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DATE: Saturday, March 1
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Ariz.
TRACK: 1-mile oval
CAPACITY: 50,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 10th
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3:45 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 1/12:10 p.m. ET
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 200
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2011 (134.298 mph)
RACE RECORD: Elliott Sadler, 2012 (116.317 mph)
2013 Finish
1Kyle Busch16Austin Dillon6
2Brad Keselowski97Sam Hornish Jr19
3Justin Allgaier58Matt Kenseth3
4Trevor Bayne49Aric Almirola8
5Elliott Sadler1510Brian Scott21
2013 Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 96.192 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 4 mins., 45 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.943 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (133.057 mph)
Past Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 96.192 mph
2012 -- Elliott Sadler (8) -- Chevrolet -- 116.317 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 112.272 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 93.872 mph
2009 -- Greg Biffle (4) -- Ford -- 92.965 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 98.764 mph
2007 -- Clint Bowyer (2) -- Chevrolet -- 87.581 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (14) -- Chevrolet -- 92.250 mph
2005 -- Greg Biffle (20) -- Ford -- 83.007 mph
NOTE: Formerly called Bashas' Supermarkets 200 (2005-12), Dollar General 200
Past Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2012 -- Denny Hamlin -- 9
2011 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 6
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 33
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2007 -- Kyle Busch -- 37
2006 -- Jason Leffler -- 22
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 28
Last Race Results
RACE: DRIVE4COPD 300 (Feb. 22)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
MILES: 302.5
LAPS: 121
WINNER: Regan Smith
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Trevor Bayne
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Dylan Kwasniewski (finished 8)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 2 mins., 28 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 148.204 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.013 secs.
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kwasniewski-pole, K. Busch 1-11, Dick 12-13, Earnhardt Jr 14-41,
K. Busch 42-53, Larson 54, K. Busch 55-75, Smith 76-109,
Keselowski 110-120, Smith 121.
Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Whitetail
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Wesco
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Reser's Fine Foods
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
23Carlos Contreras (Mexico City)Chevrolet/Global Aircraft Solutions
24To Be AnnouncedToyota/TBA
28Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Rockstar
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/WinField
44Will Kimmell III (Sellersburg, IN)Toyota/Ingersoil Rand
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Ford EcoBoost
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino
67Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS)Dodge/Cross Concrete
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/TBA
76Willie Allen (Nashville, TN)Dodge/TBA
87Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada)Toyota/TBA
88Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
90Martin Roy (Napierville, Canada)Chevrolet/TBA
93Matt Carter (Denver, NC)Dodge/TBA
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
* - defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish last nine years)
Kyle Busch---1237Won10WonWon11Won
Brad Keselowski------3212333422
Trevor Bayne---------------323174
Elliott Sadler23214---------12Won5
Matt Kenseth---72---------------8
Brian Scott------------151691410
Regan Smith---278---------------11
Kyle Larson------------------------13
Kevin Harvick4Won94523533
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Trevor Bayne - started 31 and finished 3
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) - finished 11
The Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway is the second race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 24 Nationwide races held at Phoenix, including one event per season from 1999-2004 and two each year since. The series will return there on the second weekend of November.

Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Nationwide race at Phoenix, the Outback Steakhouse 200, on Nov. 6, 1999.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Phoenix with six. Busch won both races from the pole position there last year.

Jack Roush has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Phoenix with nine, followed by Joe Gibbs with six.

The race winner at Phoenix has started from the pole position seven times, including the last three races.

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide event at Phoenix happened in November 2008 when Carl Edwards beat Denny Hamlin by just 0.096 seconds.

Kevin Harvick has the most top-five finishes (15) and top-10s (17) in Nationwide competition at Phoenix. Harvick is entered in this weekend's race, driving the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.

Three drivers on the entry list for this race made their Nationwide debuts at Phoenix: James Buescher (April 11, 2008), Daryl Harr (April 17, 2009) and Ryan Sieg (March 2, 2013).

Sam Hornish Jr. is the only driver who scored his first career Nationwide victory at Phoenix (Nov. 12, 2011). Hornish is not competing in this race. He is scheduled to drive the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in seven Nationwide races this season, beginning with the May 3 event at Talladega.

The next race is the March 8 Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hornish won last year's event there.

02/25 23:34:42 ET

As of February 25, 2014, at 11:35 PM ET