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Nov 18

Brad Keselowski wins 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship (updated)

Owner also celebrates as First-Time Series Champion

2011-02-19_00642010-09-19-dimanche-FrancoisGobeil.zipBrad Keselowski won the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship today at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning owner Roger Penske’s first title in NASCAR’s premier series.

 

For owner Penske, the wait that began before Keselowski was born (1984) finally is over. Penske Racing, which entered the NASCAR Sprint Cup races in 1972, ended the longest non-championship streak among current ownership. Penske’s best previous finish was second in 1993 with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace.

To be the best, Keselowski had to beat the best – Johnson. The pair traded the lead of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup five times, the last on Nov. 11 at Phoenix International Raceway where Keselowski finished sixth and Johnson – the victim of an accident – placed 32nd.

Keselowski’s 15th-place finish in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was all it took to apply the finishing touches to a stellar championship season. Keselowski’s championship came in his 125th start, the fewest since Jeff Gordon captured his first of four titles in 1995 in 93 starts.

At age 28, Keselowski is the eighth-youngest competitor to win a first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. Keselowski previously won the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series title, owner Penske’s first in NASCAR. He joins Bobby Labonte as the only drivers to win both a NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

After experiencing mechanical problems in two of the first three regular season races, Keselowski’s No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge won at Bristol Motor Speedway to begin a steady march toward the top 10. Backed by championship crew chief Paul Wolfe, Keselowski won three times during the regular season and entered the Chase seeded fourth.

A victory at the Chase-opening Chicagoland Speedway race, followed by another at Dover International Speedway, boosted Keselowski from contender to co-favorite with Johnson.

Dodge won its fifth series championship, and first since 1975 with Richard Petty.

TO ACCESS ALL NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE RESULTS GO TO: NASCAR RACE REPORTS

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 36
14TH ANNUAL FORD ECOBOOST “400″
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

Homestead, FL – November 18, 2012
1.5-Mile Oval
267 Laps – 400.5 Miles Purse: $5,305,686


Fin

Str

Car

     

Series

Bonus

Driver

   

Leader

 

Pos

Pos

No

Driver Team

Laps

Points

Points

Rating

Winnings

Status

Times

Laps

1

15

24

Jeff Gordon DuPont 20 Years Celebratory Chevrolet

267

47

4

116.0

$334,161

Running

2

14

2

6

15

Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota

267

42

0

118.5

263,749

Running

   

3

19

39

Ryan Newman U.S. ARMY Chevrolet

267

42

1

98.3

233,768

Running

2

3

4

8

18

Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota

267

42

2

142.5

198,318

Running

6

191

5

13

16

Greg Biffle 3M/SP Richards Ford

267

39

0

82.6

143,060

Running

   

6

7

56

Martin Truex Jr NAPA Auto Parts Toyota

267

39

1

117.2

131,199

Running

1

11

7

5

43

Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford

267

37

0

99.4

132,446

Running

   

8

23

29

Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet

267

36

0

83.3

134,121

Running

   

9

26

78

Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevrolet

267

35

0

89.5

107,318

Running

   

10

16

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet

267

34

0

82.4

87,085

Running

   

11

18

27

Paul Menard Menards/Duracell Chevrolet

267

33

0

84.4

84,810

Running

   

12

4

99

Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford

267

32

0

105.9

119,176

Running

   

13

2

9

Marcos Ambrose Black & Decker Ford

267

32

1

86.5

103,268

Running

1

14

14

1

20

Joey Logano Home Depot/redbeacon.com Toyota

267

30

0

77.1

88,810

Running

   

15

3

2

Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge

266

29

0

95.6

108,980

Running

   

16

9

55

Mark Martin Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota

266

28

0

78.7

75,385

Running

   

17

35

14

Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet

266

27

0

65.8

128,535

Running

   

18

11

17

Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford

266

27

1

99.1

119,171

Running

1

2

19

33

31

Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet

266

25

0

65.0

112,160

Running

   

20

14

1

Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet

266

24

0

68.6

105,668

Running

   

21

12

5

Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet

266

24

1

90.5

81,135

Running

3

7

22

17

22

Sam Hornish Jr Shell Pennzoil Dodge

266

0

0

79.6

113,960

Running

   

23

20

21

Trevor Bayne Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford

266

0

0

72.6

72,310

Running

   

24

41

11

Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota

266

20

0

63.0

113,976

Running

   

25

32

47

Bobby Labonte Clorox Toyota

265

19

0

54.7

96,743

Running

   

26

38

93

Travis Kvapil Dr. Pepper Toyota

265

18

0

48.6

93,893

Running

   

27

30

83

Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota

265

17

0

48.9

97,780

Running

   

28

21

42

Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet

264

16

0

53.6

101,126

Running

   

29

28

13

Casey Mears GEICO Ford

264

15

0

52.5

82,318

Running

   

30

24

51

Regan Smith Phoenix Construction Chevrolet

264

14

0

50.6

89,257

Running

   

31

34

34

David Ragan Ford

263

13

0

43.3

67,235

Running

   

32

31

36

Dave Blaney Florida Lottery Chevrolet

263

12

0

45.8

67,010

Running

   

33

40

38

David Gilliland Long John Silver’s Ford

262

11

0

35.4

66,810

Running

   

34

37

10

David Reutimann TMone in Iowa City, IA/Spearfish Chevrolet

261

10

0

34.4

66,610

Running

   

35

39

37

J.J. Yeley C&C Audio Video & Appliance, Inc. Chevrolet

261

9

0

33.4

66,410

Running

   

36

10

48

Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet

224

9

1

94.3

113,396

Rear Gear

3

25

37

42

32

Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford

219

7

0

29.7

74,255

Engine

   

38

22

30

David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota

183

6

0

37.7

65,753

Electrical

   

39

27

6

Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fifth Third Ford

157

0

0

51.9

62,850

Accident

   

40

36

26

Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford

38

4

0

28.3

62,620

Vibration

   

41

25

98

Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford

34

3

0

36.5

62,405

Overheating

   

42

43

23

Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevrolet

23

2

0

27.6

62,110

Vibration

   

43

29

19

Mike Bliss Plinker Tactical Toyota

16

0

0

28.4

62,429

Electrical

   

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender.
Bonus Points: includes winner, lap leader & most laps led points
(i) = Ineligible for driver points in this series

Failed to qualify: (4) #79 Reed Sorenson; #33 Stephen Leicht; #91 Jason Leffler; #87 Joe Nemechek
Race Comments: Before an estimated attendance of 76,000, Jeff Gordon won the Ford EcoBoost 400, his 87th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear for the reason indicated: #11, 16, 20, 51 (backup car).
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 48 minutes, 56 seconds AVERAGE SPEED: 142.245 mph MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.028 second(s)
COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Joey Logano (176.056 mph. 30.672 secs.)
3M LAP LEADER: Kyle Busch (191 Laps)
AMERICAN ETHANOL GREEN FLAG RESTART AWARD: Kyle Busch
DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE: Clint Bowyer (crew chief Brian Pattie)
FREESCALE “WIDE OPEN”: Ryan Newman
MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE: Toyota Racing Development (#18)
MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE RACE: Ryan Newman
MOOG STEERING AND SUSPENSION PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE: Greg Biffle (crew chief Matt Puccia, 0.294 seconds)
NASCAR SPRINT CUP LEADER BONUS: Jimmie Johnson ($20,000)
USG IMPROVING THE FINISH: Tony Stewart (18 places)
++Rollover money awarded at year’s end, amount not included in race winnings.
Caution Flags: 3 cautions for 17 laps. [Beneficiary in Brackets] 79-83 (Debris [16]); 144-148 (Debris [31]); 155-161 (Car #6 Accident Turn 3 [47]).
Lap Leaders: 19 lead changes among 8 drivers. Logano-pole, Ambrose 1-14, Ky. Busch 15-49, Newman 50, Ky. Busch 51-116, Truex Jr 117-127, Johnson 128, Kenseth 129-130, Newman 131-132, Ky. Busch 133-144, Johnson 145-157, Kahne 158-161, Ky. Busch 162-165, Kahne 166, Ky. Busch 167-199, Kahne 200-201, Johnson 202-212, J. Gordon 213, Ky. Busch 214-254, J. Gordon 255-267.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES TOP 12
Driver

Points

Wins

1 – Brad Keselowski

2400

(5)

2 – Clint Bowyer

2361

(3)

3 – Jimmie Johnson

2360

(5)

4 – Kasey Kahne

2345

(2)

5 – Greg Biffle

2332

(2)

6 – Denny Hamlin

2329

(5)

7 – Matt Kenseth

2324

(3)

8 – Kevin Harvick

2321

(1)

9 – Tony Stewart

2311

(3)

10 – Jeff Gordon

2303

(2)

11 – Martin Truex Jr

2299

(0)

12 – Dale Earnhardt Jr

2245

(1)

 

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD
Driver

Poles

 
Jimmie Johnson

4

 
Kasey Kahne

4

 
Mark Martin

4

 
Greg Biffle

3

 
Denny Hamlin

3

 
Jeff Gordon

2

 
Kyle Busch

2

 
Joey Logano

2

 
Marcos Ambrose

2

 
Juan Pablo Montoya

2

 
Matt Kenseth

1

 
Tony Stewart

1

 
Martin Truex Jr

1

 
Dale Earnhardt Jr

1

 
Carl Edwards

1

 
AJ Allmendinger

1

 

 

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Driver

Points

 
Stephen Leicht

126

 
Josh Wise

111

 

 

MANUFACTURERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP
Manufacturer

Points

Wins

Chevrolet

249

15

Toyota

213

10

Ford

174

6

Dodge

156

5

 

3M LAP LEADER AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Jimmie Johnson

48

8

Kyle Busch

18

6

Denny Hamlin

11

5

 

AMERICAN ETHANOL GREEN FLAG RESTART AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Jimmie Johnson

48

7

Denny Hamlin

11

4

Greg Biffle

16

3

 

DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Matt Puccia

16

6

Darian Grubb

11

6

Dave Rogers

18

6

 

FREESCALE “WIDE OPEN” AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Greg Biffle

16

6

Matt Kenseth

17

4

Denny Hamlin

11

3

 

MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Hendrick

48

378

Penske

2

297

TRD

18

296

 

MOBIL 1 OIL DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Denny Hamlin

11

11

Kyle Busch

18

8

Tony Stewart

14

5

 

MOOG STEERING AND SUSPENSION PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Steve Addington

14

5

Chad Johnston

56

4

Steve Letarte

88

4

 

USG IMPROVING THE FINISH AWARD
 

Car#

Points

Tony Stewart

14

6

Jeff Gordon

24

3

Carl Edwards

99

3

NEXT EVENT: February 24, 2013 – Daytona 500 , Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (500 Miles) (200 Laps)
NOTE: The above figures are based upon team winnings and include racing purse and cash contingency awards by participating manufacturers. (11/19/2012)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES DRIVER LEADERS
Race #36: 14TH ANNUAL FORD ECOBOOST “400″ Race Date: 11/18/2012

POS

Driver

Points

Starts

Wins

Top 5

Top 10

Money Won

1

BRAD KESELOWSKI

2400

36

5

13

23

$6,227,850

2

CLINT BOWYER

2361

36

3

10

23

5,546,082

3

JIMMIE JOHNSON

2360

36

5

18

24

8,129,639

4

KASEY KAHNE

2345

36

2

12

19

4,721,971

5

GREG BIFFLE

2332

36

2

12

21

5,683,998

6

DENNY HAMLIN

2329

36

5

14

17

6,922,136

7

MATT KENSETH

2324

36

3

13

19

7,528,332

8

KEVIN HARVICK

2321

36

1

5

14

5,792,916

9

TONY STEWART

2311

36

3

12

16

6,601,185

10

JEFF GORDON

2303

36

2

11

18

6,113,129

11

MARTIN TRUEX JR.

2299

36

0

7

19

5,291,626

12

DALE EARNHARDT JR.

2245

34

1

10

20

5,165,255

13

KYLE BUSCH

1133

36

1

13

20

6,559,391

14

RYAN NEWMAN

1051

36

1

6

14

5,436,951

15

CARL EDWARDS

1030

36

0

3

13

5,344,175

16

PAUL MENARD

1006

36

0

1

9

4,062,235

17

JOEY LOGANO

965

36

1

2

12

4,050,163

18

MARCOS AMBROSE

950

36

1

3

8

4,767,873

19

JEFF BURTON

883

36

0

2

6

5,163,065

20

ARIC ALMIROLA

868

36

0

1

4

4,785,031

21

JAMIE MCMURRAY

868

36

0

0

3

4,567,468

22

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA

810

36

0

0

2

4,494,049

23

BOBBY LABONTE

772

36

0

0

2

4,131,879

24

REGAN SMITH

747

34

0

1

4

3,946,540

25

KURT BUSCH

735

35

0

1

5

4,064,608

26

MARK MARTIN

701

24

0

4

10

2,863,683

27

TRAVIS KVAPIL

638

35

0

0

1

3,607,246

28

DAVID RAGAN

622

36

0

1

2

3,613,656

29

CASEY MEARS

612

36

0

0

0

3,537,774

30

DAVID GILLILAND

605

36

0

0

0

3,494,350

31

LANDON CASSILL

598

36

0

0

0

4,178,755

32

A J ALLMENDINGER

453

21

0

1

3

2,958,285

33

DAVE BLANEY

417

34

0

0

0

2,935,774

34

DAVID REUTIMANN

373

25

0

0

0

2,255,278

35

BRIAN VICKERS

250

8

0

3

5

774,435

36

DAVID STREMME

236

28

0

0

0

2,457,431

37

MICHAEL MCDOWELL

187

30

0

0

0

2,465,274

38

J J YELEY

166

24

0

0

0

1,914,170

39

JOSH WISE

147

30

0

0

0

2,332,060

40

KEN SCHRADER

146

13

0

0

0

1,191,740

41

STEPHEN LEICHT

126

15

0

0

0

1,332,865

42

SCOTT SPEED

124

17

0

0

0

1,387,953

43

MICHAEL WALTRIP

94

4

0

0

1

396,472

44

TERRY LABONTE

94

4

0

0

0

582,995

45

TONY RAINES

71

7

0

0

0

788,728

46

SCOTT RIGGS

56

20

0

0

0

1,496,515

47

BRENDAN GAUGHAN

50

4

0

0

0

354,559

48

BORIS SAID

34

2

0

0

0

167,290

49

BILL ELLIOTT

14

2

0

0

0

196,098

50

HERMIE SADLER III

13

1

0

0

0

80,610

51

MIKE OLSEN

11

1

0

0

0

81,735

52

ROBBY GORDON

11

3

0

0

0

405,300

53

MIKE SKINNER

10

4

0

0

0

340,850

54

KELLY BIRES

9

3

0

0

0

222,024

55

TOMY DRISSI

6

1

0

0

0

76,242

56

STACY COMPTON

5

1

0

0

0

64,225

57

DAVID MAYHEW

4

1

0

0

0

72,625

58

PATRICK LONG

2

1

0

0

0

61,555

59

SAM HORNISH JR.(i)

0

20

0

1

1

2,562,725

60

TREVOR BAYNE(i)

0

16

0

0

2

1,788,292

61

RICKY STENHOUSE JR.(i)

0

4

0

0

0

513,070

62

DANICA PATRICK(i)

0

10

0

0

0

1,053,885

63

TIMMY HILL(i)

0

5

0

0

0

403,060

64

MIKE BLISS(i)

0

19

0

0

0

1,483,903

65

AUSTIN DILLON(i)

0

1

0

0

0

88,285

66

ROBERT RICHARDSON JR.(i)

0

2

0

0

0

184,578

67

ELLIOTT SADLER(i)

0

1

0

0

0

305,788

68

JOE NEMECHEK(i)

0

31

0

0

0

2,534,419

69

REED SORENSON(i)

0

19

0

0

0

1,463,722

70

T J BELL(i)

0

5

0

0

0

453,510

71

JASON LEFFLER(i)

0

5

0

0

0

378,772

72

JASON WHITE(i)

0

1

0

0

0

76,610

73

COLE WHITT(i)

0

5

0

0

0

395,747

74

CHRIS COOK(i)

0

2

0

0

0

134,035

75

KENNY WALLACE(i)

0

0

0

0

0

24,838

76

MIKE WALLACE(i)

0

0

0

0

0

23,900

77

JEFF GREEN(i)

0

0

0

0

0

0

78

TIM ANDREWS(i)

0

0

0

0

0

0

79

BRIAN SIMO

0

0

0

0

0

0

80

MARK GREEN

0

0

0

0

0

0

(i) = Ineligible for driver points in this series

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OWNER LEADERS
Race #36: 14TH ANNUAL FORD ECOBOOST “400″ Race Date: 11/18/2012

POS

Car #

Owner

Points

Starts

Wins

Top5

Top10

Attempts

1

2

ROGER PENSKE

2400

36

5

13

23

36

2

15

ROB KAUFFMAN

2361

36

3

10

23

36

3

48

JEFF GORDON

2360

36

5

18

24

36

4

5

LINDA HENDRICK

2345

36

2

12

19

36

5

16

JACK ROUSH

2332

36

2

12

21

36

6

11

J D GIBBS

2329

36

5

14

17

36

7

17

JOHN HENRY

2324

36

3

13

19

36

8

29

RICHARD CHILDRESS

2321

36

1

5

14

36

9

14

MARGARET HAAS

2311

36

3

12

16

36

10

24

RICK HENDRICK

2303

36

2

11

18

36

11

56

MICHAEL WALTRIP

2299

36

0

7

19

36

12

88

RICK HENDRICK

2288

36

1

10

21

36

13

18

JOE GIBBS

1133

36

1

13

20

36

14

39

TONY STEWART

1051

36

1

6

14

36

15

55

BILL JENKINS

1045

36

0

7

16

36

16

99

JACK ROUSH

1030

36

0

3

13

36

17

27

RICHARD CHILDRESS

1006

36

0

1

9

36

18

20

JOE GIBBS

965

36

1

2

12

36

19

9

RICHARD PETTY

950

36

1

3

8

36

20

31

RICHARD CHILDRESS

883

36

0

2

6

36

21

22

WALTER CZARNECKI

869

36

0

2

4

36

22

43

RICHARD PETTY

868

36

0

1

4

36

23

1

FELIX SABATES

868

36

0

0

3

36

24

78

BARNEY VISSER

848

36

0

1

6

36

25

42

CHIP GANASSI

810

36

0

0

2

36

26

47

TAD GESCHICKTER

772

36

0

0

2

36

27

51

JAMES FINCH

667

36

0

1

2

36

28

93

THOMAS UEBERALL

664

36

0

0

1

36

29

34

BOB JENKINS

622

36

0

1

2

36

30

13

BOB GERMAIN

612

36

0

0

0

36

31

38

BRAD JENKINS

605

36

0

0

0

36

32

83

THOMAS UEBERALL

598

36

0

0

0

36

33

10

TOMMY BALDWIN

519

36

0

0

0

36

34

32

FRANK STODDARD JR.

493

36

0

0

0

36

35

36

ALLAN HEINKE

427

36

0

0

0

36

36

21

GLEN WOOD

346

16

0

0

2

16

37

33

RICHARD CHILDRESS

253

26

0

0

0

36

38

30

KEVIN BUCKLER

238

29

0

0

0

36

39

98

MIKE CURB

199

33

0

0

0

36

40

26

JERRY FREEZE

172

31

0

0

0

36

41

87

ANDREA NEMECHEK

154

31

0

0

0

36

42

249

JAY ROBINSON

150

17

0

0

0

25

43

195

BOB LEAVINE

121

15

0

0

0

16

44

23

ROBERT RICHARDSON SR.

82

22

0

0

0

31

45

119

RANDY HUMPHREY

72

21

0

0

0

29

46

6

JOHN HENRY

46

3

0

0

0

3

47

37

LARRY GUNSELMAN

30

9

0

0

0

20

48

132

FRANK STODDARD JR.

27

1

0

0

0

1

49

12

ROGER PENSKE

26

1

0

0

0

1

50

74

VICKIE COMPTON

22

7

0

0

0

11

51

191

MARK SMITH

20

11

0

0

0

15

52

179

ARCHIE ST HILAIRE

14

6

0

0

0

11

53

7

ROBBY GORDON

11

3

0

0

0

5

54

97

ANDREA NEMECHEK

9

2

0

0

0

3

55

50

STEVE TURNER

7

1

0

0

0

1

56

144

JOHNATHAN COHEN

4

1

0

0

0

1

57

52

KELLY OWEN

3

1

0

0

0

3

58

173

SCOTT GUNDERSON

0

1

0

0

0

2

59

109

BRACK MAGGARD

0

0

0

0

0

1

60

140

MICHAEL HILLMAN

0

0

0

0

0

1

61

0

STEVEN SCHARR

0

0

0

0

0

1

source: nascar.com



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