NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Michigan Race Info, Links and News


TRACK: Michigan International Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #12 of 22 for the 2012 season

Last Race: Pocono Raceway

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Official Race Report

Race / Track Info

  • Race Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012

  • Title Sponsor: VFW 200
  • Start Time: 12:30pm/et
  • 2011 Winner: Kevin Harvick
  • 2011 Pole: Matt Crafton
  • Track Layout: 2 Mile
  • Length: 100 Laps, 200 Miles
  • Degree of Banking in Corners: 18 degrees
  • Degree of Banking on Straights: Front - 12 degrees; Back - 5 degrees
  • Length of Frontstretch: 3,600 feet
  • Length of Backstretch: 2,242 feet

Television Coverage/TV Team

  • TV: SPEEDtv
    Friday, August 17, 2012
    Final Pratice: 2:00pm/et

    Saturday, August 18, 2012
    Qualifying: 9:30am/et
    Pre-race: 12:00pm/et
    Race: 12:30pm/et

    In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
    Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
    Pre-race Host: Krista Voda

Radio Coverage

Event Schedule

    Thursday, August 16th

    Friday, August 17th
    9:00 AM 10:00 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
    11:00 AM 12:20 PM NCWTS PRACTICE

    Saturday, August 18th
    12:30 PM NCWTS RACE (100 LAPS, 200 MILES)

    Note: All times are listed in Eastern Time Zone and are tentative, subject to change.

Race and links

  • Piquet wins at Michigan:Nelson Piquet Jr, driving the #30 AutoTrac Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, crossed the finish line well head of the rest of the field to win the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. After recovering from a spin on lap 56, Piquet and the #30 team gambled on fuel mileage opting not to pit in the waning laps, to pick up the first series win for Piquet. #23-Jason White was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #98-Dakoda Armstrong, #7-Parker Kligerman, #31-James Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Joey Coulter, #29-Brad Keselowski, #18-Kurt Busch, #32-Miguel Paludo. There were 11 lead changes among 7 drivers, with 5 caution flags for 17 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Michigan Race Results (pdf).(Unofficial)(8-19-2012)

  • Post-Race Fast Facts:
    Michigan International Speedway
    13th Annual VFW 200

    Race Winner: Nelson Piquet Jr.
    Age: 27
    Team: #30 - AutoTrac Chevrolet
    Owner: Steve Turner
    Crew Chief: Chris Carrier
    *Nelson Piquet Jr. won the 13th Annual VFW 200, his first victory in 42 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. His previous best finish was *second at Nashville on April 22, 2011.
    *Piquet is the fifth first-time winner of the 2012 season. There have now been 10 different winners in the 12 races this season.
    *Piquet is the first Brazilian driver to win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He is only the second driver born outside United States to win a truck series race. The first was Canadian Ron Fellows, who has two NCWTS wins.
    *This is Piquet's second top-10 finish in three races at Michigan International Speedway.
    *Jason White (second) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Michigan International Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    *Dakoda Armstrong (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway. It was his career-best finish.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, August 18, 2012 @ 02:36 PM Eastern)(8-18-2012)

  • Race Awards:
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Johnny Sauter, #13 16 Places
    Keystone Light Pole Award: Joey Coulter, #22 184.101 mph
    Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #30
    Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30
    Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Dakoda Armstrong, #98
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-18-2012)

  • Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan: (and finish)
    Caution 1: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 22nd
    Caution 2: #29-Brad Keselowski, 8th
    Caution 3: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 22nd
    Caution 4: #57-Norm Benning, 23rd
    Caution 5 #57-Norm Benning 23rd
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-18-2012)

  • Driver Point Standings following Race #12 at Michigan International Speedway:
    1) #17-Timothy Peters, 449 [8 bonus points]
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 449 [6 bonus points]
    3) #31-James Buescher, 443 -6
    4) #6-Justin Lofton, 432 -17
    5) #7-Parker Kligerman, 424 -25
    6) #88-Matt Crafton, 413 -36
    7) #22-Joey Coulter, 406 -43
    8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 392 -57
    9) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 386 -63
    10) #23-Jason White, 371 -78
    Complete driver point standings are posted on the Michigan Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(8-18-2012)

  • Owner point standings: following the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway are posted on the Michigan Owner Standings page (pdf) .(Unofficial)(8-18-2012)

Qualifying Results, Practice Speeds, Entry and links

  • Michigan Pit Stall Selections>/P>

  • Coulter wins pole at Michigan: Joey Coulter, driving the #22-Rip-It Energy Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, set a new track record with a top speed of 184.101 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. #30-Nelson Piquet Jr. was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #32-Miguel Paludo, #18-Kurt Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #13-Johnny Sauter, #2-Tim George Jr., #31-James Buescher, #17-Timothy Peters, #29-Brad Keselowski. Did not qualify: none. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Michigan Lineup (pdf)(8-18-2012)

  • Post-Qualifying Fast Facts
    Michigan International Speedway
    13th Annual VFW 200

    Keystone Light Pole Winner: Joey Coulter
    Age: 22
    Team: No. 22 - Rip-It Energy Fuel Chevrolet
    Owner: Richard Childress
    Crew Chief: Harold Holly
    *Joey Coulter won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual VFW 200 with a track qualifying record lap of 39.109 seconds, 184.101 mph.
    *This is his first pole in 37 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. His previous best starting position was second, which he has done five times.
    *This is his seventh top-10 start in 2012. His previous best start of 2012 was second at Chicagoland Speedway.
    *Nelson Piquet Jr. (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in three races at Michigan International Speedway.
    *Miguel Paludo (third) posted his second top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his seventh in 12 races this season.
    *Ty Dillon (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, August 18, 2012 @ 10:43 AM Eastern)(8-18-2012)

  • Michigan Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Coulter leads final practice at Michigan: #22-Joey Coulter was again atop the leader board with a speed of 187.471 mph to lead the final practice session for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #18-Kurt Busch, #2-Tim George Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Matt Crafton, #7-Parker Kligerman, #13-Johnny Sauter, #6-Justin Lofton, #17-Timothy Peters. There were 29 trucks on track for the final practice session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Michigan Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2012)

  • Paludo leads practice two at Michigan: Miguel Paludo, driving the #32 Duroline Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports was quickest in the second of three practice sessions at Michigan International Speedway with a top speed of 186.432 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #2-Tim George Jr, #13-Johnny Sauter, #11-Todd Bodiine, #22-Joey Coulter, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #7-Parker Kligerman, #3-Ty Dillon, #17-Timothy Peters, #31-James Buescher. There were 30 trucks on track for the second session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Michigan Practice Two Speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2012)

  • Coulter leads opening practice at Michigan: Joey Coulter, driving the #22 Rip-It Energy Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 183.894 mph to lead the opening practice session for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #13-Johnny Sauter, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., #31-James Buescher, #2-Tim George Jr., #33-Cale Gale, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #32-Miguel Paludo, #23-Jason White. Following incidents on track, the #33-Cale Gale and #99-Bryan Silas will be going to backup trucks. There were 26 trucks on track for the opening session. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Michigan Practice One Speeds page (pdf).(8-17-2012)

  • Official Entry List: There are 35 trucks listed on the final entry list for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Entry list is posted on the Michigan Entry List .(8-17-2012)

  • Preliminary Entry List: There are 35 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Entry list is posted on the Michigan Entry List .(8-13-2012)
    Some Notes:
    #2-Tim George, driver of the Applebee's Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing
    #7-Parker Kligerman, first start in the Red Horse Racing Toyota
    #14-Brennan Newberry, returns driving the NTS/Iron Clad Performance Chevrolet
    #18-Kurt Busch, first start driving the Shore Lodge Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
    #29-Brad Keselowski, driver of the Cooper Standard Ram for BKR
    #25-Brandon Knupp, driver of the TBA Chevrolet for Hillman Racing
    #27-Driver TBA, Hillman Racing Chevrolet(8-13-2012)
    #5-Scott Riggs is now listed as driver replacing Paulie Harraka in the Wauters Motorsports Ford
    #25-Stephen Leicht, now listed as driver for the Hillman Racing Chevrolett
    #27-Brandon Knupp moves to this truck driving the Hillman Racing Chevrolet(8-16-2012)

Goodyear Tire Notes

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 12 -- VFW 200
    Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile oval)  Brooklyn, Mich.
    Fast Facts for August 17-18, 2012

    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Left-side -- 400
    Right-side -- 400

    Set limits:
    6 sets for the event

    Tire Code:
    Left-side -- D-4554
    Right-side -- D-4528

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm)
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 24 psi; Left Rear -- 22 psi;
    Right Front -- 51 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

    Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will run a different tire set-up than those in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Michigan this weekend . . . this is the first time truck teams will be on either of these two tire codes . . . this tire set-up was confirmed at a Goodyear test at Michigan on July 30 . . . Camping World Truck drivers Justin Lofton and Jason White participated in that test (along with 27 Sprint Cup teams) . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tires at Michigan . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(8-15-2012)

NASCAR News & Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes - Michigan International Speedway

    Owners Putting Forth Effort To Showcase 'Young Guns'
    Everything points toward the crowning of a first-time champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The top seven --and nine of the top 10 --in current standings have yet to win a title.

    It's also possible the champion will be an under-30 driver for just the third time in series history and a year after Austin Dillon became the series' youngest champion at 22. Dillon's younger brother Ty, 21, is eight points out of the lead and four of the top six in the standings have yet to celebrate their 25th birthdays.   NASCAR Camping World Truck Series director Wayne Auton isn't surprised at the turn of events pointing to owners like Richard Childress, Steve Turner and Eddie Sharp having faith in future stars.   "A lot of it has got to do with the owners," Auton said. "They're putting forth all the effort to make these 'young guns' look so good. This is unbelievable how they race and take care of their equipment."

    Dillon, James Buescher and Justin Lofton count a combined four wins, 12 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes.   "Their talent has to be the one thing you look at," Auton said.   This isn't the first time that the series has identified NASCAR's future stars.   "Jack [Roush] was a perfect example. He used the series to find his next best talent and used it for everything --crew chiefs and drivers," Auton said.   Roush's farm system produced NSCS champion Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Biffle's current NSCS crew chief Matt Puccia.

    Points Leader Peters Gets Help At Red Horse Racing
    Veteran Timothy Peters is looking for a bounce-back at Michigan. Collected in a late-race incident at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 4 that virtually erased his sizeable points lead, Peters is facing a pack of challengers. Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader Ty Dillon is eight points behind entering the season's second half. Only 35 points separate Peters and sixth-place Parker Kligerman.

    Peters, who finished second a year ago in Michigan behind Kevin Harvick, won't be alone. He'll again have two teammates --Todd Bodine and Kligerman, the latter making his debut with Red Horse Racing after 11 races with Brad Keselowski Racing.   Red Horse had fielded three Toyotas during the early season, including the #7 now assigned to Kligerman that carried John King to victory at Daytona in February.

    Dillon will make his Michigan truck debut; however, he won an ARCA event at the 2.0-mile track a year ago. Justin Lofton, who led the points earlier in the season and now stands fourth, also has an ARCA victory at MIS. James Buescher, in third, finished fourth in last year's NCWTS race.

    Michigan A Cloudy Crystal Ball
    Michigan's races have been just about anybody's game.   Three series champions -- Greg Biffle, Travis Kvapil and Johnny Benson -- are former winners.   There have been seven consecutive different winners of the VFW 200, beginning with Dennis Setzer in 2005. Setzer is the only former winner expected to compete.   Front-row starters have won just twice: Biffle in 2000 and Kvapil in 2007, the only Keystone Light Pole winner to reach Victory Lane. Nine of the 12 winners have come from a top-10 start, with Colin Braun the deepest-starting winner (12th in 2009).

    Last year's pole winner, Matt Crafton, led the race's first 20 laps but failed to finish due to accident. His fast lap of 177.489 mph likely will be eclipsed by most or all qualifiers since Michigan was repaved following last year's race. Crafton is seeking his 150th top-10 finish in the series.

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    Kurt Busch will make his first NCWTS appearance in 11 years at the wheel of the #18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. Busch made just one start after his four-win, rookie of the year season, finishing fifth at The Milwaukee Mile in 2001. ... A victory this weekend would make Michigan-native Brad Keselowski and his father, Bob Keselowski, the first father and son to win a NASCAR Camping World Truck race. The elder Keselowski won at Richmond in 1997. ... Jennifer Jo Cobb bids to become just the second female to start 50 NCWTS races when she competes in Saturday's race. Kelly Sutton is the all-time leader with 54. ... Ford has five Michigan victories but none thus far in 2012. Jason White is the highest ranked among Ford drivers in points (10th) and finished sixth in last year's VFW 200.

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes: Open Week -- August 7, 2012

    Quartet Of First--Time Winners Have Youth In Common
    They just keep on coming. Joey Coulter, last season's Sunoco Rookie of the Year, went to Victory Lane on Saturday at Pocono Raceway. The Miami Springs, Fla., driver became the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season's fourth first--time winner. That's the most first--time winners since 2009. He joins James Buescher, the series' only three--time winner, John King and Justin Lofton. Coulter is just 22 years of age -- a number he carries on the door of his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

    This has been a banner year in the NCWTS for drivers under the age of 30. Four -- Buescher, Coulter, King and Lofton -- are the most twenty--somethings to grace Victory Lane since 2004 when five from that age group won races.
    Coulter stands seventh in current points, the same place he finished in his rookie season. With the Pocono victory, he's looking to move forward when the season's second half begins Aug. 18 at Michigan International Speedway. "This feels so amazing. There's no way to describe it," said Coulter, who passed Keystone Light Pole winner Nelson Piquet Jr. on a lap 44 restart. "I've struggled on restarts for a long time and we've put a lot of effort toward making them better and better." The victory was the first in the series for crew chief Harold Holley, who won the 2000 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship with Jeff Green.

    Points Race Tightens Moving To Season's Second Half
    Like an accordion, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points standings expand and contract.

    Timothy Peters enjoyed the music last month in Chicago, exiting with a 35--point championship lead -- largest of the season to date. The tune went decidedly off--key at Pocono where Peters, running in the top five, was collected in a multi--truck accident and finished 22nd. He had finished among the top 10 in nine of 10 previous races with a worst run of 11th. "The guys will put our truck back together brand new and we'll go get 'em at Michigan," Peters said. Peters held onto the point lead -- but just barely. Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader Ty Dillon scored his 10th top--10 finish and stands just eight points back entering the season's 12th of 22 races.

    Eighteen points covers the current top 10 with Buescher and previous standings leader Justin Lofton trailing Peters and Dillon. Ron Hornaday Jr. remains the only previous series champion ranked among the top 10. Hornaday, with four titles, is eighth, 59 points out of first.

    After Rocky Start, Pendulum Swinging In Crafton's Favor
    At one point earlier this season, Matt Crafton looked to be down for the count. Now don't count him out. With an average finish of 15.4 through the season's first five races, Crafton stood 11th in the standings, 56 points behind then--leader Lofton. Posting his fifth consecutive top--five finish -- and sixth straight top 10 -- Crafton is in fifth. He also cut the points deficit to 33.

    Crafton admits the switch to Toyota after ThorSport Racing's 16 years as a Chevrolet team presented challenges not immediately met. "We had to learn all the things that the Toyota trucks need as opposed to what we were running last year," he said. "We've made a lot of progress and we've also just seen our luck turn around since we raced in Texas (finishing second)." The trick, of course, is to keep the momentum -- and to start scoring some bonus points. "We need to focus hard on getting rid of that goose egg we have in the win column this year," said Crafton. "We need the wins in there so we can get the bonus points and we need to lead more laps every race."

    NCWTS, Etc.
    Brad Keselowski Racing has announced that Parker Kligerman, sixth in points, has been released from its #29 RAM. Owner Brad Keselowski will drive the truck in the Aug. 18 VFW 200 at Michigan and announce additional driver assignments at a future date. ... There have been seven consecutive different winners at Michigan. ... Each manufacturer has won at least twice in Michigan. Chevrolet, Toyota and Ford have a victory in the last three races. RAM last won in 2003.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(8-7-2012)

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