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Official Race Report
Race Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
Pit Reporters: Ray Dunlap, Hermie Sadler
Pre-race Host: Krista Voda
Thursday, September 20, 2012
12:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER
1:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:30 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
6:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY TRACK WALK
Friday, September 21, 2012
8:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NCWTS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM NCWTS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
3:00 PM 3:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
4:40 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING ( TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:50 PM NCWTS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:10 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NCWTS RACE (134 LAPS, 201 MILES)
8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION CLOSES
Buescher wins at Kentucky: James Buescher, driving the #31 F.O.E. Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, became the first driver to earn back-to-back Kentucky Speedway NASCAR Camping World victories by leading 64 laps of the Kentucky 201 as he crossed the finish line 1.292 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Parker Kligerman. A two-tire late-race pit stop got the #31 out front in clean air, and Buescher was able to drive away from the rest of the field to pick up his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, all of which have occurred this season. After a spin on lap 81, #7-Parker Kligerman charged back through the field to finish second. An accident on lap 55 sent #17-Timothy Peters to the garage for extensive repairs, resulting in a 21st place finish and dropping him to third in points. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Ty Dillon, #22-Joey Coulter, #18-Brian Scott, #13-Johnny Sauter, #6-Justin Lofton, #32-Miguel Paludo, #88-Matt Crafton, #09-John Wes Townley. Complete race results are posted on the Kentucky Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(9-21-2012)
Post-Race Fast Facts
13th Annual Kentucky 201
Race Winner: James Buescher
Team: No. 31 - Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet
Owner: Steve Turner
Crew Chief: Michael Shelton
*James Buescher won the 13th Annual Kentucky 201, his fourth victory in 88 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
*This is his fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2012.
*This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Kentucky Speedway.
*Parker Kligerman (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 11th top-10 finish in 2012.
*Ty Dillon (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
*Ty Dillon (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
*Ty Dillon leads the point standings by 4 points over James Buescher.
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, September 21, 2012 @ 09:52 PM Eastern)
Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Justin Lofton, #6 24 Places
Keystone Light Pole Award: Joey Coulter, #22 176.488 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #31
Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: James Buescher, #31
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Ty Dillon, #3
Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Kentucky: (and finish)
Caution 1: #57-Norm Benning, 15th
Caution 2: #10-Jennifer Jo Cobb, 16th
Caution 3: #39-Ryan Sieg, 22nd
Caution 4: #39-Ryan Sieg, 22nd
Caution 5 #27-Travis Miller, 24th
Caution 6:#57-Norm Benning, 15th
Caution 7: #57-Norm Benning, 15th
Driver Point Standings following Race #16 at Kentucky Speedway:
1) #3-Ty Dillon, 602
2) #31-James Buescher, 598 -4
3) #17-Timothy Peters, 576 -26
4) #7-Parker Kligerman, 572 -30
5) #22-Joey Coulter, 556 -46
6) #88-Matt Crafton, 553 -49
7) #6-Justin Lofton, 548 -54
8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 524 -78
9) #32-Miguel Paludo, 481 -121
10) #9-Ron Hornaday Jr., 477 -125
Complete driver point standings are posted on the Kentucky Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(9-21-2012)
Coulter wins Kentucky pole: Joey Coulter, driving the #22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was the fastest qualifer with a top speed of 176.488 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway. This is his second career pole and his second this season. #13-Johnny Sauter was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Cale Gale, #7-Parker Kligerman, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #11-Todd Bodine, #31-James Buescher, #8-Max Gresham, #18-Brian Scott. Did not qualify: #74-Tim Andrews. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Kentucky Lineup page (pdf).(9-21-2012)
Post-Qualifying Fast Facts Kentucky Speedway 13th Annual Kentucky 201 Keystone Light Pole Winner: Joey Coulter Age: 22 Team: No. 22 - RCR Chevrolet Owner: Richard Childress Crew Chief: Harold Holly *Joey Coulter won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual Kentucky 201 with a lap of 30.597 seconds, 176.488 mph. *This is his second pole in 41 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. *This is his second pole and ninth top-10 start in 2012. *This is his first pole in four races at Kentucky Speedway. *Johnny Sauter (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2012 and his fourth in six races at Kentucky Speedway. *Ty Dillon (third) posted his second top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his 13th in 16 races this season. *Ty Dillon (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, September 21, 2012 @ 05:34 PM Eastern)
Kligerman quickest in final practice at Kentucky: Parker Kligerman, driving the #7-Toyota/Red Horse Racing Toyota, led the final practice session for the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway with a top speed of 176.456 mph. Rounding out the top ten were; #13-Johnny Sauter, #31-James Buescher, #33-Cale Gale, #32-Miguel Paludo, #22-Joey Coulter, #19-David Mayhew, #14-Brennan Newberry, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #88-Matt Crafton. Caution flew late in practice for #99-Bryan Silas; truck spin Turn 4, no contact. There were 33 trucks on track for the final session. Final practice speeds are posted on the Kentucky Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(9-21-2012)
Paludo leads opening practice at Kentucky: Miguel Paludo, driving the #32-Duroline Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 176.528 mph to lead the opening practice session for the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #22-Joey Coulter, #7-Parker Kligerman, #17-Timothy Peters, #13-Johnny Sauter, #18-Brian Scott, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Justin Loftin, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #19-David Mayhew. Caution came out during the seesion when the #29-Ryan Blaney made contact with the backstretch wall. There were 34 trucks on track for the opening practice. Complete practice speeds are posted on the Kentucky Practice Speeds page (pdf).(9-21-2012)
Kentucky Entry List: There are now 37 trucks listed on the official entry list for the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Kentucky Entry List page.(9-21-2012)
Kentucky Entry List: There are 36 trucks listed on the preliminary entry list for the Kentucky 201 at Kentucky Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Kentucky Entry List page.(9-17-2012)
#01-Jake Crum returns in the Bandit Chippers Chevrolet
#4-Dakoda Armstrong, driver of the Drive for Savings Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports
#18-Brian Scott, driver of the Dollar General Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
#19-David Mayhew returns as driver of the TBA RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing
#27-Driver TBA, Hillman Racing
#29-Ryan Blaney, returns as driver of the Cooper Standard RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing(9-17-2012)
#5-John King returns to series as driver of the Wauters Motorsports Ford(9-18-2012)
#27-Travis Miller, named as driver, making his 2nd series start, Hillman Racing Chevrolet
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 16 -- Kentucky 201
Kentucky Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) -- Sparta, Ky.
Fast Facts for September 21, 2012
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 350
Right-side -- 350
4 sets for the event
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 -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi
Right Front -- 46 psi; Right Rear -- 42 psi
Notes: While teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4440), they will run distinct left-side codes at Kentucky this weekend . . . this is the same right-side tire code that Camping World Truck teams ran at Kentucky earlier this season, though this is a different left-side code (D-4556) . . . compared to what was run at Kentucky in June, this left-side features a construction change to give teams more grip while bringing into line with what is run at other speedways . . . truck series teams did run this exact combination of tires at Dover earlier this year . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Kentucky . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(9-19-2012)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Kentucky Speedway
Six NCWTS Champions Minted In The Bluegrass State
For the second consecutive week, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to a track on which teams previously competed in 2012. History says Kentucky Speedway and Friday night's Kentucky 201 could be pivotal in naming this year's championship In six different seasons, a Kentucky winner has gone on to become the champion -- most recently Todd Bodine in 2010. Greg Biffle (2000), Mike Bliss (2002), Bobby Hamilton (2004), Johnny Benson (2008) and Ron Hornaday Jr. (2009) also share the distinction.
That might put June's Kentucky winner James Buescher in the driver's seat, especially if the third-place driver in the current standings can score a season sweep at the 1.5-mile track. Buescher is the season's only three-time winner with each of the victories coming on an intermediate track. He finished third in his most recent foray at 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ty Dillon, who took over sole possession of the championship lead last weekend at Iowa Speedway, finished third in June. Dillon, second in Iowa, holds an eight-point lead over Timothy Peters, the standings leader since Kentucky in June. Peters placed fifth in that race and is still looking for his first intermediate track victory.
With seven races remaining, Buescher is 11 points off the lead followed by Parker Kligerman, who won the Keystone Light Pole in Iowa and led 107 laps before finishing 23rd. Matt Crafton completes the current top five.
Blaney Doubles Down After Record-Setting Victory
One record matched. And another set. Ryan Blaney became the season's seventh different first-time winner at Iowa Speedway, tying the record for first-time winners in a season that was established in 1997 and matched the following year.
Blaney, whose father Dave Blaney competes in the NSCS for Tommy Baldwin, becomes the series' youngest winner at age 18 years, eight months, 15 days. Kyle Busch was age 20 years, 18 days when he won at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2005 Both the elder Blaney and Ryan's mother, Lisa, were on hand for their son's signal event. The victory also was the first (in 63 starts) for Brad Keselowski Racing, whose #29 RAM will be piloted by Blaney for the remainder of the season.
Blaney can't wait to get to Kentucky, where he'll also drive Penske Racing's #22 Dodge in the companion NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 "As a driver, confidence is really important in driving race cars and your confidence level is just sky high when you win the week before," said Blaney. "I think it's just always an added bonus being the winner the previous week and everyone always looks out for you."
Four Previous Winners Ready For Kentucky Return
Kentucky Speedway's list of winners is much like that of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2012. The Sparta, Ky., facility has crowned 12 different winners in 14 races. Blaney became the series' 12th different winner in the 15th race of this year's schedule of 22.
Only one competitor has won more than once in Kentucky -- Hornaday, whose third victory at the 1.5-mile track was his record 50th in the series. He also won in 2006 and 2009. Hornaday is winless so far this season. He finished ninth in June's UNOH 225 Hornaday is one of four Kentucky winners expected to compete in Friday's race. Buescher won June's race and looks for win #4 on the season as well as the championship lead.
Also in the field is 2010 winner Todd Bodine, a two-time NCWTS champion. Bodine's only victory in the #11 Red Horse Racing Toyota came at Dover. The 48-year-old New York native finished third in Iowa, his best performance since Dover. Bodine also has an NNS victory at Kentucky.
Dennis Setzer, whose 2008 Martinsville victory was the last by a RAM truck before Blaney won in Iowa, also is entered. Setzer won in Kentucky in 2005.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
Dakoda Armstrong, who left ThorSport Racing after Atlanta, returns to the series in Turner Motorsports' #4 Chevrolet. ... Brian Scott makes his third start of the season in the Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Toyota. ... David Mayhew hopes to better an Iowa finish of 16th in BKR's #19 RAM. ... Max Gresham will make his second start of the season at the wheel of Eddie Sharp Racing's #8 Chevrolet. The Griffin, Ga., driver finished 22nd in his last outing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. ... Daytona winner John King will be back in the series this week driving the #5 Wauters Racing Ford.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(9-18-2012