2012 Quaker State 400

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2012 Quaker State 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 17 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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Date June 30, 2012 (2012-June-30)
Official name Quaker State 400
Location Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)
Weather 88 degrees Fahrenheit Wind NW 10 mph Partly Cloudy skies
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 29.700 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 116
Winner
No. 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Larry McReynolds, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty

The 2012 Quaker State 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held June 30, 2012, at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. Contested over 267 laps, it was the 17th race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Brad Keselowski won the race, his third of the season. Kasey Kahne finished second and Denny Hamlin was third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Kentucky Speedway, the race track where the race will be held.

Kentucky Speedway, is one of ten intermediate tracks to hold NASCAR races.[3] The standard track at Kentucky Speedway is a four-turn tri-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked at 14 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is 8 degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, is at only 4 degrees.[4] The racetrack has seats for 107,000 spectators.[5] The defending winner of the event is Kyle Busch, who won it in 2011.[6] The inaugural race was plagued by a massive traffic problem where many of the fans who expected to attend the race were turned away after several hours on Interstate 71. Following the problem, Kentucky Speedway announced that they bought more land for parking and began to work with the state government to improve traffic around the speedway in time for the 2012 race.[7][8][9][10]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Race[edit]

The race, the 17th of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season began at 7:48 EDT. The race was televised live in the United States on TNT. Jimmie Johnson started on pole position. The Kentucky Army National Guard and the Boone County Sheriff's Office presented the flag. The invocation was offered by Pastor John Roberts of Raceway Ministries. Laura Bell Bundy performed the national anthem. The grand marshal was Quaker State Official Steve Reindl.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Grid
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 3
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4
39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 5
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 6
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 8
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 10
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 11
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 12
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 13
51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 14
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15
22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 16
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 17
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 18
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 20
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 21
14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 22
83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 23
95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 24
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 25
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 26
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 27
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 28
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29
26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 30
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 31
30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 32
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 33
93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 34
98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 35
23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 36
19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 37
10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 38
55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 39
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 40
32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 41
36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 42
33 Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet 43
Failed to Qualify
49 J. J. Yeley Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota 44
52 Mike Skinner Hamilton Means Racing Toyota 45
Source:[11]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Run Points
1 8 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 267 47
2 19 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 42
3 3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 42
4 7 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 40
5 9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 39
6 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 39
7 20 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 37
8 10 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 36
9 16 22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 267 35
10 2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 36
11 4 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 33
12 15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 32
13 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 31
14 31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 30
15 17 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 29
16 6 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 28
17 34 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 267 28
18 21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 267 27
19 14 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 267 25
20 25 99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 266 24
21 11 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 266 23
22 18 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 266 22
23 38 10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 266 21
24 29 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 266 20
25 23 83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 266 19
26 13 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 266 18
27 28 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 265 17
28 40 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 16
29 33 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 263 15
30 39 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 262 14
31 41 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 262 13
32 22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 231 12
33 26 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 209 11
34 5 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 208 10
35 42 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 114 9
36 32 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 71 8
37 30 26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 60 7
38 35 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 58 6
39 24 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 55 5
40 27 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 52 0
41 43 33 Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Chevrolet 47 3
42 37 19 Mike Bliss Tri-Star Motorsports Toyota 18 0
43 36 23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 12 1

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Johnson grabs pole at Kentucky Speedway". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "NASCAR Tracks—The Kentucky Speedway". NASCAR. Turner Sports. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Track Fast Facts". Kentucky Speedway. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "2011 Quaker State 400". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. July 9, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jensen, Tom. What now, Kentucky?. Speed, 2011-07-10.
  8. ^ Hembree, Mike. Kentucky Speedway To Add Parking Area. Speed, 2011-07-10.
  9. ^ Kentucky Speedway apologizes to fans. Speedway Motorsports, 2011-07-11.
  10. ^ Blount, Terry. Kentucky Speedway gets a mulligan. ESPN, 2011-07-12.
  11. ^ "NASCAR Kentucky Starting Lineup 2012: Jimmie Johnson Leads Qualifying". SBNation.com. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ http://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2012/17/data/results_unofficial.html


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