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Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200

Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #4 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: Axalta Coating Systems

Race Time: 4:00pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:16pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Mountain Time)

Friday, March 13th
8:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM 5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:30 AM 7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
12:30 PM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:30 PM-2:25 PM NXS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, March 14th
6:00 AM 1:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:00 AM 1:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:45 AM (12:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING
11:15 AM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
12:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM (4:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Phoenix race results and standings (pdf)

  • Logano wins XFINITY race at Phoenix: #22-Joey Logano won the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. He dominated most of the race, leading 176 of the 200 laps. #20-Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by #88-Kevin Harvick, #33-Austin Dillon, #54-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #7-Regan Smith, and #2-Brian Scott.
    There were 4 cautions for 26 laps and 7 lead changes among 4 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).(3-14-2015)

  • Phoenix XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano(i) won the 11th Annual Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200, his 22nd victory in 137 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in nine races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Matt Kenseth(i) (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 15 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2015.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (third) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 23 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Daniel Suarez (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ty Dillon leads the point standings by 14 points over Chris Buescher.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-14-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Phoenix:
    1) #3-Ty Dillon 157
    2) #60-Chris Buescher 143, -14
    3) #16-Ryan Reed, 135, -22
    4) #9-Chase Elliott, 132, -25
    5) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr. #, 132, -25
    6) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 122, -35
    7) #7-Regan Smith, 121, -36
    8) #1-Elliott Sadler, 114, -43
    9) #44-David Starr, 106, -51
    10) #18-Daniel Suarez #, 103, -54
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(3-14-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #1-Sadler, 12th
    Caution 2: #25-Lupton, 19th
    Caution 3: #62-Gaughan, 8th
    Caution 4: #51-Clements, 16th
    (3-14-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Logano on XFINITY pole at Phoenix: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a track record speed of 135.201mph. #88-Kevin Harvick will start second. The rest of the top 10: #54-Erik Jones, #20-Matt Kenseth, #33-Austin Dillon, #18-Daniel Suarez, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #1-Elliott Sadler. Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Phoenix starting lineup page (pdf).(3-14-2015)

  • Phoenix XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Joey Logano(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 11th Annual Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 with a lap of 26.627 seconds, 135.201 mph. - new track record. (Previous Record: Kyle Busch 134.298 mph - 2/26/2011)
    This is his 28th pole in 137 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second pole and second top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his third pole in nine races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2015 and his 18th in 23 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Erik Jones(i) (third) posted his second top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his third in four races this season.
    Daniel Suarez (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-14-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Smith fastest in happy hour: #7-Regan Smith was quickest during happy hour for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 with a speed of 133.680mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #18-Daniel Suarez, #33-Austin Dillon, #22-Joey Logano, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Erik Jones, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #88-Kevin Harvick. All 41 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Phoenix practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-13-2014)

  • Logano fastest in first practice: #22-Joey Logano was fastest during opening practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 131.685Xmph. #88-Kevin Harvick was second, followed by: #7-Regan Smith, #20-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brian Scott, #54-Erik Jones, #33-Austin Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #3-Ty Dillon, and #60-Chris Buescher. 37 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-13-2014)

  • XFINITY Entry List:There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. A few notes:
    Jeff Green is back in the #10 for TriStar;
    Derek While will drive the #13;
    The #15 for Rick Ware is TBA;
    Matt Kenseth will drive the Joe Gibbs #20;
    Dylan Lupton will make his debut in the #25 for Athenian Motorsports;
    Carl Long will drive the #40;
    Brennan Poole returns to the #42 for HScott Motorsports;
    Charles Lewandoski will make his season debut in the #56 for Team Kapusta.(3-9-2015)
    UPDATE: The #97 driver is now listed as TBA. Josh Reaume had been in the car for the first 3 races.(3-11-2015)
    UPDATE 2: Peyton Sellers will be in the #97 for Obaika Racing.(3-12-2015)
    UPDATE 3 Enrique Contreras will drive the #15 for Rick Ware.(3-13-2015)
    See the complete list on the Phoenix entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4612; Right-side -- D-4626

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in (2,244 mm)

  • 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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire set-up at Phoenix this week . . . while this is the first time these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4626), they have run this left-side code (D-4612) at this track since November 2013 . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last year, this right-side tire features a compound change to enhance grip and help rubber-in the track, and a construction change to bring this track in line with what is run at Richmond . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Phoenix last October . . . drivers participating in that test were Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Michael McDowell . . . 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

    Ty Dillon Grabs XFINITY Series Standings Lead Early

    Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon has powered to the NASCAR XFINITY Series point standings lead after posting three top-10 finishes in the first three races of the 2015 season.

    Dillon has been adamant since the season opener that 2015 is a championship or bust season for himself and the No. 3 RCR Chevrolet team. Now he sits at the standings point, six markers ahead of Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher in second and 15 points ahead of third-place Ryan Reed. 

    His NASCAR Loop Data supports his impressive performance; his season-to-date average running position is 7.698 (second-best) and his driver rating is 103.8 (second-best).

    Dillon heads to Phoenix this weekend having made two starts at the one-mile raceway posting one top five and two top 10s. His average finish at Phoenix is 7.0. Last fall Dillon started seventh and finished fourth at PIR.

    Young Top Five In Points Turns The Spotlight To The Youth

    The youth movement in NASCAR continues, this week’s average age of the top five in the NASCAR XFINITY Series point standings (21.2) supports just that.  The next generation of great drivers are being groomed now in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the series where names are made.

    The elder statesman of the youth contingent is points leader Ty Dillon who just turned 23 years old on Feb. 27. The second, third and fourth-place positions in the standings belong to Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher (22 years old), Ryan Reed (21 years old), and Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Darrell Wallace Jr. (21 years old) respectively. The youngest of the group is fifth in points; the 2014 series champion Chase Elliott at the age of 19.   

    Four of the top five in points have made starts at Phoenix and two have average finishes inside the top 10: Ty Dillon (7.0), Chase Elliott (7.0), Chris Buescher (13.5) and Ryan Reed (18.7). This will be Darrell Wallace Jr.’s series debut at Phoenix this weekend. Wallace is familiar with Phoenix International Raceway; he made two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the one-mile track, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 13.0.

    Strong Sprint Cup Cavalcade Rides Into Phoenix

    A stout double duty lineup awaits fans in Phoenix. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon will compete at Phoenix’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 on March 14 (4 p.m. ET on FOX).

    Among the four entered, Harvick (Atlanta) and Dillon (Las Vegas) have already scored wins this season, but Matt Kenseth has the best Phoenix pre-race statistics heading into this weekend. Kenseth’s driver rating is 118.4 (second only to Kyle Busch’s 122.8), and his average running position of 4.747 is the series’ best. 

    Harvick posted a victory at Phoenix in 2006 and has an average finish of 8.0 after 22 starts.

    Logano sat on the pole and won the race at Phoenix last fall. In his eight series starts at Phoenix he hasn’t finished outside the top 10.

    Dillon has made five series starts at Phoenix posting two top fives and four top 10s.

    Richard Childress Racing A Force In ’15

    Car owner Richard Childress has put the pedal to the floor this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Not only does his grandson, Ty Dillon, and the No. 3 team currently lead the series driver standings, his other grandson, 2013 series champion Austin Dillon, just won last weekend at Las Vegas to catapult the No. 33 team into the series owner standings lead.

    Currently, Richard Childress’ No. 33 team has a one point lead over Roger Penske’s No. 22 team in the owner standings. The No. 33 team of Richard Childress Racing has tapped drivers Austin Dillon and Paul Menard to get behind the wheel thus far this season. Team Penske has strapped in Brad Keselowski Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney in the No. 22 in 2015. Logano will race the No. 22 in Phoenix; Dillon will once again race the No. 33.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Daniel Suarez Continues To Improve
    Darrell Wallace Jr. continues to lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings following the third race of the season by five points over second-place Ross Chastain and eight points ahead of third-place Daniel Suarez.

    Rookie Spotlight: Daniel Suarez

    The 23-year-old, Monterey, Mexico native, Daniel Suarez, continues to improve with each start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Ever since the season opener at Daytona where he was caught in a late race accident relegating him to a 39th-place finish, Suarez has bounced back, finishing 14th at Atlanta and then posting his first series career top 10 last weekend at Las Vegas. It was also the first top 10 by a Mexico-born driver since 2007 (Jorge Goeters and Adrian Fernandez at Autodromo Hemranos Rodriguez in Mexico City).

    "I definitely feel like we're improving,” said Suarez. “We are learning about everything. We are getting more confident each race and that's good. I really think that we are going to be even stronger in Phoenix."

    Suarez’s success on the track is translating to the point standings as well. He jumped seven spots in the overall series driver standings from 20th to 13th this past weekend. 

    Suarez returns to Phoenix International Raceway, where he won the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series race in 2014.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    HScott Motorsports didn’t miss a beat last weekend when they started Brennan Poole in the No. 42 Chevrolet in Kyle Larson’s stead. Though it was Poole’s series debut, he performed like a veteran. Poole started 16th and raced his way to a ninth-place finish. Poole will look to continue his momentum this weekend as he will be back in the No. 42 at Phoenix.

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Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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