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Official Race Report
Race Date: Friday, June 1, 2012
Race: Approx. 5:00pm/et
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
Pre-race Host: Krista Voda
Wednesday, May 30th
5:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (TRUCK PARKING ONLY)>
Thursday, May 31st
11:00 AM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
11:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
1:30 PM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM NCWTS PRACTICE
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, June 1st
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:10 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:30 PM 1:30 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
2:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NNS GARAGE-TENT )
4:20 PM NCWTS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
4:50 PM APPROX. NCWTS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)
5:15 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times listed are Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject ot change.
Dover Official Race Report Page (pdf) .(6-4-2012)
Bodine wins rain-shortened Dover race: With 53 laps remaining, the red-flag came out for the second time due to inclement weather and NASCAR called the race official. Race leader Todd Bodine, driving the #11-Red Horse Racing Toyota, was declared the winner of the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. This is Bodine's first series win at Dover; his 22nd overall. #29-Parker Kligerman was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #2-Kevin Harvick, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #33-Cale Gale, #3-Ty Dillon, #31-James Buescher, #88-Matt Crafton, #17-Timothy Peters, #6-Justin Lofton. There were 7 lead changes among 6 drivers with 9 caution flags for 46 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Dover Race Results Page (pdf).(Unofficial)(6-1-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts
Dover International Speedway
13th Annual Lucas Oil 200
Race Winner: Todd Bodine
Team: No. 11 - Red Horse Racing Toyota
Owner: Tom DeLoach
Crew Chief: Rick Gay, Jr.
*Todd Bodine won the 13th Annual Lucas Oil 200, his 22nd victory in 196 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2012.
*This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in eight races at Dover International Speedway
*Parker Kligerman (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Dover International Speedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2012.
*Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Dover International Speedway.
*Cale Gale (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
*Justin Lofton leads the point standings by one points over Timothy Peters.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, June 01, 2012 @ 07:29 PM Eastern)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30 25 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Kevin Harvick, #2 158.235 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #2
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Todd Bodine, #11
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Cale Gale, #33(NASCAR Statistics)(6-1-2012)
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Dover: (and finish)
Caution 1: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 26th
Caution 2: #57-Norm Benning, 25th
Caution 3: No Benefactor
Caution 4: #81-David Starr, 14th
Caution 5 #81-David Starr, 14th
Caution 6: #09-John Wes Townley, 16th
Caution 7: #5-Paulie Harraka, 17th
Caution 8: #75-Caleb Holman, 18th
Caution 9: #27-Jeb Burton, 19th
Driver point standings following race #6 at Dover International Speedway:
1) #6-Justin Lofton, 235
2) #17-Timothy Peters, 234 -1
3) #3-Ty Dillon, 222 -13
4) #31-James Buescher, 219 -16
5) #29-Parker Kligerman, 213 -22
6) #11-Todd Bodine, 198 -37
7) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 195 -40
8) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 186 -49
9) #88-Matt Crafton, 180 -55
10) #22-Joey Coulter, 178 -57
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Dover Driver Standings Page (pdf).(Unofficial)(6-1-2012)
Harvick wins Dover pole: #2-Kevin Harvick set a new track record at 158.235 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. This is his second series pole in 2012; his fourth overall. RCR teammate, #22-Joey Coulter was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #13-Johnny Sauter, #33-Cale Gale, #3-Ty Dillon, #27-Jeb Burton, #17-Timothy Peters, #32-Miguel Paludo, #88-Matt Crafton. DNQ: none. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Dover Lineup (pdf)(6-1-2012)
Post-Qualifying Fast Facts:
Dover International Speedway
13th Annual Lucas Oil 200
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Kevin Harvick(i)
Team: No. 2 - Tide Chevrolet
Owner: Delana Harvick
Crew Chief: Marcus Richmond, II
*Kevin Harvick(i) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual Lucas Oil 200 with a lap of 22.751 seconds, 158.235 mph.
*This is his fourth pole in 119 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.v *This is his second pole and second top-10 start in 2012.
*This is his first pole in two races at Dover International Speedway.
*Joey Coulter (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in two races at Dover International Speedway.
*Ron Hornaday Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Dover International Speedway. It is his second in six races this season.
*Cale Gale (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, June 01, 2012 @ 10:53 AM Eastern)
Harvick leads final practice at Dover: Kevin Harvick, driving the #2-Kroger/Tide Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 154.712 mph to lead the final practice session for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #6-Justin Lofton, #3-Ty Dillon, #18-Brian Scott, #29-Parker Kligerman, #22-Joey Coulter, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #32-Miguel Paludo, #24-Max Gresham, #27-Jeb Burton. There were 33 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Dover Final Practice Speeds Page (pdf).(5-31-2012)
Hornaday leads first practice at Dover: Ron Hornaday Jr., driving the #9-Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet for Joe Denette Motorsports, led the opening practice session for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway with a top speed of 151.764 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Joey Coulter, #18-Brian Scott, #2-Kevin Harvick, #6-Justin Lofton, #17-Timothy Peters, #11-Todd Bodine, #24-Max Gresham, #29-Parker Kligerman. There were 32 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Dover Practice Speeds Page (pdf).(5-31-2012)
Official Entry List: There are 35 trucks listed on the final entry list for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Note: #38-Dennis Setzer added; #93-Johnny Chapman, driver change. Complete entry list is posted on the Dover Entry List Page.(5-31-2012)
Dover Prelimiinary Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed on the preliminary entry list for the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Dover Entry List Page.(5-29-2012)
#2-Kevin Harvick, returns as driver of the Tide Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing
#08-Ross Chastain, sponsor; Georgia Watermelon Assn/ Watermelon.org Toyota for SS Green Light Racing
#7-John King, withdrawn
#9-Ron Hornaday Jr., sponsor returns; Anderson's Maple Syrup Chevrolet for Joe Denette Motorsports
#09-John Wes Townley, new sponsor; Barberitos Southwestern Grille Toyota for RAB Racing
#18-Brian Scott, named as driver; Shore Lodge Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports(5-29-2012)
#-14-Brennan Newberry, NTS Motorsports Chevrolet, withdrawn
#60-TBA, Turn One Racing Chevrolet, withdrawn(5-30-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 6 -- Lucas Oil 200
Dover International Speedway (1.0-mile oval) -- Dover, Del.
Fast Facts for June 1-3, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 375
Right-side -- 450
5 sets of left-sides and 6 sets of right-sides
Left-side -- D-4556
Right-side -- D-4440
Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm)
Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 23 psi; Left Rear -- 21 psi
Right Front -- 49 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Dover this week, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the first time these tire codes will be run at Dover, though teams in all three series ran this right-side code (D-4440) at Kentucky in 2011 . . . compared to what was run at Dover last year, this left-side (D-4556) features a construction change to give teams more grip while bringing into line with what is run at other speedways . . . this right-side features a compound change to help control the track rubbering process . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Dover on April 17-18 . . . teams/drivers participating in that test were the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, #22 Penske Racing Dodge with A.J. Allmendinger, #29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick, #39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Ryan Newman, #51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and #56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr. . . . Dover is unique among NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, in that inner liners are required on all four tire positions . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(5-31-2012)
Dover, 2012 Season Share Common Thread: Competitive Balance
The 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and Dover International Speedway are mirror images of each other and here's why:
Justin Lofton became the fifth different winner in the first five races, capturing the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- earning the first series victory for Eddie Sharp Racing. The last season in which there were five winners in the first five races was 2005. The season's winners also include three first--time winners: Lofton, John King (Daytona) and James Buescher (Kansas). Dover has a similar stat. The "Monster Mile" has hosted 11 different winners in the last 12 races held at the concrete raceway, including five first-time winners: Jason Leffler (2003), Chad Chaffin (2004), Scott Speed (2008), Brian Scott (2009), Aric Almirola (2010).
So, that begs the question: Who has the best chance of becoming the sixth first--time winner in the Lucas Oil 200 on Friday to keep the streak alive? Five drivers inside the top ten remain winless-- Ty Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Jason White, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Joey Coulter.
Dillon -- who leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings -- arguably leads the charge as the favorite to become number six at Dover. Dillon comes into the weekend with five consecutive top --10 finishes, but has never raced at the Monster Mile.
'Autism Speaks' Close To Home For Terry Cook
Red Horse Racing's two trucks will be sporting the increasingly popular blue Autism Speaks puzzle pieces this weekend at Dover, with good reason: General Manager Terry Cook deals with the disease on a daily basis Cook's battle began when doctors told him that his son, Cody, displayed symptoms of autism -- making him another member of the NASCAR family that had a personal stake in spreading awareness about the disorder.
Cody was just 18 months old when he was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD--NOS). His doctors lauded Terry and his wife, Amy East, a former ESPN pit road commentator during the old truck series days, for bringing him in as soon as he started showing signs. Ever since, early intervention has been the key message the Cooks have spread when raising autism awareness.
Before he hung up his helmet in 2009, Cook used his platform as a successful NCWTS driver to educate others. The #60 Toyota he drove for Wyler Racing in 2008's O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 featured a special Autism Speaks paint job, and the six--time winner also carried the blue puzzle piece on his hood in 2009's race when driving for HT Motorsports. He was one of the first of many NASCAR drivers who have since raced with the special paint scheme.
Name Game: Burton Does Family Proud During Rookie Season
It's clear Jeb Burton has racing in his blood Sure, the Burton name gives him away -- but so does his confidence and skill behind the wheel of a race truck. His results over his first four starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series speak for themselves -- the John Doe moniker could be attached for all that mattered The 19-year-old who grew up on racing's biggest stage is making a splash of his own in his first season driving in one of NASCAR's national series.
Burton picked up Sunoco Rookie of the Race in his career--best eighth--place finish nearly two weeks ago at Charlotte. His first top--10 result in the #27 State Water Heaters Chevrolet came on the heels of the worst performance of his young career at Kansas, where he was wrecked out of the field to end 36th. It is noteworthy that Kansas is the only of Burton's four races in which he did not end on the lead lap. All of those finishes were in the top 15, to boot. Â His eighth-place result at Charlotte was no fluke, either, as he ran more than half of the laps in the top 15 (55.2%) and climbed as high as third. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender shot five spots up the overall points standings to 20th.
Burton will now look to Dover, and continuing the success of the Burton name at the one-mile track. His father, Ward, had six combined top 10s at Dover during his NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series career. His uncle, Jeff, twice won at Dover, once in NSCS competition and once in NNS. Both wins came in 2006.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
In recent seasons, SPEED has broadcast Dover's Lucas Oil 200 on a same-day, delayed basis. On June 1, the event returns to live television beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET. ... ThorSport Racing driver Dakoda Armstrong and team will visit Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday afternoon.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(5-29-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes - Open Week, May 22, 2012
Variety Rules The Roost In 2012's First Five Races
What a season. And it's only just begun. Five races into the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series campaign there have been five different winners, five different pole winners and three first--time winners.
Justin Lofton's May 18 victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the Californian's first in the series, joining John King, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and James Buescher. The last time a season began with five different winners in the first five races was 2005. King and Buescher, winners at Daytona and Kansas, respectively, also grabbed their first victories.
Ty Dillon, 20, became the year's youngest pole winner following the Brazilian pair of Nelson Piquet Jr. and Miguel Paludo, Harvick and Tim George Jr. His older brother, 2011 champion Austin Dillon, won seven poles in his rookie season.
Will the streak continue June 1 at Dover International Speedway? Possibly. Two former Dover winners are expected to be in the field: Jason Leffler (2003) and four--time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. (2007). Hornaday's fifth--place finish at Charlotte -- his first top five since joining Joe Denette Motorsports-- boosted him to sixth in the standings, a point behind Parker Kligerman.
Lofton, Sharp Making Magic Second Time Around
For Justin Lofton, it's been an elevator ride from the basement to the penthouse. The off--road veteran and ARCA champion couldn't buy a top--five finish in his sophomore season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and -- voila -- he's now a race winner and the points leader. Granted, his advantage over previous leader Timothy Peters -- a single point -- is tenuous at best. It's the closest since Austin Dillon held a similar lead over Johnny Sauter on Aug. 6, 2011, following the event at Pocono Raceway.
Lofton is the season's third different leader joining Peters and King. He's one of three drivers to have finished among the top 10 in all five races. His short NASCAR national series career has come full--circle after reuniting with ARCA owner Eddie Sharp midway through 2011. Sharp took a big step over the offseason, purchasing most of the assets of Kevin Harvick Inc. and adding Cale Gale to the team. Lofton's Charlotte victory also was the first for Eddie Sharp Racing as well as crew chief Daniel Bormann. "This is amazing. This day has been coming for so long," said Lofton, speaking both of the victory and his ascent to a No. 1 ranking. "These guys right here work their butts off week in and week out. I want to thank them."
For Dillon, A Milestone Fifth Consecutive Top--10 Finish
Only once, in 2001, had a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender posted top --10 finishes in his first five starts of the season. The late Ricky Hendrick, who lost a tight freshman battle to Travis Kvapil, was the runner--up finisher to Joe Ruttman at Daytona and carried the streak through races at Homestead, Mesa Marin, Martinsville and Gateway before rearend failure resulted in a DNF at Darlington.
More than a decade later, Ty Dillon has matched Hendrick's feat. His 10th--place performance at Charlotte added to top 10s at Daytona, Martinsville-- where he was second -- Rockingham and Kansas. It's difficult to say whether consistency leads to future success although it certainly can't hurt.
For the moment, however, Dillon can boast that he's done something that some very successful NCWTS graduates did not accomplish. The list includes 2000 champion and current NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Greg Biffle, 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch, 2003 NCWTS top rookie Carl Edwards and Kvapil. Dillon goes for his sixth consecutive top 10 on June 1 at Dover International Speedway.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
In recent seasons, SPEED has broadcast Dover's Lucas Oil 200 on a same--day, delayed basis. On June 1, the event returns to live television beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.--- Dover's "Monster Mile" hosted 11 consecutive different winners before Kyle Busch became its first repeat winner a year ago.-- First and second and fifth and six places aren't the only positions separated by small margins. The difference between Dillon and fourth--place Buescher is two points. Joey Coulter replaced Matt Crafton in 10th, but his edge is a single digit.-- Buescher and Coulter have entered Saturday's NNS History 300. Coulter would make his series debut in Richard Childress Racing's No. 21 Chevrolet.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(5-22-2012)