Archive for November 2012
Brad Keselowski finished 15th, a lap down, but Jimmie Johnson’s difficulties took the suspense out of the title fight in the closing laps of the race. Johnson entered the season finale 20 points behind Keselowski, but his 36th-place result cost him second place in the final standings.
As Regan Smith scored his first victory in the series for the team that has hired him full-time for next year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rolled to a workmanlike, problem-free sixth-place result to lock up his second straight Nationwide championship.
Cale Gale claimed the first victory of his career in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race six laps beyond its scheduled distance of 134 laps. As he and Kyle Busch exited the final turn, Gale pinched Busch's No. 18 Toyota against the outside wall, taking the checkered flag by a nose in a shower of sparks.
Antron Brown, who lost in the opening round of eliminations, had to wait until the final round before he could grab the championship trophy, when Tony Schumacher lost in a photo finish to Brandon Bernstein.
A year after becoming the youngest race winner and youngest rookie of the year in series history, Dylan Kwasniewski became the series youngest champion.
Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag ahead of Denny Hamlin, who passed Busch after the final restart. Busch came home third in a race that went seven laps beyond its posted distance of 312 laps. Kasey Kahne ran fourth, followed by Ryan Newman and Keselowski, who took back the lead from Johnson and leads by 20 points with one race left in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Joey Logano, the polesitter, dominated Saturday's Great Clips 200 Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, beating new Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brian Vickers to the finish line to win for the ninth time in 21 starts this season, the first time at PIR and the 18th time in his career.
The victory was Brian Scott's first of the season and second of his career, his first win coming at Dover in 2009. Scott is an Idaho native and the lone Gem State star racing in NASCAR's top three division's.