BASHAS' SUPERMARKETS 200 - PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Nationwide Series Race #2 of 34 for the 2011 season


Last Race - Daytona
Next Race - Las Vegas


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Race Information


Race Rundown
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.

A couple of highly touted drivers who look to rebound from a rough Daytona:

 

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.

 

NNS ETC.

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

 

Set limits:
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.

 

Additional Phoenix Nationwide Race Info:

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