NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- PHOENIX CASINO ARIZONA 150, APRIL 20 * First time winner -- Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet) scored his first career series win with a victory in ...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- PHOENIX CASINO ARIZONA 150, APRIL 20
* First time winner -- Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet) scored his first career series win with a victory in the Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Thursday, April 20. Myers, who tallied two top-five and six top-10 finishes as a rookie last season, had a career-best third-place finish heading into the event.
* Another pole for Duncan -- Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) grabbed the Budweiser Pole at Phoenix, with a lap of 125.821 mph around the one-mile track. It was Duncan's third pole at PIR and the 16th of his career.
* Impressive effort -- In only his second start in the series, Peyton Sellers (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) finished in the runner-up spot after contending for the win. Sellers of Danville, Va., won last year's national championship in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. Under contract with Richard Childress Racing, he is driving for Bill McAnally Racing in the AutoZone West Series this year as part of the RCR driver development program with BMR.
* Hard chargers -- Sellers and Eric Holmes (No. 62 Sunoco Race Fuels/Paul Oil Chevrolet) made up a lot of ground at Phoenix. Both drivers started from the back of the pack, due to unapproved adjustments, and charged to the front. Sellers finished second, after leading 27 laps, and Holmes finished fourth.
* Record tied, again -- The series record of 17 drivers finishing on the lead lap was tied for the third consecutive race. The mark, initially established last year at Pikes Peak, was matched at last season's finale at Bakersfield in October. It was repeated at Phoenix in January and 17 drivers finished on the lead lap, again, in the Casino Arizona 150.
* POWERade Power Move -- Series rookie Brian Pannone (No. 38 Sports Nuts/All Pro Plumbing Ford) also made up a lot of ground at Phoenix. Pannone of Riverside, Calif., moved from 33rd on the grid to finish 14th and win the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.
* Featherlite Most Improved -- Austin Cameron (No. 88 RaceCarFans.com Chevrolet) won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award at Phoenix. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.