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 27 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
Map of the track
|Date||September 16, 2012|
|Location||Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois|
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.|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|No. 2||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree|
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. The standard track at Chicagoland Speedway is a four-turn tri-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long. The track's turns are each banked at 18 degrees and have a turn width of 55 feet. The racetrack has a grandstand capacity of 75,000.
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. In the parallel Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon both started with their points total reset to 2,000. 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. Stewart was the race's defending winner.
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. 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. Trevor Bayne was scored fourth, and Hamlin managed fifth. Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.
Kyle Busch was quickest in the second and final practice session, ahead of Aric Almirola in second, and Martin in third. Edwards was fourth quickest, and Hamlin took fifth. Kahne, Johnson, Bayne, Kenseth, and Gordon followed in the top ten. Of the other drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Stewart was scored fourteenth fastest, while Truex, Jr. was scored twenty-fifth.
Forty-seven cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three could race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Johnson clinched his second pole position in the season, with a time of 29.530. He was joined on the front row of the grid by Almirola. Kenseth qualified third, Earnhardt, Jr. took fourth, and Edwards started fifth. Biffle, one of the drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, qualified twenty-second, while Harvick was scored thirty-fifth. The three drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Scott Riggs, Reed Sorenson, J. J. Yeley, and Jason Leffler.
|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|
2012 Federated Auto Parts 400
|Sprint Cup Series
2012 Sylvania 300
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.
|Chase for the Sprint Cup|