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Wrap-up: Phoenix

Sunday, March 03, 2013


This past weekend, Phoenix  International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona, hosted the Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) and the Nationwide Series Dollar General 200. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Saturday, April 6, at Martinsville Speedway.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
: Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 9th Annual Subway Fresh Fit 500 with a lap of 26.073 seconds, 138.074 mph. This is the No. 55 Toyota driver's 56th pole in 856 NSCS races. It is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2013. This is Martin's third pole in 33 races at Phoenix. His last Phoenix pole came in last year's spring race. He led 75 laps in today's race and finished in 21st place.

Did Not Qualify: No one, only 43 teams entered.

Race Winner:  Carl Edwards won the 9th Annual Subway Fresh Fit 500, his 20th victory in 303 NSCS races. This is the No. 99 Subway Ford driver's first victory and first top-10 finish in 2013. He breaks a 70-race winless streak that matched the longest of his career - 70 races that ended in November 2010 at Phoenix. This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 18 races at PIR.

Rookie of the Race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the No. 17 Ford driver, started 12th and finished 16th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race". The only other ROTY contender in the event was Danica Patrick (finished 39th).

Contingency Awards:
- Carl Edwards won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (122 of 316). The No. 99 Ford driver started 15th in the lineup and won the race.
- Roush-Yates Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Edwards’ race-winning Ford.
- Jimmie Johnson won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race on the lead lap. The No. 48 Chevrolet driver started third in the lineup and finished second.
- Steve Letarte, crew chief on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most (0.117 seconds) from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times.
- Denny Hamlin won the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal. The No. 11 Toyota driver earned the award for his third place finish.

Points Leader:
Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 8 points over Dale Earnhardt Jr.

NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson (0)
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (0)
3. Brad Keselowski  (+1)
4. Denny Hamlin  (+9)
5. Clint Bowyer (+5)
6. Greg Biffle (0)
7. Mark Martin (-4)
8. Jeff Gordon (+11)
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (+2)
10. Aric Almirola (+2)
11. Carl Edwards (+19)
12. Marcos Ambrose (+5)

Next NSCS Race: Kobalt Tools 400, March 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the NNS Dollar General 200 with a lap of 27.056 seconds, 133.057 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's 27th pole in 246 NNS races. It is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2013. This is Busch's fifth pole in 15 NNS races at Phoenix.

Did Not Qualify: None, only 40 cars entered for the 40-car lineup.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the Dollar General 200, his 52nd victory in 246 NNS races. Today's victory breaks a 24-race winless streak in the NNS. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's first top-10 finish in 2013. It is Busch’s fifth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 15 NNS races at Phoenix. He is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson started 14th and finished 13th. This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders and earned the No. 32 Chevrolet driver the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award. 

Contingency Awards:
- Justin Allgaier won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.  The No. 31 Chevrolet driver won the award for his third place finish.
- Kyle Busch led the most laps earning the 3M Lap Leader award. He started on the pole; led 142 of the 200 laps run and won the event.
- Joe Gibbs Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Busch’s No. 54 Toyota.

Points Leader:
Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings over Justin Allgaier.

NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Sam Hornish Jr.     (0)
2. Justin Allgaier        (+3)
3. Brian Scott           (+1)
4. Elliott Sadler         (+8)
5. Parker Kligerman (-2)
6. Regan Smith        (+5)
7. Kyle Larson          (+3)
8. Nelson Piquet Jr.  (+1)
9. Austin Dillon       (+7
10. Alex Bowman   (-8)

Next NNS Race: Sam's Town 300, Saturday, March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:

Points Leader:
Johnny Sauter leads the standings by 6 points over Ron Hornaday.

Next NCWTS Race: Kroger 250, Saturday, April 6, at Martinsville Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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