WS: Phoenix: Post-race notes

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES -- PHOENIX ALPHATRADE.COM 150, APRIL 19 * Logano wins Grand National debut -- Joey Logano (No. 10 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) made his NASCAR Grand National Division debut with...


* Logano wins Grand National debut -- Joey Logano (No. 10 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet) made his NASCAR Grand National Division debut with a win in the West Series 150 at Phoenix International Raceway on Thursday, April 19. The 16-year-old driver from Middletown, Conn. -- who is slated to compete in the Busch East Series this season -- led 73 of 158 laps en route to the victory.

* Duncan two-for-two with Budweiser Poles -- Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) is two-for-two in 2007, winning the Budweiser Pole Award in the first two West Series events this year. He set his 18th career fast-time mark at Phoenix, with a lap of 128.233 mph in time trials.

* Young East Coast drivers dominate top five -- Joey Logano was not the only driver from the Busch East Series running up front in the West Series race at Phoenix. His teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Marc Davis, finished close behind in second place. Jesus Hernandez (No. 4 Waste Management Chevrolet) took fifth. Hernandez, who originally hailed from Fresno, Calif., competes for Ginn Racing and is a member of the 2007 Drive for Diversity class.

* Career-best mark -- Jeff Barkshire (No. 46 Centennial Batteries/SPE Engines Dodge) notched his first career series top five with a fourth-place finish at Phoenix. The Auburn, Wash., driver -- who runs a limited schedule in the West Series -- had a previous best finish of 18th.

* Sunoco Rookie of the Race -- Eric Richardson (No. 20 Chevrolet) was the top finishing rookie at Phoenix, with a career-best finish of sixth. The Bakersfield, Calif., driver is among a talented field of 14 rookies who have registered for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year program in the West Series this season.

* Consistent start for rookie -- After opening his season with a 10th-place finish in Texas, series rookie Ryan Foster (No. 21 Golden Gate Meat Chevrolet) backed it up with an eighth-place finish at Phoenix. Foster drives for Jim Offenbach's Golden Gate Racing Team as part of a driver development program with Richard Childress Racing.

* Another rookie in top 10 -- Another series rookie finishing in the top 10 at Phoenix was Alex Haase (No. 84 Motorway Auto Group of El Paso Chevrolet). After finishing 13th at Texas, the 17-year-old from Las Vegas turned in a ninth-place finish at Phoenix.

* Rookie contends for the win -- Series rookie David Mayhew (No. 26 Progress Farms/Attune Systems/HPS Chevrolet) charged from fifth on the grid at Phoenix to lead 56 laps late in the race. Despite strong challenges, Mayhew did not relinquish the top spot until his engine soured in the closing laps.

* NASCAR honors victims of Virginia Tech tragedy -- West Series race cars at Phoenix displayed the Virginia Tech University logo in a tribute to the victims of the shootings at the Blacksburg, Va., campus. The logo was also displayed on cars in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series.

* Logano 'locked in' to NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown -- With his win in West Series action at Phoenix, Joey Logano got the jump on his Busch East Series competitors -- becoming the first East Coast driver to gain a spot in the 2007 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Only Grand National Division race winners and the champions of the NASCAR Developmental Series will earn starting spots in this year's prestigious event. All others must race their way in under the new format.

* POWERade Power Move -- Todd Souza (No. 13 Central Coast Manufacturing Chevrolet) won the POWERade Power Move of the Race Award at Phoenix. He moved forward from 26th on the grid to finish seventh. At each Grand National Division event, POWERade presents the award to the driver who advances the most positions.

* Featherlite Most Improved -- Eric Richardson won the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award in Phoenix. Richardson's sixth-place finish was enough to win him the award, after finishing 25th in the season opener in Texas. Featherlite presents the award at each event to the driver who improves the most finishing positions from the previous event.

* Aero Exhaust lap leader -- In addition to scoring the win at Phoenix, Joey Logano also nabbed the Aero Exhaust Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps, pacing the field for 73 of 158 laps. The award goes to the eligible driver who leads the most laps in an event.

-credit: nascar

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Drivers Todd Souza , Ryan Foster , Jesus Hernandez , Joey Logano , David Mayhew , Jeff Barkshire , Marc Davis
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing