DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans, Presented by Great Clips
Race: Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Avondale, AZ
Title Sponsor: Great Clips
Race Time: 4:00pm/et
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 4:16pm/et
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN - 4:00pm/et
Announcers: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre-Race coverage: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, Parker Kligerman
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
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Times are local to the Track (Mountain Time)
Schedule not released yet
Thursday, November 12th
9:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, November 13th
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, November 14th
6:30 AM-2:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
10:45 AM (12:45 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING
12:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
1:30 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM (4:00 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)
NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Phoenix International Raceway: #54-Kyle Busch won the DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. He started on the pole and dominated the race, leading 190 of the 200 laps. #22-Brad Keselowski finished second, followed by #20-Erik Jones, #18-Daniel Suarez, #3-Ty Dillon, #7-Regan Smith, #9-Chase Elliott, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #1-Elliott Sadler, and #88-Kasey Kahne. Points leader #60-Chris Buescher finished 13th.
There were 3 cautions for 18 laps and 5 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).(11-14-2015)
Phoenix XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 17th Annual DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans , his series record-extending 76th victory in 310 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his sixth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2015.
This is his track-record eighth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 17 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2015.
Erik Jones (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Daniel Suarez (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 18 points over Chase Elliott.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-14-2015)
XFINITY Driver standings following Phoenix:
1) #60-Chris Buescher, 1157
2) #9-Chase Elliott, 1139, -18
3) #3-Ty Dillon, 1135, -22
4) #7-Regan Smith, 1133, -24
5) #9-Elliott Sadler, 1044, -113
6) #18-Daniel Suarez, 1040, -117
7) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 1037, -120
8) #2-Brian Scott, 992, -165
9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 991, -166
10) #16-Ryan Reed, 875 -282
See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(11-14-2015)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #24-McClure, 26th
Caution 2: #51-Clements, 30th
Caution 3: #28-Yeley, 17th
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Phoenix International Raceway: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 138.504mph, a new track record. #33-Austin Dillon will start second. The rest of the top 10: #20-Erik Jones, #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Daniel Suarez, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #60-Chris Buescher, #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr.
Did Not Qualify: #89-Morgan Shepherd, #70-Matt Waltz. The starting lineup is posted on the Phoenix starting lineup page (pdf).(11-14-2015)
Phoenix International Raceway XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual DAV 200 Honoring America's Veterans with a track qualifying record lap of 25.992 seconds, 138.504 mph.
This is his 47th pole in 310 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
This is his fourth pole and 11th top-10 start in 2015.
This is his eighth pole in 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Austin Dillon (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2015 and his sixth in seven races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Erik Jones (third) posted his third top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 20th in 22 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-14-2015)
Kyle Busch fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #54-Kyle Busch was quickest during happy hour for the DAV 200 with a speed of 135.491mph. He was followed by: #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #60-Chris Buescher, #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Erik Jones, #33-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #42-Kyle Larson. All 42 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Phoenix final practice speeds page (pdf). (11-13-2015)
Austin Dillon fastest in first XFINITY practice: #33-Austin Dillon was fastest during opening practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 136.018mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Erik Jones, #54-Kyle Busch, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-Daniel Suarez, and #88-Kasey Kahne. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-13-2015)
XFINITY Entry List: There are 41 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. A few notes:
Carl Long is in the #13;
The TriStar #14 is TBA;
The RWR #15 is TBA;
Erik Jones remains in the #20;
Anthony Kumpen will drive the #55 for Rick Gdovic;
The #56 team is entered with Timmy Hill;
Ross Kenseth will drive the #80 for Hattori Racing.
Not listed, but expected: #97 Obaika Racing.(11-7-2015)
UPDATE: Matt Waltz will be in the #70.(11-10-2015)
UPDATE: Korbin Forrister will be in the #15.(11-12-2015)
UPDATE: The #97 team has been added. Dylan Kwasniewski will be the driver. Ruben Pardo will be in the #13, Mike Bliss in the #14, Carl Long in the #40, and BJ McLeod in the #92. There are 42 teams entered.(11-13-2015)
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
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event;
Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4612; Right-side -- D-4626
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 all three NASCAR national series will run the same tire set-up at Phoenix this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Xfinity teams ran at this track in March . . . Goodyear reconfirmed this tire set-up at a tire test at Phoenix on October 12-13 . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski . . . for Camping World Truck teams, they ran this left-side tire code (D-4612) at Phoenix last year, but this is the first time running this right-side code (D-4626) . . . compared to what the trucks ran here last fall, this right-side tire features a construction change and a compound change to enhance grip and help rubber-in the track . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.
K&N Pro Series West: Goodyear will also provide tires for the K&N race at Phoenix this week . . . the tire codes are D-2931 on the left-side and D-2934 on the right-side . . . Goodyear will bring 200 tires per side for the event . . . teams are allowed two sets of tires each - one for practice and one for qualifying/race.
Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit Of Innovation" will be in the air over Phoenix International Raceway this weekend . . . this airship is based out of Carson, Calif. . . . the "Spirit of Innovation" will provide air coverage for NBC Sports' broadcasts of both the Xfinity race on Saturday and Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
NASCAR NEWS & NOTES
Two To Go: Buescher Close To Title For Roush Fenway Racing
Just two races remain until the NASCAR XFINITY Series champion is crowned for the 2015 season.
Current standings leader, Chris Buescher can clinch the title this weekend if he leaves Phoenix 49 points ahead of second-place in the standings. Buescher is currently 24 points up on second-place Chase Elliott.
If he doesn’t reach the magic number of 49 points ahead following Phoenix, he can still win the title no matter what any other driver does if he finishes seventh or better without leading a lap, eighth or better leading at least one lap or ninth or better leading the most laps in the final two races.
“We just need two more solid races to wrap this thing up,” Buescher said. “Phoenix is a unique race track that I really want to have a good race at. I like short track racing and feel that this will be a good weekend for us.”
Buescher has made 31 starts this season, posting two wins (Iowa, Dover), 11 top fives, 20 top 10s and an average finish of 8.2.
Buescher will have his work cut out for him this weekend though. In three starts at Phoenix he has an average finish of 13.7 and has yet to finish inside the top 10.
Elliott, Dillon and Smith Need To Win To Have Chance At Catching Buescher
The three drivers who have not been mathematically eliminated from the title hunt in 2015 are second-place Chase Elliott (-24), third-place Ty Dillon (-30) and fourth-place Regan Smith (-31).
If Elliott were to have his best two performances at Phoenix and Homestead by winning both events and leading the most laps he would total out at 1,198 points on the season. To win the title, Elliott would still need Buescher to falter and finish eighth or worse in both of the final two races.
Elliott has made three starts at Phoenix posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 7.0.
If Dillon were to have the best case scenario for him at Phoenix and Homestead by winning both events and leading the most laps, he would total out at 1,192 points on the season. To win the title, Dillon would still need Buescher to struggle and finish 12th or worse in both of the final two races to catch him.
Dillon has made three starts at Phoenix posting one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 6.7.
If Smith were to win both Phoenix and Homestead, while leading the most laps in each, his season point total would be 1,192 points. Smith would still need Buescher to finish 13th or worse in the next two races to win the title.
Smith has made nine starts at Phoenix, tallying one top five, five top 10s and an average finish of 14.4.
Ross Kenseth Returns For Second Career Series Start
Ross Kenseth, son of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, will be making his career NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend in the DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans (4 p.m. ET on NBSCN).
Kenseth made his first career start earlier this season for Joe Gibbs Racing at Chicagoland Speedway. He drove the No. 20 Toyota from a second-place starting position to a sixth-place finish.
This weekend the 22-year-old will be attempting to qualify at Phoenix in the No. 80 Toyota for car owner Shigeaki Hattori. This will be the first car Hattori has attempted to field this season.
Last season Hattori gave Ross Chastain, Johnny Sauter and Alex Bowman chances to compete in the XFINITY Series. Chastain has posted the best finish for Hattori as a car owner, finishing 10th at Kentucky last season.
Rookie Sensation Daniel Suarez Could Break Into Driver Standings Top Five At Phoenix
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Suarez has the opportunity to break into the top five in the NASCAR XFINITY Series driver standings at Phoenix this weekend. Suarez is just eight points back from fifth-place Elliott Sadler and only one point back from sixth-place and fellow Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Darrell Wallace Jr.
If Suarez makes the top five in points, he will be invited to speak at the banquet and be celebrated by the series with the champion and the other four drivers in the top five in points.
Suarez finished 11th at Phoenix in his series track debut earlier this season, one spot better than Sadler and four spots better than Wallace.
DAV 200: The Second Stop Of Three For Erik Jones At Phoenix
Erik Jones continues to impress with his talents in NASCAR, most recently, becoming the youngest driver (19) to attempt a tripleheader last weekend at Texas. Jones has been racking up time on the track lately running in all three NASCAR national series and is scheduled to attempt to pull triple duty again in Phoenix.
Expect Jones to do well in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event. He has made 21 starts this season, posting 11 top fives and 15 top 10s.
Jones has made two starts at Phoenix, posting an average finish of 5.5 - including a fifth-place finish earlier this season.
NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.
Two Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will be competing in the XFINITY Series event this weekend, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. The remaining Sprint Cup drivers entered this weekend are Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon. ... 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen will attempt to qualify for his second NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix in the No. 55 Chevrolet. He placed 28th at Iowa in August after starting 35th. Kumpen’s United States schedule is part of the Nexteer Road to Daytona program designed by Nexteer and the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series to get European drivers to race in the U.S.
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1