SWS: Phoenix: Race notes

Crafton Conquers Phoenix Foes in Southwest Series Action AVONDALE, ARIZ. (January 22, 2006) Current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star Matt Crafton returned to his roots Sunday afternoon and claimed the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest...

Crafton Conquers Phoenix Foes in Southwest Series Action

AVONDALE, ARIZ. (January 22, 2006) Current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series star Matt Crafton returned to his roots Sunday afternoon and claimed the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series portion of the the 29th Copper World Classic at Phoenix Int'l Raceway. Crafton passed Ken Schrader with ten laps to go to claim his fifth series victory and first since his championship year back in 2000. Ken Schrader, Eric Holmes, Tim Schendel and Rip Michels rounded out the top five finishers.

The race was shortened to 85 laps from the scheduled 100 lap distance due to time constraints. Eddy McKean scored his tenth top ten finish at Phoenix after running as high as third. Two-time and defending Southwest Series champion Jim Pettit II finished a disappointing 31st after suffering engine trouble. Jason Fensler, M.K. Kanke, Auggie Vidovich, and Nick Lynch rounded out the top ten finishers.

Kanke claimed both the $300 Featherlite Award for improving the most positions from the previous event (22), and the PowerAde Award for improving the most positions in this event (36). Tim Schendel led the first 25 laps after claiming his first Southwest Series Bud Pole Award worth $450.

Stats:

Time of Race: 0 hrs., 59 mins, 17 secs Average Speed: 86.028 mph Margin of Victory: .686 Seconds

BUDWEISER POLE AWARD: Tim Schendel, 2 Mathews Archery/Solocam/TexPar Chevrolet

FEATHERLITE AWARD: M K Kanke, 33 Perricone Juices/Sims Trucking/RPM Motorsports Chevrolet

POWERADE AWARD: M K Kanke, 33 Perricone Juices/Sims Trucking/RPM Motorsports Chevrolet

Caution Flags: Laps 3-9; 10-14; 17-20; 37-41. 4 for 21 laps.

Lap Leaders: Tim Schendel 1-25, Eric Holmes 26-33, Ken Schrader 34-42, Eric Holmes 43-52, Ken Schrader 53-73, Matt Crafton 74-85.

Total Laps Led: Ken Schrader 30, Tim Schendel 25, Eric Holmes 18, Matt Crafton 12. 5 changes involving 4 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points: Matt Crafton 180, Ken Schrader 170, Eric Holmes 165, Tim Schendel 160, Rip Michels 155, Eddy McKean 150, Jason Fensler 146, M K Kanke 142, Auggie Vidovich 138, Nick Lynch 134

Top 3 Rookie Points: Cody Pruitt 10, Travis McCullogh 9, David Mayhew 8, Eric Richardson 7, Danny Mientka 6, Bobby Latham III 5, Brandon Loverock 4.

Next Race: Stockton 99 Speedway TBA

-nascar-

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ken Schrader , Matt Crafton , Eric Holmes , Jim Pettit II , Auggie Vidovich , Tim Schendel , Rip Michels , David Mayhew