NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES POST-RACE NOTES PHOENIX UNITED RENTALS 125, JAN. 22 *Familiar turf -- Ken Schrader (No. 99 Four Winds Motorhomes/AXA Financial Chevrolet) scored his fourth series win at Phoenix International...
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES
UNITED RENTALS 125, JAN. 22
*Familiar turf -- Ken Schrader (No. 99 Four Winds Motorhomes/AXA Financial Chevrolet) scored his fourth series win at Phoenix International Raceway with a victory at the Copper World Classic in the United Rentals 125 -- as the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series kicked off its 53rd season. Schrader, who has the most series wins at PIR, now has 11 career series victories overall.
*First Bud Pole -- After coming close twice last year, Spencer Clark (No. 26 Allegiant Air Ford) won his first career pole award at Phoenix. Clark lapped the one-mile D-shaped oval at a speed of 127.932 mph. The 18-year-old from Las Vegas went on to lead the most laps, 64, and finished a career-best fourth.
*Record field at Phoenix -- The 38 drivers who attempted to qualify for this race established a record for entries in a NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series event at Phoenix. The previous high was 36, established in 1998 and equaled in 1999. The largest turnout prior to that was in 1982, with 35 entries.
*Busy weekend -- It was a busy weekend for several drivers, who did double duty -- competing in the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series race and the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race. Schrader and Eric Holmes (No. 62 Sunoco Race Fuels/Paul Oil Chevrolet) had podium finishes in both -- with Schrader finishing second in the Southwest Series race, while Holmes finished a career-best second in the AutoZone West Series race and third in the Southwest Series event. Also pulling double duty was Nick Lynch (No. 29 Baja Motorsports/Mr. Gas Dodge) -- who qualified second quickest in the AutoZone West Series race, but fell behind early with a flat tire.
*Impressive debuts -- Among the six drivers competing in their first AutoZone West Series race, a couple had very impressive results at Phoenix. Last year's national champion in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series -- Peyton Sellers (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) of Danville, Va., - started eighth and finished fifth. His teammate at Bill McAnally Racing -- Brian Ickler (No. 20 Consolidated Electrical Distributors/NAPA Chevrolet) of Poway, Calif. -- started 14th and finished sixth.
*POWERade Power Move -- Series rookie Justin Lofton (No. 66 Bob Lofton Cattle Feeding Investments Chevrolet) also had an impressive performance at PIR. The West Morland, Calif., driver -- making just his second start in the series -- charged forward from 34th on the grid to finish 12th 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 -- Jim Inglebright (No. 1 Jelly Belly 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.