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Wrap-up: Loudon, NH and Iowa

Sunday, July 14, 2013


New Hampshire Motor Speedway hosted two NASCAR premier series this past weekend. The Nationwide Series ran the CNBC Prime's The Profit 200 on Saturday. On Sunday, the Loudon, NH track was the site of the Sprint Cup Camping World RV Sales 301. The Camping World Truck Series featured the American Ethanol 200 on Saturday night 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: Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 21st Annual Camping World RV Sales 301 with a track qualifying record lap of 28.022 seconds, 135.922 mph. Nine drivers had a faster qualifying speed than the previous track qualifying record of 28.165 seconds (135.232 mph). This is Keselowski's third pole in 144 NSCS races. This is the No. 2 Ford Fusion driver's first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2013. This is his second pole in eight races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski led 14 laps in the race, finished ninth and moved up four spots to ninth in the NSCS point standings.

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

Race Winner:  Nationwide Series regular Brian Vickers won the 21st Annual Camping World RV Sales 301, his third victory in 271 NSCS races. This is Vickers' first Sprint Cup victory and third top-10 finish in 2013. His last victory was on Aug. 16, 2009 at Michigan, a span of 75 starts. It is the No. 55 Toyota Camry driver's first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 16 NSCS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the top rookie finisher. The No. 17 Ford Fusion driver started 23rd and finished 34th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Danica Patrick (wrecked, credited with a 37th place). Stenhouse is currently 21st in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Tony Stewart, the No. 14 Chevrolet SS driver, won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (84 of 302). He started 16th, was leading the race during the green-white-checker finish but ran out of fuel. He was credited with a 26th place finish. He is currently 13th in the points.
- Todd Parrott, crew chief on the No. 43 Ford Fusion driven by Aric Almirola won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from the first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times (improved 0.327 seconds). Almirola started the race in 17th place and finished in fifth. He moved up three spots to 16th in the standings.
- Penske Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Pole-sitter Keselowski’s No. 2 Ford Fusion.
- Kyle Busch won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award given to the driver that records the fastest average speed on restarts and finishes the race on the lead lap. The No. 18 Toyota Camry driver earned the award for his second place finish.
- Busch also 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 and the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award given to the eligible driver (contingent on decal display) who clocks the fastest lap of the race.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 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. 88 Chevrolet SS driver started third and finished in 14th place. 

Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 56 points over Clint Bowyer.

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

Next NSCS Race: Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 24th Annual CNBC Prime's The Profit 200 with a lap of 28.873 seconds, 131.916 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's 30th pole in 258 NNS races, tying Mark Martin for the all-time series pole record. This is his fourth NNS pole and 10th top-10 start in 2013. This is his second pole in eight NNS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Did Not Qualify: No. 74 Mike Harmon and No. 89 Morgan Shepherd.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the 24th Annual CNBC Prime's The Profit 200, his 58th victory in 258 NNS races. This is the No. 54 Toyota Camry driver's seventh NNS victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2013. This is his fourth victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight NNS races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is Busch's fourth win from the Coors Light Pole this season, tying Sam Ard's record for wins from the pole in a season, set in 1983. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Alex Bowman the No. 99 Toyota Camry driver started 21st and finished 10th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award. Bowman is currently 11th in the 2013 NNS point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Austin Dillon 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. 3 Chevrolet Camaro earned the award for his third place finish.
- Brian Scott 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. 2 Chevrolet Camaro started fifth and finished fourth.
- Race-winner Kyle Busch won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (141 of 213).
- 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 5 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

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

Next NNS Race: STP 300, Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Chicagoland Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
German Quiroga won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 5th Annual American Ethanol 200 with a lap of 22.724 seconds, 138.620 mph (a new track record). This is the No. 77 Toyota Tundra driver's first pole in 15 NCWTS races. It is his fifth top-10 start in 2013. This is also Quiroga's first race at Iowa Speedway. He led 56 laps in the race and finished in 14th place.

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 35 teams entered this week.

Race Winner: Timothy Peters won the 5th Annual American Ethanol 200, his sixth victory in 149 NCWTS. This is the No. 17 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and third top-10 finish in six races at Iowa Speedway

Rookie of the Race: Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his eighth place finish in the No. 54 Toyota Tundra was better than the rest of the 2013 ROTY contenders.

Contingency Awards:
- Timothy Peters 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.
- Joe Gibbs 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 Peters’ No. 17 Toyota (started 10th and won the race).

Points Leader: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 38 points over Jeb Burton.

NCWTS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Matt Crafton 0
2. Jeb Burton 0
3. James Buescher +1
4. Ty Dillon -1
5. Johnny Sauter 0
6. Ryan Blaney 0
7. Miguel Paludo +1
8. Timothy Peters +2
9. Brendan Gaughan -2
10. Darrell Wallace Jr. -1

Next NCWTS Race:  1-800 CarCash, Wednesday night, July 24, 2013 at Eldora Speedway. (Dirt Track)
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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   -   Pole: Frank Kimmel
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next: July 21, Ansell ActivArmr® 150 at Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
July 13, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway
Winner: Daniel Suarez    -   Pole: Dylan Kwasniewski
Points Leader: Dylan Kwasniewski
Next: August 2, Pork Be Inspired 150 at Iowa Speedway       

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
June 22, Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway
Winner: Derek Thorn   -   Pole: Cameron Hayley
Points Leader: Michael Self
Next: July 27, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
July 13, A&W 300 at Motoplex Speedway and Event Park
Winner: Scott Steckly   -   Pole: J.R. Fitzpatrick
Points Leader: L.P. Dumoulin 
Next: July 17, Velocity Prairie Thunder at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

NASCAR Toyota Series (Mexico)
June 30, Regia 200 at Autodromo Monterrey
Winner: Daniel Suarez   -   Pole: Homero Richards
Points Leader: Antonio Perez
Next: July 28, Chiapas 240 at Autodromo de Chiapas



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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