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Wrap-up: Pocono and Iowa

Sunday, August 04, 2013


The Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania hosted the Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday and the Sprint Cup GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday. The Nationwide Series U.S. Cellular 250 was held on Saturday at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. The ARCA Series and the combined East/West K&N Pro Series were in action this past week.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 40th Annual GoBowling.com 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 49.819 seconds, 180.654 mph. This is the 11th track qualifying record that has been broken so far this season by the Gen-6 race car in the NSCS. This is Johnson’s 31st pole in 420 NSCS races. This is his second pole and 12th top-10 start in 2013 and his third pole in 24 races at Pocono Raceway.

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 43 cars attempted to qualify.

Winner:  Kasey Kahne won the 40th Annual GoBowling.com 400, his 16th victory in 345 NSCS races. This is the No. 5 Chevrolet SS driver's second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 20 races at Pocono Raceway.

Top Rookie:  Timmy Hill, the No. 32 Ford Fusion driver, started 41st and finished 27th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. Hill, who made 10 of the 21 races so far this season, moved up one spot to 39th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Kasey Kahne won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (66 of 160). He started the No. 5 Chevrolet 18th in the lineup and won the event.
- Hendrick Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Kahne’s No. 5.
- Kahne 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.
- Steve Letarte, crew chief on the No. 88 Chevrolet SS driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. It 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 0.618 seconds). Earnhardt started the race in 25th place and finished in fifth.
- Mark Martin won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award given to the driver who clocks the fastest lap of the race. The No. 55 Toyota driver had an 18th place finish. Martin, who made only 15 of the 21 starts so far this season, is currently 29th in the standings.
- Jimmie Johnson 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. 48 Chevrolet SS started on the pole and finished in 13th place. 
- Ryan Newman won the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver. He earned the award for his fourth place finish. The driver of the No. 39 Chevrolet moved up one spot to 15th in the standings.

Standings: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 77 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. Kyle Busch 1
7. Matt Kenseth -1
8. Kasey Kahne 1
9. Jeff Gordon 1
10. Greg Biffle -2
11. Tony Stewart 0
12. Brad Keselowski 1

Next: Cheez-it 355 at The Glen, Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Watkins Glen International.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials:  Drew Herring won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 5th Annual U.S. Cellular 250 with a lap of 23.270 seconds, 135.367 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's first pole in 11 NNS races. This was his first second top-10 start in 2013. He led 26 laps and finished in sixth place. After two starts this season in the NNS, Herring moved up 11 spots to 42nd in the point standings. 

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 40 cars entered for the event.

Winner: Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski won the 5th Annual U.S. Cellular 250, his 23rd victory in 198 NNS races. This is the No. 22 Ford Mustang driver's third NNS victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in four races at Iowa Speedway. Keselowski is ineligible to collect driver points in this series.

Top Rookie: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro driver, started 11th and finished fifth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Brian Scott won the Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race” award for being 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 fourth and finished 13th.
- Austin Dillon won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (116 of 250) in the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro. He started the race in eighth place and finished in fourth.
- Dillon also won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award.
- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet.

Standings: Austin Dillon leads the point standings by 14 points over Regan Smith.

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

Next:
Zippo 200, Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Watkins Glen International.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Miguel Paludo, who led Friday's practice, started on the pole for the Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. Since rain washed out Saturday morning's qualifying session, NASCAR set the field for the race based on Friday's practice speeds. The No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado driver shared the front row with No. 19 Ross Chastain who was second-fastest in Friday's practice. Paludo led two laps in the race and finished in second place.

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 36 trucks entered.

Winner: Ryan Blaney won the 4th Annual Pocono Mountains 125, his second victory in 20 NCWTS races. This is the No. 29 Ford F-150 driver's first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2013. This was his first race at Pocono Raceway

Top Rookie:
Ryan Blaney won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display): 
- Miguel Paludo won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award.
- 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 (started sixth and won the race).

Standings: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 52 points over Jeb Burton.

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

Next: National Guard 200, Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Michigan International Speedway.
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Other Racing Series

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

August 2, ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway
Winner: Corey LaJoie   -   Pole: Frank Kimmel (set by owner points due to rain)
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next: August 10, Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (Combined East and West event)
August 2, Pork Be Inspired 150 at Iowa Speedway
Winner: Cole Custer    -   Pole: Cole Custer
Points Leader: Dylan Kwasniewski
Next: August 24, Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway 

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (Combined East and West event)
August 2, Pork Be Inspired 150 at Iowa Speedway
Winner: Derek Thorn   -   Pole: Cole Custer
Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: August 17, NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 at Evergreen Speedway

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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