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Wrap-up: Charlotte

Monday, May 27, 2013


This past weekend, Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina hosted the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 and the Nationwide Series History 300. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on May 31 with the Lucas Oil 200 at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
:  Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual Coca-Cola 600 with a lap of 27.604 seconds, 195.624 mph. This is the No. 11 Toyota Camry driver's 14th pole in 267 NSCS races. This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2013. This is Hamlin's first pole in 16 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He led six laps and finished the race in fourth place. Hamlin moved up three spots to 24th in the point standings.

Did Not Qualify: No. 19 Mike Bliss.

Race Winner:  Kevin Harvick won the 54th Annual Coca-Cola 600, his 21st victory in 442 NSCS races. This is the No. 29 Chevrolet SS driver's second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 25 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rookie of the Race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the No. 17 Ford Fusion driver, started 30th and finished 14th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. Stenhouse is currently 17th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Kasey Kahne, the No. 5 Chevrolet SS driver, won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (161 of 400). He started sixth and finished second.
- 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.
- Matt Borland, crew chief on the No. 39 Chevrolet SS driven by Ryan Newman, wins 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 0.327 seconds). Newman started the race in 10th place and finished in sixth. He is currently 16th in the 2013 Sprint Cup point standings.
- 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.
- Harvick also won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award given to the driver displaying the Sherwin-Williams decal who clocks the fastest lap of the race.

Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 32 points over Carl Edwards.

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

Next NSCS Race: FedEx / Autism Speaks 400, Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Dover International Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 32nd Annual History 300 with a lap of 29.356 seconds, 183.949 mph. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro driver’s fourth pole in 54 NNS races. This is his first pole and ninth top-10 start in 2013. This is Dillon's first pole in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He led one lap and finished the race in 14th place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 42 J.J. Yeley, No. 00 Bryan Silas, No. 37 Matt Dibenedetto and No. 17 Tanner Berryhill.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular (No. 18) Kyle Busch won the 32nd Annual History 300, his 57th victory (series most) in 253 NNS races. This is the No. 54 Toyota Camry driver's sixth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his seventh victory (series most) and 17th top-10 finish in 20 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Busch is not eligible for points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro driver, started 18th and finished fourth.  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.
- Kyle Busch led the most laps earning the 3M Lap Leader award. He led 186 of the 200 laps run.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Busch’s No. 54 Toyota.

Points Leader: Regan Smith leads the point standings by 29 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

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

Next NNS Race: 5-hour Energy 200, Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Dover International Speedway.
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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: Lucas Oil 200, Friday, May 31, 2013, at Dover International Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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