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Wrap-up: Loudon and Kentucky

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire hosted the Sprint Cup Sylvania 300 on Sunday. The Nationwide Series Kentucky 300  was held on Saturday at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. The Camping World Truck Series will return on Saturday with the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The ARCA Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East ran events; the Canadian Tire Series held its season finale and, this week, we’re adding notes on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials:
Ryan Newman (39 Chevrolet) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sylvania 300 with a lap of 136.497 mph. The lap broke the old track qualifying record of 135.922 mph, set by Brad Keselowski on July 14, 2013. This is his 51st pole in 432 NSCS races; his second pole and 11th top-10 start in 2013 and his seventh pole in 24 races at Loudon. He led two laps and finished 16th in the race.
Did Not Qualify:
None. Only 43 teams on the entry list.
Winner:  Matt Kenseth (20 Toyota) won the Sylvania 300, his 31st victory in 500 NSCS races. This is his seventh victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2013 and his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 28 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is the third time a driver has won the first two races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tony Stewart did it in 2011 and Greg Biffle did it in 2008.
Top Rookie:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17 Ford) started 31st and finished 24th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. Stenhouse is currently 19th in the 2013 point standings.
Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- 3M Lap Leader: Matt Kenseth, (20 Toyota, led 106 laps, start ninth, race-winner)
- Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Toyota Racing Development, (20 Toyota)
- Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Matt Kenseth
- Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Kasey Kahne (5 Chevrolet, start second, finish 37th)
- American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Martin Truex Jr. (56 Toyota, start fifth, finish 10th, 16th in points)
- Sherwin Williams Fastest Lap: Martin Truex Jr.
- Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver: Crew chief Kevin Manion (improved 0.331 seconds, Jamie McMurray, 1 Chevrolet, start 23rd, finish fifth, 15th in points)
Standings: Matt Kenseth leads the point standings by 14 points over Kyle Busch.

Chase Standings (G/L):
1. Matt Kenseth 0
2. Kyle Busch 0
3. Jimmie Johnson 0
4. Carl Edwards 1
5. Greg Biffle 6
6. Kevin Harvick -2
7. Kurt Busch -1
8. Jeff Gordon -1
9. Ryan Newman -1
10. Clint Bowyer -1
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
12. Joey Logano 0
13. Kasey Kahne -3
Next: AAA 400, Sunday, Sept. 29 at Dover International Speedway
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sam Hornish Jr. (12 Ford) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kentucky 300 with a lap of 179.235 mph. This is his fourth pole in 93 NNS races; his third pole and 22nd top-10 start in 2013 and his first pole in four races at Kentucky Speedway. He led 65 laps and finished the race in fourth place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 50 Danny Efland.
Winner: Camping World Truck Series regular Ryan Blaney won the Kentucky 300, his first victory in 15 NNS races. This is the No. 22 Ford Mustang driver's second NNS top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second top-10 finish in three NNS races at Kentucky Speedway.
Top Rookie: Alex Bowman (99 Toyota) is the top rookie finisher. He started 20th and finished fifth. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders. Bowman is 11th in the point standings.
Contingency Awards (eligibility based on decal display):
- Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Brian Scott (2 Chevrolet)
- Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines, (22 Ford)-Ryan Blaney
- 3M Lap Leader: Austin Dillon, (3 Chevrolet) 32 Laps (started third, finished second)
- Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Austin Dillon
Standings: Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 15 points over Austin Dillon.

Top 10 (No change in order this week):
1. Sam Hornish Jr. 0
2. Austin Dillon 0
3. Regan Smith 0
4. Elliott Sadler 0
5. Brian Vickers 0
6. Justin Allgaier 0
7. Kyle Larson 0
8. Brian Scott 0
9. Trevor Bayne 0
10. Parker Kligerman 0
Next: OneMain Financial 200, Saturday, Sept. 28, at Dover International Speedway 
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

(off weekend)

Standings: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 41 points over James Buescher.
Next: Smith's 350, Saturday, Sept. 28, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Other Racing Series

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards

Sept. 20, ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway
Winner: Corey LaJoie   -   Pole: Frank Kimmel (Rain; field set by points)
Points Leader: Frank Kimmel
Next (season finale): Oct. 4, Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway

NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East
Sept. 21, North American Power 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Winner: Cole Custer - Pole: Cole Custer
Points Leader: Dylan Kwasniewski
Next: Sept. 27, Drive Sober 150 at Dover International 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. 21, Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway (Peterborough, Ontario)
Winner: Scott Steckly - Pole: Scott Steckly
2013 CTS Champion: Scott Steckly

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

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Sept. 21, F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Winner: Todd Szegedy - Pole: Ryan Newman
Points Leader: Ryan Preece
Next: Sept. 29, CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway 

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