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Wrap-up:Atlanta, Canadian Tire

Tuesday, September 03, 2013


The Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, hosted the Nationwide Series Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 on Saturday night and the Sprint Cup AdvoCare 500 on Sunday night. The Camping World Truck Series ran the inaugural road course race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Canada on Monday. The Canadian Tire Series, the ARCA Series and the K&N Pro Series-East were in action this past weekend.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17 Ford Fusion) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual AdvoCare 500 with a lap of 29.227 seconds, 189.688 mph. This is his first pole in 30 NSCS races and his fourth top-10 start in 2013. This is also his first Sprint Cup Series start at Atlanta. Stenhouse was passed on the first lap, never led a lap and finished in 16th place.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 43 cars attempted.
Winner:  Kyle Busch (18 Toyota) won the 54th Annual AdvoCare 500, his 28th victory in 318 NSCS races. This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 16 races at Atlanta.
Top Rookie:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was named the "Rookie of the Race". He is 21st in the 2013 point standings.
Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Kyle Busch won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver.
- Joey Logano (22 Ford) won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (78 of 325).  Penske Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award for building Logano’s engine. Crew chief Todd Gordon won the Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race award for improving lap times from the first half of the race to the second half. Logano started the race in 11th place and finished in second.
- Jeff Gordon (24 Chevrolet) 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. He earned the award for his sixth place finish.
- Juan Pablo Montoya (42 Chevrolet) won 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 also won the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award. He started third, led 38 laps and finished in seventh place. He moved up two spots to 19th in the point standings.
Standings: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 28 points over Clint Bowyer.
Top 10 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson 0    (Clinched spot in Chase)
2. Clint Bowyer 0    (Clinched spot in Chase)
3. Kevin Harvick 1    (Clinched spot in Chase)
4. Carl Edwards -1    (Clinched spot in Chase)
5. Kyle Busch 0    (Clinched spot in Chase)
6. Matt Kenseth 0    (Clinched spot in Chase)
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 0
8. Joey Logano 2
9. Greg Biffle 0
10. Kurt Busch 2

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. Martin Truex Jr. 1 win, 13th in points
3. Ryan Newman 1 win, 14th in points
4. Jeff Gordon 0 wins, 11th in points
5. Brad Keselowski 0 wins, 15th in points
Next: Federated Auto Parts 400, Saturday, Sept. 7 at Richmond International Raceway
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (54 Toyota) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 22nd Annual Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 with a lap of 30.704 seconds, 180.563 mph. This is his 33rd pole in 262 NNS races. It is his seventh NNS pole and 14th top-10 start in 2013. This is his fourth pole in ten NNS races at Atlanta. He led 56 laps in the race and finished in second place.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 40 cars entered.
Winner: Sprint Cup regular Kevin Harvick (33 Chevrolet) won the 22nd Annual Great Clips/Grit Chips 300, his 40th victory in 297 NNS races. This is his first NNS victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2013. This is his second NNS victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Atlanta.
Top Rookie: Kyle Larson (32 Chevrolet) is the top rookie finisher. He started 13th and finished fifth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders.
Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Austin Dillon (3 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 second and finished eighth.
- Kyle Larson won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver (finished fifth).
- Kevin Harvick won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (132 of 195).
- Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Harvick’s race-winning No. 33 Chevrolet.
Standings: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 10 points over Austin Dillon.
Top 10 (G/L):
1. Sam Hornish Jr. 0
2. Austin Dillon 0
3. Elliott Sadler 0
4. Regan Smith 0
5. Justin Allgaier 0
6. Brian Vickers 0
7. Kyle Larson 1
8. Brian Scott -1
9. Trevor Bayne 0
10. Parker Kligerman 0
Next: Virginia 529 College Savings 250, Friday, Sept. 6 at Richmond International Raceway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
James Buescher (31 Chevrolet Silverado) wins the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250 with a lap of 81.074 seconds, 109.189 mph. This is his fifth pole in 108 NCWTS races. It is his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2013. This is the series first race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Road Course) in Ontario. Buescher led two laps in the race and finished in ninth place.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 30 trucks entered.
Winner: Chase Elliott (94 Chevrolet Silverado) won the Inaugural Chevrolet Silverado 250, his first victory and sixth top-10 in six NCWTS races. Elliott is the youngest NCWTS race winner ever at 17 years, 9 months, 4 days. Previous youngest race winner in the NCWTS was Ryan Blaney at 18 years, 8 months, 15 days. Elliott, who made only six of the 14 races so far this season, moved up five spots to 21st in the 2013 NCWTS point standings.
Top Rookie: Darrell Wallace Jr. (54 Toyota Tundra) started ninth and finished fourth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders. 
Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display): 
- Chase Elliott won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver.
- Hendrick Engines, supplier of the engine in the race-winning No. 98, won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
Standings: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 47 points over James Buescher.
Top 10 (G/L):
1. Matt Crafton 0
2. James Buescher 0
3. Ty Dillon 1
4. Jeb Burton -1
5. Miguel Paludo 1
6. Timothy Peters -1
7. Ryan Blaney 0
8. Brendan Gaughan 0
9. Darrell Wallace Jr. 2
10. Johnny Sauter -1
Next:  American Ethanol 200, Sunday, Sept. 8, at Iowa Speedway
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Other Racing Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

Sept. 2, Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (one-mile dirt track)
Winner: Ken Schrader   -   Pole: Ken Schrader
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next: Sept. 7, Prairie Meadows 150 at Iowa Speedway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East
Sept. 2, Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway
Winner: Dylan Kwasniewski - Pole: Dylan Kwasniewski
Points Leader: Dylan Kwasniewski
Next: Sept. 21, North American Power 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West

August 24, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Spokane County Raceway
Winner: Greg Pursley   -   Pole: Cameron Hayley
Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: September 14, iON Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Sept. 1, Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Ontario)
Winner: L.P. Dumoulin - Pole: Jeff Lapcevich
Points Leader: D.J. Kennington
Next: Sept. 7, Hudco Electric Supply 300 at Barrie Speedway (Ontario)

NASCAR Toyota Series-Mexico
August 25, Potosina 200 at Autodromo Potosino (North-Central Mexico)
Winner: Antonio Perez   -   Pole: Antonio Perez
Points Leader: Antonio Perez
Next: September 8, Puebla 240 at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed (Puebla, Mexico)



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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