2012 STP 400

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2012 STP 400
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 8 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season


Date April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22)
Location Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)
Weather Sunshine; wind out of the ENE at 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h)
Pole position
Driver A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing
Time 30.683
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing
Laps 173
Winner
No. 11
Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox Broadcasting Company
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2012 STP 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on April 22, 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Contested over 267 laps, it was the eighth race of the 2012 season. Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing took his second win of the season, while Martin Truex, Jr. finished second and Jimmie Johnson finished third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Kansas Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Kansas Speedway, is one of ten intermediate to hold NASCAR races.[4] The standard track at Kansas Speedway is a four-turn D-shaped oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long.[5] The track's turns are banked at fifteen degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is 10.4 degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, is at only five degrees.[5] The racetrack has seats for 82,000 spectators.[5]

Before the race, Greg Biffle led the Drivers' Championship with 273 points, and Matt Kenseth stood in second with 254. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was third in the Drivers' Championship also with 254 points, one ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. and five ahead of Kevin Harvick in fourth and fifth. Denny Hamlin with 242 was eight ahead of Tony Stewart, as Jimmie Johnson with 233 points, was eight ahead of Ryan Newman, and fourteen in front of Clint Bowyer.[6] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 48 points, six ahead of Ford. Toyota, with 34 points, was 30 points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[7] Brad Keselowski was the race's defending race winner after winning it in 2011.[8]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

A. J. Allmendinger won the pole position, after having the fastest time of 30.683 seconds.

Two practice sessions were held before the race on Friday. The first session lasted 80 minutes long, while the second was 90 minutes long.[9] Kyle Busch was quickest with a time of 31.083 seconds in the first session, over one-tenth of a second faster than Carl Edwards.[10] Kasey Kahne was third, followed by Landon Cassill, Earnhardt, Jr., and Newman. Stewart was seventh, still within a second of Kyle Busch's time.[10] In the second practice session, Johnson was fastest with a time of 30.865 seconds, only 0.113 seconds quicker than second-placed Mark Martin.[11] Biffle took third place, ahead of Keselowski, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Edwards. Jeff Burton managed to be seventh quickest.[11]

Forty-six cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three can race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[12] A. J. Allmendinger clinched his second pole position during his career, with a time of 30.683 seconds.[13] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Harvick.[13] Joey Logano qualified third, Hamlin took fourth, and Martin started fifth.[13] Truex, Jr., Earnhardt, Jr., Bowyer, Kahne, and Hornish, Jr. rounded out the first ten positions.[13] The three drivers who failed to qualify for the race were Tim Andrews, Jeff Green and Tony Raines, who had times of 31.820 and 31.846 seconds.[13]

Race[edit]

The race, the eighth in the season, started at 1:16 p.m. EDT and was televised live in the United States on Fox.[1] The conditions on the grid were dry before the race and overcast skies are expected.[14] Cole Cochran, of Kansas City Alliance Raceway Ministries, began pre-race ceremonies, by giving the invocation. Next, Jeremy Vitt performed the national anthem, and Victory Junction Gang Camp ambassadors gave the command for drivers to start their engines.[14] During the pace laps, Logano had to move to the rear of the grid because of changing his engine.[14]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed Grid
22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 30.683 175.993 1
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.726 175.747 2
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.730 175.724 3
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.740 175.667 4
55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 30.772 175.484 5
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 30.779 175.444 6
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.802 175.313 7
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 30.804 175.302 8
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.841 175.092 9
12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 30.842 175.086 10
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 30.846 175.063 11
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.870 174.927 12
39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.877 174.887 13
51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 30.879 174.876 14
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.892 174.803 15
10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 30.892 174.803 16
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.909 174.706 17
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.948 174.486 18
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.977 174.323 19
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.988 174.261 20
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 30.991 174.244 21
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.004 174.171 22
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 31.009 174.143 23
30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 31.029 174.031 24
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31.031 174.020 25
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 31.034 174.003 26
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.044 173.947 27
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 31.059 173.863 28
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 31.078 173.756 29
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 31.080 173.745 30
49 J. J. Yeley Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota 31.121 173.516 31
83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 31.144 173.388 32
36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 31.145 173.383 33
23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 31.169 173.249 34
93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 31.174 173.221 35
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 31.181 173.182 36
98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 31.186 173.155 37
26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 31.258 172.756 38
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 31.303 172.507 39
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 31.398 171.986 40
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 31.464 171.625 41
32 Reed Sorenson FAS Lane Racing Ford 31.754 170.057 42
19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 31.506 171.396 43
Failed to Qualify
79 Tim Andrews Go Green Racing Ford 31.581 170.989
33 Jeff Green Joe Falk Chevrolet 31.808 169.769
74 Tony Raines Turn One Racing Chevrolet 31.869 169.444
: Qualified by owner points.[13]
:Logano will start last on the grid after changing an engine before qualifying.[3]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 47
2 6 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 44
3 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 42
4 18 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 41
5 17 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 39
6 2 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 38
7 7 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 37
8 9 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 36
9 21 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 36
10 25 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 34
11 11 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 34
12 39 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 33
13 23 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 31
14 36 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 266 30
15 3 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 266 29
16 28 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 28
17 14 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 266 27
18 19 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 266 26
19 10 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Dodge 266 0
20 13 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 265 24
21 20 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 264 23
22 12 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 264 22
23 26 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 264 21
24 29 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 263 20
25 35 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 263 19
26 40 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 263 18
27 22 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 263 17
28 42 32 Reed Sorenson FAS Lane Racing Ford 263 0
29 16 10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 262 15
30 27 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 262 14
31 31 49 J. J. Yeley Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota 261 13
32 1 22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 257 13
33 5 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 255 11
34 32 83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 214 10
35 30 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 132 9
36 8 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 125 8
37 33 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 82 7
38 24 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 80 6
39 38 26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 65 5
40 37 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 58 4
41 41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 47 0
42 43 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 27 0
43 34 23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 18 1
Source:[17][18]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brown, Brian (April 17, 2012). "The STP 400". Rotoworld.com. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Allmendinger earns Kansas pole". inRacingNews.com. April 21, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "NASCAR Tracks—The Kansas Speedway". Kansas Speedway. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Driver's Championship Classification". NASCAR. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Manufactures' Championship Classification". Jayski.com. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2011 STP 400". racing-reference.com. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jayski'sŽ NASCAR Silly Season Site – Sprint Cup Race Info / Rundown Page". Jayski.com. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Practice One Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Practice Two Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Qualifying Entry List". NASCAR. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Race Official Lineup". NASCAR. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c "Race Summary". NASCAR. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Lineup Statistics". MotorRacingNetwork.com. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site — Kansas Sprint Cup Qualifying Order/Results, Lineup". Jayski.com. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  17. ^ "2012 Official Race Results : STP 400". NASCAR. April 23, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  18. ^ "STP 400 Race Results". Motor Racing Network. International Speedway Corporation. April 22, 2012. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 


Previous race:
2012 Samsung Mobile 500
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2012 season
Next race:
2012 Capital City 400