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Ticket Galaxy 200

Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #32 of 33 for the 2016 season

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

Title Sponsor: Ticket Galaxy

Race Time: 7:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): Approximately 7:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, November 10
11:00 AM NXS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
1:00 PM-5:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, November 11
8:30 AM-5:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 AM-7:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM NXS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 AM-11:25 AM NXS 1ST PRACTICE
2:30 PM-3:55 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, November 12
10:00 AM-6:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
2:15 PM (4:15 PM/ET) NXS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
3:45 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
5:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
5:30 PM (7:30 PM/ET) NXS RACE (200 LAPS, 200 MILES)(NBCSN / 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 Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 86th XFINITY Series career win and 10th of the year. #2-Austin Dillon finished second, followed by #60-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #7-Justin Allgaier, #19-Daniel Suarez, #16-Ryan Reed, #3-Ty Dillon, #11-Blake Koch, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #20-Erik Jones. Busch started on the pole and dominated the race, leading 190 of the 200 laps.
    Chase drivers that clinched a spot in the Championship race at Homestead: #19-Daniel Suarez, #1-Elliot Sadler, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #20-Erik Jones.
    Drivers that were eliminated from the Chase: #11-Blake Koch, #16-Ryan Reed, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., and #62-Brendan Gaughan.
    Wallace and Gaughan were each involved in accidents and finished 32nd and 35th, respectively.
    There were 6 cautions for 39 laps and 6 lead changes among 4 leaders.
    The average speed was 97.310mph.
    Complete results are on the Phoenix race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-12-2016)

  • Phoenix XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 18th Annual Ticket Galaxy 200, his 86th victory in 328 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his 10th victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his 10th victory and 17th top-10 finish in 21 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Austin Dillon(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 15th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr(i) (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in seven races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Erik Jones (C) (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Daniel Suarez (C) leads the point standings by 9 points over Elliott Sadler (C).
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-12-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Phoenix:
    Top 4 drivers compete for the Championship at Homestead:
    Points for Championship contenders are reset to 4000.

    1) #19-Daniel Suarez [2 wins], 3111, +19 ahead of 4th
    2) #1-Elliott Sadler [3 wins], 3102, +10
    3) #20-Erik Jones [4 wins], 3097, +5
    4) #7-Justin Allgaier, 3096, +4 ahead of 5th
    Bottom 4 drivers have been eliminated:
    5) #11-Blake Koch, 3092, -4 behind 4th
    6) #16-Ryan Reed, 3089, -7
    7) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 3048, -48
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 3032, -64
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf), reseeeded driver standings page (pdf), and owner standings page (pdf).(11-12-2016)

  • Free Pass - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #42-Marks, 15th
    Caution 2: #4-Chastain, 20th
    Caution 3: #24-LaJoie, 33rd
    Caution 4: #01-Preece, 22nd
    Caution 5: #01-Preece (2), 22nd
    Caution 6: #46-Gdovic, 21st
    (11-12-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Kyle Busch on XFINITY pole at Phoenix: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 136.132mph. #20-Erik Jones will start second. The rest of the top 10: #16-Ryan Reed, #11-Blake Koch, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Alex Bowman, #2-Austin Dillon, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #1-Elliott Sadler.
    The only Chase driver not starting in the top 10 is #62-Brendan Gaughan. He starts 25th.
    Did Not Qualify: #93-David Starr, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #77-Ryan Ellis and #70-Dexter Stacey.
    The starting lineup is posted on the Phoenix starting lineup page (pdf).(11-12-2016)

  • Phoenix XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 18th Annual Ticket Galaxy 200 with a lap of 26.445 seconds, 136.132 mph.
    This is his 57th pole in 328 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his ninth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his ninth pole in 21 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Erik Jones (C) (second) posted his 31st top-10 start of 2016 and his fifth in five races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Ryan Reed (C) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his seventh in 32 races this season.
    Erik Jones (C) (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(11-12-2016)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Brennan Poole paces final XFINITY practice: #48-Brennan Poole was quickest in final practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 134.098mph. #18-Kyle Busch was second, followed by: #20-Erik Jones, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #42-Justin Marks, #7-Justin Allgaier, #2-Austin Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #39-Ryan Sieg, and #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr. 42 of 44 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Phoenix practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(11-11-2016)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in first XFINITY practice: #18-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 133.284mph. The rest of the top 10: #19-Daniel Suarez, #22-Brad Keselowski, #20-Erik Jones, #7-Justin Allgaier, #2-Austin Dillon, #88-Alex Bowman, #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., #3-Ty Dillon, and #48-Brennan Poole. 42 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(11-11-2016)

  • NXS Phoenix Championship 4 Clinch Scenarios:
    #19-Daniel Suarez (0 Wins, 3075 Points) - Would clinch on points with 26 Points (15th and no laps led, 15th and led at least one lap, 16th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a spot on wins.
    #1-Elliott Sadler (0 Wins, 3074 Points) - Would clinch on points with 26 Points (15th and no laps led, 15th and led at least one lap, 16th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
    #20-Erik Jones (0 Wins, 3065 Points) - Would clinch on points with 36 Points (5th and no laps led, 6th and led at least one lap, 7th and led most laps). With a win, would clinch a next round spot on wins.
    #11-Blake Koch (0 Wins, 3059 Points) - If there is a winner who has already been eliminated or is currently in a transfer spot, would clinch with a 2nd place finish. With a win, would clinch a spot. Could clinch on points with a new winner and help.
    The following drivers can only guarantee a spot with a win. Each could also clinch on points with help:
    #7-Justin Allgaier (0 Wins, 3058 Points)
    #16-Ryan Reed (0 Wins, 3054 Points)
    #6-Darrell Wallace Jr (0 Wins, 3039 Points)
    #62-Brendan Gaughan (0 Wins, 3036 Points)
    (NASCAR)(11-8-2016)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 42 cars [now 44] on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Ticket Galaxy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. A few notes:
    Brandon Hightower returns to the #13;
    Cole Whitt is entered in the TriStar #14;
    Austin Theriault remains in the RWR #25;
    Justin Marks will drive the #42;
    Brandon Gdovic is entered in his #46;
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr will drive the #60 for Roush Fenway;
    Alex Labbe is entered in the #90;
    Aric Almirola returns to the #98.
    Not listed yet but expected to be added: Obaika #77 & #97.(11-7-2015)
    UPDATE: Ryan Ellis will drive the #77 & Josh Bilicki the #97.(11-9-2016)
    UPDATE: Dexter Stacey will be in the #70.(11-10-2016)
    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: 6 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 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: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire set-up at Phoenix this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams ran at Phoenix in March . . . for Camping World Truck teams, this is a different tire set-up from what they ran at Phoenix last November . . . 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 trucks/cars more grip . . . Phoenix is the only track at which either of these two tire codes are run . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Phoenix.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    With No One Locked In, All Eight Chase Drivers Have A Shot At The Championship 4

    All you have to do is win. Seems simple enough, but none of the remaining NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase contenders have captured a victory in the Round of 8 (Kansas, Texas and Phoenix), and thus all eight have an opportunity to become one of the Championship 4 or be eliminated at Phoenix International Raceway in the Ticket Galaxy 200 on Saturday, November 12 (at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 

    Current Four Chase Contenders In Position To Move On:

    1.     Daniel Suarez (3,075) - No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry - holds the NASCAR XFINITY Series lead by a single point over second-place Elliott Sadler, and is 17 points ahead fifth-place Justin Allgaier. Suarez has been excellent during the 2016 playoffs, posting an average finish of 2.8 - best among the Chase contenders. During the Round of 8 he has finished third at Kansas and fifth at Texas. He heads to Phoenix with the biggest points gap (+17) of any of the four drivers in position to have a shot at the title in Homestead. More importantly, with every start Suarez has made at Phoenix, he has improved his finish. The young Monterrey, Mexico native has made three series starts at Phoenix posting two top fives; including a third-place finish earlier this season. A win is the best guarantee to clinch a spot in the Championship 4, but Suarez can also clinch on points - with 26 Points (15th-place finish and no laps led, 15th and led at least one lap, 16th and led the most laps).

    2.     Elliott Sadler (3,074) - No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro - has fallen to second in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase standings after finishing one position (sixth) behind Daniel Suarez (fifth-place finish) at Texas last weekend. The competition is so tight, Sadler is only 16 points ahead of fifth-place Justin Allgaier and the Chase cutoff line. Despite the fierce competition, Sadler’s playoff performance has been nothing short of exceptional, posting an average finish of 3.6 - second-best among Chase contenders. The JRM veteran is no stranger to tense championship situations, he has finished in the top three in series points three of the last five seasons. Now the Emporia, Virginia, native heads to Phoenix knowing he is the lone 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase contender with a win (2012) at the one-mile track. Sadler has made 15 series starts at Phoenix, posting an average finish of 12.1; including finishing in the top-10 six out of the last seven races. A win is the best guarantee to clinch a spot in the Championship 4, but Sadler can also clinch on points - with 26 Points (15th-place finish and no laps led, 15th and led at least one lap, 16th and led the most laps).

    3.     Erik Jones (3,065) - No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry - could be named the ‘wild card’ of the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. One minute the JGR Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate looks like he is on the verge of elimination, and the next he is third in the Chase standings, seven points ahead of fifth-place Justin Allgaier and the Chase cutoff line. Jones’s roller coaster of a 2016 Chase continues in the Round of 8, after finishing 15th at Kansas, the 20 year-old bounced back with a fourth-place finish this past weekend at Texas. Now with new wind in his sails the Byron, Michigan, native heads to Phoenix International Raceway, which happens to be one of his best tracks. In four starts at PIR he has posted three top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 4.0; including sitting on the pole and finishing second earlier this season. 

    “Phoenix is an outstanding racetrack for Erik (Jones) and the No. 20 team as well as JGR as a whole,” said Chris Gabehart, crew chief of the No. 20 team. “Just like Texas, Erik has been strong each time he has raced there so we are really optimistic that we can punch our ticket to the finale in Homestead with a solid mistake-free day in the ‘Valley of the Sun.’”

    A win is the best guarantee to clinch a spot in the Championship 4, but Jones can also clinch on points - with 36 Points (5th and no laps led, 6th and led at least one lap, 7th and led the most laps).

    4.     Blake Koch (3,059) - No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet Camaro - is hanging on to the final transfer spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase by one point over fifth-place Justin Allgaier. Koch’s Chase performance has been built on solid consistency posting an average finish of 12.0 - fourth-best among Chase contenders. The West Palm Beach, Florida, native kicked off his Round of 8 with a ninth-place finish at Kansas, but slipped a little at Texas last weekend finishing 14th. With one race left to make the Championship 4, Koch will have to put up one of his best performances of his career to hold off the four drivers behind him in the Chase standings. If the No. 11 team can make the Championship 4 they will have an opportunity to become the first single-car team to win a title in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in nearly 20 years (1998, Dale Earnhardt Inc. No. 3 Chevrolet team).  Earlier this season, Koch and crew chief Chris Rice put the No. 11 in the 12th starting position and finished 16th at Phoenix. Look for the pair to better their performance come this Saturday.

    “The first time we were there (Phoenix) this year was so long ago,” said Koch. “We've learned so much since then with Kaulig Racing. Now we know what I like in a race car, and we know more about these race cars in general. I think we'll be much better when we go back this time."

    A win is the best guarantee to clinch a spot in the Championship 4, but if there is a winner who has already been eliminated or is currently in a transfer spot, Koch would clinch with a second-place finish. Koch could clinch on points with a new winner and help as well.

    Current Four Chase Contenders In Position To Be Eliminated:

    The following drivers can only guarantee a spot in the Championship 4 with a win. Each could also clinch on points with help.

    Justin Allgaier (3,058) - No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro - is currently the first driver outside the Championship 4 cutoff line in the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. A single point separates Allgaier between moving on and being eliminated from the Chase, and it all comes down to this weekend at Phoenix. Allgaier has run well during the playoffs, posting an average finish of 8.4 - third-best among Chase contenders. The Riverton, Illinois, native started off his Round of 8 with an accident at Kansas that knocked him to a 14th-place finish, but Allgaier rebounded at Texas last weekend by posting a 10th-place finish. Now heading to Phoenix with one shot left to move one, he needs to make it happen. The 30-year-old Allgaier has made 12 starts at Phoenix, posting three top fives, seven top 10s an average finish of 9.0; including a fourth-place finish earlier this season.  

    Ryan Reed (3,054) - No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang - has just one race left to make the Championship 4, and by sitting sixth in the Round of 8 Chase standings, five points back from fourth-place Blake Koch, the opportunity to move on is not out of reach. The 23-year-old Reed started his playoffs hot, but lately has faded a little, over the five races of the Chase he has posted an average finish of 12.0. Unfortunately for the Bakersfield, California, native, Phoenix is not one of his better tracks; in six starts he has posted an average finish of 17.7. Earlier this season at Phoenix he started 13th and finished 14th.    

    Darrell Wallace Jr. (3,039) - No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang - is currently seventh in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase standings, 20 points behind fourth-place Blake Koch and the Chase cutoff line. Wallace has skated by during the playoffs this season, posting an average finish of 16.6. The Mobile, Alabama, native has struggled as of late, finishing 33rd at Kansas after being involved in an accident, and then 11th at Texas last weekend. With how competitive this season’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase has been, Wallace is facing a must-win situation at Phoenix this weekend. Wallace has made three starts at Phoenix, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 11.7. 

    Brendan Gaughan (3,036) - No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro - has hit rock bottom and has nowhere to go but up. With a mountain-sized point deficit (-23) to overcome to catch fourth-place Blake Koch and make it into the Championship 4, Gaughan is also in a must-win situation. The veteran Las Vegas native started the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase strong, but the Round of 8 has knocked some of the steam out of his championship push. Over the five races of the Chase, Gaughan has posted an average finish of 14.8; including a 31st-place finish at Kanas and a 15th-place finish last weekend at Texas. Gaughan has made 10 series starts at Phoenix, posting one top five and four top 10s. 

    Two-Time Series Champ Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Returns

    It’s been a long time since we have seen Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Well, actually it has been three years and 10 days (come Saturday), or 131 races. But who’s counting?   

    This weekend, the former two-time series champ (2011, 2012) will be piloting the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang with crew chief Mike Tam on the pit box for the Ticket Galaxy 200 on Nov. 12 (NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET).

    “I’m really looking forward to getting back in the NASCAR XFINITY Series car this weekend at Phoenix,” Stenhouse said. “With this being one of the XFINITY Chase cut-off races, I think having the extra car for RFR could be beneficial for Ryan (Reed) and Bubba (Wallace), just in information sharing as they are trying to advance.”

    Stenhouse will be driving the No. 60 car, which happens to be the winningest car number in series history; posting 94 wins dating back to the No. 60 team’s first win with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin at Rockingham in 1992. Under the banner of Roush Fenway Racing four drivers contributed to the team’s 94 wins - Mark Martin (39), Carl Edwards (38), Greg Biffle (14) and Chris Buescher (three). This will be the first time Stenhouse has driven the No. 60 car for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. 

    It will be interesting to see if Stenhouse can jump back in a NXS car and be successful. He is no stranger to Phoenix, Stenhouse has made six series starts at the one-mile track posting three top fives and six top 10s; including a solid 6.0 average finish. 

    Stenhouse is one of seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers competing in the Ticket Galaxy 200 this weekend at Phoenix. Stenhouse will be joined by Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt DiBenedetto, Cole Whitt and Aric Almirola.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Milestones - Roush Fenway Racing driver Ryan Reed will attempt to make his 100th consecutive NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend at Phoenix, becoming the 40th driver in series history to compete in 100 consecutive races or more. ... Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch will attempt to post his 200th NASCAR XFINITY Series career top-five finish and in the process extend his series record. ... Also if Kyle Busch leads another 138 laps before the end of this season this will be the fourth season of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career to lead 2,000 or more laps in a single season - he accomplished the feat in 2009 (2,698 laps led), 2010 (2,229) and 2013 (2,009) - only other driver to lead 2,000 or more laps in a single NXS season besides Kyle Busch was Sam Ard in 1984 (2,127 laps led).

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Daytona Beach, FL

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

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
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Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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