Race: Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Avondale, AZ
Title Sponsor: Blue Jeans Go Green
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:45pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ABC - 3:30pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, February 27th
8:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
7:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, February 28th
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS & NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 1st
7:00 AM NNS & NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATIONS OPENS
10:10 AM (12:10 PM/ET) NNS QUALIFYING
11:30 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
1:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
1:45 PM (3:45 PM/ET) NNS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)
2:15 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Busch wins at Phoenix: #54-Kyle Busch won the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway after rain forced NASCAR to shorten the race 32 laps from the finish. #88-Kevin Harvick finished second followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #42-Kyle Larson, #20-Matt Kenseth, #11-Elliott Sadler, #6-Trevor Bayne, #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, and #3-Ty Dillon.
There were 4 cautions for 24 laps and 4 lead changes among 3 leaders. Complete results are on the Phoenix race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-3-2014)
Phoenix Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch(i) won the 10th Annual Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives, his 64th victory in 272 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third consecutive victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Phoenix International Raceway.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his seventh victory and 13th top-10 finish in 17 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 22 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2014.
Brad Keselowski(i) (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Chase Elliott (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Regan Smith leads the point standings by 5 points over Trevor Bayne. (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-1-2014)
Driver standings following Phoenix:
1) #7-Regan Smith, 83
2) #6-Trevor Bayne, 78 -5
3) #11-Elliott Sadler, 77 -6
4) #3-Ty Dillon, 71 -12
5) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, 67 -16
6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 66 -17
7) #9-Chase Elliott, 64 -19
8) #2-Brian Scott, 60 -23
9) #99-James Buescher, 60 -23
10) #28-Mike Wallace, 55 -28
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(3-1-2014)
Owner Standings following Phoenix are posted (pdf).(3-1-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #52-Joey Gase, 24th
Caution 2: #42-Kyle Larson, 4th
Caution 3: #60- Chris Buescher, 15th
Caution 4: None; rain delayed, and eventually ended the race.
Potential race coverage delays from Phoenix: Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is being broadcast nationally by ABC but viewing will be affected in several markets due to other programming airing on local ABC affiliates. The telecast begins with NASCAR Countdown at 3:30 p.m. ET and the race's green flag is scheduled for 4 p.m. Allen Bestwick will call the race with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Dr. Jerry Punch. In Des Moines, Iowa, (WOI-TV) and Jonesboro, Ark., (KAIT-TV), the stations are airing college basketball games on their main channels and the race will air on the station's Digital Tier 2 channels. In Asheville, N.C., (WLOS-TV) and Augusta, Ga., (WJBF-TV), the stations are airing college basketball games and will join the race telecast in progress when the games conclude. In four markets, the ABC affiliates are airing college basketball games and will not be airing the race. The stations are WTOK-TV in Meridian, Miss.; WOLO-TV in Columbia, S.C.; WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, Ky.; and WOAY-TV in Beckley-Bluefield-Oak Hill, W. Va. Local ABC affiliates make their own programming decisions. Viewers should address any feedback to their local stations.(ESPN Front Row)(3-1-2014)
Keselowski on pole at Phoenix: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole for the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 134.053 mph. #2-Brian Scott will start second. The rest of the top 10: #54-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth, #3-Ty Dillon, #11-Elliott Sadler, #88-Kevin Harvick, #7-Regan Smith, #42-Kyle Larson, and #6-Trevor Bayne. Did Not Qualify: None. (3-1-2014)
Phoenix Qualifying Notes:
Brad Keselowski(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 10th Annual Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives with a lap of 26.855 seconds, 134.053 mph.
Keselowski swept the weekend with two poles; he also will start on the pole in the NSCS race. The last person to sweep a weekend of poles was Denny Hamlin in October 2013 when he won the poles for both the NSCS and NCWTS races.
This is his 15th pole in 207 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in 15 races at Phoenix International Raceway.Brian Scott (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2014 and his fourth in ten races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 15th top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second in two races this season.
Ty Dillon (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-1-2014)
Busch fastest in happy hour: #54-Kyle Busch was quickest during happy hour for the Blue Jeans Go Green 200 with a speed of 132.309 mph. He was followed by: #2-Brian Scott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #6-Trevor Bayne, #3-Ty Dillon, #16-Ryan Reed, #42-Kyle Larson, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #19-Mike Bliss, and #99-James Buescher in the top-10. 39 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Phoenix practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-28-2014)
Keselowski fastest in first practice: #22-Brad Keselowski was fastest during opening practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 131.974 mph. #11-Elliott Sadler was second, followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #7-Regan Smith, #16-Ryan Reed, #20-Matt Kenseth, #6-Trevor Bayne, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, and #3-Ty Dillon. 37 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-28-2014)
Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. A few notes:
Jeff Green will be in the TriStar #10;
Carlos Contreras moves to the #23;
The #24 for SR2 is TBA;
Matt Dibenedetto will be in the #46 for Curtis Key;
Tommy Joe Martins will drive the #67;
Willie Allen will be in the #76;
Daryl Harr will drive the #87 for NEMCO;
Kevin Harvick will drive the JR Motorsports #88.(2-24-2014)
UPDATE: Blake Koch will be in the #10 for TriStar and Will Kimmel will drive the #44.(2-24-2013)
UPDATE 2: Ruben Garcia Jr. will be in the #24 for SR2.(2-27-2014)
UPDATE 3: The #67 team has withdrawn and Tommy Joe Martins has moved to the #76.(2-27-2014)
See the complete list on the Phoenix entry list page.
Nationwide Series at Phoenix Live on ABC: The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway for a 200-mile race on Saturday, March 1, and ABC will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 3:30pm/et while the green flag will fly at 4:00pm/et. The race telecast will air on ESPN Deportes at 4:00am/et on Sunday, March 2.(ESPN)(2-24-2014)
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 2 - Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Phoenix International Raceway (1.0-mile oval) - Avondale, Ariz. Fast Facts for February 28-March 2, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Set limits: Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4612; Right-side -- D-4594
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 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 week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR teams ran at this track last November . . . this left-side tire code (D-4612) was introduced at Phoenix in November, while this right-side code (D-4594) debuted at the track last March . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.
Goal No. 1 For Smith: Win JRM Its First Championship
With a victory in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday night, Regan Smith got his season off to a thrilling start by edging out Brad Keselowski at the finish line by .013 seconds - the seventh closest finish in NASCAR Nationwide Series history and second closest in series history at Daytona. The win sets him on the right track to accomplish his primary goal this season - win JR Motorsports its first title.
“This year there’s two goals, that’s to win Junior Motorsports their first championship and for me to prove to the right owner that I belong racing on Sundays,” Smith said after the race. “But that first goal is the primary goal.”
If history is any indication, by achieving his first goal Smith could find himself racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sundays in the near future. Fifteen of the past 16 NNS championships (dating back to 1998 when JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first NASCAR driver’s title) were won by drivers currently competing fulltime in NASCAR’s highest level, including 2013 champion Austin Dillon.
The next step in Smith’s quest to accomplish his primary goal is finishing well in Saturday’s Blue Jeans Go Green 200 presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives at Phoenix International Raceway. In six series starts at the one-mile track he’s posted one top-five (fourth place in last November’s race) and two top-10 finishes. In nine NSCS starts at the track, Smith has never finished better than 20th. In two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Phoenix, his best finish is 30th.
Smith arrives in Phoenix with a six-point advantage over Trevor Bayne in the points standings. Elliott Sadler (-eight), Brendan Gaughan (-nine) and Ty Dillon (-10) round out the top five. Smith’s four career wins have all come in the last 35 races. Last year Smith captured two of those victories (Talladega, Michigan), after winning the season finale in his only start of 2012.
In 2013, Smith led the points standings for 10 consecutive weeks before ultimately finishing third in the final standings behind Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr.
Joe Gibbs Racing Goes For Four At Phoenix
In this era of parity among drivers and teams, it’s hard for either to establish winning streaks of any length. Therefore, Joe Gibbs Racing has a rare opportunity this Saturday to win its fourth consecutive race at the one-mile track.
Kyle Busch, who will once again be piloting the No. 54 JGR Toyota at Phoenix, swept both Phoenix races last year after Joey Logano won the penultimate race of the 2012 season. Logano left JGR during that offseason to drive for Team Penske.
In 24 races, no team has ever captured four victories in a row at Phoenix. Roush Fenway Racing is the only other organization to piece together three straight NNS wins there when Carl Edwards won in November 2008 and Edwards and Greg Biffle won the two Phoenix events the following year.
Busch will be joined this weekend in the starting field by teammates Elliott Sadler (No. 11) and Matt Kenseth (No. 20). The trio of JGR drivers has collected eight series Phoenix wins - Busch (six), Kenseth (one) and Sadler (one).
Trio Of Rookies Setting High Expectations
A loaded Sunoco Rookie of the Year class arrived last weekend in Daytona with the highest of expectations. At the end of the 121-lap race, Ty Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski and Chase Elliott were the top rookie finishers all with top-20 finishes and seeded in the top 10 in the standings.
The series now heads west to Phoenix where all three drivers, whose average age is 19, will be making their first NNS starts at the one-mile track.
In two NCWTS starts at Phoenix, Dillon, who finished seventh in Saturday’s Daytona race, has finishes of fourth and 15th. He currently sits seventh (10 points behind leader Regan Smith), one spot and point ahead of Kwasniewski. Elliott finished 15th and is in eighth place, 18 points outside of first. In Elliott’s only truck series start at Phoenix, he finished 10th. Saturday marks Kwasniewski’s first start at the track in a national series event.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Remember to bring your jeans with you to Phoenix. Not to wear them, but to donate them as part of an at-track recycling program. The denim will be converted into UltaTouch Denim Insulation by Bonded Logic and then donated to communities in need across the country. ... Before Saturday’s race, Joey Gase will meet with the family of Michael Choppi, who saved three lives through the generous gift of organ donation. Gase’s mom passed away in 2011 and was an organ and tissue donor. ... Tommy Joe Martins and Martin Roy will attempt to make their first career start in the NNS this weekend in Phoenix.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)