February 27, 2011 in Sports

Sprint Cup drivers return to ‘normal’ racing

 

Auto Racing

Subway Fresh Fit 500

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Today’s race lineup, after Saturday qualifying

At Phoenix Intl. Raceway; Avondale, Ariz.

Lap length: 1.0 miles

(Car number in parentheses)

1. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 137.279. 2. (22) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 137.112. 3. (4) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 137.096. 4. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 136.981. 5. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 136.971. 6. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 136.945. 7. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 136.809. 8. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 136.773. 9. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 136.768. 10. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 136.674.

11. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 136.643. 12. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 136.581. 13. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 136.56. 14. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 136.457. 15. (43) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 136.405. 16. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 136.327. 17. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 136.116. 18. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 136.06. 19. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 135.998. 20. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 135.772.

21. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 135.731. 22. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 135.701. 23. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 135.609. 24. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 135.578. 25. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 135.563. 26. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 135.557. 27. (13) Casey Mears, Toyota, 135.527. 28. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 135.496. 29. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 135.471. 30. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 135.471.

31. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 135.232. 32. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 134.933. 33. (21) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 134.756. 34. (66) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 134.685. 35. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 134.675. 36. (32) Mike Skinner, Ford, 134.273. 37. (60) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 134.048. 38. (46) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 134.043. 39. (09) Bill Elliott, Chevrolet, 133.784. 40. (38) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 133.393.

41. (71) Andy Lally, Chevrolet, 131.926. 42. (37) Tony Raines, Ford, Owner Points. 43. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 133.353.

Bashas’ Supermarkets 200

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

Saturday’s Results

At Phoenix Intl. Raceway; Avondale, Ariz.

Lap length: 1 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (1) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200 laps, 150 rating, 0 points, $64,550. 2. (2) Carl Edwards, Ford, 200, 128.5, 0, $51,025. 3. (9) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 200, 117.1, 0, $35,625. 4. (6) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 200, 111.7, 0, $26,175. 5. (10) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 200, 103.9, 39, $30,818. 6. (3) Joey Logano, Toyota, 200, 105.7, 0, $19,000. 7. (15) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 200, 99.1, 37, $24,728. 8. (16) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200, 92.4, 36, $23,138. 9. (5) Brian Scott, Toyota, 200, 94.7, 35, $24,418. 10. (18) Kenny Wallace, Toyota, 200, 86.2, 34, $22,693.

11. (13) Jason Leffler, Chevrolet, 200, 86.3, 33, $20,268. 12. (11) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200, 86.3, 32, $13,200. 13. (25) Aric Almirola, Chevrolet, 199, 78.5, 31, $19,543. 14. (14) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 199, 77.3, 30, $19,718. 15. (12) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 198, 74.3, 29, $21,093. 16. (26) Scott Wimmer, Chevrolet, 198, 68.9, 28, $18,268. 17. (20) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 197, 68.2, 27, $18,068. 18. (24) Josh Wise, Ford, 197, 66.1, 26, $18,818. 19. (17) Michael Annett, Toyota, 197, 68, 25, $17,693. 20. (19) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 197, 61.3, 24, $18,043.

21. (23) Charles Lewandoski, Chevrolet, 196, 57.6, 23, $11,200. 22. (22) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 196, 55.4, 22, $17,318. 23. (35) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 195, 44.6, 21, $17,593. 24. (31) Robert Richardson Jr., Dodge, 194, 45.8, 20, $17,118. 25. (27) Eric McClure, Chevrolet, 193, 47.6, 19, $17,618. 26. (21) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 193, 53.2, 18, $16,893. 27. (32) Blake Koch, Dodge, 193, 42, 17, $17,193. 28. (29) Shelby Howard, Chevrolet, 191, 51.5, 16, $16,718. 29. (30) Timmy Hill, Ford, 191, 37.4, 15, $16,668. 30. (8) Steve Wallace, Toyota, 190, 69.2, 14, $16,918.

31. (7) Trevor Bayne, Ford, accident, 164, 82.6, 13, $16,563. 32. (40) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ford, 162, 33.1, 12, $10,035. 33. (28) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, handling, 108, 44.8, 11, $16,468. 34. (4) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, accident, 105, 89.8, 0, $10,965. 35. (34) Daryl Harr, Chevrolet, radiator, 101, 34.8, 9, $9,935. 36. (38) Carl Long, Ford, brakes, 19, 35.8, 8, $9,900. 37. (37) Kevin Lepage, Ford, overheating, 17, 36, 7, $9,865. 38. (33) Kelly Bires, Ford, brakes, 10, 32.9, 6, $9,810. 39. (39) Brett Rowe, Chevrolet, handling, 8, 30.2, 5, $9,770. 40. (36) Justin Marks, Ford, brakes, 7, 30.4, 0, $9,715.

Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 112.272 mph. Time of Race: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 53 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.514 seconds. Caution Flags: 3 for 15 laps. Lead Changes: 0 among 1 driver. Lap Leaders: K.Busch 1-200. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Busch, 1 time for 200 laps.

Top 10 in Points: 1. R.Sorenson, 78; 2. R.Stenhouse Jr., 73; 3. J.Leffler, 71; 4. D.Patrick, 58; 5. J.Nemechek, 58; 6. A.Almirola, 56; 7. M.Bliss, 55; 8. J.Allgaier, 53; 9. K.Wallace, 50; 10. J.Clements, 50.

AVONDALE, Ariz. – The beast that is the Daytona 500 is in everyone’s rear-view mirror.

The two-car drafts, the radio chatter between drivers on the track and the nervous uncertainty of restrictor-plate racing has subsided.

While 20-year-old Trevor Bayne still lives in a moment he might wish would never end, NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series will get back to a sense of normalcy today at Phoenix International Raceway.

To many, the Subway Fresh Fit 500 is where the real season begins.

It’s a 1-mile oval with every man for himself rather than a 200 mph search for a friend.

“This weekend really starts what our season is about,” five-time reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson said. “We have four plate races out of the 36 that we run for points.

“In my eyes, along with many others, the Super Bowl, the big race, was last week and it’s kind of a specialty event. Now we get down to what we really use to determine the champion.”

He’s not the only one who feels that way.

“They give points for last week, but it’s just a different kind of racing,” David Gilliland said. “I think this is the start.”

Perhaps a trip to Bristol (Tenn.) or Martinsville (Va.) would be a sharper contrast to Daytona, but Phoenix, tucked beside a rise of cactus-covered hills, is different enough. It’s almost quaint compared to Daytona, and it makes different demands on drivers and crew chiefs.

“We have 34 events in front of us that all relate somewhat to this and only three more events that relate to what we just did last week,” Mark Martin said. “This is the beginning of the meat of the season.”

This might be just the third Sprint Cup race in Bayne’s young career, but he knows the difference between what he did last week and what will be required today.

“Daytona requires the crew chief to find speed in the car. This requires the driver and crew chief to communicate,” Bayne said.

“You’ve got a little bit of feel at Daytona but it’s mainly knowing what to do with the car and where to put it. Here it’s going by feel. You’re not working with people, you’re racing against everybody.”

Kevin Harvick, whose season started with a blown engine, said if you’re serious about winning the series championship, it’s tracks like Phoenix that might prove more important than Daytona, Talladega (Ala.) and the road courses.

It’s this kind of racing, more than the type required by those other tracks, that can define a season.

“Auto racing is about driving down into the corner and managing the throttle and the brakes and the grip of the tires,” said pole-winner Carl Edwards, who won at Phoenix last November.

Nationwide

Kyle Busch became the first driver in a national NASCAR race with a wire-to-wire win in nearly eight years.

It wasn’t as easy as it looked, not with his car getting loose and Carl Edwards bearing down over the final few laps.

Busch dominated from the pole early and held off Edwards late, maintaining the lead the entire way in the Nationwide race to set up the chance for a perfect weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Reed Sorenson followed Edwards in the top five.


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