NASCAR Nationwide Series
Phoenix International Raceway
November 9, 2013
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished third (Austin Dillon), ninth (Kevin Harvick) and 13th (Brian Scott).
A. Dillon leads the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings by eight points over Sam Hornish, Jr., while Scott is seventh in the standings, 106 points behind the leader.
The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks third in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 33 team sixth and the No. 2 team 11th.
According to NASCAR’s Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, Dillon ranked second in Average Running Position (4.395).
Harvick was the second-Fastest Driver Early in a Run, third-Fastest on Restarts, had the third-Fastest Green-Flag Speed, earned the third-best Average Running Position (4.650) and had the third-best Driver Rating (114.3).
Scott was the sixth-Fastest Driver Early in a Run (128.230).
Kyle Busch earned his 12th Nationwide Series victory of 2013 and was followed to the finish line by Justin Allgaier, Dillon, Regan Smith and Sam Hornish, Jr.
The next Nationwide Series race is the Homestead 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 16. The 33rd race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ESPN beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Brian Scott Earns a 13th-Place Finish at Phoenix International Raceway
Brian Scott and the No. 2 Whitetail team scored a 13th-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s ServiceMaster 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. The 25-year-old Nationwide Series driver started the 200-lap affair from the fifth position and remained among the top group of competitors for the initial green-flag run. Scott reported to crew chief Phil Gould he was tight through the corners. Gould brought the Boise, Idaho-native to pit road under green-flag conditions for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. When the field cycled through green-flag pit stops, Scott was running in the sixth position. The caution was displayed on lap 104 allowing the Richard Childress Racing driver to pit for two tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to help the handling of his Chevrolet. He restarted fifth and battled with the No. 7 for track position. The caution flag waved on lap 130 prompting Scott to bring his Chevrolet Camaro to pit road for fuel only. On the ensuing restart, he made contact with the No. 22 as Scott sustained slight right-front damage, but not enough to hurt the handling of his car. Through the next several laps the he battled among the top-seven for every position he could earn. On lap 163, he got loose in turn one and slid back to 13th in the running order, where he ultimately took the checkered flag.
Start – 5 Finish – 13 Laps Led – 0 Points – 7th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
“We had a really good Whitetail Camaro today at Phoenix (International Raceway), Phil (Gould, crew chief) and the guys brought a great car, and we had good track position to start the race. We fought a few handling issues in the beginning, but improved on each stop while staying inside the top-10. I made a mistake by getting into the 22, and then got loose on one of the restarts costing us valuable track position. I’m glad to be heading to Homestead (Miami-Speedway) next weekend. I ran well there last year and look to back that performance up once again.”
Dillon Leads NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship Standings with One Race Remaining Following Third-Place Finish at Phoenix International Raceway
Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon drove the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet to a third-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, extending his lead in the driver championship point standings to eight markers heading into the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Welcome, N.C. driver started the event from the second position and was a mainstay in the top five for a majority of the 200-lap event. He slipped into the fifth position during his initial run as he struggled with a tight-handling condition in the middle of the corners, and a loose-handling condition on exit of the corners. A green-flag pit stop for service on lap 78 helped alleviate the handling conditions Dillon was facing. Two-tire pit stops under caution periods on laps 107 and 132 helped crew chief Danny Stockman keep Dillon in contention and the championship contender drove to second on lap 163 before slipping into the third spot on the white flag lap, where he ultimately finished.
Start – 2 Finish – 3 Laps Led – 0 Points – 1st
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:
“It’s exciting to head into the last race of the year with an eight point lead in the championship standings. I am going to try my hardest for all of the guys on the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet team next weekend in Homestead.”
Harvick Earns Top-10 Finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Event
at Phoenix International Raceway
Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet team picked up a ninth-place result at Phoenix International Raceway in the 200-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday afternoon. Starting from the third position, the two-time series champion battled a loose-handling Chevrolet during the early laps, but maintained a position within the top five until a two-tire pit stop under caution on lap 132. With varying pit strategies playing throughout the field, the Richard Childress Racing driver lined up eighth for the ensuing restart. The loose-handling issue continued to plague Harvick during the final laps leaving him to settle for a ninth-place finish in his 200th Nationwide Series start with RCR.
Start – 3 Finish – 9 Laps Led – 0 Owner Points – 6th
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“We worked on the Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet during the race and just couldn’t get it to tighten up like we needed. Hate it for the team that we couldn’t pick up a better finish, but between the handling of the car and the different pit strategies that played out, we came up short today.”