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Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished fourth (Elliott Sadler), ninth (Austin Dillon) and 11th (Brendan Gaughan).
  • Sadler leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by 22 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Sam Hornish ranks third, with Dillon fourth in the standings, trailing his RCR teammate by 35 points.
  • The No. 2 Chevrolet team is second in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, six points shy of the No. 18 team's lead, with the No. 3 team fifth in the standings and the No. 33 team seventh.
  • Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings over Cole Whitt.
  • According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Sadler ranked seventh in categories for Speed in Traffic and Closers, gaining seven positions in the last 10 percent of the race.
  • Dillon made 91 Green Flag Passes, the third-most of any driver in the race, and posted his career-best road course finish in the Nationwide Series.
  • Gaughan ranked fifth in Average Running Position (9.123) and earned a Driver Rating of 102.6, ranking him seventh.
  • Justin Allgaier earned his first Nationwide Series victory of the season and was followed to the finish line by Hornish, Jacques Villeneuve, Sadler and Ron Fellows.
  • The next scheduled Nationwide Series race is the Bristol 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, August 24. The 23rd race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Elliott Sadler Notches Top-Five Finish in Final Road Course Race of Season at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

  

Elliott Sadler and the No. 2 OneMain Financial team scored a fourth-place finish Saturday afternoon at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal after surviving two green-white-checkered attempts in the final road course event of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. After starting from the 17th position, fuel strategy came into play right away as the the OneMain Financial team pitted on lap one to top off with fuel. Back on track in the 39th position, Sadler maneuvered his way through the field and moved into the 12th position on lap 17. Crew chief Luke Lambert utilized a caution on lap 22 to bring the No. 2 Chevrolet down pit road for four tires and fuel, positioning Sadler in the 18th position to restart the race. The Emporia, Va., driver continued to work his way around the 14-turn course, and when a full-field caution came out on lap 44, Lambert stuck to the pit strategy and instructed Sadler to remain on the course as other teams opted to pit, positioning the OneMain Financial Chevrolet in the lead for the restart. After leading for six laps, Lambert called Sadler down pit road for the final green-flag pit stop of the day for four tires and fuel. This pit stop put the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet past their fuel window for the remaining laps, and provided the team insurance for the possibility of green-white-checkered attempts. Sadler reentered the track in the 18th position and moved his way up to the ninth position with seven laps to go. A multi-car incident on lap 72 brought out the caution with the No. 2 Chevrolet in the fifth position, setting the stage for the first green-white-checker finish attempt. Green-flag action was soon halted again for another incident, moving Sadler to the second position for the second attempt. The No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet was shuffled back in traffic after the green flag dropped for the final time, and crossed the finish line in the fourth position, earning the team's ninth top-five of the season. 

 

Start - 17          Finish - 2            Laps Led - 6         Points - 1

 

ELLIOTT SADLER QUOTE:

"I am so proud of this OneMain Financial team. We fought our butts off all day, and a fourth-place finish in Montreal is pretty good. We had some trouble off restarts, but the car eventually came to me. This is always such an exciting race, and the Canadian fans are awesome. I was so glad to see so many excited fans in the stands, cheering us on. There is still a lot of racing left on the schedule. I'm really looking forward to the event at Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend. I know the OneMain Financial team is looking for a sweep there this season. Overall, this was a great weekend for our team, and we are going to keep pushing toward our goal."

   

  

Austin Dillon and the No. 3 AdvoCare Team Score Their First Top 10 Finish in Road Course Competition

 

Austin Dillon and Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team played fuel strategy to their advantage on Saturday afternoon at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, scoring a ninth-place finish in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Dillon earned a 19th-place starting position despite flat-spotting his tires by spinning during the final lap of his qualifying session on Friday afternoon, prompting crew chief Danny Stockman to call the young driver down pit road on lap three for four tires and fuel. The early-race, green-flag pit stop dropped dropped the AdvoCare team to 36th in the running order and put the team on a different pit strategy than a majority of their competitors. However, a series of mid-race cautions placed Dillon back on a routine pit cycle and he climbed to the 11th position by lap 32. Throughout the race, Stockman instructed Dillon to conserve fuel as team engineers Ryan Sparks and Jeff Curtis continually crunched numbers, ultimately determining the black No. 3 Chevrolet would run out of fuel if the race was extended past the advertised, 74-lap distance. Scored in the 13th position with nine cars in front of the AdvoCare Chevrolet also dangerously low on fuel, Dillon drove to pit road while under caution on lap 75. The RCR team serviced the car with one can of Sunoco Green E15 fuel and Dillon rejoined the competition in the 23rd position. He survived two additional restarts and dodged several cars in front of him who slowed on the race track as they ran out of fuel in the closing laps to post a ninth-place finish.

 

Start - 19            Finish - 9            Laps Led - 0            Points - 4

                                  

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:  "What an up-and-down weekend for the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team. I am so proud of us for rebounding from the day we had on Friday. We changed engines and transmissions on Friday and only got about a half of a lap of practice in, then we came to the track refreshed and determined on Saturday, using strategy and working as a team to get a top 10 finish on a road course. Even though Road America, Watkins Glen and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve have been a struggle for me as a rookie, I do like road course racing. I feel like I'm improving every time I go out there and I enjoy the challenge."

 

 

Late-Race Incident Relegates Gaughan to an 11th-Place Finish in Montreal

 

Running the final road course race on the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule, Brendan Gaughan survived a late-race incident to bring home an 11th-place finish Saturday afternoon in the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Starting from the 11th position at the Montreal, Quebec-based road course, Gaughan quickly moved his way up to the top 10 early in the NAPA Auto Parts 200. Throughout the event, crew chief Ernie Cope urged Gaughan to conserve fuel under caution laps to allow for a two-stop pit strategy, enabling the Las Vegas native to move into the third position by lap 62. A late-race caution on lap 70 of the scheduled 74-lap event positioned the No. 33 Chevrolet in the fourth position; however, on the lap 72 restart, Gaughan was the victim of a three-car pile-up, sending the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for a spin and losing valuable track position in the process. Gaughan maneuvered the black and gold Chevrolet down pit road to change four tires and repair minor damage on the car. Returning to the track, Gaughan battled to regain track position during the two green-white-checker attempts, bringing the South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet home in the 11th position.

 

Start - 11             Finish - 11          Laps Led - 0        Owner's Points - 7

 

BRENDAN GAUGHAN QUOTE:

"Ernie and the entire No. 33 team provided me a fast South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet this weekend. It's unfortunate we got caught up in the mess at the end, but that's all part of road course racing. We had the lap times that we needed to finish in the front, and that's what's important. I'm excited to get back in the car at Kentucky Speedway in September."

 

RCR PR

Race Highlights:

  • Richard Childress Racing teammates finished sixth (Ty Dillon), seventh (Joey Coulter) and 21st (Tim George Jr.).
  • Dillon is tied for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship points lead, while Coulter ranks seventh in the standings.
  • The No. 3 Chevrolet team is tied for first in the Camping World Truck Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 22 team seventh in the standings and the No. 2 team ninth.
  • Dillon leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point standings ahead of Cale Gale.
  • Coulter earned his career-first Camping World Truck Series pole award in the VFW 200, setting a new track record.
  • According to NASCAR's Loop Data Statistics, Dillon earned the third-highest Driver Rating (113.8), and Coulter earned a rating of 111.9 ranking him fourth amongst the competitors.
  • Coulter was the series' Fastest Driver Late in the Run, and Dillon was the second-fastest late in the run.
  • Dillon earned the series' third-best Average Running Position (5.430) and Coulter ranked fifth with an Average Running Position of 6.520.
  • George ran as high as seventh and as low as 23rd, with an Average Running Position of 17.760 during the VFW 200. 
  • Coulter and Dillon ranked second and third, respectively, in the Green Flag Speed category.
  • Dillon spent 100 percent of the VFW 200 running in the top 15, while Coulter spent 97.0 percent of the race in the top 15.
  • Nelson Piquet Jr. took the checkered flag 8.082 seconds ahead of Jason White, Dakoda Armstrong, Parker Kligerman and James Buescher.
  • The next scheduled Camping World Truck Series race is UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The 13th race of the 2012 season is scheduled to be televised live on SPEED beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on Motor Racing Network beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Tim George Jr. Finishes 21st at Michigan International Speedway

 

Tim George Jr. and the No. 2 Applebee's/Potomac Family Dining Group team were relegated to a 21st-place finish in the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway after the No. 2 Chevrolet spun on the backstretch causing the pit crew to make an unscheduled pit stop under green-flag conditions. The New York City native started the 100-lap event from the seventh position and reported that he was battling a tight-handling condition on his Chevrolet Silverado, but was able to maintain a position within the top 20 during the first half of the 200-mile event. George worked his way into the top 15 and was running solid lap times when the Applebee's Chevrolet spun on the backstretch on lap 65 and cut a tire, forcing the team to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 66 under green-flag conditions. George returned to the track in the 23rd position, two laps down to the leader. The Richard Childress Racing driver produced lap times as quick as the leader and gained track position, ultimately crossing the finish line in the 21st position.

 

 Start - 7               Finish - 21          Laps Led - 0        Owner Points - 15

 

TIM GEORGE JR. QUOTE:

"That was not the finish I was looking for when we started the race today. Gere (Kennon, crew chief) and the entire Applebee's team put together a solid Chevrolet this weekend, but the truck turned on me and we lost the handling at the end and weren't able to regain much ground after the spin."      

 

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Ty Dillon Gains Ground in Points and Finishes Sixth at Michigan

 

Ty Dillon and the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team battled fuel mileage late in the VFW 200, finishing in the sixth position at Michigan International Speedway and gaining one position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings to tie for the points lead. Dillon started the black and orange Chevrolet in the fifth position for the 100-lap event on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after the initial green flag, the 20-year-old driver used the draft to take over the second position on lap 17 but slipped back to seventh on lap 26 and remained a fixture in the top 10 for the majority of the race. As multiple trucks spun in front of the No. 3 Chevrolet on lap 45, Dillon slipped by with no damage to his truck and moved into the fifth position in the process. With multiple caution flags over the next 10 circuits at the Brooklyn, Mich.-based facility, the Welcome, N.C., native was able to save fuel, but not enough to make it to the finish. Dillon relinquished his third position on lap 84 when crew chief Marcus Richmond called the Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to pit road for fuel and right-side tires. As green-flag pit stops cycled through, Dillon was scored in the 11th position with eight laps remaining in the 100-lap affair. He was able to improve five spots, to sixth, before the checkered flag waved, marking Dillon's 11th top-10 finish of the 2012 season.

 

Start - 5          Finish - 6       Laps Led - 3            Points - Tied for 1

 

TY DILLON QUOTE:

"It was a great points day for the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops team. Marcus (Richmond, crew chief) and the guys were solid on pit road all day. I thought we could have won today, but the fuel mileage game didn't play out in our favor. We were good to the end, but some of the other teams took the gamble and it worked for them. I'm excited to ride this momentum into Bristol (Motor Speedway) on Wednesday."

 

 

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Coulter Earns Career-First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pole En Route to a Seventh-Place Result at Michigan International Speedway

 

Joey Coulter and the No. 22 Rip It Energy Fuel Chevrolet team earned a seventh-place finish at Michigan International Speedway after Coulter captured his career-first Camping World Truck Series pole award in the Saturday afternoon VFW 200. After the drop of the green flag, the No. 22 Chevrolet was shuffled back to the fifth position within the first lap of the 100-lap event and Coulter promptly radioed to crew chief Harold Holly that the Richard Childress Racing machine was tight in traffic. On the lap-13 caution, Holly instructed the 22-year-old driver to bring his Silverado in for a fuel-only pit stop. Restarting in the third position, the Miami Springs, Fla., native, was trapped in traffic as he reported that the No. 22 Chevrolet had acquired an extremely loose-handling condition, prompting the Holly-led crew to execute a wedge adjustment on the next pit stop to combat the ill-handling racer. Fuel mileage ultimately decided the result of the event, as the last round of pit stops occurred under green-flag conditions. With teams employing many strategies, the No. 22 team made its final pit stop on lap 84 with their RCR teammate, Ty Dillon. The two teammates drafted with each other for the remainder of the event, working their way towards the front, with Coulter ultimately taking the checkered flag in the seventh position. The 2011 Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year is currently seventh in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 43 points behind the leaders.

 

Start - 1               Finish - 7             Laps Led - 0        Points - 7

 

JOEY COULTER QUOTE:

"The racing was awesome all weekend in Michigan. I'm disappointed in the finish as Harold (Holly, crew chief) and all of the guys on the (No.) 22 team provided me with a truck capable of winning. We have a short week before we go racing at Bristol (Motor Speedway), and we will use the momentum from our win at Pocono (Raceway) and the pole award at Michigan (International Speedway) to be competitive for the win at Bristol."

 

RCR PR

Miguel Paludo earned his second top-10 finish of 2012 at Michigan International Speedway in his debut pairing with new crew chief Jeff Hensley. Paludo ran in the top-five for most of the second half of the 100-lap event before varying pit strategy resulted in a 10th-place finish in the VFW 200.

 

After leading the second of the weekend's three practice sessions, Paludo laid down a qualifying lap of 39.216 seconds, putting the No. 32 Chevrolet third on the grid for the green flag. Despite the 200 miles of action ahead, the racing was dicey from the first lap, and an aero-tight condition dropped Paludo to seventh by lap three. On lap 10, the Brazilian radioed Hensley to inform him that his truck was coming to him as the field began to spread out. The first caution flag of the day came on lap 14 for debris, and Hensley called Paludo onto pit road for a quick top-off of Sunoco race fuel before the Duroline machine took the lap 17 restart from eighth.

 

Over the course of the next 20 laps, Paludo and teammate James Buescher drafted together, hovering around the 10th spot before the second yellow of the race was displayed on lap 39. Paludo brought his truck into the pits for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment to correct what remained of his tight handling. Knowing that fuel mileage historically came into play at the 2.0-mile track, Hensley called his driver back to pit road to top off on fuel before the lap 43 restart.

 

Paludo took the lap 43 green in 22nd, and when the caution flag waved just five laps later for a spin, he had shot through the field up to 14th. Paludo told his crew chief that the No. 32 Chevy was much better, especially in traffic, and by the time two more back-to-back cautions passed, the driver had worked his way into the top-five. After the green flag waved on lap 60 in what ultimately would be the final restart of the day, Paludo took over the fourth position and maintained it until it was time for a green-flag pit stop on lap 84. The Duroline crew quickly serviced the No. 32 with two right-side tires and fuel, but with a handful of trucks on differing fuel strategy without the need to pit, he was unable to advance beyond 10th before the checkered flag fell. Fellow Brazilian and Turner Motorsports teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. took the win, capturing the first victory of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.

 

Miguel Paludo: "This was a great day for my guys and I. The Duroline Chevrolet was in the top-five for much of the day and we just lost out on fuel strategy at the end. It felt good to earn a top-ten and to have such a strong day in my first race with Jeff Hensley. It makes me very motivated and hopeful about the final 10 races. We only have a few days until Bristol, so I know that we can keep this momentum until then. I'm extremely happy for my teammate, and I hope that the No. 32 team will be the next Turner Motorsports truck to visit victory lane."

 

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has only four days before it hits the track again for Wednesday night's NCWTS 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd.

 

Turner Motorsports PR

In his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start since 2001, Kurt Busch dominated the VFW 200 - leading three times for a race-high 57 laps - but was forced to settle for a ninth-place finish after the race's final outcome was decided by fuel strategy.

The Las Vegas native had his brother's Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team positioned at the front of the field before coming down pit road for the final time on lap 79, but with several teams on different pit sequences, the Shore Lodge Tundra returned to the track scored just outside the top 20. Busch was able to salvage a top-10 finish in the closing laps, as several competitors made their way down pit road to top off with fuel, and others - who made it off pit road ahead of the No. 18 Toyota - were unable to hold off the hard-charging veteran.

 

"Today was a little fuel mileage game -- I thought we did good on our strategy, but maybe we just topped off with too much fuel at the end and were too conservative," said Busch, who was making his first start for his brother's Truck Series program after making nine starts for KBM's Nationwide Series team this year. "It was fun to get back in the trucks. I really enjoyed myself out there and wanted to do a good job for Kyle (Busch, team owner) and I think we got that done as far as evaluating our program -- his program.  I say, 'Ours,' because we're brothers and it's fun to do this together. Thanks to Shore Lodge, Dollar General, Toyota, Flexco and Advanced Payment Services -- it takes a lot of sponsors in this day and age to make a program work."

 

After using three practice sessions to get reacquainted with the feel of a truck, Busch posted the fourth fastest lap in Saturday morning's qualifying session. Once the race started, it took little time for the 34-year-old driver to make his move, maneuvering into the second spot by the time that the field crossed the start-finish line for the first time. Upon making it to the runner-up spot, he settled in behind race leader Nelson Piquet Jr. until the first caution of the race occurred on lap 13.

 

Busch brought his Shore Lodge Tundra down pit road for a fuel-only stop and returned to the track scored in the fourth position. The former Sprint Cup Series champion once again outmuscled the Truck Series regulars on the lap-16 restart, capturing the lead for the first time before the field crossed the stripe. With Piquet Jr. as his wing man, the two had stretched the lead on the third-place truck to over three seconds when a debris caution slowed the field for the second time on lap 39.

 

The KBM over-the-wall crew administered a four-tire and fuel stop and returned their driver to the track. With two teams electing to take just two tires, Busch took the lap-42 restart from the third spot.

 

By lap 44, the Shore Lodge Tundra had reassumed the lead, which it would maintain during a spree of cautions near the halfway mark of the 100-lap race. On lap 45, John Wes Townley and Todd Bodine made contact and spun, bringing out the third caution of the race. Shortly after the field went back to green-flag conditions, Bodine lost a wheel and brought out the fourth caution.

 

On the ensuing restart, Piquet Jr.'s truck got loose under Busch - as he was making a bid for the lead - and spun off the exit of Turn 2. The spin initiated what turned out to be the final caution of the race and changed the complexion of the finish. When he spun, Piquet Jr.'s truck slid into the driver's side of the No. 18 Toyota, so second-place runner Johnny Sauter was asked to pull alongside and check for damage. Sauter reported that there was no visible damage, confirming what crew chief Phillips had concluded from atop the pit box. 

 

Busch was able to maintain the lead on the lap-60 restart, and had paced the field for 34 consecutive laps when he came down pit road for the final time on lap 79. Phillips ordered up a right-side only stop, with one can of Sunoco fuel going into the Shore Lodge Tundra.

 

The race ended up proceeding caution free for the final 41 laps, relegating Busch to a ninth-place finish, despite proving to be the strongest truck in the field. The top-10 finish was the Las Vegas native's 18th in 26 career starts in NASCAR's third division.

 

Piqeut Jr., who pitted for the final time after his lap-57 spin, picked up his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory and second this season in NASCAR's top three divisions. Jason White finished over eight seconds behind Piquet Jr. in the runner-up spot. Dakoda Armstrong and Parker Kligerman finished third and fourth, respectively, while James Buescher rounded out the top-five finishers.

 

There were five caution periods for 17 laps. Ten drivers failed to finish the race.

 

The No. 18 Tundra, which posted its sixth consecutive top-10 finish, remained 11th in the Truck Series Owner's point standings. After 12 of 22 races, KBM's flagship Tundra sits 10 points behind the No. 9 Joe Denette Motorsports truck, which resides in the 10th position, and 73 points behind the series-leading No. 17 Toyota team. 

 

Brian Scott will make his second Truck Series start for KBM this season, piloting the No. 18 Dollar General Tundra in the UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Aug. 22. The race begins at 8:00 p.m. ET, with live coverage provided by SPEED commencing with the NCWTS Setup Show at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

KBM PR

Kyle Busch's schedule included double-duty this weekend, preparing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car from Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, and racing his own Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) Nationwide Series car at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The team owner's goal Saturday was to add a victory in Canada to his International racing resume, which already includes a win in Mexico. The race played out as the team hoped, positioning Busch in contention for the lead.  A cut tire towards race end, however, forced the team to pit unexpectedly, foregoing the chance to battle for the win, and placing the team in 10th at the checkered flag.

 

Australian driver Owen Kelly practiced and qualified the car for the team on Friday, while Busch remained in Michigan. After setting the car close to how they felt their team owner would prefer, the No. 54 team secured a fifth-place starting position. Once Busch made the trip to Canada and due to the driver change on race day, NASCAR rules required the team to drop to the rear of the field upon race start. This put Busch in 41st at the green flag start.

 

Through the first of 74 event laps, the 27-year old Las Vegas, Nev. native drove his Monster Energy machine into the 22nd position. Crew chief Mike Beam quickly implemented their fuel strategy plan, bringing the team to pit road on lap four, under green-flag conditions, to fill the car with Sunoco fuel. Busch described the pit stop as, "good, I'm a little loose," and otherwise was focused on his lap times.

 

The first of eight full-course caution flags waved, but the team chose not to visit pit road and moved into the top-five of the field upon restart at lap 22. After another quick caution and subsequent restart on lap 23, Busch made an aggressive move to second place, behind leader Danica Patrick. The team chose to make their second visit to pit road on lap 29, where the driver again described the pit stop, "I could have taken a little more air out of the rear, but that was a good stop." The team was positioned in 25th place as they reentered the field.

 

Working his way back through the course while green-flag laps continued, Busch was quiet on the radio and focused on the task at hand. At lap 37 he was 14th, and then by lap 41 the black machine was inside the top-10 at seventh place, running faster lap times than the leaders. Busch's veteran spotter Tony Hirschman reminded his driver, "We are the first one in our fuel sequence on fresh tires, go get 'em one by one."

 

The team pitted on lap 46 while a course caution flew, to take on fresh tires, fuel and to make further car adjustments. At this point, the crew knew they would need a significant amount of caution laps in order to make it to race end without refueling again. Likely the team would have to visit pit road one more time before the checkered flag would drop.

 

At lap 58 and from the second position, the team pitted to add five seconds of Sunoco race fuel and to replenish two left-side tires. It was a gamble to pit at this time, losing track position down to 13th, but necessary to ensure the No. 54 Toyota would finish the race with enough gas to power it.

 

During another caution-period restart on lap 63, Busch gained spots to 11th, and then worked his way to fifth place when another full-course caution took place at lap 70. By now, the team knew there was enough gas to complete the event, telling their driver over the radio, "We are the best with tires and fuel, go for it!" Other teams were not sure at this point whether they could make it to the finish on their fuel strategy plans. Everyone knew these last few laps would become interesting.

 

In Busch fashion, on a green-flag restart with two laps remaining in the scheduled 74-lap event, the KBM owner-driver made an exciting move through the "S" turns and was battling for the lead with race leaders Jacques Villeneuve, Billy Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brendan Gaughan. What promised to be a run to the checkered flag, as planned by the new team, turned into heartbreak when Busch relayed to his group that a left-rear tire had gone down. Close racing through the tight turns of the road course, caused another competitor to cut across the No. 54 Camry, cutting the team's tire and causing it to go flat.  

 

A subsequent yellow-flag caution on track allowed the team to visit pit road one final time to collect four fresh tires, however, the track position lost recorded the No. 54 in the 21st position. "It's demolition derby time," commented Busch to his team, knowing more full-course cautions were inevitable.

 

The veteran driver's instincts were correct, as two more caution periods occurred, forcing two green-white-checkered flag attempts at a final conclusion. Through those remaining five laps, the KBM team owner scored 11 positions, bringing the Monster Energy machine home in 10th place.

 

It wasn't the result Busch and team were hoping for as they entered the Canadian event. Knowing they could have been in position to take the lead during those final event caution laps, if not for a blown tire, was hard to ponder. The team will regroup and head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this week, where Busch will once again attempt to register that first victory with his Nationwide Series group.

 

Justin Allgaier recorded his first win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year and third of his career. Sam Hornish Jr. finished in the second spot, while Villeneuve, Elliott Sadler and Ron Fellows completed the top-five finishers. There were eight caution periods for 22 laps of the race along with 12 lead changes across six drivers. The No. 54 Monster Energy team gained one position to 10th in the Owner's Point standings, 133 points from the leader.

 

The Nationwide Series continues action Aug. 24 at the Food City 250 from Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The television broadcast will start at 7:00pm EST on ESPN and the MRN radio broadcast. Kyle Busch will make his 14th start of the season behind the wheel of the KBM No. 54 Monster Energy Camry.

 

KBM PR

The largest crowd of the season was in attendance Friday at Kingsport Speedway for the final points night of racing and running of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Tennessee State Championship Tri-Cities 150 presented by Dalton Direct Carpets, Pizza Plus, Walgreens and Five Star Race Car Bodies for the headlining Late Model Stock division.

 

Adam Long of Pounding Mill, Va., who captured his first-ever win at “The Concrete Jungle” back in June, swept the action winning both twin 75-lap Late Model Stock features for a $3,000 payday.

With a stellar field of 26 Late Model Stock competitors present, including legendary NASCAR champion “Iron Man” Jack Ingram along with 2012 NASCAR Daytona International Speedway Camping World Truck Series winner John King II, three-time feature winner this season Daniel Pope II wrote his name in the record book by establishing a new track record at 15.134 seconds in qualifying.

 

An invert-three placed Hayden Woods on the pole with Long on the outside of row one. Before one lap could be completed, contact by David Garbo Jr. with Robbie Ferguson between turns one and two sent Ferguson, the 2002 track champion spinning to bring out the caution flag.

The next attempt at green Woods and Long got a good start, with Long quickly assuming the lead over Woods, Pope, Blake Jones and Lee Tissot.

 

Tissot got around Jones for fourth on lap 3 racing off the second corner. Pope began mounting a challenge on Woods for second, and after getting alongside the 16-year-old Woods and racing side-by-side around the .375-mile banked concrete overall for four laps, Pope moved into the runner-up spot. Caution waved on lap 10 when Anthony Anders spun at exit of turn two on the backstretch.

The top five in running order going back green were Long, Pope, Woods, Tissot and Jones. On lap 14 racing up off the second corner, Tissot got past Woods for the third spot and just behind them Nate Monteith, who started 10th, passed Jones to move into fifth.

Monteith overtook Woods for fourth on lap 16 between turns one and two, and with the door open Jones also capitalized and followed Monteith to get past Woods for fifth. Caution waved on lap 19 when Austin Peters got dumped from behind by C.J. Hulsey and spun in turn two.

 

Back up to speed Long was still in command riding on the point followed by Pope, Tissot, Monteith and Jones. But quickly on lap 20, Kres VanDyke got around Woods for sixth to drop the pole-sitter back another position in the running order.

While Pope was glued to Long’s rear bumper, just behind them Monteith was challenging Tissot for third. After running door-to-door for a lap and a half, Monteith assumed the position. Woods lost yet another spot as Matt Bowling got around him for seventh place on lap 28 racing off the second corner.

After getting around Tissot to move into third in the running order, Monteith wasn’t able to close the gap between himself and leader Long and Pope, as they rode about 10 car lengths ahead with the race reaching halfway. Just outside of the top five, battle for real estate involving VanDyke, Bowling, Woods, King, Paul Nogradi Jr., Zeke Shell and Ryan Stiltner. Nogradi and Shell tangled between turns one and two on lap 49 to bring out the caution.

Long had a rearview mirror occupied by Pope going back green, followed by Monteith, Tissot and Jones. With the top 14 cars in the running order running almost nose-to-tail around The Concrete Jungle, King got around Bowling for sixth on lap 55 racing off the fourth turn, with Stiltner looking underneath Bowling racing off the corners trying to overtake him for the seventh spot.

While it appeared Pope just might have a quicker car, the 27-year-old Long, driving the Tru-Line Pipeline, LLC/CNX Gas/Clark’s Automotive Race Engines/Hedgecock Race Cars/Adam Long Racing/No. 3 Chevrolet Impala, never made a mistake down the stretch and held Pope off for his second Late Model Stock feature win on the season. Finishing third through fifth, respectively, were Monteith, Jones and Tissot.

 

Completing the top 10 in the running order at the checkers were King, Bowling, Stiltner, Anders and Woods. Nineteen of the 26 starters were running at the finish, with 15 cars crossing the start-finish line on the lead lap.

The top four finishers from the first race were inverted for the second 75-lapper, putting Jones and Monteith on the front row.

 

At end of the first lap Jones and Monteith were battling for the lead, while just behind them Pope and Long were fighting for position. Racing down the backstretch into the third turn on lap 2, Pope stuck it to the inside of Jones to make it three-wide – and that wasn’t going to work in the tight corners. Jones and Monteith tangled with Jones almost spinning, while Monteith’s left-front received damage to bring out the caution.

Pope emerged from the altercation in the lead, followed by Long, King, Tissot and Jones, who had saved his car from looping and coming to a stop. Back under green racing conditions Pope and Long begin to separate themselves from King and Tissot, who were battling for the third spot. Tissot got around King for the position between turns one and two on lap 9. Racing into the first turn on lap 12, Ferguson got into the back of Austin Peters with both spinning to bring out the caution.

Pope began to put a little distance between his Chevrolet Impala and Long back under green, while several battles for position back through the field were heated. With a third of the distance in the books, Pope was in control out front while Long and Tissot were feeling each other out.

 

Jones got around King for the fourth spot on lap 23 racing off turn two, with King immediately being pressure for position by Anders. Anders got around King for fifth on lap 28, and began working on Jones for the fourth spot.

Mounting a charge back up through the field following his early race incident, Monteith was picking cars off for position and passed Stiltner for eighth place on lap 26. Meanwhile out front, Pope had pulled out to about eight car lengths over Long and Tissot. But Pope’s night abruptly ended when he slowed on the backstretch with engine issues on lap 34, thus handing the lead over to Long.

Long looked to back up his victory from the first race and he was riding a strong mount in leading Tissot. With the race running clean and green, the field began to get strung out around the track. Behind Long and Tissot, Anders was having his best run of the season in third, followed in the running order by Jones and VanDyke.

Monteith began working on VanDyke for the fifth spot, and finally was able to get around him on lap 44. With VanDyke holding down sixth in the running order, behind him Nogradi, Shell, King and Stiltner were battling for position.

 

With 15 laps remaining Tissot was glued to Long’s rear bumper. Over the next few circuits he would stick the nose of his car under Long racing off the corners, but could never manage to get up alongside to challenge for the lead.

With several cars directly ahead for Long to have to negotiate and lap with the race winding down, Tissot was hoping to trap Long in behind one of the slower cars and overtake him for the lead. But that scenario didn’t unfold as Long held off the hard-charging Tissot to claim win number two on the night, with Anders, Jones and Monteith rounding out the top five.

Completing the top 10 finishers were VanDyke, Nogradi, Shell, King and Stiltner.

Monteith’s fifth-place finish secured his second consecutive Late Model Stock track championship, thus meaning he’s also repeated as Tennessee State NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion. A 12th-place finish for 21-year-old Austin Peters locks up both the track and Tennessee State Rookie-of-the-Year titles.

 

Keith Helton of Kingsport, driving the Catch 22/Hobby Town USA in Johnson City and Asheville, NC/Spaztix Signs & Mafia Inc. Clothing/Big Herb Racing/Direct Paintless Dent Repair/Ft. Henry RC Speedway/Wallace Nissan Mitsubishi of Kingsport/Team Action Motorsports/No. 9 Saturn, jumped out to a big early lead and appeared headed to an easy victory – until a late race caution five laps from the finish tightened the field for a shootout to the checkered flag. But Helton was locked-and-loaded and ready for battle, as he held off John Ketron, Dean Slagle, Jason Ketron and Chris Neeley for his second straight Pure 4 feature win. Jason Ketron, from Kingsport, with his fourth-place finish wrapped up the Pure 4 championship.

 

Tyler Goodwin of Kingsport, driving the Bank of Tennessee/Bancsec Inc./Rockstar Graphix/No. 64 McAulay Motorsports 1934 Ford Coupe , wrapped up a phenomenal season by capturing his 17th Legends feature win in 19 starts to claim the divisional title. Goodwin won over Drew Shortridge, Stevie Johns Jr., Greg Turner and Adam Gray.

 

After seeing his brother Brandon visit victory lane last week, Billy Byington of Kingsport, driving the Toy-Auto/Kenny Absher Motorsports/No. 11 Toyota Celica, captured his first-ever Rookie Pure 4 feature win over Josh Estep, Dylan Bates, Tim Abelseth and Jarrod Willett. Jimmy Hillard, 67-year-old chauffeur from Knoxville, captured the Rookie Pure 4 championship.

 

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES “DALTON DIRECT CARPETS” LATE MODEL STOCK #1 (75 laps)

Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown

1. (2) Adam Long #3-Pounding Mill, VA
2. (3) Daniel Pope II #16-Smyrna, TN

3. (10) Nate Monteith #44-Blountville, TN

4. (4) Blake Jones #80-Sevierville, TN
5. (6) Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC

6. (8) John King II #21-Fort Blackmore, VA
7. (5) Matt Bowling #83-Ridgeway, VA
8. (9) Ryan Stiltner #22-Grundy, VA
9. (17) Anthony Anders #36-Easley, SC
10. (1) Hayden Woods #87-Piney Flats, TN

11. (11) Paul Nogradi Jr. #02-Clinton, TN
12. (18) Royce Peters #38-Kingsport, TN
13. (12) Kres VanDyke #15-Claypool Hill, VA
14. (13) Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN

15. (16) Austin Peters #66-Kingsport, TN
16. (7) C.J. Hulsey #37-El Paso, TX

17. (21) Mike Potter #8-Johnson City, TN
18. (22) Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN

19. (24) Dean Barrett #82-Abingdon, VA

20. (19) Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN

21. (25) Phil Harris #55-Piney Flats, TN

22. (26) Jack Ingram #11-Asheville, NC

23. (23) Jamie Harrison #76-Church Hill, TN

24. (20) Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN

25. (15) David Garbo Jr. #8-Stonington, CT
26. (14) Robbie Ferguson #32-Jonesborough, TN

 

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES “DALTON DIRECT CARPETS” LATE MODEL STOCK #2 (75 laps)

Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown

 

1. (4) Adam Long #3-Pounding Mill, VA
2. (5) Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC

3. (9) Anthony Anders #36-Easley, SC

4. (1) Blake Jones #80-Sevierville, TN

5. (2) Nate Monteith #44-Blountville, TN

6. (13) Kres VanDyke #15-Claypool Hill, VA

7. (11) Paul Nogradi Jr. #02-Clinton, TN

8. (14) Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN

9. (6) John King II #21-Fort Blackmore, VA

10. (8) Ryan Stiltner #22-Grundy, VA

11. (12) Royce Peters #38-Kingsport, TN

12. (15) Austin Peters #66-Kingsport, TN

13. (10) Hayden Woods #87-Piney Flats, TN

14. (20) Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN

15. (17) Mike Potter #8-Johnson City, TN

16. (21) Phil Harris #55-Piney Flats, TN

17. (18) Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN

18. (19) Dean Barrett #82-Abingdon, VA

19. (7) Matt Bowling #83-Ridgeway, VA

20. (3) Daniel Pope II #16-Smyrna, TN

21. (26) Robbie Ferguson #32-Jonesborough, TN

22. (25) David Garbo Jr. #8-Stonington, CT

23. (23) Jamie Harrison #76-Church Hill, TN

24. (16) C.J. Hulsey #37-El Paso, TX

25. (24) Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN

26. (22) Jack Ingram #11-Asheville, NC

PURE 4 (25 laps): 1) Keith Helton #9; 2) John Ketron #26; 3) Dean Slagle #13; 4) Jason Ketron #28; 5) Chris Neeley #94; 6) Glenn Hughes #75; 7) Billy Ketron #27; 8) David Trent #57; 9) Jonathan Reed #51; 10) Charles Sims #99; 11) Darrell Whitehead #44; 12) William Hale #95; 13) Todd Cross #41; 14) Dakota Slagle #2; 15) Steve Skeen #17; 16) Kenny Absher #11

LEGENDS (20 laps): 1) Tyler Goodwin #64; 2) Drew Shortridge #32; 3) Stevie Johns Jr. #91; 4) Greg Turner #64; 5) Adam Gray #37; 6) Aaron Lawson #31; 7) Hubert Whitehead #3; 8) Tony Wiggins #4

ROOKIE PURE 4 (15 laps): 1) Billy Byington #11; 2) Josh Estep #94; 3) Dylan Bates #6; 4) Tim Abelseth #66; 5) Jarrod Willett #99; 6) Tammy Cross #41; 7) Jimmy Hillard #74; 8) Robin Hughes #75; 9) Austin Gray #71; 10) Michael Jeter #51

Kingsports Speedway PR

Race Recap:

 

Although his final finishing position might not show it, Ron Hornaday proved why he's a four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) champion in Saturday's VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Teamed with a new crew chief, Terry "Richie" Snyder for the remainder of the season, the duo made strides in their first event together by working their way up to the third position before fuel mileage became the name of the game in the closing laps.

 

 

The 13th Annual 200-mile, 100-lap NCWTS event at the Brooklyn, Michigan track marked Hornaday's 312th series start and his 13th at the two-mile tri-oval, which is one of only eight tracks where he is still chasing his first win.

 

Hornaday piloted the Joe Denette Motorsports (JDM) chassis No. 03, which he raced to his season-best second-place finish at Iowa Speedway earlier in the summer, to fourth, 19th and 14th in Friday's three practice sessions, respectively. At the close of final practice Hornaday and crew chief Snyder had the truck ready for drafting in the race.

 

 

In Saturday morning's qualifying session, Hornaday placed the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado on the outside of row 11 in the 22nd position for the VFW 200 with a fast lap of 40.298 seconds (178.669mph).

 

As the 35-truck field took the green flag in the VFW 200, Hornaday quickly advanced five positions to the 17th spot by the third lap. From there, Hornaday reported that his No.9 Chevrolet was suffering from a tight condition in traffic. Crew chief Richie Snyder chose to bring the series all-time race winner down pit road with the rest of the field on lap 14 for fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat the tight condition.

 

Hornaday rejoined the field, restarting once again from the 22nd-position when the green flag was displayed. Snyder's adjustments put the No. 9 machine right where Hornaday wanted it and by the time the next caution flew at lap 39 for debris, he had worked his way up to 14th in the lineup. Snyder opted to bring the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado back down pit road for four tires and fuel. As he exited pit road, Hornaday gained two spots to fall in line in the 12th-position for the lap 42 restart.

 

Hornaday was only able to make a few green flag laps before radioing in to his JDM crew that he felt a vibration, possibly caused by a loose left rear wheel. Fortunately, it was a short green-flag run as the caution was once again displayed at lap 47 for a spin in front of Hornaday, which he was able to avoid and escape damage. Snyder called Hornaday to pit road to assess the vibration and made the call for four tires and fuel. Hornaday rejoined the field in the 21st-position for the lap 49 restart.

 

 

In a race that typically only sees two stops on pit road under ideal conditions, Hornaday was forced down pit road for a fourth time on lap 52 under caution to address the vibrating condition that continued to plague the No. 9 Chevrolet Silverado. Hornaday once again took four tires and fuel before heading back out onto the speedway, scored 20th.

 

After another quick caution period, the field was set loose for the final 41 laps. During this stint, Hornaday fell victim to another competitorwhen the No. 2 machine of Tim George Jr. tagged him in the left rear, forcing Hornaday up the race track and into the turn-four wall. The unfortunate event caused Hornaday to lose five positions on the track and battle a loose-handling Chevrolet Silverado for the remainder of the event.

 

As the leaders began making their way down pit road with 20 laps remaining in the VFW 2OO for scheduled stops, the race continued to play out under green flag conditions. While a hand-full of teams were able to take a gamble on fuel and stay out, Hornaday, running third, was forced to make his way down pit road for a splash of fuel at lap 95.

 

 

Hornaday would go on to finish 17th behind first-time NCWTS Brazilian winner, Nelson Piquet Jr. Jason White, Dakoda Armstrong, Parker Kligerman and James Buescher rounded out the top-five.

 

 

Ron Hornaday Quotes:

 

"We gave up speed in qualifying for handling and started a little further back than we expected but we made some ground on the field in the early laps. After our first pit stop for tires we had a major vibration, which we figured out was due to a loose rear wheel. Multiple trips down pit road put us out of pit sequence with the leaders so we had to come back down pit road with just a few laps to go in the race. I think we would have finished in the top-12 but a hand-full of trucks gambled on fuel at the end and stayed out, so we ended up 17th. Richie and all the guys worked hard all weekend and we had a pretty decent truck, it's just so unfortunate we don't' have the finish to show for it."

 

Notes:

 

* Hornaday fell from eighth to ninth in the 2012 NCWTS driver point standings, 38 points outside the top-five and 63 points behind leaders, Timothy Peters and Ty Dillon who are tied for first

* Hornaday posted his 10th top-20 finish of the season at Michigan International Speedway, his sixth consecutive top-20 finish
* Team owner Joe Denette fell one position to the 10th in the owner point standings, just one point behind ninth-place
* After 12 races in 2012, Hornaday has an average start of 12.2 and an average finish of 12.2

 

JDM PR

Armstrong came to Michigan International Speedway (MIS) expecting the newly paved track to handle much differently than when he had visited before, and he was right. Dakoda and his No. 98 EverFi Toyota team brought the very same truck that he raced last at Pocono, but they style of racing could not have been more different. 

 

"I knew coming into the race that the track would have a lot more grip than it did before, and after three practices, I knew it was going to be like an old-style Daytona race where we would run in big packs nose to tail."

 

And that is exactly what happened. After gaining track position by taking only two tires instead of four, and crew chief Dan Stillman making the call to pit on lap 59 for fuel to make it to the end, Armstrong finished in the VFW 200 with his career best NCWTS finish of third. 

 

The No. 98 EverFi crew, conducted by crew chief Dan Stillman, utilized all three of the practice sessions for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)to make sure Armstrong's truck handled well. After the first practice, Armstrong was 20th, but he hadn't drafted as most of the field had. By the time the second practice rolled around, Armstrong was confident that once they were in traffic they would see that the truck was just as fast as the rest of the field. 

 

"It was all about the draft. We were able to go out and see how the truck handled in traffic, and I was pretty happy with it. We just weren't quick enough on our own. We didn't know exactly what was wrong, but the speed just wasn't there."

 

Stillman made all the adjustments that he could during the final practice to try to help Armstrong when he was away from the draft. This gave Armstrong an extra 3 tenths during his qualifying run to start in the 20th position for the VFW 200. 

 

Just three laps after the drop of the green flag, Armstrong had gained four positions and was quickly continuing to move up in the field. Just 13 laps in, a caution was thrown and Armstrong and his crew elected to come in for fuel only. This decision gained Armstrong 3 additional spots, and he would restart 14th. Armstrong continued to climb up the charts peaking in position 9, before falling back to 15th. 

 

Armstrong told Stillman, "on longer runs, the truck starts getting free especially when I'm next to someone." Stillman relayed back, "we have about 20 laps before we need to come back in, just try to stay in line and stay up with the draft; do what you can."  

 

A caution came back out on lap 38 for debris, and Armstrong and his No. 98 EverFi crew elected to come in for two right side tires and fuel. There was a miscommunication, and this stalled their hopes of gaining a lot of positions during the pit stop, but they were still able to gain a few

 

Unfortunately, when the green flag dropped on lap 42, Armstrong was less than pleased with the way his truck was handling. 

 

Armstrong relayed that to his crew. "It feels like it is more loose than before, and it is terrible in traffic."Stillman told his driver to "keep messing around with the lines and the aero when other drivers are around, and just let it come to you."  

 

Armstrong would catch a break just under 10 laps later with yet another caution. On lap 52, Stillman made the call for Armstrong to come in to pit for four tires and gas with the notion of finishing out the race without stopping again.

 

With only 41 laps to go, Armstrong and his crew knew they were going to try to conserve fuel and make it to the end. The crew knew that lmost everyone else in the field had to stop at some point before the race ended which would give Armstrong back the positions he had lost while pitting. 

 

Fortunately for Armstrong, the rest of the race went green and his EverFi Tundra team's plan to make it to the end paid off. Dakoda was able to conserve fuel in the draft, and he ended the race with a 3rd place finish. 

 

"My EverFi crew really rallied back from a not-so-good day in the pits to give us a good finish. I have to apologize to my team for slowing us down on that 2 tire pit stop, but we found our way back to the front from Dan's good call on the pit strategy," explained Armstrong. "They worked really hard to get me a truck that was able to handle pretty well in the draft, and they never gave up. I have to give a big thanks to TRD for getting us a great engine and fuel milage that allowed us to finish in the top 3. Our Tundra handled pretty good all day I just wish we had a little more speed when we were out on our own."

 

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