- Race: 5:30pm/et, Saturday, February 26, 2011 in Azondale, AZ
- Length: 200 Laps, 200 miles
- TV: ESPN2 - 5:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,034,421
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Busch wins at Phoenix: #18-Kyle Busch won the Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, dominating the race and leading every lap. #60-Carl Edwards made a late charge for the lead but was never able to take the position. He finished second. The rest of the top 10: #33-Kevin Harvick, #30-Ryan Newman, #32-Reed Sorenson, #20-Joey Logano, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, #31-Justin Allgaier, #11- Brain Scott, and #09-Kenny Wallace.
There were 3 cautions for 15 laps and no lead changes. Complete results are posted on the Phoenix race results page.
Phoenix Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch(i) won the 7th Annual Bashas' Supermarkets 200, his 44th victory in 204 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He scores a perfect 150.0 Driver Rating for the second race of the weekend. This is his 88th national series victory for fourth all-time by himself.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his fourth victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He led all 200 laps breaking Carl Edwards record of 153 in last fall's Phoenix race. This is the first time a driver in a national series has led wire to wire since July 4, 2003 when Dale Earnhardt Jr. led all 100 laps in a NNS race at Daytona International Speedway.
Carl Edwards(i) (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2011.
Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Ryan Truex (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Reed Sorenson leads the point standings by 5 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix and their finish
Caution 1: #88-Almirola, 13th
Caution 2: #88-Almirola (2), 13th
Caution 3: #2-Sadler, 12th
Driver standings following Phoenix:
1) #32-Reed Sorenson 78
2) #6- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 73, -5
3) #38-Jason Leffler 71, -7
4) #7- Danica Patrick 58, -20
5) #87-Joe Nemechek 58, -20
6) #88- Aric Almirola 56, -22
7) #19- Mike Bliss 55, -23
8) #31-Justin Allgaier 53, -25
9) #09-Kenny Wallace 50, -28
10) #51-Jeremy Clements 50, -28
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(2-26-2011)
Owner Standings following Phoenix are posted. The top 30 from 2010 will remain locked in at Las Vegas.(2-26-2011)
Busch on pole at Phoenix: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 134.298mph. #60-Carl Edwards will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Joey Logano, #22-Brad Keselowski, #11-Brian Scott, #30-Ryan Newman, #16-Trevor Bayne, #66-Steve Wallace, #33-Kevin Harvick, and #32-Reed Sorenson. With only 40 cars at the track, there were no DNQs.
The starting lineup is posted on the Phoenix starting lineup page.(2-26-2011)
Phoenix Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 7th Annual Bashas' Supermarkets 200 with a lap of 26.806 seconds, 134.298 mph. This is a new track record (old Joey Logano, 134.048, Nov. 13, 2010).
This is his 22nd pole in 204 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He breaks tie with Carl Edwards for 7th all-time. He's now fifth with David Green and Kevin Harvick.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2011.
This is his fourth pole in 12 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He matches Edwards' 12 pole total here.
Carl Edwards(i) (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2011 and his 11th in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Joey Logano(i) (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second in two races this season.
Ryan Truex (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Keselowski fastest in happy hour: #22-Brad Keselowski was quickest during happy hour at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 132.071mph. He was followed by: #18-Kyle Busch, #60-Carl Edwards, #33-Carl Edwards, #33-Kevin Harvick, #2-Elliott Sadler, #30-Ryan Newman, #32-Reed Sorenson, #66-Steve Wallace, #38-Jason Leffler, and #11-Brian Scott. 35 drivers practiced during the session. Complete results are posted on the Phoenix practice results page.(2-25-2011)
Busch fastest in opening practice: #18-Kyle Busch was the fastest in the opening practice session for the Bashas Supermarkets 200. His top speed was 132.275mph.
#16-Trevor Bayne was second at 132.246mphmph. The rest of the top 10: #99-Ryan Truex, #60-Carl Edwards, #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Joey Logano, #30-Ryan Newman, #88-Aric Almirola, #2-Elliott Sadler, and #33-Kevin Harvick. There were no incidents during the session.
Complete results are posted on the Phoenix practice results page.(2-25-2011)
Entry List:There are just 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Bashas Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Cars entered last week but not this week include: #05 Day Racing, #1 Phoenix Racing, #5 JR Motorsports, #4 Kevin Harvick Inc, and #12-Penske Racing;
Penske was a top 30 car and locked into the field;
Timmy Hill will make his debut in the #15 for Rick Ware (using Germain owner points);
Charles Lewandoski will drive the TriStar #19;
The #27 Baker Curb entry does not have a driver named, but is expected to be a start and park;
Ryan Nemwan will drive the Turner Motorsports #30;
Carl Long will be in the #41 for Rick Ware;
Mike Bliss moves to the TriStar #44;
The Jimmy Means #52 is listed as TBA, that team may withdraw after their Daytona wreck;
Blake Koch will drive the MacDonald Motorsports #81;
Note: There are currently only 29 cars that are locked in for certain. Unknown at this point if 29 cars will be locked in at Phoenix or of the #81 MacDonald Motorsports team, who ended 2010 31st in owners points, will become locked in.
UPDATE: Justin Marks will be in the #27 for Baker-Curb.(2-23-2011)
UPDATE 2: The #52 team will make the trip to Phoenix, with Daryl Harr driving.(2-23-2011)
UPDATE 3: There are 40 cars at the track. Because of the #12 team not attempting the race, the #81 team will be locked in.(2-25-2011)
See the complete list on the Phoenix entry list page.
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Mountain Time).
Thursday, February 24th
11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGES OPEN
5:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, February 25th
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
11:00 AM-12:20 PM NNS PRACTICE
2:00 PM-2:55 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES
Saturday, February 26th
7:30 AM NNS GARAGES & REGISTRATIONS OPEN
12:05 PM (2:05 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
1:15 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
3:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM (5:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)
4:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
A Leader Amongst Us … But Whom?
Expect the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standings to be shaken up this week as the series heads west to Phoenix International Raceway. There have been 18 series races run at PIR with 11 different winners and 12 different pole winners.
With current points leader Landon Cassill not schedule to run at Phoenix, a number of series regulars are in line to swipe his throne.
- Reed Sorenson - Second in the standings; has made seven starts at Phoenix posting three top fives and five top 10s, including a fifth last fall.
- Jason Leffler - Third in standings; has made 13 starts at Phoenix, posting two top fives and four top 10s and two poles.
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Fourth in the standings; has made two starts at Phoenix posting two top 10s.
A couple of highly touted drivers who look to rebound from a rough Daytona:
- Elliott Sadler – Finished 38th at Daytona. The media pre-season poll championship favorite has made four starts at Phoenix, posting a runner-up finish in 2005.
- Brian Scott - 23rd in the standings, he has made three starts at Phoenix, finishing in the top 20 all three times, including an 11th last fall.
Home Sweet Home For Danica?
Danica Patrick heads home to Phoenix this week, coming off arguably her best race since joining NASCAR last season.
She started 2011 qualifying fourth at Daytona, then became the first woman in NASCAR national series history to lead a lap at Daytona International Speedway. She wrapped up the weekend with a career-best 14th-place finish and a career-high Driver Rating of 89.9. Her previous best series finish was 19th in last year’s season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
This weekend Patrick is looking to continue her momentum in front of her hometown fans. It will be Patrick’s second visit to Phoenix International Raceway, but her first in the spring event. Last season, she started 28th at Phoenix and finished 32nd. Her Average Running Position that event was 26.7.
Patrick is scheduled to run the first four events of the season before returning to IndyCar.
Ladder Day Saints
Daytona 500 champion, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series star, Trevor Bayne is one of many drivers who have worked their way up the ladder system of NASCAR to get a shot on the national stage.
Bayne's first NASCAR win came in his sixth NASCAR K&N Pro Series, East start on July 12, 2008. He ran the full season in the series for Dale Earnhardt Inc. Bayne recorded six top fives, eight top 10s and a pole, finishing fourth in points.
“That’s crazy how fast it has all happened,” Bayne said. “It’s been a flash, going straight from the East to Nationwide Series to here. It was a perfect stepping stone order. It’s an awesome way to go.”
This week at Phoenix another product of NASCAR’s ladder system will make his debut – Timmy Hill. A day after his 18th birthday (Feb. 25), Hill will run at Phoenix.
Last season, Hill made his debut for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (one race) and West (two races) along with seven ARCA starts.
Another notable talent currently learning in a NASCAR developmental series: X-Games star Travis Pastrana. Pastrana will run the K&N Pro Series, West race at Phoenix, another tune-up prior to his scheduled NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis in July.
This weekend at Phoenix will be the first event of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season that all four Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders are entered and will be attempting to qualify on Friday, Feb. 25. This year’s rookie contender class includes: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ryan Truex, Timmy Hill and Blake Koch. … This will be the first visit to Phoenix for the new NASCAR Nationwide car, as well as the first race on a one-mile track. The car has previously run at Daytona (2.5-miles), Michigan (two-mile), Richmond (.75-mile) and Charlotte (1.5-mile).
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575
6 sets for the weekend
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this week, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams have run this combination of left- and right-side tires . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test at Richmond last October . . .
Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams will also race on this set-up at Richmond this coming April . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last season, this left-side tire features a construction change, while this right-side tire features a softer compound . . . both changes are designed to give the cars and trucks more grip . . . as on most NASCAR mile-tracks, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.
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