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Wrap-up: Las Vegas

Sunday, March 10, 2013


This past weekend, Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted the Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 400 and the Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Saturday, April 6, at Martinsville Speedway.

The Sprint Cup teams had a chance to practice on Thursday. Heavy rain washed out all of Friday’s on track schedule. NASCAR cancelled Saturday’s qualifying session; set the field for both series events based on owner points (at the end of 2012) and allowed teams to practice on Saturday morning.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Time Trials
:
Brad Keselowski starts on the pole based on 2012 owner points. The No. 2 Ford Fusion driver led 12 laps, finished second and moved up one spot to second in the points; 5 markers behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

Did Not Qualify: No. 19 Mike Bliss (he was the 44th team entered).

Race Winner:  Matt Kenseth won the 16th Annual Kobalt Tools 400, his 25th victory in 475 NSCS races.  This is the No. 20 Toyota Camry driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2013. Today is Kenseth's 41st birthday. Cale Yarborough won twice on his birthday; Kyle Busch once. This is Kenseth's third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rookie of the Race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the No. 17 Ford Fusion driver, started seventh and finished 18th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Danica Patrick (finished 33rd).

Contingency Awards:
- Kasey Kahne won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (114 of 267). The No. 5 Chevrolet driver started fourth in the lineup and finished. He moved up 17 spots to 14th in the 2013 point standings.
- Hendrick Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet.
- Kahne also won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race on the lead lap.
- Kenny Francis, crew chief on Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.258 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times.
- Matt Kenseth won the 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: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 5 points over Brad Keselowski.

NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson (0)
2. Brad Keselowski (+1)
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-1)
4. Denny Hamlin (0)
5. Carl Edwards (+6)
6. Mark Martin (+1)
7. Matt Kenseth (+11)
8. Greg Biffle (-2)
9. Clint Bowyer (-4)
10. Aric Almirola (0)
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (-2)
12. Paul Menard (+5)
Next NSCS Race: Food City 500, March 17, 2013 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Brian Vickers starts on the pole based on 2012 owner points of the No. 20 Toyota. (see 3M Lap Leader award below).

Did Not Qualify: No. 46 Chase Miller, No. 21 Brendan Gaughan and No. 98 Kevin Swindell (they were 41st, 42nd and 43rd entered for the 40-car lineup).

Race Winner: Sam Hornish Jr. won the 17th Annual Sam's Town 300, his second victory in 69 NNS races. This is the No. 12 Ford Mustang driver's first victory and third top-10 finish in 2013. He breaks a 36-race winless streak. His last win came on Nov. 12, 2011 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is his second top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rookie of the Race: Alex Bowman, the No. 99 Toyota driver, started 18th and finished eighth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards:
- Austin Dillon won the 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. The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet earned the award for his sixth place finish.
- Brian Vickers led the most laps earning the 3M Lap Leader award. The No. 30 Toyota Camry driver started on the pole, led 27 of the 200 laps run and finished the race in third place.
- Roush Yates Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Hornish’s No. 12 Ford.

Points Leader: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 19 points over Justin Allgaier.

NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1 Sam Hornish Jr. (0)
2 Justin Allgaier (0)
3 Elliott Sadler (+1)
4 Brian Scott (-1)
5 Regan Smith (+1)
6 Austin Dillon (+3)
7 Brian Vickers (+5)
8 Trevor Bayne (+3)
9 Nelson Piquet Jr. (-1)
10 Alex Bowman (0)

Next NNS Race: Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Points Leader:
Johnny Sauter leads the standings by 6 points over Ron Hornaday.

Next NCWTS Race: Kroger 250, Saturday, April 6, at Martinsville Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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