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Official Race Report
Race Date: Saturday, August 4, 2012
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
Pre-race Host: Krista Voda
Thursday, August 2nd
12:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
1:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
2:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
4:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, August 3rd
7:00 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NCTWS DRIVER & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM - 11:50 AM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
1:00 PM 2:00 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
2:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
3:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, August 4th
6:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:35 AM NCWTS QUALIFYING (ALL POSITIONS)
10:30 AM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (GARAGE)
12:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NCWTS RACE (50 LAPS,125 MILES)
1:30 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Note: All times are listed in Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.
Pocono Official Race Report (pdf).(8-6-2012)
Coulter wins at Pocono: Another first time winner as Joey Coulter, i#22 RCR / Darrell Gwynn Foundation.com Chevrolet, drove from third to first on the final restart with seven laps remaining to win the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. Coulter is the ninth different winner this season, and the fourth different first-time winner of 2012. #31-James Buescher was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #88-Matt Crafton, #18-Denny Hamlin, #3-Ty Dillon, #29-Parker Kligerman, #09-John Wes Townley, #6-Justin Lofton, #08-Ross Chastain. Tough day for points leader #17-Timothy Peters who sustained significant damage in a late-race incident to finish 22nd. Peters maintains the points lead, but is now just eight points ahead of #3-Ty Dillon in the Championship battle. There were seven lead changes among five drivers with three caution flags for twelve laps. Complete race results are posted on the Pocono Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(8-4-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts:
3rd Annual Pocono Mountains 125
Race Winner: Joey Coulter
Team: #22 - RCR / darrellgwynnfoundation.com Chevrolet
Owner: Richard Childress
Crew Chief: Harold Holly
*Joey Coulter won the 3rd Annual Pocono Mountains 125 , his first victory in 36 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2012. His previous best finish was third at Texas on June 8, 2012.
*This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Pocono Raceway.
*Coulter is the ninth different winner this season. He is also the fourth different first-time winner of 2012.
*James Buescher (second) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Pocono Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2012.
*Nelson Piquet Jr. (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Pocono Raceway.
*Timothy Peters leads the point standings by 8 points over Ty Dillon.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, August 04, 2012 @ 02:29 PM Eastern)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30 23 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30 169.504 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #30
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Joey Coulter, #22
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3(NASCAR Statistics)
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Pocono: (and finish)
Caution 1: #28-Wes Burton, 23rd
Caution 2: #98-Dakoda Armstrong, 12th
Caution 3: #2-Tim George Jr., 15th
Driver Point Standings following race #11 at Pocono Raceway:
1)#17-Timothy Peters, 418
2) #3-Ty Dillon, 410 -8
3) #31-James Buescher, 403 -15
4) #6-Justin Lofton, 400 -18
5) #88-Matt Crafton, 385 -33
6) #29-Parker Kligerman, 383 -35
7) #22-Joey Coulter, 369 -49
8) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 359 -59
9) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 345 -73
10) #23-Jason White, 329 -89
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Pocono Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(8-4-2012)
Piquet wins pole at Pocono: Nelson Piquet Jr, driving the #30 Autotrac Chevrolet, set a new track record at 169.504 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. This is his second career pole, both coming in 2012. #3-Ty Dillon will start second. Rounding out the top ten were; #32-Miguel Paludo, #22-Joey Coulter, #31-James Buescher, #2-Tim George Jr., #5-Paulie Harraka, #17-Timothy Peters, #9-Matt Crafton, #10-Ron Hornaday Jr. #6-Justin Lofton will be going to a backup truck after hitting the wall during qualifying. He will start from the rear of the field. Did Not Qualify: none. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Pocono Lineup page (pdf).(8-4-2012)
Post Qualifying Fast Facts:
Pocono Raceway 3rd Annual Pocono Mountains 125
Keystone Light Pole Winner: Nelson Piquet Jr.
Age: 27 Team: No. 30 - AutoTrac Chevrolet
Owner: Steve Turner
Crew Chief: Chris Carrier
*Nelson Piquet Jr. won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual Pocono Mountains 125 with a lap of 53.096 seconds, 169.504 mph, a new track qualifying record.
*This is his second pole in 41 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. His first pole came at Rockingham in April of this season.
*This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012.
*This is his first pole in two races at Pocono Raceway. Last year he started third.
*Ty Dillon (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2012.
*Miguel Paludo (third) posted his first top-10 start at Pocono Raceway. It is his sixth in 11 races this season.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, August 04, 2012 @ 10:45 AM Eastern)
Piquet quickest in final practice at Pocono: Nelson Piquet Jr, driving the #30-Autotrac Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 167.635 mph to lead the lone practice session for the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton, #32-Miguel Paludo, #22-Joey Coulter, #6-Justin Lofton, #17-Timothy Peters, #2-Tim George Jr., #31-James Buescher, #13-Johnny Sauter. There were 36 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Pocono Final Practice Speeds (pdf).(8-3-2012)
Official Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. Complete entry list is posted on the Pocono Entry List page.(8-3-2012)
Preliminary Entry List: There are 35 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway with the #19-Brad Keselowski shown as withdrawn. Entries are posted on the Pocono Entry List page.(7-31-2012)
#18-Denny Hamlin, driver of the Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota
#19-Brad Keselowski, BKR RAM, withdrawn
#75-Driver TBA, Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet
#82-Sean Corr, 1st series start, Leonard Bus/American Heroes Racing/Roush-Yates Ford(7-31-2012)
#59-Kyle Martel, series debut, #59-PBCC/Hanover/Finish Line Chevrolet for Martel Racing(7-31-2012)
#18-David Starr, Arrington Racing Toyota withdrawn; locks #93-Dennis Setzer into the field(7-31-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 11 -- Pocono Mountains 125
Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile triangle) -- Long Pond, Pa.
Fast Facts for August 3-5, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
6 sets for the event
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 375
Right-side -- 375
Left-side -- D-4548
Right-side -- D-4520
Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm)
Right-side -- 88.3 in. (2,243 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi
Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 17 psi; Left Rear -- 17 psi
Right Front -- 37 psi; Right Rear -- 34 psi
Notes: Teams in both NASCAR series running at Pocono this weekend will run the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup teams ran successfully at Pocono in June . . . this is the second NASCAR race weekend since Pocono was resurfaced, and Goodyear held a tire test at the track on April 24-25 . . . teams participating in that test were the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge and No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(8-1-2012)
NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Pocono Raceway
New Asphalt Among Challenges Of Pocono Raceway
When the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series hits the asphalt at Pocono Raceway in the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday, it will be the third time the series has competed at the 2.5--mile track, but the first time on the newly repaved surface. The new surface has potential to throw a wrench in the competition and shake up the championship hunt. However, statistics show the hunt for the win could come down to the front runners in the points battle.
Three drivers inside the top--five in the championship standings -- Timothy Peters, Justin Lofton and James Buescher -- all have top--10 finishes at the famed Tricky Triangle. Peters increased his championship standings lead following Chicagoland to 23 points over Ty Dillon, Lofton, Buescher and Parker Kligerman. Dillon and Lofton are both former winners at the track in the ARCA series.
ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter also are likely to figure in the equation. Crafton, who's moved from 21st to sixth in points on strength of four straight top--five finishes, finished third at Pocono in 2010. Sauter, winner in Texas in June, took fourth in last year's Pocono Mountains 125.
Hamlin Ready To End Busch's Winless Drought
Six top--10 finishes in 10 races would be considered a pretty solid record -- unless you're Kyle Busch Motorsports. For the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' owner champion in its debut season, that's just on the north side of unsuccessful.
KBM, a 16--time series winner, still looks to crack Victory Lane as the mid--point of the season looms. Saturday's race, which will see four--time NSCS Pocono winner Denny Hamlin at the controls of the #18 Toyota, may be the icebreaker. Hamlin won at Martinsville last October and was poised to nab a second victory when weather prematurely ended the 2011 finale at Homestead--Miami Speedway. "I really enjoyed driving the #18 Tundra for KBM the couple of races I did last year and I'm looking forward to working with Rick [Ren], Eric [Phillips] and all the guys over there again," said Hamlin, who finished ninth in the inaugural Pocono Mountains 125 in 2010. "Pocono is obviously one of my better tracks, so I think that we'll have a good shot at adding another banner to the rafters at Kyle's shop."
"Visitors" from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series won both previous truck races at Pocono -- Elliott Sadler in 2010 and Kevin Harvick a year ago. Neither is entered in Saturday's race, although the track's defending NSCS winner Brad Keselowski will be in the lineup. Keselowski bids to become the 24th driver to win in each of NASCAR's three national series.
Trucks Readied Dillon for Some Indianapolis Hard Driving
In a word, "awesome" pretty much describes Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader Ty Dillon's NASCAR Nationwide Series performance last weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dillon upstaged just about everyone except race winner Keselowski -- and his older brother, 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck champion Austin -- in qualifying and finishing third in the NNS debut at the Speedway.
Dillon, 20, was quick to praise his home series for preparing him for a strut on a very big stage. "I think a lot of the credit is to the truck series. Every time you unload, you're wide open for the first 20 laps and you have to drive as hard as you can in that series," Dillon said. "Just having that attitude ... it sounded like we were really going to have to hustle these Nationwide cars."
Dillon continues to pursue his first truck victory with a best finish of second at Martinsville Speedway. He opened the season with nine consecutive top--10 finishes, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year record. He's 51 points ahead of Cale Gale in rookie points standings. He's the third points--eligible driver to taste success while venturing into one of NASCAR's other national series. Buescher won the season--opening NNS race at Daytona Beach while Nelson Piquet Jr. was the Nationwide winner in June at Road America.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Todd Bodine is taking his talents off the track this weekend in advance of Saturday's Pocono Mountains 125. The former series champion will host the Third Annual 'Onion Slice Open' on Thursday, Aug. 2. The golf tournament will be held at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the pediatric patients suffering from traumatic brain injury at Allied Services Rehabilitation in Wilkes Barre, Penn. ... Pocono completes the first half of this year's 22--race campaign. Four of the final 11 races are on tracks visited earlier: Iowa, Kentucky, Martinsville and Texas Motor speedways.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(7-31-2012)
NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Open Week, July 24, 2012
Where Do The Trophies Go After The Celebration Ends?
Every driver looks forward to holding the trophy in Victory Lane. What happens to the hardware after the champagne is sprayed, the photographers make their last shot and the lights go out? "When I first bring home my trophies they start out on the kitchen counter for two or three days," said James Buescher, who's picked up four trophies -- three in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and another in NASCAR Nationwide. "Then they move to the fire place mantel for a month or two before ending up upstairs in our game room or my office. "I really wanted to put the Kentucky trophy in that room, but it was too big so I had to move it to my desk in the office."
Timothy Peters' July 14 Iowa Speedway trophy went into a study just inside his house's front door, a room that's beginning to bulge with memorabilia. "We've packed it up with what I've accomplished so far with our poles and our checkered flags and our trophies," said Peters. "Sara (his wife) is pretty good with it, too, because she knows as long as the trophies are coming in that the house payment gets paid every month."
First-time NCWTS winner Justin Lofton's Charlotte trophy is front and center in his home's den, next to a fireplace and surrounded by the mementoes of success in previous racing endeavors. "I am hoping to keep filling it up," Lofton said. "Fans can actually see a video of my trophy room on my Facebook page."
Buescher Must Keep Winning To Close Championship Gap
For Buescher, the next three races likely will tell the tale of championship contender or too little, too late. Buescher became the series' first three--time winner last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway but remains a distant fourth in the standings, 35 points behind leader Peters.
A year ago, before Buescher had tasted a NASCAR national series victory, he ran off finishes of third, fourth and fourth at Pocono, Michigan and Bristol, respectively -- races won by Kevin Harvick. "I can't see why we can't go there with the goal of winning the race," Buescher said after his latest victory.That's likely what it will take to significantly chop Peters' advantage. The net gain at Chicago was five points as Peters finished third, his seventh top--five performance. The difference between winning and leading the most laps and 36th place is 40 points. Twelve races remain on the schedule. "We've gotten that many [points] back before. We've just got to keep at it," said Buescher, who failed to qualify for the second race of the season a year ago and took the standings lead in mid-September. He ultimately finished third behind Austin Dillon and Johnny Sauter.
Buescher will be on track at least once every weekend through the season's conclusion competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series when not in his Turner Motorsports Chevrolet truck.
Points--Eligible Competitors Eye Pocono's Victory Lane
Pocono Raceway remains an empty page for NASCAR Camping World Truck points--eligible drivers. Elliott Sadler and Harvick, both NASCAR Sprint Cup competitors, won the track's first two races in 2010--11. Series regulars are hopeful of returning the favor in the Aug. 4 Pocono Mountains 125. Matt Crafton, currently one of the hottest commodities in the series with four consecutive top--five finishes, was third in 2010. Buescher, the series' most recent winner, likewise was third a year ago. Sauter and Lofton, who led the points standings earlier this year, also have top--five finishes at the 2.5--mile track. Todd Bodine led the inaugural race. Parker Kligerman, fifth in current points, led last year's race as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Ty Dillon's Sunoco Rookie of the Year record, season--opening top --10 streak ended with a finish of 12th at Chicagoland Speedway. Dillon and Peters are the only drivers to have finished nine times among the top 10 in the season's first 10 races. ... Lofton won the Keystone Light Pole at Chicagoland to become the year's eighth different No. 1 qualifier. ... The Aug. 4 Pocono Mountains 125 marks the halfway point of the 2012 season. August is a busy month with four races on the schedule.(NASCAR Integrated marketing Communications)(7-24-2012)