TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway
RACE: DC Solar 200 (200 laps / 200 miles)
DATE: Saturday, March 18, 2017
TV: 4 p.m. ET on FOX
Radio: 3:30 p.m. ET on MRN and Sirius XM Ch. 90
Elliott Sadler: “Phoenix is a great market for NASCAR and one of my favorite places to visit on the schedule. I’ve had some success here and hope we can build on some things we learned there last year. Our lower downforce package is going to make it interesting for us in terms of how we adapt, but I’m confident Kevin (Meendering, crew chief) and the guys will get a handle on it quickly. We’re in a great position to be leading the points but this weekend we’re going to be focused on the Dash 4 Cash as well. It’s a great program Xfinity does for the drivers, teams and fans. It’s going to be awesome.”
Michael Annett: “I have always enjoyed racing at Phoenix. It is a unique track with the dog-leg turn and there are multiple ways to get around there. Our Pilot Flying J team has been working hard all week getting our No. 5 Camaro ready to go for this weekend and I am eager to get out there and compete.”
Justin Allgaier: “Phoenix is one of those places I just really enjoy going to. It’s a lot of fun. Last year we were really fast. Our BRANDT Professional Agriculture team had an opportunity to win the (fall) race and unfortunately we had a fuel issue at the end and had to save, so we weren’t able to pull of the finish we really should have had. The addition of the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash at Phoenix has me pumped. That’s a big deal for all of us and I’m really looking forward to having that program back. We were fortunate enough to win one of those races last year, so it would be really cool to pick up another one this week.”
William Byron: “Phoenix is a track that we tested earlier this year and I feel like we were able to get some really good information from that test. We have had a pretty decent start to the season and I think each weekend we have learned more and more. This Axalta / Ameristar team has put in a lot of hours these past few weeks and I am more than ready to hit the track on Friday.”
- After earning a second consecutive top-10 finish at Las Vegas, Elliott Sadler continues to lead the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship standings.
- In 16 starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Sadler has one win, four top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
- Sadler’s solo win at Phoenix came in March 2012 after starting from the eighth position—he led 26 laps.
- Sadler remains one of only two regular NXS drivers to earn playoff bonus points for the 2017 championship.
- Phoenix will host the first of four Dash 4 Cash races in 2017. Michael Annett won the 2012 Dash 4 Cash event at Indianapolis, taking home the $100,000 bonus.
- The Iowa native has nine NXS starts at Phoenix with three top-10 finishes and a best finish of seventh coming in 2012.
- In his last 10 NXS races at one-mile tracks, Annett has two top-five and five top-10 finishes.
- Annett comes out of Las Vegas weekend 12th in the NXS point standings.
- Justin Allgaier enters the first NXS Dash 4 Cash race of the year as the only current series regular to qualify for all four races in 2016. He won the Dash 4 Cash prize at Indy.
- In his last four NXS starts at PIR, Allgaier has four top-five finishes, with a best finish of second (2013). Overall, he has eight top 10s in 13 NXS starts there.
- One-mile tracks have been a strong suit for the 30- year-old. Last season, his average finish was 4.4 in five starts at mile-long facilities. His worst finish during that span was seventh at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- William Byron will make his first PIR NXS start this weekend, debuting the No. 9 Axalta / Ameristar Chevrolet.
- The 19-year-old has two previous starts at the raceway in the Camping World Truck Series where he captured the pole in the 2016 fall race.
- Byron finished second in the 2015 K&N Pro Series West race at the one-mile track.
- The Charlotte native is currently leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings by six points over Daniel Hemric.