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Statistical Advance: Talking Stick Resort 50

Analyzing The K&N West At Phoenix International Raceway
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
February 28, 2012 - 2:47pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West opens its 2012 season at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 3. Below is a statistical look at the track and performance of selected drivers in the series:

Phoenix International Raceway Data
Race: #1 of 15 (3/3/12)
Track Layout: 1-mile, paved oval
Race Length: 50 laps (50 miles)

Records
1-lap Qualifying: Greg Pursley, 27.700 seconds, 129.964 mph, Nov. 13, 2010
50-lap Race: To be established

Series Race Winners at Phoenix
Ken Schrader ... 4
Richard Petty ... 3
Scott Lynch ... 2
Greg Pursley ... 2
17 drivers ... 1
(Bobby Allison, Ryan Blaney, Neil Bonnett, Jason Bowles, Austin Cameron, Mike David, Ron Eaton, David Gilliland, Eric Holmes, Burney Lamar, Joey Logano, Andrew Myers, Kevin Richards, Bill Schmitt, Rich Woodland Jr., Cale Yarborough, Mike Wallace)

Series Pole Winners at Phoenix
Mike Duncan ... 4
Richard Petty ... 3
Greg Pursley ... 3
Neil Bonnett ... 2
Scott Lynch ... 2
13 drivers ... 1
(Jim Bown, Spencer Clark, Ron Eaton, Ryan Foster, David Gilliland, Kevin Harvick, Andrew Myers, Brennan Newberry, Eric Norris, Steve Portenga, Mark Reed, Joe Ruttman, Mike Wallace)

SCHEDULE | ENTRY LIST

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
• This race will be the 29th stand-alone series race at Phoenix International Raceway. In addition, the series visited PIR for nine combination races with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1988 to1996.
• With four victories, Ken Schrader has the most series wins at Phoenix (2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006). Richard Petty had three wins (1978, 1980 and 1981). Greg Pursley (2010, 2011) and Scott Lynch (2003, 2004), with two wins each, are the only others with multiple wins at PIR. 
• Two-time series champion Mike Duncan has four pole awards at PIR, to lead that category. Richard Petty and Greg Pursley each won three poles at Phoenix. Others with more than one pole at PIR include Neil Bonnett and Scott Lynch, with two each.
• Bobby Allison and Mike David are tied for the most top-five finishes in series action at Phoenix, with six each.
• Austin Cameron holds the mark for the most top-10 finishes in the series at PIR, placing 10th or better in nine of his 12 starts there.
• Richard Petty holds the mark for leading the most laps (361) in series competition at Phoenix.
• Of drivers who have competed in four or more races at Phoenix, Neil Bonnett had the best average finish of 2.2 – making five starts between 1977 and 1982.
• Six of the past 15 series races at Phoenix were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checker finish.
• Brett Thompson has competed in the most NASCAR K&N Pro Series West stand-alone events, with 17 starts. Jack Sellers has the most PIR starts overall – racing in 16 stand-alone events and five combination races.
• Among manufacturers, Chevrolet has the most wins in series action at PIR with 13 wins.
• Six of the 28 series races at Phoenix were won by the pole winner. Three race winners started outside the top 10. Rich Woodland Jr. started the furthest back and won, coming from 21st on the grid in 1998
• At Phoenix, 337 drivers have competed in series competition.
• For this race, drivers from eight different states (Arizona, California, Florida Georgia Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah) are entered into the event along with competitors from Brazil, Canada and Mexico.

Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Red Line Oil Chevrolet)
• One top five, five top 10s in 17 starts at Phoenix
• Best PIR finish of third in 2004
• Average finish at PIR of 17.11
• Has led 32 laps at PIR
• Three career series wins
• One career series pole

David Gilliland (No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford)
• One win, two top fives in five starts at Phoenix
• PIR win was in 2005
• Average finish at PIR of 15.6
• Has led 26 laps at PIR
• Three career series wins
• Four career series poles

Jonathon Gomez (No. 22 Century Boatland Chevrolet)
• Two top fives in five starts at Phoenix
• Best finish at PIR of second in spring of 2011, also best career series finish
• Average finish at PIR of 14.8
• Has led one lap at PIR

Daryl Harr (No. 71 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet)
• Three top 10s in 16 starts at Phoenix
• Best PIR finish of sixth was in 2010
• Average finish at PIR of 15.81
• Best career series finish of fifth on four occasions, most recent at Monroe last year

Eric Holmes (No. 20 NAPA Toyota)
• One win, four top fives in nine PIR starts
• Phoenix win came in spring of 2010
• Average finish at PIR of 12.2
• Has led 104 laps at Phoenix
• 16 career series wins
• 13 career series poles

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Chevrolet)
• One top five, four top 10s in seven PIR starts
• Best Phoenix finish of fifth in spring of 2010
• Average finish at PIR of 15.0
• Has led 162 laps at Phoenix
• Three career series wins
• Six career series poles

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports Ford)
• Two wins, five top fives in seven PIR starts
• Phoenix wins came in 2010 and 2011
• Average finish at PIR of 8.85
• Has led 152 laps at Phoenix
• Nine career series wins
• 11 career series poles

Michael Self (No. 21 Golden Gate Meat/RCR Chevrolet)
• Two top 10s in four starts at Phoenix
• Best finish at PIR of eighth was in fall race in 2010
• Average finish at PIR of 16.25
• Best career series finish of fifth at Sonoma in 2010

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet)
• Three top fives, six top 10s in 17 starts at Phoenix
• Best PIR finish of fourth on two occasions, most recent in 2008
• Average finish at PIR of 15.70
• Has led 52 laps at PIR
• One career series win
• One career series pole

Derek Thorn (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford)
• Two top fives in two starts at Phoenix
• Best finish at PIR of third in spring of 2011
• Average finish at PIR of 4.0
• Best career series finish of second at Irwindale in 2011