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Wrapup: Dover, DE & Las Vegas

Sunday, October 1, 2017


The Dover International Speedway in Delaware hosted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and XFINITY Series (NXS) races this past weekend. The NXS held the 200-lap Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 on Saturday and the MENCS ran the 400-lap Apache Warrior 400 around the 1-mile concrete oval on Sunday. The Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) featured their 146-lap Las Vegas 350 at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada under the lights on Saturday night. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Apache Warrior 400 with a lap of 160.664 mph. This is his 14th pole in 434 MENCS races. This is his second pole and 24th top-10 start in 2017 and his third pole in 24 races at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch (second) posted his 25th top-10 start of 2017 and his 16th in 26 races at Dover. Kyle Larson (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at Dover and his 19th in 29 races this season. Daniel Suarez (fifth) was the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender.
Did not qualify: No one. 40 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Caramel Toyota) won the Apache Warrior 400, his 42nd victory in 455 MENCS races. This is his fourth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2017. It is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 26 races at Dover International Speedway. Chase Elliott (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Dover and his 16th top-10 finish in 2017. Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 23rd top-10 finish in 32 races at Dover. Daniel Suarez (eighth) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. led 51 laps and finished the 400-lap race in fourth place.

Standings: Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 18 points over Kyle Busch.

MENCS Round of 12 Chase Field:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Larson
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Jimmie Johnson
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
(After the next three races (Charlotte, Talladega and Kansas) the bottom four in point standings will not advance to the Round of 8.)
9. Ryan Blaney
10. Chase Elliott
11. Matt Kenseth
12. Jamie McMurray

Next: Sunday, Oct. 8, Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Concord, NC)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: William Byron (No. 9 AXALTA/Central Aluminum Chevrolet Camaro) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200 with a lap of 156.209 mph. This is his second pole in 28 NXS races. It is his second pole and 19th top-10 start in 2017 and his first pole in two races at Dover Int'l Speedway. Cup Series regular Daniel Suarez (second) posted his ninth top-10 NXS start of 2017 and his fifth in six NXS races at Dover. Another Cup regular, Erik Jones (third), posted his fifth top-10 NXS start at Dover and his 11th in 14 NXS races this season. Byron was also credited with the 400th NASCAR XFINITY Series pole for Chevrolet.   
Did not qualify: No one. 40 teams entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: MENCS regular Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 22 Fitzgerald Ford Mustang, won the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200, his sixth victory in 60 NXS races. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in six NXS races at Dover International Speedway. Justin Allgaier (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Dover and his 15th top-10 finish in 2017. William Byron, the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender (third), posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Dover.

Standings: Justin Allgaier leads the point standings by three points over William Byron.

NXS Round of 12 Chase Field:
1. Justin Allgaier
2. William Byron
3. Elliott Sadler
4. Cole Custer
5. Daniel Hemric
6. Brennan Poole
7. Matt Tifft
8. Ryan Reed
(After the next race, Charlotte, the bottom four in point standings will not advance to the Round of 8.)
9. Brendan Gaughan
10. Michael Annett
11. Blake Koch
12. Jeremy Clements

Next: Saturday, Oct. 7, Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Concord, NC)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Ryan Truex (No. 16 Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Toyota Tundra) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Las Vegas 350 with a lap of 177.194 mph in his first start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). This is his second pole in 37 NCWTS races. It is his second pole and 10th top-10 start in 2017. Johnny Sauter (second) posted his 16th top-10 start of 2017 and his fourth in nine races at LVMS. Chase Briscoe, the fastest qualifying Rookie of the Year contender (third), posted his first top-10 start at LVMS and 12th in 18 races this season.  
Did not qualify: No one. 29 trucks entered for the 32-truck field.

Results: Ben Rhodes (No. 27 Safelite Auto Glass Toyota Tundra) won the Las Vegas 350, his first victory in 45 NCWTS races. This is his first top-10 finish in 2017 and his first top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Christopher Bell (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at LVMS and his 16th top-10 finish in 2017. Chase Briscoe (third), the highest finishing rookie, posted his first top-10 finish in his first start at LVMS. Pole-sitter Ryan Truex led one lap and finished the 146-lap race in 12th place.

Standings: Christopher Bell leads the point standings by 47 points over Ben Rhodes.

NCWTS Round of 8 Chase Field:
1. Christopher Bell
2. Ben Rhodes
3. Matt Crafton
4. Johnny Sauter
5. Chase Briscoe
6. Austin Cindric
(After the next race, Talladega, the bottom two in point standings will not advance to the Round of 6.)
7. Kaz Grala
8. John Hunter Nemechek
 
Next: Saturday, Oct. 14, Fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval in Alabama)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East: Sept. 29 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 125 at Dover (DE) Int’l Speedway
Pole: Collin Cabre ... Winner: Harrison Burton
2017 K&N Pro Series-East Champion: Harrison Burton
2017 K&N Pro Series-East Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Purdy

K&N Pro Series-West: Sept. 30, NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at Meridian (ID) Speedway
Pole: Todd Gilliland ... Winner: Michael Self ... Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: Oct. 14, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at All American Speedway (0.333-mile oval in Roseville, CA)

Pinty’s Series:  
2017 NASCAR Pinty's Series Champion: Alex Labbe
2017 Jostens Rookie of the Year: Adam Martin

Whelen Modified Tour: Oct. 1, NAPA Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, CT
Pole: Ryan Preece ... Winner: Eric Goodale ... Points Leader: Doug Coby
Next: Oct. 6, (Non-points special event) at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC
Season Finale: Oct. 15, Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

Peak Mexico Series: Oct. 1, NASCAR Race for Chiapas at Super Ovalo Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutierrez
Pole: Rogelio Lopez ... Winner: Abraham Calderon ... Points Leader: Abraham Calderon
Next: Oct. 15, at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed (1.25-mile oval in Puebla, Mexico)
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Other Series
ARCA Racing Series: Sept. 22, Crosley 150 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY
Pole: Sheldon Creed ... Winner: Austin Theriault ... Points Leader: Austin Theriault
Season Finale: Oct. 20, Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, KS)

Southern Modified Racing Series: Sept. 30, Fall Spectacular at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, NC
Pole: Danny Bohn ... Winner: Burt Myers ... Points: Jeremy Gerstner
Season Finale: Oct. 14 at Orange County Speedway (0.375-mile in Rougemont, NC)

EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series: Sept. 16 at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH
Pole: Richard Savary ... Winner: Chase Dowling ... Points Leader: Woody Pitkat
Season Finale: Oct. 22 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (0.375-mile oval in CT)



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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