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NASCAR - Nationwide - Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Preview

Date: Saturday, March 1

Start Time: 3:45 p.m. ET

Site: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Ariz.

Track: 1-mile oval

Laps: 200

Miles: 200

Capacity: 50,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 10th

On TV: ABC

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Elliott Sadler, 2012 (116.317 mph)

Qualifying record: Kyle Busch, 2011 (134.298 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Brad Keselowski

Pole winner: Kyle Busch (133.057 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 1)

2. Brad Keselowski (9)

3. Justin Allgaier (5)

4. Trevor Bayne (4)

5. Elliott Sadler (15)

6. Austin Dillon (6)

7. Sam Hornish Jr (19)

8. Matt Kenseth (3)

9. Aric Almirola (8)

10. Brian Scott (21)

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

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 96.192 mph

2012 Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 116.317 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 112.272 mph

2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 93.872 mph

2009 Greg Biffle, Ford, 92.965 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 98.764 mph

2007 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 87.581 mph

2006 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 92.250 mph

2005 Greg Biffle, Ford, 83.007 mph

Last race

Race: DRIVE4COPD 300 (Feb. 22)

Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.

Miles: 302.5

Laps: 121

Finish line order: Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Trevor Bayne, Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 2 mins., 28 secs.

Average speed: 148.204 mph

Margin of victory: 0.013 secs.

Caution flags:

Lead changes: 9 among 6 drivers

Lap leaders: Kwasniewski-pole, K. Busch 1-11, Dick 12-13, Earnhardt Jr 14-41, 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.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Whitetail

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Wesco

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/taxslayer.com

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/One Main Financial

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/nationalcashlenders.com

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Reser's Fine Foods

#22 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI Ford/Discount Tire

#23 Carlos Contreras (Mexico City) Chevrolet/Global Aircraft Solutions

#24 To Be Announced Toyota/TBA

#28 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Toyota/TBA

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cartwheel

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/WinField

#44 Will Kimmell III (Sellersburg, IN) Toyota/Ingersoil Rand

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/TBA

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/TBA

#54 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Ford EcoBoost

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino

#67 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Dodge/Cross Concrete

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/charliesoap.com

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Chevrolet/TBA

#76 Willie Allen (Nashville, TN) Dodge/TBA

#87 Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada) Toyota/TBA

#88 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#90 Martin Roy (Napierville, Canada) Chevrolet/TBA

#93 Matt Carter (Denver, NC) Dodge/TBA

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch --- 12 37 Won 10 Won Won 11 Won
Brad Keselowski --- --- 32 12 3 3 34 2 2
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 32 31 7 4
Elliott Sadler 2 32 14 --- --- --- 12 Won 5
Matt Kenseth --- 7 2 --- --- --- --- --- 8
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- 15 16 9 14 10
Regan Smith --- 27 8 --- --- --- --- --- 11
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 13
Kevin Harvick 4 Won 9 4 5 2 3 5 33
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

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.



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