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THE RACE: DOLLAR GENERAL 300

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #2 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: Dollar General

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:45pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, February 28th

8:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, March 1st

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM 11:20 AM NNS PRACTICE
1:35 PM 2:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION CLOSES

Saturday, March 2nd

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
11:05 AM (1:05 PM) NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
12:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
2:05 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:30 PM (4:30 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)
3:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
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Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Phoenix race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Phoenix: #54-Kyle Busch won the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, for his 1st win of the season and 52nd Nationwide win of his career. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second followed by #31-Justin Allgaier, #6-Trevor Bayne, #11-Elliott Sadler, #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #18-Matt Kenseth, #43-Aric Almirola, and #2-Brian Scott.
    There were 7 cautions for 38 laps and 6 lead changes among 4 leaders. Complete results are on the Phoenix race results page (pdf). (3-2-2013)

  • Phoenix Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas, his 52nd victory in 246 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. His last win came Sept. 9, 2011 at Richmond. Today's victory breaks a 24-race winless streak.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 15 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Brad Keselowski(i) (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2013.
    Justin Allgaier (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in ten races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Kyle Larson (13th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 0 points over Justin Allgaier
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-2-2013)

  • Driver standings following Phoenix:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 79
    1) #31-Justin Allgaier 79
    3) #2-Brian Scott 73, -6,BR> 4) #11-Elliott Sadler 69, -10
    5) #77-Parker Kligerman 65, -14
    6) #7-Regan Smith 65, -14
    7) #32-Kyle Larson 63, -16
    8) #30-Nelson Piquet Jr. # 62, -17
    9) #3-Austin Dillon 61, -18
    10) #99-Alex Bowman # 54, -25
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-2-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Phoenix are posted (pdf). Last year's top 30 in points will remain locked in for the first 3 races of 2013.(3-2-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, none a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #51-Sieg, 21st
    Caution 3: #00-White, 22nd
    Caution 4: #14-McClure, 29th
    Caution 5: #24-Koch, 16th
    Caution 6: #24-Koch (2), 16th
    Caution 7: #14-McClure (2), 29th
    (3-2-2013)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Phoenix: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 133.057mph. #20-Brian Vickers will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Matt Kenseth, #6-Trevor Bayne, #31-Justin Allgaier, #3-Austin Dillon, #5-Jimmie Johnson, #43-Aric Almirola, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #33-Kevin Harvick Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Phoenix starting lineup page (pdf).(3-2-2013)

  • Phoenix Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dollar General 200 fueled by AmeriGas with a lap of 27.056 seconds, 133.057 mph.
    This is his 27th pole in 246 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his fifth pole in 15 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Brian Vickers (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2013 and his third in five races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Matt Kenseth(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second in two races this season.
    Kyle Larson (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-2-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Busch fastest in happy hour: #54-Kyle Busch was quickest during happy hour for the Dollar General 200 with a speed of 132.115mph. He was followed by: #5-Jimmie Johnson, #32-Kyle Larson, #11-Elliott Sadler, #2-Brian Scott, #18-Matt Kenseth, #31-Justin Allgaier, #20-Brian Vickers, #7-Regan Smith, and #10-Kevin Harvick. 38 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Phoenix practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-1-2013)

  • Dillon fastest in first practice: #3-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 133.087mph.#54-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #32-Kyle Larson, #7-Regan Smith, #5-Jimmie Johnson, #43-Aric Almirola, #31-Justin Allgaier, #18-Matt Kenseth, and #33-Kevin Harvick. 38 drivers practiced during the session. There are only 40 teams at the track so everyone will make the race. See complete results on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-1-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Dollar General 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. A few notes:
    Darryl Harr will drive the #4 for JD Motorsports;
    Jimmie Johnson is in the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Matt Kenseth remains in the JGR #18;
    The #27 team with Michael McDowell is listed, but may have withdrawn already;
    Kevin Harvick will drive the RCR #33;
    Josh Wise is entered in the #42 for The Motorsports Group;
    #8-Scott Lagasse, Jr. and #92-Dexter Stacy, both drivers that had announced intentions to run the full season, are not listed.(2-23-2013)
    UPDATE: The #27 team has officially withdrawn.(2-25-2013)
    UPDATE 2: #8-Scott Lagasse, Jr. will not attempt Phoenix. The team will return at Las Vegas.(2-26-2013)
    UPDATE 3: Harrison Rhodes has been added as driver of the #23 Chevy and #92-Dexter Stacey has been added to the list.(2-26-2013)
    UPDATE 4: Morgan Shepherd has withdrawn his #89 team.(2-26-2013)
    UPDATE 5: Charles Lewandoski will drive the #51 in place of Jeremy Clements.(2-28-2013)
    UPDATE 6: Ryan Sieg is now driving the #51 for Jeremy Clements.(3-1-2013)
    See the complete list on the Phoenix entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series at Phoenix on ESPN2: The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for a 200-mile race and ESPN2 will have a live telecast on Saturday, March 2. NASCAR Countdown begins at 4 p.m. ET with the green flag at 4:45 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Kawasaki. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.(ESPN)(2-25-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Dollar General 200 Phoenix International Raceway (1.0-mile oval)  Avondale, Ariz.
    Fast Facts for March 1-3, 2013

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4592; Right-side -- D-4594

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 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 both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this weekend . . . this is the first time either of these two tire codes have been raced . . . this tire set-up came out of a test at Phoenix last October 23-24 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the #1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, #2 Penske Racing Ford with Brad Keselowski, #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, #27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and #99 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last year, this set-up features a compound change to both the left- and right-side tires to give the cars more grip . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Newcomers Prove They Have What It Takes At Daytona
    On Saturday during the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, the gauntlet was thrown down.  Many drivers new to the NASCAR Nationwide Series or with limited experience wanted to prove they could hang with the big boys. And hang they did.
    Action sports star Travis Pastrana gave his multitude of fans a little preview of what they could expect throughout the season with a career-best 10th-place finish in only his second start in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford. In 10 career starts in the series, his previous best was 17th (three times in 2012). He's never competed in a NASCAR national series race at Phoenix, the site of this weekend's NNS Dollar General 200. 
    In his first eight races, Pastrana piloted the No. 99 RAB Racing Toyota, which is now driven by 19-year-old Alex Bowman. In only his fifth start, Bowman turned in a solid, third-place performance at Daytona after running near the front for most of the race. His previous career high was in last year's fall Phoenix race where he finished a respectable 15th. This weekend, Bowman looks to build upon his Daytona success and improve upon his past Phoenix performance.
    Although Parker Kligerman has performed well in the NNS before, he enters 2013 with his first full-time ride, driving the No. 77 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. He started the season on a high note leading 10 laps at Daytona before finishing fifth. In 19 starts, Kligerman has six top 10s and a pole. 
    This weekend's race in Phoenix will be his first NNS appearance at the one-mile oval. However, in two NCWTS starts at the track, Kligerman finished 32nd and 27th.    
    Nelson Piquet Jr., who moved up to a full-time NNS ride this season, continues to prove he has the chops to compete in the series. In only five starts, Piquet has one win, two top 10s and a pole. While he didn't finish in the top 10 at Daytona, Piquet did finish 11th. He's visited the Phoenix track twice before, with the NCWTS, where he had 13th- and 8th-place showings.

    Hornish Hoping To Duplicate Past Phoenix Success To Remain Atop Standings
    For the first time in his NASCAR career, driver Sam Hornish Jr. finds himself on top of the world  more accurately, the standings.
    After six years on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit and six years in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (his first full-time season in 2012), Hornish finally made his way to the top. To begin his seventh season of NNS competition, Hornish took runner-up in the season-opening Daytona race and the lead in the standings. NSCS regular Tony Stewart won the DRIVE4COPD 300 and is not eligible for championship points in the NNS.    
    Hornish looks to maintain his lead and extend his one-point advantage over Alex Bowman as the series heads to Phoenix, the site of Hornish's only series win. In the fall 2011 race at Phoenix, he outpaced Brad Keselowski to win the WYPALL 200 by 0.553 seconds.

    Championship Favorites Need Shot Of Good Luck
    After less-than-stellar performances in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona, a quartet of drivers is hoping to reverse their fortunes in Saturday's Dollar General 200.
    After finishing the previous two seasons as runner-up in the standings to Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler headed into 2013 as a favorite to claim the title at season's end. A strong outing in Daytona would put him on the right path. However, after finishing 15th, he's looking to finish better in Phoenix and work his way back into contention. In eight NNS appearances at the track, he has one win and two top 10s.
    Former NASCAR Nationwide champion (2003) Brian Vickers returned to the series in 2013, his first full-time season since 2003, looking for his second championship. In order to accomplish that feat, he'll need to finish better than 19th. Perhaps his fortunes will turn at Phoenix, a track at which he's never won in four attempts.
    Austin Dillon, who finished third in the 2012 standings, is also considered a contender for the crown. Unfortunately, his season also didn't start as well as he had hoped. After finishing 21st, he needs a strong performance at Phoenix, where he has sixth- and fourth-place finishes in his two most recent trips. 
    After getting caught up in a late-race accident and finishing 26th at Daytona, Michael Annett, last year's fifth-place finisher in the standings, needs a reversal of fortune this weekend at Phoenix, where he has never won in eight attempts.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Hometown favorites Michael McDowell (Glendale) and Alex Bowman (Tucson) return to Arizona, where they both hope to win the Dollar General 200 in front of family and friends. & 2013 Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson suits up for the NNS race at the helm of the JR Motorsports No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet. It's Johnson's first competition in the series since the 2011 Watkins Glen race, where he finished second. & NNS regular Austin Dillon will visit the Phoenix Children's Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, to help raise awareness for pediatric trauma. 

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