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DATE: Thursday, June 28th
SITE: Kentucky Speedway (2000) -- Sparta, Kentucky
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,662 feet (Frontstretch); 1,600 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 117,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 13th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Parker Kligerman
POLE WINNER: Johnny Sauter (Finished 24th)
LAPS: 150
MILES: 225
QUALIFYING RECORD: Austin Dillon, 2011 (179.868 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mike Bliss, 2002 (143.515 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $552,556 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $51,125; 2nd Place - $40,800; 3rd Place - $28,450
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch86Elliott Sadler4
2Parker Kligerman57Joey Coulter6
3Brendan Gaughan148David Starr18
4Todd Bodine209James Buescher12
5Jason White910Travis Kvapil16
2011 UNOH 225 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 119.860 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 54 minutes, 8 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.302 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Johnny Sauter (174.109 m.p.h.)
Past UNOH 225 Winners (car) and Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (8th) -- Toyota -- 119.860 m.p.h.
2010 -- Todd Bodine (14th) -- Toyota -- 130.603 m.p.h.
2009 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 121.933 m.p.h.
2008 -- Johnny Benson (4th) -- Toyota -- 114.592 m.p.h.
2007 -- Mike Skinner (4th) -- Toyota -- 127.179 m.p.h.
2006 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 118.110 m.p.h.
2005 -- Dennis Setzer (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 117.747 m.p.h.
2004 -- Bobby Hamilton (3rd) -- Dodge -- 122.600 m.p.h.
2003 -- Carl Edwards (5th) -- Ford -- 122.393 m.p.h.
2002 -- Mike Bliss (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 143.515 m.p.h. (race record)
2001 -- Scott Riggs (3rd) -- Dodge -- 113.525 m.p.h.
2000 -- Greg Biffle (2nd) -- Ford -- 98.385 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Kroger 225 (2000-02), Built Ford Tough 225 (2003-10).
 
Past UNOH 225 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Johnny Sauter -- 24th
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 9th
2009 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 1st
2008 -- Mike Skinner -- 7th
2007 -- Ryan Matthews -- 4th
2006 -- Marcos Ambrose -- 19th
2005 -- Bill Lester -- 22nd
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Jon Wood -- 4th
2002 -- Jason Leffler -- 5th
2001 -- Jack Sprague -- 3rd
2000 -- Bryan Reffner -- 5th
Last Race Results
RACE: WinStar World Casino 400k (June 8th)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 250.5
LAPS: 167
WINNER: Johnny Sauter
RUNNER-UP: Matt Crafton
THIRD: Joey Coulter
FOURTH: Brendan Gaughan
FIFTH: Nelson Piquet Jr.
POLE WINNER: Justin Lofton (Finished 9th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 1 minute, 17 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 123.925 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.101 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Lofton 1-26; J. Buescher 27-33; T. Dillon 34-50; J. Buescher
51-54; J. Sauter 55-73; J. Buescher 74; J. White 75-81; J.
Buescher 82-96; J. Lofton 97-125; J. Buescher 126-129; T. Dillon
130-134; J. Buescher 135-137; M. Crafton 138-145; J. Sauter
146-167.
UNOH 225 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Jake Crum (Statesville, NC)Chevrolet/Bandit Chippers
0Chris Lafferty (Concord, NC)Dodge/Obregon Construction
02Tyler Young (Midland, TX)Chevrolet/RandCo
2Tim George Jr. (New York, NY)Chevrolet/Applebee's
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
5Paulie Harraka (Fair Lawn, NJ)Ford/TBA
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/collegecomplete.com
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Toyota/Wear Your Gear/bobber.info
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/South Carolina Watermelon
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/TBA
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Joe Denette Motorsports
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/driven2honor.org
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Hot Honeys/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/IronClad Performance
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Toyota/Dollar General
19Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/TBA
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Steak-umm
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/gunbroker.com
24Max Gresham (Stockbridge, GA)Chevrolet/Made in U.S.A. Brand
27C.E. Falk (Norfolk, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Drawtite
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Majic Brasil
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Exide
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem
38To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
68Clay Greenfield (Clarksville, TN)Dodge/@claygreenfield
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75Caleb Holman (Abingdon, VA)Chevrolet/Food Country USA
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry/Advocare
83B.J. McLeod (Wauchula, FL)Chevrolet/Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
86Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Dodge/Clay Greenfield Motorsports
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
93Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
98Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Toyota/everfi.com
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Parker Kligerman------------------------2nd
Todd Bodine------2nd10th11th27th16thWon4th
James Buescher------------------8th22nd8th
Justin Lofton---------------------11th15th
Timothy Peters------28th25th---19th4th6th16th
Nelson Piquet Jr------------------------22nd
Johnny Sauter------------------22nd2nd24th
Ron Hornaday Jr------14thWon10th10thWon29th27th
Matt Crafton7th4th7th7th16th3rd3rd10th32nd
Brad Keselowski------18th30th---------------
Jason Leffler5th------------------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Johnny Sauter - Started in the 20th position and finished 1st
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ron Hornaday Jr
Darkhorse - Ty Dillon
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Todd Bodine) - Finished 30th
Last Week's Darkhorse (James Buescher) - Finished 15th
 
NOTES:
Just 25 points separate the top-five drivers on the Camping World circuit heading into Kentucky this week, as Justin Lofton leads the way after seven races.

Timothy Peters ranks second, while Ty Dillon (12 points behind), James Buescher (23 points back) and Parker Kligerman (25 behind) complete the top five.

Last season, Kyle Busch, despite starting from the rear of the pack after missing a pre-race drivers' meeting, captured the 2011 running of the UNOH 225.

Busch, who is not defending this week, quickly charged through the field and took the lead for the first time on lap 60. Johnny Sauter, the pole sitter, passed Busch for the top spot with less than 50 laps remaining, but Sauter suffered a broken rear axle during his final scheduled pit stop, which took him out of contention to win.

After the last round of pit stops under green, Busch moved to the front again with 19 laps to go. Following an accident which set-up a green-white checkered finish, Busch pulled ahead of the field, while Parker Kligerman moved ahead of Jason White for second. Busch held off Kligerman at the finish by 0.3 seconds for his fifth truck win of that season and the 29th of 30 career wins.

Starting 14th on the grid in 2010, Todd Bodine overcame a spin and then conserved enough fuel at the finish to pull off a stunning victory at Kentucky Speedway.

Bodine attempted to pass Kyle Busch for the lead just after a restart on lap 81. But Bodine got loose after a panel fell off his truck. He did not hit anything while he spun on the infield grass. The 2006 series champion pitted several times for repairs during the caution. He remained on the lead, but restarted in 25th.

Bodine did not pit during a late-race round of stops under green. He inherited the lead for the final time with 13 laps remaining when rookie Austin Dillon, the pole sitter, made his last stop. Bodine finished 5.6 seconds ahead of runner-up Johnny Sauter.

In 2009, Ron Hornaday Jr became the first pole sitter to capture this race, as he defeated Mike Skinner by less than a second for his 43rd career Truck Series title. In the process, Hornaday also became the first two-time winner of this race, having also captured the checkered flag in 2006. Hornaday led four times for 29 laps, including the final 18, as he clipped Skinner by 0.135 of a second.

Johnny Benson led the last 32 laps in 2008, as he clipped Michael Annett by less than a second for his 11th career Truck Series title. Benson, who led for a race-high 94 laps, crossed the finish line 0.474 seconds ahead of Annett. Pole sitter Mike Skinner placed seventh, leading twice for 10 laps. Kyle Busch led 43 laps in the early going, but ended up with a sixth-place finish.

Mike Skinner dominated this race in 2007, as he led 135 of 150 laps, en route to his 23rd career Truck Series title. He crossed the finish line 5.570 seconds ahead of Travis Kvapil. Skinner, who led on four separate occasions, reclaimed the advantage on lap 105 and cruised to victory. Pole sitter Ryan Matthews finished fourth. The victory was one of five 2007 titles for Skinner, who ranks third in all-time wins at 28.

In 2006, Ron Hornaday Jr crossed the finish line two truck lengths ahead of Rick Crawford for his 29th career Truck Series title. Hornaday, who started from the 22nd position on the grid, led for 47 laps, including the final 22, as he won for the second time in 2006. Pole sitter Marcos Ambrose led for a race-high 49 laps, but finished 19th. Hornaday Jr is the all-time Camping World Series leader in wins with 51.

The winner at Kentucky Speedway over the past 12 seasons usually has the inside track at capturing the Series title. Eight of the last 12 winners of this race have gone on to win the Truck Series crown. Only in 2001 (Scott Riggs), 2003 (Carl Edwards), 2005 (Dennis Setzer) and Kyle Busch (2011) were the winners not also a champion. The top five positions have resulted in wins in eight of the previous 12 races.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the July 14 American Ethanol 200 200 at Iowa Speedway. Matt Crafton is the defending race winner.

06/26 16:07:13 ET

As of June 26, 2012, at 04:07 PM ET

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