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Wrap-up: Chicagoland Speedway

Monday, September 16, 2013


The Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois hosted the Camping World Truck Series EnjoyIllinois.com 225 on Friday night, the Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 on Saturday afternoon and the Sprint Cup Geico 400 on Sunday. Sunday afternoon's green flag was delayed about an hour and half due to rain. Rain returned after 109 laps. After about a five hour red-flag, the race was completed under the lights. The ARCA Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West were in action this past weekend.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Joey Logano (22 Ford) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Geico 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 28.509 seconds, 189.414 mph. The previous record was set by Jimmie Johnson in July 2005 (188.147 mph / 28.701 sec). This is his seventh pole in 174 NSCS races and his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2013. It is Logano's first pole in five races at Chicagoland Speedway. He led 32 laps in the race, lost the engine around lap 175 and was credited with a 37th place finish.
Did Not Qualify: None. Only 43 teams on the entry list.
Winner:  Matt Kenseth (20 Toyota) won the Geico 400, his 30th victory in 500 NSCS races. This is his sixth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2013. This sixth win is a single-season career high for Kenseth. It is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 14 races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Top Rookie:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17 Ford) started fifth and finished eighth. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. Stenhouse is 19th in the 2013 point standings.
Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Gil Martin, crew chief for Kevin Harvick (29 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 0.416 seconds). Harvick started the race in 17th place and finished in third.
- Jimmie Johnson (48 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 started ninth and finished in fifth place.
- Kyle Busch (18 Toyota) won two race awards; the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award and the Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap award. He started 12th in the lineup and finished in second place.
- Besides winning the race, Matt Kenseth’s (20 Toyota) team won multiple race awards. He won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (89 of 267).  He also won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
Standings: Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 8 points over Kyle Busch.

CHASE Standings (G/L):
1. Matt Kenseth 0
2. Kyle Busch 1
3. Jimmie Johnson -1
4. Kevin Harvick 0
5. Carl Edwards 0
6. Kurt Busch 4
7. Jeff Gordon 6
8. Ryan Newman 4
9. Clint Bowyer -1
10. Kasey Kahne 1
11. Greg Biffle -4
12. Joey Logano -6
13. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -4

Next: Sylvania 300, Sunday, Sept. 22 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (54 Toyota) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola with a lap of 30.173 seconds, 178.968 mph. This is his 34th pole in 264 NNS races. It is his eighth NNS pole and 16th top-10 start in 2013. This is Busch's first pole in ten NNS races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Did Not Qualify: No. 42 Josh Wise, No. 15 Carl Long and No. 89 Morgan Shepherd.
Winner: Kyle Busch won the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola, his 61st victory in 264 NNS races. This is his 10th NNS victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2013. This is Busch's third victory and sixth top-10 finish in ten NNS races at Chicagoland Speedway.
Top Rookie: Nelson Piquet Jr. (30 Chevrolet) is the top rookie finisher. He started ninth and finished 10th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders. Piquet is 12th in the point standings.
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 fourth.
- Dillon also won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver.
- Kyle Busch won the 3M Lap Leader award for leading the most laps (195 of 200).
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Busch’s race-winning No. 54 Toyota.
Standings: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 17 points over Austin Dillon.

Top 10 (G/L):
1. Sam Hornish Jr. 0
2. Austin Dillon 0
3. Regan Smith 0
4. Elliott Sadler 0
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: Kentucky 300, Saturday, Sept. 14, at Kentucky Speedway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Jeb Burton (4 Chevrolet Silverado) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 with a lap of 30.831 seconds, 175.148 mph. This is his fifth pole in 21 NCWTS races. It is his fifth pole and 12th top-10 start in 2013.  Burton led 42 laps and finished the race in ninth place.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 36 trucks entered.
Winner: Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (51 Toyota Tundra) won the EnjoyIllinois.com 225, his 34th victory in 112 NCWTS races. This is his fourth NCWTS victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2013. It is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in four NCWTS races at Chicagoland Speedway. 
Top Rookie: Ryan Blaney (29 Ford F-150) started 15th and finished third. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders. 
Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display): 
- Matt Crafton (88 Toyota Tundra) won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver. He started eighth and finished fourth.
- Toyota Racing Development (TRD), supplier of the engine in Busch’s race winning No. 51 Toyota, won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award.
Standings: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 41 points over James Buescher.

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

Next: Smith's 350, Saturday, Sept. 28, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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Other Racing Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

Sept. 14, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem Speedway
Winner: Kyle Benjamin   -   Pole: Justin Boston
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next: Sept. 20, ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky 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
Sept. 14, iON Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park
Winner: Andrew Ranger   -   Pole: Derek Thorn (Rain; field set by points)
Points Leader: Derek Thorn
Next: Sept. 28, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at NAPA Speedway (Albuquerque, NM)

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Sept. 7, Hudco Electric Supply 300 at Barrie Speedway (Ontario)
Winner: Jason Hathaway - Pole: Scott Steckly
Points Leader: D.J. Kennington
Next (season finale): Sept. 21, Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway (Peterborough, Ontario)

NASCAR Toyota Series-Mexico
Sept. 8, Puebla 240 at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed (Puebla, Mexico)
Winner: Patrick Goeters  -  Pole: Rafael Martinez (Set by owner points; rain)
Points Leader: Homero Richards
Next: Oct. 13, Aguascalientes 240 at Autodromo Internacional de Aquascalientes



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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