2012 GEICO 400

The 2012 GEICO 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on September 16, 2012, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. Contested over 267 laps, it was the twenty-seventh in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as the first race in the ten-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, which ends the season.

2012 GEICO 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 27 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Map of the track
Map of the track
Date September 16, 2012
Location Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)
Weather Clear with a high temperature around 80°F; wind out of the WSW at 6 mph.
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 29.530
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 172
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

Report

Background

Chicagolandspeedway
Chicagoland Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

Chicagoland Speedway is one of ten intermediate tracks to hold NASCAR races; the others are Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Homestead Miami Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and Texas Motor Speedway.[3] The standard track at Chicagoland Speedway is a four-turn tri-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long.[4] The track's turns are each banked at 18 degrees and have a turn width of 55 feet.[4] The racetrack has a grandstand capacity of 75,000.[4]

Before the race, Denny Hamlin led the Drivers' Championship with 2,012 points, with Jimmie Johnson in second place with, 2,009. Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski were tied with Johnson for the second position, while Greg Biffle had 2,006 points. Clint Bowyer also with 2,006 points was one point ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Matt Kenseth, as Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the top ten with 2,000 points each.[5] In the parallel Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon both started with their points total reset to 2,000.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 179 points, twenty-four points ahead of Toyota. Ford, with 129 points, was twenty points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third place.[6] Stewart was the race's defending winner.[7]

Practice and qualifying

Jimmie Johnson, Richmond 2011 (cropped)
Jimmie Johnson (shown here in 2011) won the pole position with a time of 29.530

Two practice sessions were held in preparation for the race; both on Friday, September 14, 2012. The first session and second session lasted for 90 minutes each.[8] During the first practice session, Truex, Jr., for the Michael Waltrip Racing team, was quickest ahead of Earnhardt, Jr. in second and Keselowski in third.[9] Trevor Bayne was scored fourth, and Hamlin managed fifth.[9] Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.[9]

Kyle Busch was quickest in the second and final practice session, ahead of Aric Almirola in second, and Martin in third.[10] Edwards was fourth quickest, and Hamlin took fifth.[10] Kahne, Johnson, Bayne, Kenseth, and Gordon followed in the top ten.[10] Of the other drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Stewart was scored fourteenth fastest, while Truex, Jr. was scored twenty-fifth.[10]

Forty-seven cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three could race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[11] Johnson clinched his second pole position in the season, with a time of 29.530.[12] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Almirola.[12] Kenseth qualified third, Earnhardt, Jr. took fourth, and Edwards started fifth.[12] Biffle, one of the drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, qualified twenty-second, while Harvick was scored thirty-fifth.[12] The three drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Scott Riggs, Reed Sorenson, J. J. Yeley, and Jason Leffler.[12]

Results

Race results

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps run Points
1 13 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 47
2 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 44
3 6 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 41
4 21 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 40
5 20 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 39
6 29 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 39
7 10 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 37
8 4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 36
9 18 56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 35
10 9 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 35
11 16 22 Sam Hornish Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 267 -
12 35 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 32
13 22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 31
14 15 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 30
15 11 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 29
16 8 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 29
17 2 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 28
18 3 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 266 27
19 5 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 266 25
20 14 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 266 -
21 12 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 266 24
22 37 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 23
23 28 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 265 21
24 32 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 265 20
25 41 10 Danica Patrick Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 265 -
26 23 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 264 18
27 17 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 263 17
28 40 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 263 16
29 26 83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 262 15
30 39 32 T. J. Bell FAS Lane Racing Ford 261 -
31 38 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 259 13
32 30 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 245 12
33 42 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 199 11
34 7 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 197 10
35 19 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 190 9
36 27 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 146 8
37 36 33 Cole Whitt Circle Sport Chevrolet 70 -
38 43 26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 66 6
39 31 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 60 5
40 33 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 52 -
41 25 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 49 3
42 34 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey-Smith Motorsports Toyota 41 -
43 24 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 38 1

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Brad Keselowski 2,056
2 Jimmie Johnson 2,053
3 Tony Stewart 2,048
4 Denny Hamlin 2,041
5 Kasey Kahne 2,041
6 Clint Bowyer 2,041
7 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2,039
8 Greg Biffle 2,037
9 Martin Truex, Jr. 2,035
10 Kevin Harvick 2,032
11 Matt Kenseth 2,030
12 Jeff Gordon 2,009
Manufacturers' Championship standings[6]
Pos Manufacturer Points
1 Chevrolet 179
2 Toyota 150
3 Ford 128
4 Dodge 115
  • Note: Only the first twelve positions are included for the driver standings.

References

  1. ^ "2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  2. ^ Brown, Brian (September 11, 2012). "The GEICO 400". RotoWorld.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c "NASCAR Tracks—The Chicagoland Speedway". Chicagoland Speedway. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Pre-race Driver's Championship Classification". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Manufacturers' Championship Classification". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  7. ^ "2011 GEICO 400". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  8. ^ "Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site – Sprint Cup Race Info / Rundown Page". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  9. ^ a b c "Practice One Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d "Practice Two Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  11. ^ "Qualifying Order". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Race Lineup: Chicagoland". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
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2012 Federated Auto Parts 400

The 2012 Federated Auto Parts 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on September 8, 2012 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Contested over 400 laps, it was the twenty-sixth and final race leading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series season.

Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing won the race, his second of the season. Jeff Gordon finished second to clinch the second wild card spot in the Chase, and Mark Martin finished third.

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 64th season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States and the 41st modern-era Cup season. The season started on February 18, 2012 at Daytona International Speedway, with the Budweiser Shootout, followed by the Daytona 500 on February 27. The season continued with the Chase for the Sprint Cup beginning on September 16 at Chicagoland Speedway and concluded with the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

During the 2011 season, NASCAR announced the Sprint Cup Series would be changing to fuel injection from carburetors, which had been used since NASCAR's founding in 1949. Sprint Nextel announced at the 2011 Awards Ceremony that they had extended their sponsorship of the series until 2016. Roger Penske won the Owners' Championship, while Brad Keselowski won the Drivers' Championship at the final race of the season. Chevrolet won the Manufacturers' Championship with 249 points. Keselowski became the first Dodge driver to win the championship since Richard Petty in 1975; he was also the last Dodge driver to do so, as 2012 was the manufacturer's final year in the Cup series. Despite starting his season late, Stephen Leicht was the 2012 NASCAR Rookie of the Year after beating Josh Wise.2012 was the final season that the fifth-generation cars (also known as the Car of Tomorrow)–which debuted in the 2007 season–were used in competition; as the new Generation 6 cars were introduced for the 2013 season.

2012 Sylvania 300

The 2012 Sylvania 300 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on September 23, 2012 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Contested over 300 laps, it was the twenty-eighth in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as the second race in the ten-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, which ends the season. Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his fifth of the season. Jimmie Johnson finished second and Jeff Gordon was third.

2013 GEICO 400

The 2013 GEICO 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on September 15, 2013, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, United States. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.500-mile (2.414 km) tri-oval, it was the twenty-seventh in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, as well as the first race in the ten-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, which ends the season.

Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his career best sixth of the season, teammate Kyle Busch finished second, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.

Sam Hornish Jr.

Samuel Jon Hornish Jr. (born July 2, 1979) is an American semi-retired professional auto racing driver. He last competed part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Team Penske in 2017.

He began his top-tier racing career in the IndyCar Series, making his driving debut during the 2000 season for PDM Racing. Hornish began driving for Panther Racing the following season, winning eleven races and the 2001 and 2002 series championships over the next three seasons. During the 2004 season Hornish began driving for Team Penske, winning eight more races (including the 2006 Indianapolis 500) and the 2006 series championship during his time with the team. When he left the series after the 2007 season, he held the record for most career wins in the series (19, broken by Scott Dixon in 2009).

Hornish moved to Penske's NASCAR program part-time in the Xfinity Series (then known as the Busch Series) during the 2006 season, and began driving part-time in the Sprint Cup Series (then known as the Nextel Cup Series) in 2007. He raced full-time in the Sprint Cup Series the following year, struggling at first, with eight top-ten finishes over his first three seasons and a top points placing of 28th (in 2009). Hornish returned part-time to the Xfinity Series (then known as the Nationwide Series) in 2011, winning one race. He drove full-time in the series the following year, finishing fourth in points. In 2012 Hornish replaced A. J. Allmendinger (suspended by NASCAR for failing a drug test) in Penske's No. 22 car midway through the season, earning one top-five finish. The following year he returned to the Nationwide Series, winning one race and earning 16 top-five and 24 top-ten finishes to place second in points (three behind series champion Austin Dillon). Hornish drove part-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in an eight-race 2014 season, with one win and four top-five finishes. He returned to the Cup Series in 2015 with Richard Petty Motorsports, scoring three top-tens and finishing 26th in points. He returned part-time to the Xfinity Series in 2016, winning a race for JGR and finishing sixth or better in all three races he entered for Richard Childress Racing. In 2017, he returned to Penske's Xfinity program for a three-race schedule in the No. 22.

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