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

THE RACE: Smith's 350

TRACK: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race #17 of 22 for the 2012 season

Last Race: Kentucky Speedway


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Official Race Report

Race / Track Info

  • Race Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Title Sponsor: Smith's 350K
  • Start Time: 8:30pm/et
  • 2011 Winner: Ron Hornaday Jr.
  • 2011 Pole: Ron Hornaday Jr.
  • Track Layout: 1.5 Miles
  • Length: 146 Laps, 219 Miles
  • Degree of Banking in Corners: 20 degrees
  • Degree of Banking on Straights: Front - 9 degrees; Back - 9 degrees
  • Length of Frontstretch: 2,275 feet
  • Length of Backstretch: 1,572 feet

Television Coverage/TV Team

  • TV: SPEEDtv
    Pre-race: 8:00pm/et
    Race: 8:30pm/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

    Friday, September 28th
    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM [6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EASTERN] NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE

    Saturday, September 29th
    5:30 PM [8:30 PM EASTERN] NCWTS RACE (146 LAPS, 219 MILES)

    Note: All times are listed in local / Pacific Time Zone unless otherwise indicated, and are tentative, subject to change.

Race and links

  • Las Vegas Official Race Report page (pdf) (10-1-2012)

  • Piquet wins at Las Vegas: Nelson Piquet, driving the #30 Qualcomm Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports, made a last-lap pass to take the lead and pick up the win for the the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is his second series win, both coming in 2012. #88-Matt Crafton finished second for the third time in the last four races at Las Vegas. Rounding out the top ten were; #22-Joey Coulter, #2-Brendan Gaughan, #11-Todd Bodine, #31-James Buescher, #33-Cale Gale, #17-Timothy Peters, #18-David Mayhew, #3-Ty Dillon. Parker Kligerman led 36 laps but was sidelined with 20 laps remaining after his third scrape with the outside retaining wall. The 19th-place result dropped Kligerman one spot to fifth in the series points, 39 points behind Dillon. There were 17 lead changes lead changes among 8 drivers with 8 caution flags for 33 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Las Vegas Race Results page (pdf).(Unofficial)(9-29-2012)

  • Post-Race Fast Facts
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    16th Annual Smith's 350

    Race Winner: Nelson Piquet Jr.
    Age: Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 29, 2012 @ 10:55 PM Eastern 27
    Team: No. 30 - Qualcomm Chevrolet
    Owner: Steve Turner
    Crew Chief: Chris Carrier
    *Nelson Piquet Jr. won the 16th Annual Smith's 350, his second victory in 47 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2012.
    *This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in three races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    *Matt Crafton (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 12 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2012.
    *Joey Coulter (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    *Cale Gale (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie
    . *Ty Dillon # leads the point standings by 1 points over James Buescher.
    *Tonight's race saw a series record 17 lead changes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Old record, 15, three times most recently in 2009.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 29, 2012 @ 10:55 PM Eastern)(-9-29-2012)

  • Race Awards:
    Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Todd Bodine, #11 25 Places
    Keystone Light Pole Award: Joey Coulter, #22 176.632 mph
    Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines, #22
    Mobil 1 Oil Driver of the Race: Nelson Piquet Jr, #30
    Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Cale Gale, #33
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-29-2012)

  • Lucky Dog Awards - Who got a lap back on each caution at Las Vegas: (and finish)
    Caution 1: No Benefactor
    Caution 2: No Benefactor
    Caution 3: #98-Travis Pastrana, 15th
    Caution 4: No Benefactor
    Caution 5 #99-Bryan Silas, 16th
    Caution 6: #17-Timothy Peters, 8th
    Caution 7: #7-Parker Kligerman, 19th
    Caution 8: #98-Travis Pastrana, 15th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-29-2012)

  • Driver Point Standings following Race #17 as Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    1) #3-Ty Dillon, 637
    2) #31-James Buescher, 636 -1
    3) #17-Timothy Peters, 613 -24
    4) #22-Joey Coulter, 599 -38
    5) #7-Parker Kligerman, 598 -39
    6) #88-Matt Crafton, 596 -41
    7) #6-Justin Lofton, 572 -65
    8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., 571 -66
    9) #32-Miguel Paludo, 514 -123
    10) #23-Jason White, 503 -124
    Complete driver point standings are posted on the Las Vegas Driver Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(9-29-2012)

  • Owner point standings: following the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are posted on the Las Vegas Owner Standings page (pdf).(Unofficial)(9-29-2012)

Qualifying Results, Practice Speeds, Entry and links

  • Las Vegas Pit Stall Selections

  • Coulter wins Las Vegas pole: Joey Coulter driiving the #22-Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was the fastest qualifier with a top speed of 176.632 mph to win the Keystone Light Pole for the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is his second pole in a row; third this season. #17-Timothy Peters was second. Rounding out the top ten were; #18-David Mayhew, #88-Matt Crafton, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Brendan Gaughan, #32-Miguel Paludo, #6-Justin Lofton, #29-Grant Enfinger, #11-Todd Bodine. Did not qualify: none. Complete starting lineup is posted on the Las Vegas Lineup page (pdf).(9-28-2012)

  • Post-Qualifying Fast Facts:

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    16th Annual Smith's 350

    Keystone Light Pole Winner: Joey Coulter
    Age: 22
    Team: No. 22 - RCR / Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet
    Owner: Richard Childress
    Crew Chief: Harold Holly
    *Joey Coulter won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the 16th Annual Smith's 350 with a lap of 30.572 seconds, 176.632 mph.
    *This is his third pole in 42 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
    *This is his third pole and 10th top-10 start in 2012. He also won the pole for last weekend's race in Kentucky. He has the most poles (3) of any driver in 2012.
    *This is his first pole in two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    *Timothy Peters (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2012 and his first in five races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    *David Mayhew(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It is his first in three races this season.
    *Ty Dillon (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 29, 2012 @ 12:31 AM Eastern)

  • Las Vegas Qualifying Order (pdf)

  • Coulter leads lone practice at LVMS: Joey Coulter, driving the #22 RCR/Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet, had the fastest lap with a top speed of 176.108 mph to lead the lone practice session for the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rounding out the top ten were; #17-Timothy Peters, #29-Grant Enfinger, #13-Johnny Sauter, #18-David Mayhew, #30-Nelson Piquet Jr., #2-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #31-James Buescher, #33-Cale Gale. There were 34 trucks on track for the session. Practice speeds are posted on the Las Vegas Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(9-28-2012)

  • Official Entry List: There are 34 trucks listed on the final Entry List for the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Entry list is posted on the Las Vegas Entry List page.(9-28-2012)

  • Preliminary Entry List: There are 33 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the Smith's 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Entry list is posted on the Las Vegas Entry List page.(9-24-2012)
    Some Notes:
    #00-driver TBA, Obregon Ford
    #5-Ryan Reed, making 1st series start, Ryan's Mission/ Ford, Wauters Motorsports
    #18-David Mayhew, driver of the Dollar General Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
    #29-Grant Enfinger, driver of the Reese Towpower RAM for Brad Keselowski Racing
    #29-Travis Pastrana, making 1st series start, AM/PM Toyota(9-24-2012)

Goodyear Tire Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- Race No. 17-- Smith's 350
    Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)-- Las Vegas, Nev.
    Fast Facts for September 28-29, 2012

    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Left-side -- 375
    Right-side -- 375

    Set limits:
    5 sets for the event

    Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4524
    Right-side -- D-4528

    Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm)
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 34 psi; Left Rear -- 34 psi
    Right Front -- 62 psi; Right Rear -- 58 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi
    Right Front -- 58 psi; Right Rear -- 54 psi

    Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series ran at Las Vegas in March . . . this is the first time NASCAR Camping World Truck teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4524), though they did run this right-side tire code (D-4528) at Michigan in August . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.(Goodyear PR)(9-25-2012)

NASCAR News & Notes

  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series News & Notes -- Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Buescher Hopes This Movie Has Different Ending
    For James Buescher, it's déjà vu all over again.

    A year ago, he went to Las Vegas Motor Speedway trailing eventual champion Austin Dillon by three points. Saturday night's Smith's 350 finds Buescher in the same position -- but behind yet another Dillon.

    Ty Dillon holds a four-point advantage, although it can be argued momentum this time around has shifted in favor of the challenger. Dillon has never competed at the 1.5-mile track and Buescher just completed a season sweep at Kentucky Motor Speedway, where he fashioned his fourth victory of the year -- all of them on intermediate speedways. Las Vegas wasn't kind to Buescher in 2011. He finished 21st, unable to take advantage of Austin Dillon's only finish outside the top 10 (17th) over the season's final five races.

    Ron Hornaday Jr., winless so far this season, is the defending Smith's 350 champion. Other previous winners entered are Todd Bodine, Brendan Gaughan and Johnny Sauter, who scored his first series victory at the track in 2009. Sauter finished fourth a year ago, Bodine fifth and Gaughan ninth.

    Final Exam Time For Pastrana In Las Vegas
    Finally, the student gets to compete with the professor.

    Matt Crafton has worked extensively with action sports icon Travis Pastrana as he continues to broaden his NASCAR racing experience. This week both will be on track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on the same team and in equal experience. Pastrana will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the #98 Toyota fielded by ThorSport Racing. His teammates will be Crafton and past Smith's 350 winner Johnny Sauter. "I have been working with Matt Crafton for some time now and I have always wanted to drive the same machine that he drives," said Pastrana, who has done spot races this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He led his first NNS laps at Richmond and has a best finish of 13th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Running in the truck series is going to be a huge help with my learning process to run in NASCAR. And it should be a lot of fun."

    Pastrana will pull double duty, also competing in Saturday's Sylvania SilverStar zXe Global RallyCross Championship.

    Mayhew Moves To KBM; Reed Debuts With A Cause
    David Mayhew, who finished seventh in last year's Smith's 350, this week becomes the latest to belt into the Kyle Busch Motorsports #18 Toyota. Mayhew, a native Californian living in Bakersfield, most recently competed for Brad Keselowski Racing and was a NASCAR Camping World Truck pole winner in 2011 with Kevin Harvick Inc. Mayhew is the seventh different driver in what's become an R&D exercise for the 2010 owner champion. Brian Scott logged the organization's 50th top five with a fifth-place finish last week at Kentucky Speedway.

    Fellow Bakersfield resident and ARCA competitor Ryan Reed is set to make his NCWTS debut in the Richie Wauters Motorsports Ford. Reed, 19, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in February 2011 and initially told by doctors his racing career was over.
    Armed with the passion and determination to fulfill his dreams, Reed shifted his focus and poured all his energy into managing his health and educating himself on the disease. He uses his racing platform and personal story to inspire others living with T1D to continue living life to its fullest through Ryan's Mission (

    NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Etc.
    NCWTS champions have won 10 of 15 Las Vegas races. ... Series rookies won back-to-back in 2009 (Sauter) and 2010 (Austin Dillon). There have been three first-time winners at LVMS: Sauter, Shane Hmiel (2004) and David Starr (2002). ... There have been five consecutive different winners and 13 different winners in the past 14 LVMS races. ... Six races remain on the schedule, three of them on 1.5-mile tracks -- Las Vegas, Texas Motor Speedway and Homestead Miami Speedway.(NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)(9-25-2012)

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