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Wrapup: Phoenix Int'l Raceway

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) hosted two NASCAR top series events this past weekend. On Saturday, the 1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona featured the XFINITY Series 200-lap DC Solar 200. The Monster Energy 312-lap (extended to 314 laps) Camping World 500 was held on Sunday afternoon. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on April 1 with the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Camping World 500 with a lap of 137.321 mph. This is his 18th pole in 295 MENCS races. It is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2017 and his first pole in 17 races at PIR. Ryan Blaney (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2017 and his second in three races at PIR. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at PIR and his second in four races this season. Erik Jones (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.  Pole-sitter Logano led 82 laps but wrecked (blown tire) on lap 307. He was credited with a 31st place DNF in the 314-lap event.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 39 cars entered for 40 starting spots.

Results: Ryan Newman (No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet SS) won the Camping World 500, his 18th victory in 552 MENCS races. It is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2017. With the victory, Newman ends a 127 race win-less drought. His last win came at Indianapolis in 2013. This is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 30 races at PIR. Kyle Larson (second) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at PIR. It is his third top-10 finish in 2017. Kyle Busch (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 24 races at PIR. Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.

Standings: Kyle Larson the point standings by six points over Brad Keselowski.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Kyle Larson
2. Brad Keselowski
3. Chase Elliott
4. Martin Truex Jr.
5. Joey Logano
6. Ryan Blaney
7. Kevin Harvick
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Kurt Busch
10. Kasey Kahne
11. Ryan Newman
12. Trevor Bayne
13. Kyle Busch
14. Denny Hamlin
15. Clint Bowyer
16. Jimmie Johnson

Next: Sunday, March 26, Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval in Fontana, CA)
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Time Trials: William Byron (No. 9 Axalta/Ameristar Chevrolet Camaro) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the DC Solar 200 with a lap of 133.487 mph in his first NXS start at PIR. This is Byron's first pole in four NXS races and his second top-10 start in 2017. MENCS regular Erik Jones qualified second, posted his first top-10 start of 2017 and his sixth in six NXS races at PIR. Austin Dillon, another Cup regular pulling double-duty this weekend, qualified third and posted his ninth top-10 NXS start at PIR.
Did Not Qualify: No one. Only 40 entries for the 40 car field.

Results: Justin Allgaier won the DC Solar 200, his fourth victory in 211 NXS races. This is the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro driver's first victory and second top-10 finish in 2017. It is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 14 races at PIR. MENCS regular Ryan Blaney (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two NXS races at PIR. Another Cup regular, Erik Jones (third), posted his sixth top-10 finish in six NXS races at PIR. Pole-sitter William Byron (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 11 points over William Byron.

Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. William Byron
3. Ryan Reed
4. Justin Allgaier
5. Darrell Wallace Jr.
6. Daniel Hemric
7. Brennan Poole
8. Matt Tifft
9. Michael Annett
10. Dakoda Armstrong
11. Blake Koch
12. Cole Custer

Next: Saturday, March 25, 300 at Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval in Fontana, CA)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)

Standings: Christopher Bell leads the point standings by seven points over Johnny Sauter.

Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Christopher Bell
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Ben Rhodes
4. Kaz Grala
5. Matt Crafton
6. Timothy Peters
7. Regan Smith
8. Chase Briscoe

Next: Saturday, April 1, Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval in Virginia)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
Feb. 19, Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway (0.5-mile oval in New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Winner: Ronnie Bassett Jr.     -Pole: Harrison Burton    -Points Leader: Ronnie Bassett Jr.
Next: April 8 at Greenville Pickens Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Easley, SC)

K&N Pro Series-West
March 18, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Tucson Speedway (0.375-mile oval in AZ)
Winner: Chris Eggleston     -Pole: Todd Gilliland    -Points Leader: Chris Eggleston
Next: March 23, NAPA 500 Challenge at Kern County Raceway Park (0.5-mile oval in Bakersfield, CA)

Pinty’s Series
May 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course near Bowmanville, Ontario)

Whelen Modified Tour
March 18 Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (0,538-mile oval in SC)
Winner: Timmy Solomito   -Pole: Rob Summers  -Points Leader: Timmy Solomito
Next: April 2, Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (0.625-mile oval in CT)

Peak Mexico Series
March 26, Difrenosa 120 at Autódromo Monterrey (1.0-mile oval in Monterrey, Mexico)
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Other Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Feb. 18, Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Daytona Int’l Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
Winner: Austin Theriault   -Pole: Tom Hessert   -Points Leader: Austin Theriault
Next: April 8, Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway (0.596-mile oval in Nashville, TN)

Southern Modified Racing Series
March 19 at Caraway Speedway (0.455-mile oval in Sophia, NC)
Winner: John Smith   -Pole: Tim Brown    -Points Leader: John Smith
Next: March 25, Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway (3/8-mile in Rougemont, NC)

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