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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. swept Phoenix last year 03-07-2018
Ricky Stenhouse
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. swept the top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway last year with a fourth in the spring and eighth in the fall. Those were two of five top-10s on short, flat tracks in 2017. Stenhouse also earned another pair of top-15s and a worst result of 19th in eight races. He may very well be one of this week's top dark horses for players in need of a bargain.
Kasey Kahne consistent during past 2 weeks 03-07-2018
Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne has shown a lot of consistency during his past two weeks with a 21st at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a 19th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Those are the kind of results that will allow the Leavine Family Racing team to generate a good set of notes. Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway is a driver's track, so Kahne's experience could play a big difference. With a little luck, he could challenge for a top-15.
2018 Phx was a disappointment for Kurt Busch 03-07-2018
Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch entered Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway last year with a five-race streak of top-10s on this track, but he could muster only a pair of 20-something finishes. Busch came out of the gate strong this year with a solid run at Daytona International Speedway and a top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He ran well in the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week, but crashed. That might have robbed him of his momentum, so he should be considered a race day decision.
Clint Bowyer's "Lucky 13" at Phoenix 03-07-2018
Clint Bowyer
Last year, Clint Bowyer finished exactly 13th in both races at Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway and counted himself fairly lucky to score a top-15. Bowyer's previous five races on this track all ended outside the top 20 with an average finish of 28.4. The last time he scored a top-15 before 2017 was the 13th he recorded in the spring 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500k.
Chris Buescher seeks 1st Phoenix top-25 03-07-2018
Chris Buescher
Chris Buescher is still searching for his first career top-25 at Ingenuity Sun Media Raceway this week; his best effort of 27th was earned in last year's edition of the TicketGuardian 500. Buescher has had some decent runs on the other one-mile flat track, however; he finished 21st in the fall 2017 ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and that fairly well defines his top potential for the week.
Jamie McMurray: ISM Raceway Double Duty 03-07-2018
Jamie McMurray
In addition to driving his regular No. 1 Chevrolet in Sunday's Cup Series Ticket Guardian 500, Jamie McMurray will pilot the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) DC Solar 200 at ISM (Phoenix) Raceway on Saturday. McMurray will make his first NXS start in over four years (143 races), his last start came in Sept. 2013 at Richmond. He has 187 career NXS starts on his resume with 68 top-10 and 31 top-five finishes including eight series victories. His last NXS victory was in 2010 at Atlanta. McMurray's only NXS win with Chip Ganassi Racing was in 2004 at ISM Raceway. In 12 previous NXS starts at ISMR he has led 47 laps and has four top-10 and one top-five finish.-CGR
Milestone NXS start for Annett at Phoenix 03-07-2018
Michael Annett
Michael Annett (No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet) has earned four top-10 finishes in his last six NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) starts at ISM (Phoenix) Raceway, with a best finish of seventh in the fall 2012 event. On 1-mile tracks, Annett has logged two top-five and seven top-10 finishes in his NXS career. He was ninth in this race last year. Annett will make his 200th NXS start on Saturday. His first start was Nov. 15, 2008 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last week's race at Las Vegas saw Annett jump 13 spots in the season point standings with a 13th-place run on the 1.5-mile oval.-JR Motorsports
Justin Allgaier: DC Solar 200 advance 03-07-2018
Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier (No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet) is the defending winner of the spring NXS race at ISM (Phoenix) Raceway. He led 85 laps en route to the victory last March. The Illinois native has the most laps led (104) among full-time NXS drivers at the 1-mile raceway. In his four starts at ISMR since joining JR Motorsports, Allgaier has an average finish of 4.7. With his third-place effort at Las Vegas last weekend, the 31-year-old driver moved up to fourth in the NXS point standings, just 28 markers back from the top spot.-JRM
Elliott Sadler: DC Solar 200 advance 03-07-2018
Elliott Sadler
Currently tied for first in the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings, Elliott Sadler (No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet) has finished 100 percent of this season's events in the top five. He is also first in percentage of laps run in the top 15 (99.6), has the highest driver rating among full-time NXS drivers (106.3) and has the highest average finish (4.0). In 18 NXS starts at ISM Raceway, the Virginia native has one victory (2012), five top fives and nine top 10s. Saturday's race at Phoenix will mark Sadler's 200th NXS start on tracks between 1-2 miles in length. Among those starts, Sadler has claimed 107 top-10 finishes. Justin Allgaier is the defending winner of the spring NXS race at Phoenix. He led 85 laps en route to the victory last March.-JR Motorsports
Ty Dillon pulling double-duty at ISM Raceway 03-07-2018
Ty Dillon
Before competing in his regular No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet in Sunday's Cup Series Ticket Guardian 500, Ty Dillon will pilot the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) DC Solar 200 at ISM (Phoenix) Raceway on Saturday. He will make his second NXS start of the season this weekend at ISM. With eight previous starts at the track in the series, Dillon has earned two top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He scored his best finish of fourth place in 2014 and has led a total of 16 laps. Dillon has competed in two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in Phoenix, scoring one top-finish and leading 21 laps. His best finish of fourth place came in 2013.-Richard Childress Racing