NASCAR By the Numbers: Dover and Kentucky edition; Week 3 of the Chase to the Sprint Cup

All three series were in action this weekend, Miles the Monster played host to the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series, while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series headed west to Kentucky. 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky 225:
NCWTS young guns Austin Dillon and James Buescher are separated by only three points with only 5 races to go. Johnny Sauter still sits within reach and all three drivers have yet to win a NCWTS title.
  1. Austin Dillon  288055_267848516564508_100000180845886_1271013_116578_o
  2. James Buescher  -3
  3. Johnny Sauter  -19
  4. Timothy Peters  -40
  5. Ron Hornaday  -42
  6. Joey Coulter  -70
  7. Cole Whitt  -72
  8. Matt Crafton  -73
  9. Todd Bodine  -73
  10. Parker Kligerman  -96
  11. Nelson Piquet Jr.  -119
  12. David Starr  -122
  13. Brendan Gaughan  -135
  14. Justin Lofton  -163
  15. Miguel Paludo  -171
Biggest Loss: Matt Crafton –2
Up next: The NCWTS is off next weekend before heading to Las Vegas on October 15th.

Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200:
What a turn around for Ricky Stenhouse Jr! This time last season, his fate as a driver was in question by many. Team owner Jack Roush did not give up hope (or his checkbook) in developing the young talent and that has paid off as Stenhouse is poised to earn the Nationwide Series title.
  1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  2. Elliott Sadler  -22
  3. Reed Sorenson  -49
  4. Aric Almirola  -74
  5. Justin Allgaier  -86
  6. Jason Leffler  -141
  7. Kenny Wallace  -184
  8. Steven Wallace  -210
  9. Brian Scott  -214
  10. Michael Annett  -221
  11. Mike Bliss  -305
  12. Trevor Bayne  -327
  13. Mike Wallace  -354
  14. Joe Nemechek  -383
  15. Josh Wise  -407
No changes in gains or losses this week.
Up next: The NNS series heads to Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery 300. Tune into ESPN 2 at 3:30 pm on Saturday, October 8th.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400:
The Chase to the Sprint Cup battle is on! Kurt Busch wins the AAA 400 though the race was dominated by 5-time Champ Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards. Impressively, the top 9 Chase contenders are only separated by 19 points, which is a big kudos to NASCAR and the new points system. This will go down to the wire at Homestead.
  1. Kevin Harvick 296199_295271180488908_100000180845886_1401601_992716235_n
  2. Carl Edwards  -0 (tied but Harvick has more wins)
  3. Tony Stewart  -9
  4. Kurt Busch  -9
  5. Jimmie Johnson  -13
  6. Brad Keselowski  -14
  7. Matt Kenseth  -14
  8. Kyle Busch  -15
  9. Jeff Gordon  -19
  10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  -34
  11. Ryan Newman  -41
  12. Denny Hamlin  -68
Biggest movers: Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson both gained 5 positions
Biggest losses: Jeff Gordon –4 and Brad Keselowski –3
Up next: The NSCS heads to Kansas Speedway next Sunday for the Hollywood Casino 400. Who will hit the jackpot? Tune into ESPN at 2pm est to find out.

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