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Wrap-up: Michigan and Mid-Ohio

Sunday, August 18, 2013


The Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan hosted the Camping World Truck Series National Guard 200 on Saturday. The Sprint Cup Pure Michigan 400 was held at MIS on Sunday. The Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 was run on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The ARCA Series, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West were in action this past week end.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 35.303 seconds, 203.949 mph. The previous record was 203.241 mph set by Marcos Ambrose in June of 2012. Logano's lap was the ninth-fastest pole-winning lap in NSCS history. This is his sixth pole in 170 NSCS races. It is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2013. This is his first pole in ten races at Michigan International Speedway.

Did Not Qualify: No. 19 Scott Riggs.

Winner:  Joey Logano won the Pure Michigan 400, his third victory in 170 NSCS races. This is his first victory and 12th top-10 finish in 2013. His last victory came at Pocono on June 10, 2012, 44 starts ago. Logano won from the Coors Light Pole. Two of his three career wins have now come from the pole. This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Michigan International Speedway. Logano moved up three spots to 13th in the 2013 standings.

Top Rookie:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Ford) started 22nd and finished 19th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. He is currently 21st in the standings.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Joey Logano won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (52 of 200).
- Logano 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.
- Penske Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Logano’s No. 22 Ford.
- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Chevrolet) won the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver (second place).
- Richard Labbe, crew chief for Paul Menard (No. 27 Chevrolet) won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award that 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 0.468 seconds). Menard started the race in 20th place and finished in fourth. He moved up two spots to 17th in the standings.
- Jeff Burton (No. 31 Chevrolet) 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. He started fifth and finished in eighth place. Burton moved up one spot to 20th in the points.
- Mark Martin (No. 55 Toyota) won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award given to the driver who clocks the fastest lap of the race.  He started fourth, led 23 laps and finished 27th (ran out of gas while leading with three to go). Martin, who made only 16 of the 23 starts so far this season, is currently 29th in standings.

Standings: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 41 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 0
6. Matt Kenseth 1
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -1
8. Brad Keselowski 0
9. Kurt Busch 2
10. Greg Biffle -1

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, 11th in points
2. Martin Truex Jr. 1 win, 12th in points
3. Joey Logano 1 win, 13th in points
4. Ryan Newman 1win, 15th in points
5. Tony Stewart 1, 18th in points

Next: Irwin Tools Night Race, Saturday, August 24 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular Michael McDowell won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Inaugural Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 with a lap of 84.450 seconds, 96.256 mph. This is the No. 18 Toyota driver's second pole in 88 NNS races. It is his first pole and second NNS top-10 start in 2013. This is his first pole at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He led eight laps in the race and finished in second place. McDowell is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Did Not Qualify: No. 42 T.J. Bell, No. 46 Dexter Stacey and No. 86 Tim Cowen.

Winner: Sprint Cup regular AJ Allmendinger won the Inaugural Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, his second victory in ten NNS races. This is the No. 22 Ford driver's second NNS victory and second top-10 finish in 2013. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Allmendinger is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Top Rookie: Alex Bowman (No. 99 Toyota) started 17th and finished 11th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders. Bowman is currently 11th in the standings.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Nelson Piquet Jr. (No. 30 Chevrolet) 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. He started fifth and finished 27th (late race accident). He is currently 12th in the point standings.
- Michael McDowell won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (8 of 94) in the No. 18 Toyota Camry. He started on the pole and finished in second place.
- Max Papis (No. 33 Chevrolet) won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award earned for his fourth place finish. Papis, who made only three of the 22 races so far this season, moved up 12 spots to 41st in the standings
- Roush-Yates Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Allmendinger’s race-winning No. 22 Ford Mustang.

Standings: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 13 points over Elliott Sadler.

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

Next:  Food City 250, Friday, August 23 at Bristol Motor Speedway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Jeb Burton (No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Michigan National Guard 200 with a track qualifying record lap of 38.760 seconds, 185.759 mph.  The previous track record was 184.101 mph, set by Joey Coulter in August of 2012. Burton's pole speed was the fourth-fastest pole-winning speed in NCWTS history. This is his fourth pole in 17 NCWTS races and his fourth pole and 10th top-10 start in 2013. This is Burton's first series start at Michigan International Speedway. He led 41 laps in the race and finished in 10th place.

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 32 trucks entered.

Winner: James Buescher (No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado) won the 14th Annual Michigan National Guard 200, his fifth victory in 106 NCWTS races. This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Michigan International Speedway.

Top Rookie: Jeb Burton won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award since his 10th place finish was better than the rest of the 2013 ROTY contenders.

Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display): 
- James Buescher won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award.
- Hendrick 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 Buescher’s No. 31 Chevrolet (started third and won the race).

Standings: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 51 points over Jeb Burton.

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

Next:  UNOH 200, Wednesday, August 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway
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Other Racing Series

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

August 10, Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway
Winner: Brennan Poole   -   Pole: Mason Mitchell
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next: August 25, Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
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
August 17, NAPA Auto Parts/Evergreen 150 at Evergreen Speedway
Winner: Dylan Lupton   -   Pole: Cameron Hayley
Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: August 24, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Spokane County Raceway

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
August 17, Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway (Nova Scotia)
Winner: Jason Hathaway   -   Pole: Scott Steckly
Points Leader: Scott Steckly
Next: September 1, Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Ontario)

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 (North-Central Mexico)



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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