Wrap-up: MartinsvilleSunday, April 07, 2013
This past weekend, Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, hosted the Sprint Cup STP Gas Booster 500 and the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250. The Nationwide Series will return to action on Friday, April 12, at Texas Motor Speedway.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 64th Annual STP Gas Booster 500 with a record lap of 19.244 seconds, 98.400 mph. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet SS driver's 30th pole in 405 NSCS races. It is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2013 and his third pole in 23 races at Martinsville Speedway. Johnson led the most laps, won the race and took over the 2013 point standings.
Did Not Qualify: No. 19 Mike Bliss.
Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson won the 64th Annual STP Gas Booster 500, his 62nd victory in 405 NSCS races. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet SS driver's second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his eighth victory and 20th top-10 finish in 23 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Rookie of the Race: Danica Patrick, the No. 10 Chevrolet SS driver, started 32nd (actually 43rd since the team changed the engine). She was named the "Rookie of the Race" since her 12th place finish was better than the only other ROTY contender in the event, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 25th). Patrick, the first women ever to race at Martinsville, moved up three spots to 26th in the 2013 point standings.
- Jimmie Johnson won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (347 of 500).
- Hendrick Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Johnson’s car.
- Johnson 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.
- Brian Pattie, crew chief on Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 Toyota, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.184 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times. Newman started the race in 15th position and finished in second.
- Kyle Busch 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. He earned the award for his fifth place finish driving the No. 18 Toyota Camry.
Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 6 points over Brad Keselowski.
NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson (+2)
2. Brad Keselowski (0)
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-2)
4. Kyle Busch (+2)
5. Kasey Kahne (+2)
6. Greg Biffle (-1)
7. Carl Edwards (-3)
8. Clint Bowyer (+6)
9. Paul Menard (-1)
10. Matt Kenseth (+1)
11. Joey Logano (-2)
12. Jeff Gordon (+6)
Next NSCS Race: NRA 500, April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Points Leader: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 28 points over Regan Smith.
Next NNS Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, Friday, April 12, at Texas Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials: Jeb Burton won the Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 15th Annual Kroger 250 with a record lap of 19.589 seconds, 96.666 mph. This is the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado driver's first career pole in seven NCWTS races. It is his second top-10 start in 2013. Timothy Peters held the previous track qualifying speed with a lap of 19.641 seconds, 96.641 mph. Burton led the most laps in the race (154 of 250) and finished third.
Did Not Qualify: No. 1 Jonathan Davenport and No. 68 Clay Greenfield.
Race Winner: Johnny Sauter won the 15th Annual Kroger 250, his eighth victory in 110 NCWTS races. This is the No. 98 Toyota Tundra driver's second victory in 2013. It is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 11 races at Martinsville Speedway. Sauter is only the second driver in NCWTS history to open the season with back-to-back wins. Mark Martin in 2006 was the first. Sauter leads the point standings by 12 points over Jeb Burton.
Rookie of the Race: Jeb Burton won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his third place finish in the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2013 ROTY contenders.
- Johnny Sauter won the 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 Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. The award is determined by qualifying and finishing position of the truck. They supplied the engine in Jeb Burton’s No. 4 Chevrolet (started on pole, finished third).
Points Leader: Johnny Sauter leads the standings by 12 points over Jeb Burton.
NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Johnny Sauter (0)
2. Jeb Burton (+3)
3. Matt Crafton (+5)
4. Ron Hornaday Jr. (-2)
5. Darrell Wallace Jr. (+6)
6. Ryan Sieg (+3)
7. Todd Bodine (+3)
8. Ty Dillon (-4)
9. Miguel Paludo (-3)
10. Ryan Blaney (-3)
Next NCWTS Race: NC Education Lottery 200, Sunday, April 14, at Rockingham Speedway.