NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR - Nationwide - Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, March 3rd
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway (1964) -- Avondale, Arizona
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,179 feet (Frontstretch); 1,551 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 55,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 8th
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 4:45 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 200
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2011 (134.298 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Burton, 2000 (115.145 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,034,421 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $64,550; 2nd Place - $51.025; 3rd Place - $35,625
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Joey Logano3
2Carl Edwards27Ricky Stenhouse Jr15
3Kevin Harvick98Justin Allgaier16
4Ryan Newman69Brian Scott5
5Reed Sorenson1010Kenny Wallace18
2011 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 112.272 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 53 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.514 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 15 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 0 among 1 driver (Kyle Busch 1-200)
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (134.298 m.p.h. - track record)
Past Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 112.272 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 93.872 m.p.h.
2009 -- Greg Biffle (4th) -- Ford -- 92.965 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 98.764 m.p.h.
2007 -- Clint Bowyer (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 87.581 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 92.250 m.p.h.
2005 -- Greg Biffle (20th) -- Ford -- 83.007 m.p.h.
Past Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 6th
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 33rd
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2007 -- Kyle Busch -- 37th
2006 -- Jason Leffler -- 22nd
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 28th
Last Race Results
RACE: DRIVE4COPD 300 (February 19th)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
MILES: 300
LAPS: 120
WINNER: James Buescher
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Elliott Sadler
FOURTH: Cole Whitt
FIFTH: Austin Dillon
POLE WINNER: Danica Patrick (Finished 38th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 18 minutes, 51 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.636 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 35 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 38 among 16 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Patrick 1-2; T. Bayne 3; E. Sadler 4; T. Stewart 5-8; K. Kahne
9-12; D. Hamlin 13; T. Bayne 14-15; S. Hornish Jr. 16-20; M.
Bliss 21-25; D. Earnhardt Jr. 26; M. Bliss 27; Kurt Busch 28-29;
D. Earnhardt Jr. 30-32; Kurt Busch 33-36; T. Stewart 37-43; Kurt
Busch 44-48; D. Earnhardt Jr. 49-50; D. Hamlin 51-53; Kurt Busch
54-64; E. Sadler 65-66; D. Earnhardt Jr. 67; E. Sadler 68-72;
Kyle Busch 73; Kurt Busch 74-76; R. Richardson Jr. 77; J.
Nemechek 78-79; S. Hornish Jr. 80-81; Kurt Busch 82; T. Stewart
83-88; Kyle Busch 89; D. Hamlin 90; D. Earnhardt Jr. 91; T.
Stewart 92-94; T. Hill 95-98; K. Wallace 99; D. Hamlin 100-101;
T. Stewart 102-103; Kurt Busch 104-119; J. Buescher 120.
Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Advocare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/Danny Efland Racing
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing 25th Annv.
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Ford/TBA
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/Lerner & Rowe Attorneys
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty Reynolds Wrap
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/poynt.com
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Game Stop
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Toyota/SR2 Motorsports
27To Be AnnouncedFord/GCMI
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/ABF
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/South Point Casino
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/TBA
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/Rise Up and Register
42Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Turbine Powered Tech.
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
60Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Ford EcoBoost
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
73Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/American Heroes
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/pledgetovote.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
 
* - defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish last seven years)
Driver2005200620072008200920102011
Kyle Busch---12th37thWon10thWonWon
Kevin Harvick4thWon9th4th5th2nd3rd
Joey Logano------------4th10th6th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------9th7th
Justin Allgaier------------8th13th8th
Elliott Sadler2nd32nd14th---------12th
Danica Patrick------------------17th
Trevor Bayne---------------32nd31st
Brad Keselowski------32nd12th3rd3rd34th
Denny Hamlin8th39th4th3rd---------
Kasey Kahne28th------------------
James Buescher---------18th---28th---
Austin Dillon------------34th------
Sam Hornish Jr.---------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Danny Efland - Started in the 41st position and finished 13th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Josh Wise
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr) - Finished 15th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 38th
 
NOTES:
A dominating performance if there ever was one last year, as Kyle Busch put on a clinic in winning the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

After winning the Truck Series race at Phoenix the previous day, Busch started on the pole and led all 200 laps for his 44th career Nationwide Series win. The last person to lead all laps in a Nationwide race was Dale Earnhardt Jr in 2003 at Daytona.

The victory was his fourth in Nationwide at this track and seventh overall there. Busch, who surpassed Mark Martin one the all-time Nationwide race winners list, now totals 51 victories.

Busch seemed untouchable until the final 25 laps when Carl Edwards chased him down, and at one point, ran side-by-side with him. Edwards made an attempt to pass Busch with 20 laps to go, but Busch pulled away a couple of laps later and then finished a half-second ahead of Edwards.

In 2010, Busch overcame a late-race restart blunder and a pit-road incident with teammate Joey Logano to win that race. Busch was black-flagged for jumping a restart on lap 144 when he ran second to leader Brad Keselowski. After serving his pass-through penalty on pit road, he fell to 19th with 50 laps remaining.

But Busch benefited from a caution in the closing laps. He held the 10th spot for the final restart with eight laps to go, but quickly charged through the field before passing Keselowski for the lead three laps later. Harvick, who's finished in the top-10 all six years, passed Keselowski on the final lap and finished second. Harvick took on four tires during his final stop.

Busch and Greg Biffle are the only multiple winner of this race. In 12 Phoenix starts on the Nationwide circuit, Busch has four wins and nine top-10 finishes.

Biffle led the final 106 laps in 2009, as he took the checkered flag for the 20th time in his Nationwide career. Biffle is a three-time winner at Phoenix International Raceway and a two-time champion of this race.

Number 13 was certainly lucky for Kyle Busch, as he raced to victory in 2008, defeating Carl Edwards by 0.241 seconds for his 13th career Nationwide title. Busch is the only pole sitter to win this race (2008, 2011). He has started on the pole in this race three times.

In 2007, Clint Bowyer drove to victory, as he crossed the finish line under caution to post his fourth career Nationwide title. Bowyer dominated the race, leading 120 laps, including the final 14, to take the checkered flag ahead of Matt Kenseth.

Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line 0.359 seconds ahead of Reed Sorenson in 2006 for the 19th of 37 career Nationwide titles. Harvick, who started 14th, reclaimed the lead on lap 156 and then held it for the win. Pole sitter Jason Leffler led for a race-high 78 laps, but finished a disappointing 22nd. Harvick led twice during the race for a total of 53 laps.

When Biffle won in 2005, he recovered from an early race spin to cross the finish line just under two seconds ahead of runner-up Elliott Sadler for his 17th career Nationwide title. His 1.969-second margin of victory is the widest for a Nationwide race winner at Phoenix.

Joey Logano is a perfect six-for-six in top-10 finishes in Nationwide competition at PIR. Logano has one victory at this track. His average finish here is 6.167.

The Nationwide Series moves on to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the March 10 running of the Sam's Town 300. Mark Martin won last year's race there.

02/28 17:07:17 ET

As of February 28, 2012, at 05:07 PM ET

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