Wrap-up: Kentucky SpeedwaySunday, June 30, 2013
hosted all three NASCAR premier series this past weekend. The Camping World Truck Series ran the UNOH 225 on Thursday night. The Nationwide Series Feed the Children 300 was held on Friday night. On Sunday, after a rain-out on Saturday night, the Sparta track was the site of the Sprint Cup Quaker State 400. Also listed below are quick notes on the ARCA Series and four NASCAR ‘Home Track’ racing series.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts with a lap of 29.406 seconds, 183.636 mph. His qualifying speed set a track qualifying record previously held by Jimmie Johnson (181.818 mph) from June 30, 2012. This is his 12th pole in 486 NSCS races. It is the No. 88 Chevrolet SS driver's first pole and third top-10 start in 2013 and his first pole in three races at Kentucky Speedway. Earnhardt led 10 laps but, while leading, was hit by debris from Denny Hamlin’s blown tire. After repairs he managed a 12th place finish.
Did Not Qualify: No one, only 43 teams entered the event.
Race Winner: Matt Kenseth won the 3rd Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts, his 28th victory in 489 NSCS races. This is the No. 20 Toyota Camry driver's fourth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
Rookie of the Race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the top rookie finisher. The No. 17 Ford Fusion driver started 13th and finished 17th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Danica Patrick (finished 23rd). Stenhouse is currently 20th in the 2013 point standings.
- Jimmie Johnson won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (182 of 267).
- 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. The No. 48 Chevrolet SS driver earned the award for his ninth place finish.
- Kevin Manion, crew chief on the No. 1 Chevrolet SS driven by Jamie McMurray, 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 0.167 seconds). McMurray started the race in 23rd place and finished in second. He moved up two spots to 19th in the 2013 standings.
- Matt Kenseth 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.
- Toyota Racing Development (TRD) won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Kenseth.’s No. 20 Toyota.
- 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. The No. 99 Ford driver started second, led 35 laps and finished in 21st place.
- Edwards 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.
Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 38 points over Carl Edwards.
NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson 0
2. Carl Edwards 0
3. Clint Bowyer 0
4. Kevin Harvick 0
5. Matt Kenseth 0
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. +1
7. Kyle Busch +1
8. Martin Truex Jr. +2
9. Greg Biffle -3
10. Joey Logano +4
11. Kasey Kahne 0
12. Jeff Gordon +1
Next NSCS Race: Coke Zero 400, Saturday night, July 6, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual Feed the Children 300 with a lap of 30.724 seconds, 175.758 mph. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro driver's eighth pole in 59 NNS races. It is his fifth pole and 13th top-10 start in 2013 and his third pole in three races at Kentucky Speedway. Dillon led 18 laps in the race and finished in sixth place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 92 Dexter Stacey.
Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski won the rain-shortened 13th Annual Feed the Children 300, his 22nd victory in 197 NNS races. This is the No. 22 Ford Mustang driver's second NNS victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in six NNS races at Kentucky Speedway. Keselowski is ineligible for driver points in this series.
Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro driver, started 21st and finished seventh. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.
- Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Crafton 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. 33 Chevrolet Camaro earned the award for his third place finish. He is ineligible for points in this series.
- Crafton 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.
- Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 54 Toyota, won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (74 of 170). He is ineligible for driver points in this series.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Kyle Busch’s No. 54 Toyota.
Points Leader: Regan Smith leads the point standings by 8 points over Sam Hornish Jr.
NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Regan Smith 0
2. Sam Hornish Jr. +1
3. Justin Allgaier -1
4. Elliott Sadler +1
5. Austin Dillon -1
6. Kyle Larson +1
7. Parker Kligerman -1
8. Brian Vickers +1
9. Brian Scott -1
10. Trevor Bayne 0
Next NNS Race: Subway Firecracker 250, Friday night, July 5, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials: Ryan Blaney won the Keystone 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the 3rd Annual UNOH 225 with a lap of 30.829 seconds, 175.160 mph. This is the No. 29 Ford driver's first pole in 17 NCWTS races. It is Blaney's fifth top-10 start and fourth consecutive top-10 start in 2013. He led 28 laps in the race and finished in fifth place.
Did Not Qualify: No one, only 36 teams entered this week.
Race Winner: Ty Dillon won the 3rd Annual UNOH 225, his second victory in 33 NCWTS races. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet Silverado drivers' first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway. Dillon's win makes him the youngest NCWTS race winner at Kentucky Speedway; he is 21 years and 4 months old.
Rookie of the Race: Ryan Blaney won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his fifth place finish was better than the rest of the 2013 ROTY contenders.
- Ty Dillon 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.
- Roush-Yates 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 Blaney’s No. 29 Ford F-150 (started on pole, finished fifth).
Points Leader: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 22 points over Jeb Burton.
NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Matt Crafton 0
2. Jeb Burton 0
3. Ty Dillon +3
4. James Buescher +1
5. Johnny Sauter -1
6. Ryan Blaney +1
7. Brendan Gaughan -4
8. Miguel Paludo +1
9. Darrell Wallace Jr. -1
10. Timothy Peters +1
Next NCWTS Race: American Ethanol 200, Saturday night, July 13, 2013 at Iowa Speedway.
Other Racing Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
June 30, Herr's Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway - Winner: Frank Kimmel
Next: July 21, Ansell ActivArmr® 150 at Chicagoland Speedway
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
June 22, NKPS East Langley at Langley Speedway - Winner: Dylan Kwasniewski
Next: July 13, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway
Points Leader: Dylan Kwasniewski
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
June 22, Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway - Winner: Derek Thorn
Next: July 27, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway
Points Leader: Michael Self
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
June 22, Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park - Winner: Peter Shepherd
Next: July 7, Jiffy Lube 100 at Circuit ICAR
Points Leader: D.J. Kennington
NASCAR Toyota Series (Mexico)
June 30, Regia 200 at Autodromo Monterrey - Winner: Daniel Suarez
Next: July 28, Chiapas 240 at Autodromo de Chiapas
Points Leader: Antonio Perez