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Wrap-up: Richmond

Sunday, April 28, 2013


This past weekend, Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia hosted the Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 and the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on May 17 with the NC Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 59th Annual Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 20.716 seconds, 130.334 mph. This is the No. 20 Toyota driver's 10th pole in 481 NSCS races. It is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2013. It is his first pole in 27 races at Richmond International Raceway. His qualifying speed set a track record previously held by Brian Vickers, set in May 2004 (129.983 mph). Kenseth finished the race in seventh place and is currently 13th in the point standings.

Did Not Qualify: None, only 43 teams entered.

Race Winner:  Kevin Harvick won the 59th Annual Toyota Owners 400, his 20th victory in 439 NSCS races. This is the No. 29 Chevrolet SS driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2013. It is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 25 races at Richmond International Raceway. This is his fifth career victory at short tracks in the NSCS.

Rookie of the Race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the No. 17 Ford Fusion driver started 12th and finished 16th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. Stenhouse is currently 18th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Matt Kenseth won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (140 of 406). 
- Toyota Racing Development won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Kenseth’s No. 20 Camry.
- Kenseth 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. 
- Jimmy Fennig, crew chief on the No. 99 Ford Fusion driven by Carl Edwards, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times (improved 0.220 seconds). Edwards started the race in 28th place and finished in sixth.
- Kevin Harvick 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 43 points over Carl Edwards.

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

Next NSCS Race: Aaron's 499, Sunday, May 5, at Talladega Superspeedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 26th Annual ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 21.371 seconds, 126.339 mph. This is the No. 22 Ford driver's 14th pole in 196 NNS races. It is his first pole in 2013 and his second pole in 13 NNS races at Richmond International Raceway. He won this event in 2010 after starting fourth.

Did Not Qualify: No. 55 Jamie Dick, No. 52 Derek Thorn, No. 46 Chase Miller, No. 47 Jason Bowles, No. 89 Morgan Shepherd and No. 15 Stanton Barrett.

Race Winner: Brad Keselowski won the 26th Annual ToyotaCare 250, his 21st victory in 196 NNS races. This is the No. 22 Ford driver's first NNS victory and third top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 13 NNS races at Richmond International Raceway. This is the 12th time a driver has driven to victory from the pole position in a Nationwide Series race at Richmond.

Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet 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:
- Kyle Larson 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.
- Kevin Harvick led the most laps earning the 3M Lap Leader award. He started fourth in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro; led 96 of the 250 laps run and finished the race in second place. Harvick, a Sprint Cup regular, is ineligible for driver points in this series.
- Penske Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Keselowski’s race-winning No. 22 Ford.

Points Leader: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 1 point over Regan Smith.

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

Next NNS Race: Aaron's 312, Saturday, May 4, at Talladega Superspeedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Points Leader:
Matt Crafton leads the standings by 13 points over Johnny Sauter.

Next NCWTS Race: N.C. Education Lottery 200, Friday, May 17, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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