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Wrap-up: Watkins Glen

Monday, August 12, 2013


The Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, New York hosted the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 on Sunday. The Camping World Truck Series will return on August 17th for the National Guard 200 at Michigan International Speedway. The ARCA Series, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the NASCAR Toyota Series (Mexico) were in action this past week.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Marcos Ambrose won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 28th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen with a lap of 68.777 seconds, 128.241 mph. His qualifying lap set a track qualifying record that was previously held by Juan Pablo Montoya (127.02 mph in 2012). Ten drivers surpassed the old track record: Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano & Matt Kenseth. This is the No. 9 Ford driver's third pole in 177 NSCS races. It is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2013 and first in six races at Watkins Glen International. He led the most laps but was involved in a late race accident. Ambrose was credited with a 31st place finished and is currently 23rd in the points.

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

Winner:  Kyle Busch won the 28th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, his 27th victory in 315 NSCS races. This is the No. 18 Toyota Camry driver's third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and eighth consecutive top-10 finish at Watkins Glen International.

Top Rookie:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford) started 33rd and finished 18th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Danica Patrick (finished 20th). Stenhouse is currently 20th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Marcos Ambrose won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (51 of 90).
- Ambrose also won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award given to the driver who clocks the fastest lap of the race.
- 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.
- 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.
- Toyota Racing Development won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Busch’s No. 18.
- Paul Wolfe, crew chief on the No. 2 Ford driven by Brad Keselowski, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award given 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 0.266 seconds). Keselowski started the race in eighth place and finished in second.
- AJ Allmendinger 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 No. 47 Toyota driver started in fourth and finished in 10th place. Allmendinger, who made 12 of the 22 races so far this season, moved up two spots to 34th in the standings

Standings: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 75 points over Clint Bowyer.

Top 10 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson 0 - Locked into Chase at least by a Wild Card
2. Clint Bowyer 0
3. Carl Edwards 0
4. Kevin Harvick 0
5. Kyle Busch 1
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -1
7. Matt Kenseth 0
8. Brad Keselowski 4
9. Greg Biffle 1
10. Martin Truex Jr. 4

Wild Card Standings (five closest to earning a spot):
The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points.

1. Kasey Kahne 2 (wins), 12th (in points)
2. Ryan Newman 1, 14th
3. Tony Stewart 1, 17th
4. Kurt Busch 0, 11th
5. Jeff Gordon 0, 13th

Next: Pure Michigan 400, Sunday, August 18 at Michigan International Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sam Hornish Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 19th Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen with a lap of 71.538 seconds, 123.291 mph. His qualifying lap broke the old track record of 123.241 mph set by Kurt Busch in August 2011. This is the No. 12 Ford Mustang driver's third pole in 87 NNS races. It is his second pole and 17th top-10 start in 2013 and his second pole in three races at Watkins Glen International. Hornish led 15 laps in the race and finished in second place.

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

Winner: Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski won the 19th Annual Zippo 200 at The Glen, his 24th victory in 199 NNS races. This is the No. 22 Ford Mustang driver's fourth victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in five races at Watkins Glen International. This is his fourth straight win in four consecutive starts. Ryan Newman (2005), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2002-2004) and Mark Martin (1993) had five straight wins in five consecutive starts. Keselowski is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Top Rookie: Nelson Piquet Jr. (No. 30 Chevrolet) started seventh and finished ninth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders. Piquet is currently 12th in the standings.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Justin Allgaier wins the Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race” award given to the highest driver in the running order at the time of the first caution of each race. The driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro started sixth and finished seventh.
- Parker Kligerman won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (7 of 82) in the No. 77 Toyota Camry. He started the race in ninth place and finished in sixth.
- Kligerman also won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award.
- Roush-Yates Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in the race-winning No. 22 Ford Mustang.

Standings: Austin Dillon leads the point standings by 3 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

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

Next: Nationwide Childrens Hospital 200, Saturday, August 17 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

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

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

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

August 10, Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway
Winner: Erik Jones   -   Pole: Mason Mitchell
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next: August 18, Allen Crowe Memorial 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds

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

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (Combined East/West on August 2nd)
August 2, Pork Be Inspired 150 at Iowa Speedway
Winner: Greg Pursley   -   Pole: Cole Custer (top winner/pole in West)
Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: August 17, NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 at Evergreen Speedway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
August 11, JuliaWine.com 100 at Circuit de Trois-Rivieres
Winner: D.J. Kennington   -   Pole: Alex Tagliani
Points Leader: Scott Steckly 
Next: August 17, Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway (Nova Scotia)

NASCAR Toyota Series (Mexico)
August 11, Mexico Fest 200 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Winner: Irwin Vences   -   Pole: Carlos Peralta
Points Leader: Antonio Perez
Next: August 25, Potosina 200 at Autodromo Potosino



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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