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Wrap-up: Fort Worth & The Rock

Sunday, April 14, 2013


This past weekend, Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas hosted the Sprint Cup NRA 500 and the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. The Camping World Truck Series  NC Education Lottery 200 was held at the Rockingham Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual NRA 500 with a track-record lap of 27.509 seconds, 196.299 mph. This is the No. 18 Toyota Camry driver's 12th pole in 300 NSCS races. It is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2013. This is his first pole in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Did Not Qualify: No. 95 Scott Speed and No. 44 Scott Riggs.

Race Winner:  Kyle Busch won the 17th Annual NRA 500, his 26th victory in 300 NSCS races. Busch now moves into a tie for 23rd on the all-time series wins list with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Fred Lorenzen. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his first Cup victory and seventh top-10 finish in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch also won the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at TMS on Saturday night for a Texas weekend sweep.

Rookie of the Race: Danica Patrick, the No. 10 Chevrolet SS driver, started 42nd. She was named the "Rookie of the Race" since her 28th place finish was better than the rest of the ROTY contenders in the event. Patrick is currently 26th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Kyle Busch won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (171 of 334). 
- Toyota Racing Development won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Busch’s car.
- Busch 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. 
- Todd Gordon, crew chief on Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.365 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times. Logano started the race in 43rd position and finished in fifth.
- 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.
- Jimmie Johnson won the Duralast Brake in the Race award given to the highest eligible driver in the running order at the time of the first caution. The No. 48 Chevrolet driver finished the race in sixth place.

Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 9 points over Brad Keselowski.

NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson (0)
2. Brad Keselowski (0)
3. Kyle Busch (+1)
4. Greg Biffle (+2)
5. Carl Edwards (+2)
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-3)
7. Kasey Kahne (-2)
8. Clint Bowyer (0)
9. Joey Logano (+2)
10. Paul Menard (-1)
11. Matt Kenseth (-1)
12. Kevin Harvick (+2)

Next NSCS Race: STP 400, April 21 at Kansas Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Alex Bowman won the Coors 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 with a lap of 29.441 seconds, 183.418 mph. This is the No. 99 Toyota Camry driver's first pole in ten NNS races. It is his third top-10 start in 2013. Bowman is the third Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate to win the pole at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch (2004) and David Ragan (2007) also did it. Bowman led four laps and finished the race in 14th place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 47 Scott Riggs, No. 52 Joey Gase, No. 46 Chase Miller, No. 27 Jason White and No. 00 Michael McDowell.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch won the 17th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, his all-time series leading 55th victory in 250 NNS races. He now has 110 NASCAR national series victories. This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013. Busch is the first driver to win four of the first six races in NNS history. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's sixth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 15 races at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch now owns sole possession of first on the all-time Texas series wins list. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Alex Bowman, the No. 99 Toyota driver, started on the pole and finished 14th. 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 Camaro earned the award for his third place finish.
- Kyle Busch led the most laps earning the 3M Lap Leader award. The No. 54 Toyota Camry driver started on the pole; led 91 of the 200 laps run and won the race.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Busch’s Toyota.
- Austin Dillon won the Duralast Brake in the Race award given to the highest eligible driver in the running order at the time of the first caution.

Points Leader: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 2 points over Regan Smith.

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

Next NNS Race: Toyota Care 250, Friday, April 26, at Richmond International Raceway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Jeb Burton won the Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 2nd Annual NC Education Lottery 200 with a lap of 24.505 seconds, 146.909 mph. This is his second pole in eight NCWTS races. His last pole was last weekend at Martinsville. This is the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado driver's third top-10 start in 2013. He was also the highest starting Rookie of the Year contender for the event. Burton finished seventh in the race.

Did Not Qualify: No. 68 Clay Greenfield, No. 1 T.J. Bell, No. 21 Spencer Gallagher and No. 28 Andy Seuss.

Race Winner: Drive for Diversity graduate Kyle Larson won the 2nd Annual NC Education Lottery 200, his first victory in five NCWTS Truck Series races. This is the No. 30 Autism Speaks Chevrolet Silverado driver's first victory in one of NASCAR’s premier divisions and first top-10 NCWTS finish in 2013. In November 2012, Larson clinched last season's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title at Rockingham Speedway. The Nationwide Series regular is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Jeb Burton won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his seventh place finish in the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado was better than the rest of the 2013 ROTY contenders. Burton is currently second in the point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Kyle Larson 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 Larson’s No. 30 Chevrolet (started third, won the race).

Points Leader: Johnny Sauter leads the standings by 16 points over Jeb Burton.

NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Johnny Sauter (0)
2. Jeb Burton (0)
3. Matt Crafton (0)
4. Ron Hornaday (0)
5. Ryan Blaney (+5)
6. Ty Dillon (+2)
7. Miguel Paludo (+2)
8. James Buescher (+4)
9. Ryan Sieg (-3)
10. Darrell Wallace Jr. (-5)

Next NCWTS Race: SFP 250, Saturday, April 20, at Kansas Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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