NASCAR XFINITY Series Phoenix Race Information Page

Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200

Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #4 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: Axalta

Race Time: 2:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 2:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, March 10
11:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, March 11
7:00 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
7:30 AM-7:30 PM NXS GARAGE OPENS
8:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
9:30 AM-10:25 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
1:00 PM-2:25 PM NXS 2ND PRACTICE
3:30 PM-4:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, March 12
6:00 AM-1:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
9:45 AM (11:45 AM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
10:50 AM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
12:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (2:30 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)) - FOX / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Phoenix race results and standings (pdf)

  • Kyle Busch wins XFINITY race at Phoenix: #18-Kyle Busch won the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Speedway. It is his 79th XFINITY Series win and 3rd of the year. He lead 175 of the 200 laps. #20-Erik Jones finished second, followed by #19-Daniel Suarez, #7-Justin Allgaier, #88-Chase Elliott, #3-Ty Dillon, #2-Austin Dillon, #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #48-Brennan Poole.
    There were 3 cautions for 16 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 114.087mph.
    Complete results are on the Phoenix race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-12-2016)

  • Phoenix XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 12th Annual Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200, his 79th victory in 314 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third victory and third top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his ninth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 20 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Erik Jones (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2016.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Erik Jones (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 8 points over Elliott Sadler.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-12-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Phoenix:
    1) #19-Daniel Suarez, 144
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler, 136, -8
    3) #3-Ty Dillon, 135, -9
    4) #7-Justin Allgaier, 132, -12
    5) #33-Brandon Jones, 129, -15
    6) #20-Erik Jones, 126, -18
    7) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 119, -27
    8) #16-Ryan Reed, 106, -40
    9) #48-Brennan Poole, 102, -42
    10) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 96, -50
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(3-12-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #14-Yeley, 20th
    Caution 3: #93-Lupton, 19th
    (3-12-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Erik Jones on XFINITY pole at Phoenix: #20-Erike Jones won the Coors Light pole for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Speedway with a speed of 136.789mph. #19-Danie Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Chase Elliott, #2-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #33-Brandon Jones, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #7-Justin Allgaier.
    Did Not Qualify: #40-Reaume & #99-Peck.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Phoenix starting lineup page (pdf).(3-12-2016)

  • Phoenix Qualifying Notes:
    Erik Jones won the Coors Light 21 means 21 Pole Award for the 12th Annual Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 with a lap of 26.318 seconds, 136.789 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 30 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in four races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2016 and his third in three races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 18th top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his third in three races this season.
    Erik Jones (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(3-12-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Ty Dillon fastest in XFINITY happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon #19-Daniel Suarez was quickest during happy hour for the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 with a speed of 133.087mph. He was followed by: #19-Daniel Suarez, #20-Erik Jones, #18-Kyle Busch, #7-Justin Allgaier, #33-Brandon Jones, #22-Brad Keselowski, #88-Chase Elliott, #2-Austin Dillon, and #11-Blake Koch. 40 drivers participated in the session.
    See complete results on the Phoenix practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(3-11-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in second XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during second practice at Phoenix with a speed of 134.053mph. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #18-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #33-Brandon Jones, #22-Brad Keselowski, #48-Brennan Poole, #7-Justin Allgaier, #43-Jeb Burton, and #42-Justin Marks.
    See complete results on the Phoenix practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-11-2016)

  • Erik Jones fastest in first XFINITY practice: #20-Erik Jones was fastest during opening practice at Phoenix International Speedway with a speed of 134.128mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #39-Ryan Sieg, #22-Brad Keselowski, #11-Blake Koch, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, #48-Brennan Poole, #2-Austin Dillon, and #33-Brandon Jones. 34 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-11-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 at Phoenix International Speedway. A few notes:
    DJ Kennington will drive the #13;
    The Rick Ware #15 & #25 are TBA;
    Spencer Gallagher will be in the #21;
    Josh Reaume will drive the #40;
    Chase Elliott remains in the #88;
    Dylan Lupton will be in the #93;
    Todd Peck returns to the #99.(3-7-2015)
    UPDATE: TJ Bell will drive the #24 for JGL.(3-7-2016)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will drive the #15, Timmy Hill will be in the #25.(3-10-2016)
    See the complete list on the Phoenix entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice and qualifying and 9 sets for the race
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4664; Right-side -- D-4666

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 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: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Phoenix this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last season, both left- and right-side tires feature the same constructions with different compounds to give the cars more grip . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Phoenix last October 12-13, which included work on the 2016 rules package . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Phoenix.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Suárez Takes Over Points Lead, Hits Major Milestone

    On the strength of three consecutive top 10s to start the season, Daniel Suárez took the points lead for the first time in his young - and impressive - career.

    It was also the first-time in NASCAR history that a driver born outside the United States has led the standings in any NASCAR national series. The Mexico-born driver also matched his best finish of second last weekend at Las Vegas.

    Suárez is currently three points ahead of second-place Elliott Sadler and seven points ahead of third-place Ty Dillon and fourth-place Brandon Jones.

    Suárez has made two starts at Phoenix, posting one top five and an average finish of 7.5.

    NASCAR’s Loop Data points to Suárez running strong in Phoenix. He is ranked in the top 10 in three major statistical categories: seventh in pre-race driver rating (101.1), fifth in average running position (7.4), and first in percentage of laps run in the top 15 (100.0%).

    In three starts this season Suárez has posted one top five, three top 10s and an average finish of 5.7.

    Top Four In The Standings Are Separated By Seven Points

    Three races into the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, the top four drivers in the standings are separated by just seven points. Daniel Suárez holds the lead - three points ahead of second-place Elliott Sadler, and seven points ahead of third-place Ty Dillon and fourth-place Brandon Jones.

    Competition has been tight this season. JR Motorsports’ veteran Elliott Sadler dropped to second in the points this week following his third top-10 finish of the year. Sadler has posted an average finish of 7.0 this season, yet he couldn’t stop Suárez.

    Sadler rolls into Phoenix looking to make his 15th series start there. In his previous 14 starts, he has posted one win (2012), four top fives, seven top 10s and an average finish of 12.4.

    Nipping at Sadler’s heels is Richard Childress Racing’s Ty Dillon, whose 2016 season has seen one top five and two top 10s. Dillon runs well at Phoenix. In four starts at the one-mile oval, he has posted two top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 6.2. 

    Brandon Jones is the highest ranked Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in the series driver standings. This season, he has posted two top-10 finishes and an average finish of 8.0.  He will be making his series track debut at Phoenix this weekend.

    Rookies On The Move: Erik Jones, Poole Are Climbing The Series Standings

    Two of the biggest movers in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship points this past weekend were Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates Erik Jones (+4 point positions) and Brennan Poole (+4 point positions).

    Jones has been on a tear the past two weeks. Following Atlanta, Jones vaulted 11 spots in the points from 22nd to 11th. This past weekend, he jumped another four up to seventh; which shouldn’t be surprising because he has rallied off two third-place finishes in his last two starts. 

    Expect Jones’ ascension in the standings to continue this weekend at Phoenix. In three starts at the one-mile track, he has posted two top fives and an average finish of 4.7.

    Chip Ganassi Racing’s Brennan Poole has been playing catch-up these past few weekends due to his 27th-place finish in the season opener at Daytona that buried him in the standings (18th). The resilient Poole finished 14th at Atlanta, jumping three spots in the points and finished 11th last week, moving him up an additional four spots to 11th.

    Poole has made one start at Phoenix, finishing 26th after starting 21st.

    Erik Jones leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by six points over second-place Brandon Jones following Las Vegas.

    Double Duty: Busch, Elliott, Dillon and Keselowski Will Line up Saturday

    Four popular NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will be competing this weekend in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Phoenix International Raceway: Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, and Brad Keselowski. All four are former series champions who are returning to the series where they made their names.

    NASCAR In Arizona

    NASCAR has been competing in the state of Arizona all the way back to the 1950s. NASCAR has held 100 national series races in the state of Arizona at four different tracks - Phoenix International Raceway (92), Arizona State Fairgrounds (four), Tucson Raceway Park (three) and Tucson Rodeo Grounds (one).
    The very first NASCAR race held in Arizona was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Arizona State Fairgrounds in 1951; won by Marshall Teague (Hudson, 60.153 mph, 2:21:16).

    The NASCAR XFINITY Series has put on 28 races in the state of Arizona, all at Phoenix International Raceway. The first NXS race at PIR was in 1999 and was won by Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet, 115.053 mph, 1:44:18).

    Thirty-one drivers who have competed in at least one NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as Arizona, but none have visited Victory Lane.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.

    Yeley Returns Home - Phoenix native J.J. Yeley, returns home to show off his racing skills in front of the hometown crowd at Phoenix International Raceway. Yeley will be making his 13th series start at PIR where he has posted three top 10s and an average finish of 19.4. He will pilot the No. 14 Tri-Star Motorsports Toyota this weekend. 

    GMS Racing joins the NXS - For the first time this season GMS Racing will field the No. 21 Chevrolet with driver Spencer Gallagher behind the wheel. Gallagher, a Las Vegas native, will be making his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut this weekend as well. He is currently a full-time championship competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Next Race: PowerShares QQQ 300

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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