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Wrap-up: Michigan, Mid-Ohio

Sunday, August 17, 2014


The Nationwide Series visited the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 on Saturday afternoon. Michigan International Speedway in the Irish Hills of Brooklyn, Michigan hosted the Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 on Saturday and the Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday. The latest results on the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials:
Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Pure Michigan 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 34.857 seconds, 206.558 mph. The previous record was 204.557 mph/35.198 seconds, set by Kevin Harvick in June of 2014. This is the seventh-fastest pole winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history. It is the 17th track qualifying record set during the 2014 season. This is the No. 24 Chevrolet SS driver's 76th pole in 748 NSCS races. It is his second pole and 14th top-10 start in 2014. He also won the pole at Watkins Glen, last week. This is Gordon’s sixth pole in 44 races at Michigan International Speedway.
Did Not Qualify: None, 43 teams entered for 43 spots.
Winner: Jeff Gordon won the Pure Michigan 400, his 91st victory in 748 NSCS races. This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2014. It is his first three-win season since 2011. This is Gordon's third victory and 27th top-10 finish in 44 races at Michigan International Speedway. He led the most laps (69) in the race. Gordon takes over the points lead after this event.
Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Jeff Gordon, #24, 206.558 mph (POLE, WINNER, LEADER)
3M Lap Leader: Jeff Gordon, #24, 69 Laps
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Joey Logano, #22 (2nd, 3rd, 4th)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Joey Logano, #22
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Engines, #22
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kevin Harvick, #4 (6th, 2nd, 6th)
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver: Denny Hamlin, #11 M. Wheeler, .122 seconds (21st, 7th, 20th)
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Jamie McMurray, #1 (9th, 14th, 19th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Austin Dillon, #3 (8th, 22nd, 13th)

Standings: Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 3 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Top 16 – Current seeding of the Chase Contenders (wins):
1. Jeff Gordon (3)
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (3)
3. Brad Keselowski (3)
4. Jimmie Johnson (3)
5. Joey Logano (2)
6. Kevin Harvick (2)
7. Carl Edwards (2)
8. Kyle Busch (1)
9. Denny Hamlin (1)
10. Aric Almirola (1)
11. AJ Allmendinger (1)
12. Kurt Busch (1)
No wins but eligible by point standings:
13. Matt Kenseth, 5th in points
14. Ryan Newman, 9th
15. Clint Bowyer, 10th
16. Greg Biffle, 11th

Next:  IRWIN Tools Night Race, Saturday, August 23, at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sam Hornish Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 with a lap of 84.787 seconds, 95.873 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota Camry driver's seventh pole in 106 NNS races. This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2014. It is Hornish's first pole in two races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Hornish led 12 laps in the race but lost the engine 51 laps into the 90 lap event. He was credited with a 30th place DNF.
Did Not Qualify: None, 39 cars entered for 40 spots.
Winner: Chris Buescher won the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, his first victory in 30 NNS races. This is the No. 60 Ford Mustang driver's eighth top-10 finish in 2014. It is his first top-10 finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Buescher also won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award as well as the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award. He advance one spot to seventh in the 2014 NNS Championship standings after this event.
Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Sam Hornish Jr. #54 95.873 mph (POLE, 30th, 23rd)
3M Lap Leader: Brian Scott, #2 39 Laps (3rd, 3rd, 5th)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Brian Scott, #2
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #2
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Chris Buescher, #60 (5th, WINNER, 7th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Chris Buescher, #60

Standings: Chase Elliott leads the point standings by 10 points over Regan Smith.
Top 10 (G/L):
1. Chase Elliott
2. Regan Smith
3. Elliott Sadler
4. Ty Dillon
5. Brian Scott
6. Trevor Bayne
7. Chris Buescher +1
8. Brendan Gaughan -1
9. Ryan Reed
10. James Buescher

Next: Food City 300, Friday, August 22, at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Ryan Blaney won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for the Careers for Veterans 200 with a lap of 41.582 seconds, 173.152 mph. This is the No. 29 Ford F-150 driver's third pole in 43 NCWTS races. It is his first pole and 10th top-10 start in 2014. This is Blaney's first pole in two races at Michigan International Speedway. He led ten laps, developed handling problems in the race and finished in 21st place.
Did Not Qualify: None, 29 entered for 36 truck field.
Winner: Johnny Sauter won the Careers for Veterans 200 his 10th victory in 142 NCWTS races. This is the No. 98 Toyota Tundra driver's first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 2014. His last victory came at Talladega on October 19, 2013. This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in six races at Michigan International Speedway. Sauter has now won at least one race in six consecutive seasons. With the victory, Sauter takes over the lead in the 2014 NCWTS championship standings by 9 points over teammate Matt Crafton.
Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
21 Means 21 Pole Award: Ryan Blaney, #29 173.152 mph (POLE, 21st, 3rd)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Johnny Sauter, #98 (5th, WINNER, LEADER)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Triad Racing Technologies (TRT), #98
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Tyler Young, #02 (21st, 14th, 14th)

Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by 9 points over Matt Crafton.
Top 10 (G/L):
1. Johnny Sauter +1
2. Matt Crafton +1
3. Ryan Blaney -2
4. Ron Hornaday Jr.
5. Darrell Wallace Jr.
6. German Quiroga
7. Timothy Peters +1
8. Ben Kennedy -1
9. Joey Coulter
10. Jeb Burton

Next: UNOH 200, Wednesday, August 20, at Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
August 17, SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois (Springfield) State Fairgrounds
Winner: Kevin Swindell  -   Pole: Mason Mitchell (rain, set by points)   -   Points Leader: Mason Mitchell
Next: August 24, Herr's Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
August 16, Biscuitville 125 at Virginia (Alton) International Raceway
Winner: Scott Heckert  -   Pole: Scott Heckert   -   Points Leader: Ben Rhodes
Next: September 6 at Greenville (SC) Pickens Speedway

K&N Pro Series-West
August 16, NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 at Evergreen Speedway (Monroe, WA)

Winner: David Mayhew   -   Pole: Brandon McReynolds  -    Points Leader: Greg Pursley
Next: August 30, K&N Pro Series West 150 at Kern County Raceway Park (Bakersfield, CA)

Canadian Tire Series
August 16, Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Speedway in (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)
Winner: Donald Chisholm   -   Pole: Donald Chisholm  -  Points Leader: L.P. Dumoulin
Next: August 31, Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario

Mexico Toyota Series
August 17, Puebla 240 at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed (Puebla, Mexico)
Winner: (Results not available at this time)  -  Pole:  Irwin Vences   -  Points Leader: Daniel Suarez
Next: September 6, First round of Desafio (5-race championship playoffs) in Chihuahua, Mexico

Whelen Modified Tour
August 13, Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park
Winner: Justin Bonsignore  -   Pole: Donny Lia  -  Points Leader: Doug Coby
Next: August 20, Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway (comb. race with Whelen Southern Modified Tour)

Whelen Southern Modified Tour
August 2, Strutmasters.com 199 at Bowman Gray Stadium (Winston-Salem, NC)
Winner:  Danny Bohn -   Pole: Danny Bohn  -  Points Leader: Andy Seuss
Next: August 20, Bush's Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway (comb. race with Whelen Modified Tour)

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Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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