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THE RACE: Great Clips 200

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #32 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race: Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: Great Clips

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 3:30 pm/et

  • Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch

    Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup); Marty Reid (Nationwide); analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree. Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Brad Daugherty (analysts).
  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, November 8th


Friday, November 9th

10:00 AM-11:20 AM NNS PRACTICE

Saturday, November 10th

2:00 PM (4:00 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Phoenix International Raceway Race Results (pdf)
  • Logano wins at Phoenix International Raceway:#18-Joey Logano won the Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway for his 9th Nationwide Series race of the year. #20-Brian Vickers finished second, followed by #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #54-Kyle Busch, #38-Kasey Kahne, #3-Austin Dillon, #43-Michael Annett, #11-Brian Scott, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #7-Danica Patrick. #2-Elliott Sadler was involved in a wreck with 2 laps to go and finished 22nd. #6-Stenhouse, Jr. now leads the points by 20 over #2-Sadler. Stenhouse, Jr. needs to finished 16th or better at Homestead to clinch the championship. There were 10 cautions for 40 laps and 6 lead changes among 4 leaders. The estimated attendance was 42,000. Complete results are on the Phoenix International Raceway race results page (pdf).(11-10-2012)

  • Phoenix International Raceway Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 14th Annual Great Clips 200, his 18th victory in 109 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his ninth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in eight races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Brian Vickers(i) (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2012.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in six races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Austin Dillon (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 20 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(11-10-2012)

  • Driver standings following Phoenix International Raceway:
    1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 1212
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler 1192 -20
    3) #3-Austin Dillon # 1187 -25
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 1105 -107
    5) $43-Michael Annett 1050 -162
    6) #31-Justin Allgaier 1043 -169
    7) #88-Cole Whitt # 960 -252
    8) #19-Mike Bliss 877 -335
    9) #11-Brian Scott 816 -396
    10) #7-Danica Patrick 806 -406 See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(11-10-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Phoenix International Raceway are posted (pdf). Joe Gibbs Racing's #18 team will clinch the owners' champtionship with a 29th place finish or better at Homestead.(11-10-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix International Raceway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #70-Hill, 41st
    Caution 3: #23-Dick, 18th
    Caution 4: #19-Bliss, 13th
    Caution 5: #01-Wallace, 19th
    Caution 6: #14-McClure, 20th
    Caution 7: #14-McClure, 20th
    Caution 8: #12-Hornish, Jr., 14th
    Caution 9: #10-Green, 23rd
    Caution 10: #08-Harraka, 21st

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Logano on pole at Phoenix International Raceway:#18-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole for the Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 132.621 mph. #54-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top ten: #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #20-Brian Vickers, #22-Brad Keselowski, #38-Kasey Kahne, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #30-Jason Leffler, and #11-Brian Scott. #2-Elliott Sadler hit the wall on his qualifying lap. He qualified 16th but will have to go to backup car and start at the rear of the field.. Did Not Qualify: #52-Joey Gase, #75-Carl Long. The starting lineup is posted on the Phoenix International Raceway starting lineup page (pdf).(11-10-2012)
    UPDATE: Timmy Hill will replace Nur Ali in the #70. Carl Long will drive the #15.(11-10-2012)

  • Phoenix International Raceway Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 14th Annual Great Clips 200 with a lap of 27.145 seconds, 132.621 mph.
    This is his 22nd pole in 109 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth pole and 18th top-10 start in 2012. His most recent pole came at Kansas Speedway in October.
    This is his second pole in eight races at Phoenix International Raceway. His first pole came in November 2010.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2012 and his 12th in 14 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his second top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 26th in 32 races this season.
    Austin Dillon (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Intergrated Marketing Communications)(11-10-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Stenhours, Jr. fastest in happy hour: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was quickest during the final practice session for the Great Clips 200 with a top speed of 132.807 mph. He was followed by: #3-Autin Dillon, #38-Kasey Kahne, #22-Brad Keselowski, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Cole Whitt, #7-Danica Patrick, #18-Joey Logano, #11-Brian Scott, and #99-Alex Bowman. See complete results on the Phoenix International Raceway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-9-2012)

  • Kahne fastest in first practice:#38-Kasey Kahne was fastest during opening practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 132.851mph. #3-Austin Dillon was second, followed by: #88-Cole Whitt, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Joey Logano, #99-Alex Bowman, #30-Jason Leffler, #54-Kyle Busch, and #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. #2-Elliott Sadler was 13th. There were several incidents during the session: #41-Noel Dowler wrecked on the frontstretch and will have to go to a backup. #44-John Blankenship hit the wall in turn 2 and will have to go to a backup. #70-Nur Ali got loose coming off turn two and slapped the wall with the rear of the car. See complete results on the Phoenix International Raceway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-9-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. A few notes:
    Paulie Harraka will be in the #08 Ford;
    Jennifer Jo Cobb's #13 is TBA;
    Brian Vickers will drive the Joe Gibbs #20;
    The Rick Ware #41 is TBA;
    The Jimmy Means #52 is TBA;
    Tony Raines is listed as the driver of both the #70 & #91;
    Alex Bowman will return to the #99 for RAB Racing.(11-5-2012)
    UPDATE: Joey Gase will return to the Jimmy Means #52.(11-6-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Derek White will drive the #24 for SR2.(11-7-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Nur Ali is now listed as driver of the #70.(11-8-2012)
    UPDATE 4: Noel Dowler will drive the #41 for Rick Ware.(11-9-2012)
    See the complete list on the Phoenix International Raceway entry list page.

  • Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Phoenix: The 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway will host races for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11 and ESPN will have live telecasts of both. Coverage of Sunday's 500-kilometer NASCAR Sprint Cup race, the next-to-last of the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2 p.m. with the green flag at 3:15 p.m. Saturday's 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race has NASCAR Countdown at 3:30 p.m. and the green flag at 4:16 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(11-5-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Camping World Truck)

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,100, Right-side -- 1,150;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 450, Right-side -- 450;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice and qualifying, and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4472; Right-side -- D-4520

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side  87.5 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side  88.3 in. (2,243 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 14 psi; Left Rear -- 14 psi;
    Right Front -- 34 psi; Right Rear -- 32 psi

  • Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR national touring series in action at Phoenix this weekend will be running the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Phoenix this past March, as well as last November . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix . . . Goodyear held a tire test with the 2013 Sprint Cup cars at Phoenix last month . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 2 Penske Racing Ford with Brad Keselowski, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith and No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford with Carl Edwards.

NASCAR News & Notes

    It’s All About Winning In This Championship
    After 31 races packed with close competition, the championship title hunt has resulted in a deadlock at 1,170 points between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler, making only one thing matter  wins.  
    Sound familiar? That’s because it is. Last season’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup came down to a tie in the points between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards. The championship was ultimately decided by wins (Stewart, five). This season in the NNS championship race, Sadler and Stenhouse could face the same fate, though currently Stenhouse holds the advantage with six victories to Sadler’s four.  Two races remain, Phoenix and Homestead, and it’s still anyone’s title.
    Both championship contenders have been impeccable this season. Stenhouse has posted six wins, 18 top fives, 24 top 10s and four poles. His season-to-date Driver Rating (110.0) leads the series and his Average Running Position (8.854) is third best in the series. Sadler’s resume is nothing to scoff at either. The veteran has posted four wins, 15 top fives, 23 top 10s, and four poles. His season-to-date Driver Rating (108.9) is second only to Stenhouse and his Average Running Position leads the series with a 6.956. 
    Heading West to Phoenix International Raceway, a track that was repaved last season, the series will make its third go on the new surface and reconfiguration. While Stenhouse has a better average finish (6.6 in five starts) at Phoenix than Sadler (15.4 in seven starts), Sadler won on the newly reconfigured 1-mile track earlier this season. Stenhouse finished third, but didn’t lead a lap. Bonus points will be big in these final two events. The most a driver can earn in an event is five points: one for leading a lap, one for leading most laps and three for the win. Stenhouse has accumulated 37 bonus points this season compared to Sadler’s 32. 
    Still on the championship periphery, 21 points behind Stenhouse and Sadler, sits Austin Dillon. Third in the standings and still not mathematically out of contention for the title, Dillon has the opportunity to capitalize on any mistakes Stenhouse and Sadler make over these next two events. Dillon has made two starts at Phoenix posting one top five, a fourth earlier this season.

    On The Brink Of History, Patrick Returns Home To Phoenix
    As the NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to the city Danica Patrick calls home for the penultimate race of the 2012 season, a strong performance this weekend would go a long way in ensuring she remains on the threshold of history. This Saturday, Phoenix plays host to the NNS Great Clips 200.
    With two races remaining, Patrick currently sits in 10th in the points standings, 398 points behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler
    Although she is pretty much out of contention for this season’s title, if Patrick finishes 12th or higher in the final standings, she will become the highest-finishing female in national series history. Sara Christian set the record in 1949 when she finished 13th in the NASCAR premier series’ inaugural season. 
    In 31 races this season, Patrick has three top-10 finishes. Her best finish was eighth in Texas’ April race. In her last six races, she hasn’t finished lower than 16th. In four trips to Phoenix, she has never finished higher than 17th or on the lead lap. With her recent success, that could all change Saturday. 

    Former Champion Vickers Set To Return To Nationwide In 2013
    Past NNS champion Brian Vickers is returning to the series full-time in 2013. Vickers will pilot the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota sponsored by Dollar General, the team and retailer announced Tuesday. Vickers returns to the series in which he won the 2003 championship as the youngest driver (age 20) to win a national series title. In 117 NNS races, Vickers has three wins  all in 2003, the last season he raced full-time in the series. In eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, he has three top-five and five top-10 finishes.  
    Vickers will be getting a jump on next season this weekend at Phoenix in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Dollar General Toyota during the Great Clips 200. This weekend, Joey Logano will drive the No. 18 Toyota, in which he’s won six of his series-high eight races.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Quick Season Recap: In 31 races, there have been 11 different winners, 16 different Coors Light pole winners and five championship point lead changes among two drivers. Most successful driver this season with the most wins (eight) and poles (five) is Joey Logano. & Kyle Busch leads the series in wins all-time with 52. He also has the longest-running winning streak (eight seasons) having won at least one race each season since his sophomore season in 2004. Winning one of these final two races in the NNS would tie Busch with Mark Martin’s series record (nine straight seasons with a win in the NNS  1992-‘00); plus it would give him his first win in KBM equipment. & The 1990 Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope will be attempting to make his 300th NNS career start this weekend at Phoenix.

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