips 200 with a lap of 132.621 mph. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's 22nd pole in 109 NNS races. This is his sixth pole and 18th top-10 start in 2012. This is his second pole in eight races at Phoenix International Raceway. He led the most laps and won the race.

Did Not Qualify: No. 52 Joey Gase and No. 75 Carl Long.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Joey Logano won the Great Clips 200, his 18th victory in 109 NNS races. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's ninth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2012. This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in eight races at Phoenix International Raceway. Logano started on the pole and led the most laps (168 of 204). He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon started third 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:
- Jason Bowles makes the most improvement in the series since his 17th place finish was 16 places better than his last NNS finish. This earned the No. 81 Toyota driver a $2,600 check and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award. Bowles is 13th 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. 
- Joey Logano won the $2,200 3M Lap Leader award as the eligible driver leading the most laps (168 of 204).
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the $2,100 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Logano’s Toyota.

Points Leader: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 20 points over Elliott Sadler.

NNS Top 10 (G/L): (no change this week)
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  0
2. Elliott Sadler            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: Ford EcoBoost 300, Saturday, November 17th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Time Trials:
Nelson Piquet Jr. won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Lucas Oil 150 with a lap of 134.439 mph. This is a new Phoenix record for the series (old, Clint Bowyer 133.949 mph in February 2011, race before track was repaved/reconfigured). This is the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado driver's fourth pole in 51 NCWTS races. It is his fourth pole and 15th top-10 start in 2012. This is Piquet's first pole in two races at Phoenix International Raceway. He led eight laps in the race and finished in eighth place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 47 Ben Reynolds and No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb.

Race Winner: Nationwide Series driver Brian Scott won the Lucas Oil 150, his second victory in 62 NCWTS races. This is the No. 18 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and third top-10 finish in 2012. He is the 15th different winner of the season - a record. This is Scott's first victory and second top-10 finish in four races at Phoenix International Raceway.

Rookie of the Race: Cale Gale won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his seventh place finish in the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2012 ROTY contenders. Gale is currently 12th in the point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Ryan Blaney started the No. 29 RAM second in the line-up and his fifth place finish was 25 places better than his last NCWTS finish. This earned him $2,200 and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award. Blaney, who made eight of the 21 races this season, moved up two spots to 26th in the points.
- Kyle Larson 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. Larson started the No. 4 Chevrolet sixth in the lineup, led 43 laps and finished second. He only entered three races this season and is 38th in the standings.
- Toyota Racing Development (TRD) won the $1,900 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck (Scott’s race-winning No. 18 Toyota Tundra).

Points Leader: James Buescher leads the standings by 11 points over Timothy Peters.

NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. James Buescher     0
2. Timothy Peters     +1
3. Ty Dillon               -1
4. Joey Coulter         +1
5. Parker Kligerman   -1
6. Matt Crafton           0
7. Nelson Piquet Jr.     0
8. Justin Lofton          0
9. Johnny Sauter        0
10. Miguel Paludo      0

Next NCWTS Race: Ford EcoBoost 200, Friday, November 16, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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