NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, February 26th
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway (1964) -- Avondale, Arizona
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,179 feet (Frontstretch); 1,551 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 76,812 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 5:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 6th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 200
QUALIFYING RECORD: Joey Logano, 2010 (134.048 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jeff Burton, 2000 (115.145 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,191,888 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $71,075; 2nd Place - $53,775; 3rd Place - $36,600
2010 Finish
1Kyle Busch26Carl Edwards1
2Kevin Harvick107Paul Menard5
3Brad Keselowski38Scott Lagasse Jr9
4Brendan Gaughan209Ricky Stenhouse Jr14
5Greg Biffle410Joey Logano6
2010 Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 93.872 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 7 minutes, 50 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.550 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (130.938 m.p.h.)
Past Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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)
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: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
THIRD: Landon Cassill
FOURTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr
FIFTH: Reed Sorenson
POLE WINNER: Clint Bowyer (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 8 minutes, 52 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 139.679 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.007 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 35 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Bowyer 1; J. Logano 2; T. Stewart 3; K. Busch 4; J. Logano
5-7; T. Stewart 8-9; C. Bowyer 10-17; M. Wallace 18; C. Bowyer
19-20; J. Logano 21; Ky. Busch 22-29; D. Patrick 30; B.
Keselowski 31-32; J. Logano 33; B. Keselowski 34-36; T. Bayne
37-39; B. Keselowski 40-51; T. Bayne 52-57; J. Logano 58-66; C.
Bowyer 67-71; J. Logano 72-73; K. Busch 74-75; T. Stewart 76-77;
J. Logano 78; C. Bowyer 79-84; K. Busch 85; J. Logano 86; T.
Stewart 87-93; J. Logano 94; C. Bowyer 95-98; J. Logano 99-100;
K. Busch 101-104; C. Bowyer 105-116; K. Busch 117; C. Bowyer
118-119; T. Stewart 120.
Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/Fast Fixin/On the Go Sand.
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Oli Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Family Farmers
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Fuel Doctor
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Interstate Batteries
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/SportClips
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Dodge/R3 Motorsports
24Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/
25Kelly Bires (Mauston, WI)Ford/
27Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA)Ford/Baker Curb Racing
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
30Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Dollar General
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
38Jason Leffler(Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/TBA
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
44Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs., CT)Chevrolet/Northeast Marine Electron.
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/
52Dayrl Harr (Alberta, Canada)Chevrolet/
55Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Mustang
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70Shelby Howard (Greenwood, IN)Chevrolet/Foretravel
79Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/Rimrock Designs Inc.
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
* - defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish last six years)
Kyle Busch---12th37thWon10thWon
Kevin Harvick4thWon9th4th5th2nd
Brad Keselowski------32nd12th3rd3rd
Carl Edwards8th3rd5th2nd33rd6th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------9th
Joey Logano------------4th10th
Reed Sorenson32nd2nd---------12th
Justin Allgaier------------8th13th
Steve Wallace------29th16th12th30th
Trevor Bayne---------------32nd
Elliott Sadler2nd32nd14th---------
Ryan Newman------36th---------
Aric Almirola------43rd---------
Mover of the Week
David Starr - Started in the 43rd position and finished 21st
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brad Keselowski) - Finished 30th
Last season, Kyle Busch overcame a late-race restart blunder and a pit-road incident with teammate Joey Logano to win the 2010 running of the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch, the 2009 Nationwide Series champion, 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.

With his win, Busch joined Greg Biffle as the only multiple winner of this race. Busch ranks second on the all-time Nationwide Series wins list with 43, five behind Mark Martin.

Fresh off her best start (4th) and finish (14th) in a Nationwide Series race, Danica Patrick returns to PIR for the second straight year. Last season, Patrick placed 28th.

In 2009, Greg Biffle led the final 106 laps, 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, whose win total now stands at 43, is only pole sitter to win this race.

In 2007, Clint Bowyer raced 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. Pole sitter Kyle Busch, who led the first 33 laps, failed to finish the race due to an accident and placed 37th.

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.

The Nationwide Series moves to Las Vegas next week for the Sam's Town 300 on March 5th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.

02/25 13:55:16 ET

As of February 25, 2011, at 01:55 PM ET

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