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Wrap-up: Michigan

Sunday, June 16, 2013


The Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250 was held on Saturday at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. On Sunday, MIS was also the site of the Sprint Cup Quicken Loans 400. The Camping World Truck Series returns to action for the UNOH 225 on Thursday, June 26th at Kentucky Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 45th Annual Quicken Loans 400 with a lap of 35.564 seconds, 202.452 mph. This is the No. 99 Ford Fusion driver's 12th pole in 316 NSCS races. With the pole, Edwards earns a spot in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited. This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2013 and his first pole in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best start was second, last August. Edwards led 16 laps and finished the race in eighth place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 44 Scott Riggs.

Race Winner:  Greg Biffle won the 45th Annual Quicken Loans 400, his 19th victory in 381 NSCS races. This is the 1000th victory for Ford Motor Company in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It is Biffle's first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013. This is the No. 16 Ford Fusion driver's fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 21 races at Michigan International Speedway. He has now won back-to-back race at Michigan.

Rookie of the Race:  Danica Patrick, the No. 10 Chevrolet SS driver, started 37th and finished in 13th place. She was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 16th). Patrick moved up one spot to 27th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Greg Biffle won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (48 of 200).
- Paul Menard 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 of each race. The driver of the No. 27 Chevrolet SS finished in 14th place.
- Roush Yates Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Biffle’s No. 16 Ford Fusion.
- Matt Kenseth won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race on the lead lap. The No. 20 Toyota Camry driver earned the award for his sixth place finish.
- Matt Puccia, crew chief on Biffle’s No. 16 Ford Fusion, 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 0.234 seconds). Biffle started the race in 29th place.
- Kevin Harvick wins 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. The driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet earned the award for his second place finish.
- Carl Edwards 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 31 points over Carl Edwards.

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

Next NSCS Race: Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Sonoma Raceway. (Road Course)
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials:  Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Alliance Truck Parts 250 with a track qualifying record lap of 37.523 seconds, 191.882 mph. Dillon set the previous record (190.375 mph) last June. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro driver's seventh pole in 57 NNS races. This is Dillon's fourth consecutive pole, a NNS record. His previous poles came at Charlotte, Dover and Iowa. This is also his 12th top-10 start in 2013 and his second pole in three races at Michigan International Speedway. Dillon led the most laps but had a tire go down. After a green flag pit stop, he finished the race two laps down in 20th place.

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 39 cars entered.

Race Winner: Regan Smith wins the 22nd Annual Alliance Truck Parts 250, his third victory in 116 NNS races. This is the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro driver's second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2013. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Michigan International Speedway. Smith has now finished in the top 10 in 11 consecutive races.

Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro driver, started 11th and finished second. 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.
- Austin Dillon won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (61 of 125).
- Dillon also 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 of each race.
- Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Paul Menard’s No. 33 Chevrolet. Menard started in second and finished in third place. Menard, a Sprint Cup regular, is ineligible for points in this series.

Points Leader: Regan Smith leads the point standings by 58 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

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

Next NNS Race: Johnsonville Sausage 200, Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Road America. (Road Course)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Points Leader: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 23 points over Jeb Burton.

Next NCWTS Race:  UNOH 225, Thursday, June 26, 2013 at Kentucky Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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