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Wrap-up: Eldora and Brickyard

Sunday, July 28, 2013


The Camping World Truck Series featured the inaugural Mudsummer Classic at its first race on the dirt track Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Wednesday night. The Nationwide Series Indiana 250 was held on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard was held on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The ARCA Series, Canadian Tire Series, K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR Toyota Series were in action this past week.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 20th Annual Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard with a track qualifying record lap of 47.992 seconds, 187.531 mph. This is the No. 39 Chevrolet SS driver's 50th pole in 424 NSCS races. He is the ninth driver to win 50 career NSCS Coors Light Poles. This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2013. This is Newman's first pole in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Did Not Qualify: No. 19 Mike Bliss and No. 95 Scott Speed.

Winner:  Ryan Newman won the 20th Annual Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard, his 17th victory in 424 NSCS races. This is the No. 39 Chevrolet SS driver's first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 13 races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He becomes the third driver to win from the Coors Light Pole at Indianapolis, joining Kevin Harvick (2003) and Jimmie Johnson (2008). Newman moved up three spots to 16th in the point standings after this event.

Rookie of the Race:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the top rookie finisher. The No. 17 Ford Fusion driver started 25th and finished 25th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. Stenhouse is currently 21st in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Jimmie Johnson, the No. 48 Chevrolet SS driver, won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (73 of 160). He started the race second in the lineup and finished in second place.
- Hendrick Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Johnson’s No. 48.
- Johnson also 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.
- Todd Gordon, crew chief on the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Joey Logano 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 0.328 seconds). Logano started the race in 11th place and finished in eighth. He is currently 18th in the standings.
- Denny Hamlin 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. 11 Toyota driver had an 18th place finish. He is currently 25th in the standings.
- Jeff Gordon 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. 24 Chevrolet SS started ninth and finished in seventh place.

Standings: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 75 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. Kasey Kahne 1
10. Jeff Gordon 2
11. Tony Stewart 2
12. Martin Truex Jr. -1

Next NSCS Race: GoBowling.com 400, Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Pocono Raceway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual Indiana 250 with a track qualifying-record lap of 50.099 seconds, 179.644 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota Camry driver's 31st pole in 259 NNS races. He now holds the all-time NNS record for career poles. This is his fifth NNS pole and 11th top-10 start in 2013 and first pole in two NNS races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Did Not Qualify:
No. 37 Matt Dibenedetto, No. 74 Carl Long, No. 89 Morgan Shepherd and No. 52 Joey Gase.

Winner: Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the 2nd Annual Indiana 250, his 59th victory in 259 NNS races. This is the No. 54 Toyota Camry driver's eighth NNS victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2013. This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two NNS races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is Busch's fifth victory from the Coors Light Pole this season, breaking a single-season NNS record for wins from the pole. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Kevin Swindell, the No. 98 Ford Mustang driver started 18th and finished eighth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award. Swindell, who made eight of the 19 NNS races so far this season, is currently 25th in the standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Brian Scott 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. 2 Chevrolet Camaro earned the award for his second place finish.
- Kyle Busch won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (92 of 100).
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Busch’s No. 54 Toyota.
- Trevor Bayne 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. 6 Ford Mustang started third and finished 16th.

Standings: Austin Dillon leads the point standings by 6 points over Regan Smith.

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

Next NNS Race: US Cellular 250, Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Iowa Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Ken Schrader won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway with a lap of 19.709 seconds, 91.329 mph. This is the No. 52 Toyota Tundra driver's second pole in 100 NCWTS races. This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2013. He becomes the oldest pole winner in all three NASCAR national series at the age of 58; previous oldest pole winner was Dick Trickle at the age of 57. Schrader led 15 laps in the 150-lap event and finished in 14th place.

Did Not Qualify: No. 99 Bryan Silas, No. 68 Clay Greenfield, No. 44 J.R. Heffner, No. 10 Joe Cobb and No. 07 Jimmy Weller.

Winner: Nationwide Series regular Austin Dillon won the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic, his fifth victory in 53 NCWTS races. This is the No. 39 Chevrolet Silverado driver's first victory and first top-10 finish in 2013. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

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

Contingency Awards:
- Joey Coulter 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.  The No. 18 Toyota Tundra driver started 11th and finished fourth. He moved up one spot to 12th in the point standings.

Standings: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 48 points over Jeb Burton.

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

Next NCWTS Race:
 Pocono Mountains 125, Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Pocono Raceway.
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Other Racing Series

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

July 28, Barbera’s Autoland 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Winner: Andrew Ranger   -   Pole: Andrew Ranger
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next: August 28, ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway

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
July 27, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway
Winner: Derek Thorn   -   Pole: Derek Thorn
Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: August 2, Pork Be Inspired 150 at Iowa Speedway
(East and West running combined race weekend in Iowa)

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
July 27, National 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache
Winner: Scott Steckly   -   Pole: Ron Beauchamp Jr.
Points Leader: Scott Steckly
Next: August 11, JuliaWine.com 100  at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres

NASCAR Toyota Series (Mexico)
July 28, RedCo 240 at Autodromo de Chiapas
Winner: Rafael Martinez   -   Pole: Jose Luis Ramirez
Points Leader: Antonio Perez
Next: August 11, Mexico Fest 200 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez   



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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