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Wrap-up: Daytona in July

Sunday, July 07, 2013


Daytona International Speedway hosted two NASCAR premier series this past weekend. The Nationwide Series ran the Subway Firecracker 250 on Friday night. On Saturday night, the Daytona track was the site of the Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400. The Camping World Truck Series returns to action with the American Ethanol 200 on Saturday night, July 13, 2013 at Iowa Speedway. Also listed below are updates on the ARCA Series and four NASCAR ‘Home Track’ racing series.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 55th Annual Coke Zero 400 with a lap of 46.458 seconds, 193.723 mph. This is the No. 18 Toyota Camry driver's 13th pole in 311 NSCS races. It is his third pole and 15th top-10 start in 2013. This is Busch's first pole in 18 races at Daytona. He led 29 laps in the race and finished in 12th place.

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 43 teams entered the event.

Race Winner:  Jimmie Johnson won the 55th Annual Coke Zero 400, his 64th victory in 417 NSCS. This is the No. 48 Chevrolet SS driver's fourth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2013. It is his third victory and 11th top-10 finish in 24 races at Daytona International Speedway.

Rookie of the Race:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the top rookie finisher. The No. 17 Ford Fusion driver started ninth and finished 11th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Danica Patrick (finished 14th). Stenhouse moved up two spots to 18th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Jimmie Johnson won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (94 of 161).
- Travis Kvapil won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording He earned the award for his 18th place finish. The driver of the No. 93 Toyota Camry is currently 35th in the standings.
- Gil Martin, crew chief on the No. 29 Chevrolet SS driven by Kevin Harvick, 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 0.219 seconds). Harvick started the race in 26th place and finished in third.
- Tony Stewart 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. The No. 14 Chevrolet driver started 13th and finished in second place.
- Hendrick Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Race-winner Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet.
- Greg Biffle won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award given to the eligible driver (contingent on decal display) who clocks the fastest lap of the race. The No. 16 Ford driver had a 17th place finish.
- Kasey Kahne won the Duralast Brakes “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. 5 Chevrolet, while running in the top five, wrecked with two laps to go and was credited with a 32nd place finish.

Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 49 points over Clint Bowyer.

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

Next NSCS Race: Camping World RV 301, Sunday, July 14, 2013 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Austin Dillon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual Subway Firecracker 250 with a lap of 50.298 seconds, 178.934 mph. Dillon has won the Coors Light pole in six of the last seven NNS races: Charlotte, Dover, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky and Daytona. This is the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro driver's ninth pole in 60 NNS races and first pole in four NNS races at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon led five laps in the race and finished in fifth place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 00 Blake Koch.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Matt Kenseth won the 12th Annual Subway Firecracker 250, his 27th victory in 255 NNS races. This is his first NNS victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 13 NNS races at Daytona International Speedway. Kenseth, who drove the No. 18 Toyota Camry, is ineligible to earn driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro driver, started 13th and finished sixth.  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:
- Camping World Truck Series driver James Buescher 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. 34 Chevrolet Camaro earned the award for his second place finish. He is ineligible for points in this series.
- Sprint Cup regular Kurt Busch 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. 1 Chevrolet Camaro, who started seventh and finished fourth, is ineligible for driver points in this series.
- Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Austin Dillon’s pole-winning No. 3 Chevrolet.

Points Leader: Regan Smith leads the point standings by 6 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

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

Next NNS Race: F.W. Webb 200, Saturday, July 13, 2013 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

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.
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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
July 7, Jiffy Lube 100 at Circuit ICAR - Winner: Andrew Ranger
Next: July 13, A&W 300 at Motoplex Speedway and Event Park
Points Leader: D.J. Kennington (prior to July 7th, standings not updated at this time)

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



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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