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NASCAR - Nationwide - Great Clips 200 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, November 10th
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: 14th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 4 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 4:15 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sam Hornish Jr
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Aric Almirola (Finished 25th)
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: $1,180,165 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $39,350; 2nd Place - $32,300; 3rd Place - $40,500
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sam Hornish Jr56Trevor Bayne3
2Brad Keselowski107Clint Bowyer4
3Carl Edwards28Ryan Truex8
4Joey Logano99Justin Allgaier7
5Ricky Stenhouse Jr 1110Michael Annett19
2011 Great Clips 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 91.895 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 35 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.553 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Aric Almirola (132.910 m.p.h.)
Past Great Clips 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Sam Hornish Jr (5th) -- Dodge - 91.895 m.p.h.
2010 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 107.063 m.p.h.
2009 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 100.798 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 95.374 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kyle Busch (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.111 m.p.h.
2006 -- Matt Kenseth (1st) -- Ford -- 91.202 m.p.h.
2005 -- Carl Edwards (1st) -- Ford -- 97.893 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jamie McMurray (3rd) -- Dodge -- 96.031 m.p.h.
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr (4th) -- Ford -- 96.734 m.p.h.
2002 -- Scott Wimmer (18th) -- Pontiac -- 96.709 m.p.h.
2001 -- Greg Biffle (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 99.834 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Burton (3rd) -- Ford -- 115.145 m.p.h. (race record)
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 115.053 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Outback Steakhouse (1999-2001), Bashas' Supermarket 200
(2002-04), Arizona 200 (2005), Arizona.Travel 200 (2006-07), Hefty Odor
Block 200 (2008), Able Body Labor 200 (2009), Wypall 200 (2010-11).
 
Past Great Clips 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Aric Almirola -- 25th
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 3rd
2009 -- Denny Hamlin -- 12th
2008 -- Denny Hamlin -- 2nd
2007 -- Clint Bowyer -- 3rd
2006 -- Matt Kenseth -- 1st
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 1st
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 2nd
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2nd
2002 -- Greg Biffle -- 3rd
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer -- 35th
2000 -- Jason Leffler -- 2nd
1999 -- Ken Schrader -- 7th
Last Race Results
RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (November 3rd)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Ft. Worth, Texas
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Blaney
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
FIFTH: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 50 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 141.919 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.628 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 22 laps
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-63; K. Harvick 64-89; K. Busch 90; K. Harvick 91; E.
Sadler 92; K. Harvick 93-143; A. Dillon 144; K. Harvick 145-156;
D. Hamlin 157-162; K. Harvick 163-181; K. Busch 182; K. Harvick
183-200.
Great Clips 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Daryl Harr (St. Albert, Canada)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Valvoline NextGen
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Paulie Harraka (Fair Lawn, NJ)Ford/MC-10
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/G-Oil/Embassy Suites
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12 *Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
13To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Mark One Electric
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/Bandit Chippers
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto
24David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/OCR Gazbar
30Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/FOE
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
41To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44John Blankenship (Williamson, WV)Toyota/Coal Save the Country
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/The Motorsports Group
47J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Phoenix Metals Group
52To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Nur Ali (Karachi, Pakistan)Chevrolet/TBA
73Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Maxelence MVP/Dobson Inn
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/TBA
86Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT_Ford/Qello
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Takagi
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Hylands
91Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Tucson/Levine Financial
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Sam Hornish Jr.---------36th39th---------Won
Brad Keselowski------------21st21st5th4th2nd
Joey Logano---------------10th---3rd4th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------9th5th
Justin Allgaier---------------12th16th8th9th
Danica Patrick---------------------32nd21st
Elliott Sadler------------------------27th
Kyle Busch---2nd---10thWon5th9th16th---
Kasey Kahne27th11th------6th------------
Brian Vickers3rd---------27th------------
Brendan Gaughan------------------19th27th---
Austin Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Ryan Blaney - Started in the 19th position and finished 2nd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sam Hornish Jr
Darkhorse - Brad Keselowski
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ricky Stenhouse Jr) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Cole Whitt) - Finished 12th
 
NOTES:
Two races and again Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Elliott Sadler are battling it out for the Nationwide Series title. Last year, the duo were separated by 17 points and Stenhouse came out on top. This time around, they are deadlocked at the top.

Back in 2011, Stenhouse forged ahead with his fifth place finish at Phoenix International Raceway, as Sadler struggled and placed 27th. Well all was said and done, Stenhouse finished 45 points clear for the title.

Sam Hornish Jr, who stands in fourth place, well behind the leaders, captured the race last year, as he defeated Brad Keselowski by 0.553 seconds for his first career win in a NASCAR series race in his 32nd start on the Nationwide circuit.

Carl Edwards dominated this race in 2010, as he led 153 of the 200 laps to easily defeat Kevin Harvick by over five seconds. Pole sitter Joey Logano finished third. With the win, Edwards won this race for the third straight time and fourth overall.

In 2009, Edwards won this race in dominating fashion as he led 109 of the 200 laps to beat second-place Kevin Harvick by 2.415 seconds. The win was a milestone for Edwards, as it was his 25th career Nationwide victory. Edwards' win total has reached 38, ranking him fourth on the all-time list.

Edwards defeated pole sitter Denny Hamlin by a mere 0.096 of a second in 2008 for his 19th career Nationwide Series title. Edwards led the final 78 laps and held off a hard-charging Hamlin in a green-white-checkered finish. Hamlin led twice for 62 laps, while third-place finisher Kevin Harvick led for 53 laps.

Starting in the 4th position, Kyle Busch dominated the 2007 race, as he led 132 laps, including the final 86 for his 11th of 51 career Nationwide Series titles. Busch took the checkered flag, 0.305 of a second ahead of Matt Kenseth. Pole sitter Clint Bowyer finished third.

In 2006, Matt Kenseth edged Kevin Harvick by less than a second for his 20th career Nationwide Series title. With the win, Kenseth became the second driver to win a Phoenix race from the pole, joining Carl Edwards who accomplished the feat in 2005. Kenseth dominated the race, leading for a race- high 125 laps.

Back in 2005, Edwards posted his fifth win of that season, as he crossed the finish line 0.246 of a second ahead of runner-up Clint Bowyer. Edwards, who started on the pole, led 103 of the 200 laps, including the final 20, as took the checkered flag.

The 2012 Nationwide Series season concludes with the Nov. 17 running of the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's race there.

11/06 16:11:40 ET

As of November 6, 2012, at 04:11 PM ET