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K&N West Statistical Advance: Phoenix

Analyzing The Talking Stick Resort 60 At Phoenix Int'l Raceway
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR
February 26, 2013 - 2:44pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West kicks off its 2013 season at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, March 2. Below is a statistical look at the recent performance of the series and selected drivers at Phoenix, as well as some other statistical trends:

Phoenix Race Setup
• This marks the start of the 60th season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The 15-race schedule winds up back at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 9.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West At Phoenix
• This race will be the 31st 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.
• Greg Pursley, Bobby Allison, 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 17 series races at Phoenix were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checker finish.
• With 19 starts each, Johnny Borneman and Brett Thompson share the mark for competing in the most NASCAR K&N Pro Series West stand-alone events at Phoenix. Jack Sellers has the most PIR starts overall – racing in 17 stand-alone events and five combination races.
• Among manufacturers, Chevrolet has the most wins in series action at PIR with 15 wins.
• Seven of the 30 series races at Phoenix were won by the pole winner, including last year’s season opener. 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, 340 different drivers have competed in series competition.

Phoenix Data

Race: #1 of 15 (3/2/13)
Track Layout: 1-mile, paved oval
Race Length: 60 laps (60 miles)

Records
1-lap Qualifying:
Greg Pursley, 26.894 seconds, 133.859 mph, Nov. 12, 2011
60-lap Race: To be established at this distance

Series Race Winners at Phoenix
Ken Schrader 4
Richard Petty 3
Scott Lynch 2
Greg Pursley 2
(19 different drivers) 1
Bobby Allison, Ryan Blaney, Neil Bonnett, Jason Bowles, Austin Cameron, Mike David, Ron Eaton, David Gilliland, Eric Holmes, Burney Lamar, Joey Logano, David Mayhew, Andrew Myers, Kevin Richards, Bill Schmitt, Michael Self, 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
(15 different drivers)  1
Jim Bown, Spencer Clark, Cale Conley, Ron Eaton, Ryan Foster, David Gilliland, Kevin Harvick, David Mayhew, Andrew Myers, Brennan Newberry, Eric Norris, Steve Portenga, Mark Reed, Joe Ruttman, Mike Wallace

Selected Driver Information:

Carl Harr (No. 2 WestWorld Computers Chevrolet)
• 15 top 10s in 61 career series starts
• Best career series finish of seventh, on three occasions
• One top 10 in 15 starts at Phoenix
• Best PIR finish of 10th in 2004
• Average finish at PIR of 20.86

Daryl Harr (No. 71 iWorld Connect Chevrolet)
• Four top fives, 31 top 10s in 104 career series starts
• Best career series finish of fifth, on four occasions
• Three top 10s in 18 starts at Phoenix
• Best PIR finish of sixth was in 2010
• Average finish at PIR of 15.83

Cameron Hayley (No. 24 Cabinets By Hayley/GPM Toyota)
• Seven top fives, 11 top 10s in 19 career series starts
• Best regular season career finish of second, on two occasions
• One top five in three starts at Phoenix
• Best PIR finish of fifth was in November of 2012
• Average finish at PIR of 22.33

D.J. Kennington (No. 81 Northern Provisional Pipelines Toyota)
• Two top 10s in three career series starts, all at Phoenix
• Best career series finish of 10th on two occasions, most recent in March of 2012
• Average finish at PIR of  10.33

David Mayhew (No. 17 MMI Services Chevrolet)
• Four wins, eight poles, 31 top fives, 49 top 10s in 67 career series starts
• One win, two top fives, six top 10s in nine PIR starts
• Phoenix victory was in March of 2012
• Has led 212 laps at Phoenix
• Average finish at PIR of 12.55

Travis Milburn (No. 14 Cooks Collision Toyota)
• Six top 10s in 38 career series starts
• Best career series finish of sixth
• Best finish of 14th in six starts at Phoenix
• Average finish at Phoenix of 25.0

Ryan Philpott (No. 52 Philpott Race Cars Ford)
• Seven top 10s in 32 career series starts
• Best career series finish of sixth
• In five starts at Phoenix, best finish of 16th on two occasions
• Average finish at Phoenix of 20.2

Greg Pursley (No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford)
• 13 wins, 15 poles, 36 top fives, 49 top 10s in 70 career series starts
• Two wins, six top fives, seven top 10s in nine PIR starts
• Phoenix wins came in 2010 and 2011
• Has led 152 laps at Phoenix
• Average finish at PIR of 8.0

Michael Self (No. 21 Golden Gate Meat/Bay Bio Diesel Chevrolet)
• Three wins, 12 top fives, 21 top 10s in 43 career series starts
• One win, three top 10s in six starts at Phoenix
• Win came in November of 2012
• Average finish at PIR of 14.0

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet)
• One win, one pole, 23 top fives, 64 top 10s in 118 career series starts
• Three top fives, seven top 10s in 19 starts at Phoenix
• Best PIR finish of fourth on two occasions, most recent in 2008
• Has led 52 laps at PIR
• Average finish at PIR of 15.15

Derek Thorn (No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil/Eibach Ford)
• Two wins, one pole, 14 top fives, 16 top 10s in 21 career series starts
• Three top fives in four starts at Phoenix
• Best finish at PIR of third in 2011
• Average finish at PIR of 10.0

John Wood (No. 30 Pegasus Trans & Tow/Holleran’s Perf Toyota)
• 21 career series starts
• Best career series finish of 13th, on two occasions
• Best finish of 22nd in three starts at Phoenix
• Average finish at PIR of 24.66