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DATE: Friday, February 25th
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway (1964) -- Avondale, Arizona
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,179 feet (Frontstretch); 1,551 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 76,812 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 15th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Clint Bowyer
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 7th)
LAPS: 150
MILES: 150
QUALIFYING RECORD: Austin Dillon, 2010 (133.605 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kevin Harvick 2002 (108.014 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $477,441 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $37,475; 2nd Place - $30,290; 3rd Place - $22,335
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Clint Bowyer36Mike Skinner8
2Kyle Busch47Austin Dillon1
3Johnny Sauter58David Starr12
4Matt Crafton29Justin Lofton7
5Aric Almirola910Bobby Hamilton Jr 11
2010 Lucas Oil 150 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.539 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 30 minutes, 25 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.038 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (133.605 m.p.h.)
Past Lucas Oil 150 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Clint Bowyer (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 99.539 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 99.743 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kevin Harvick (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 88.178 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kyle Busch (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 83.218 m.p.h.
2006 -- Johnny Benson (1st) -- Toyota -- 86.221 m.p.h.
2005 -- Todd Bodine (6th) -- Toyota -- 96.515 m.p.h.
2004 -- David Starr (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 90.756 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 107.527 m.p.h.
2002 -- Kevin Harvick (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 108.014 m.p.h. (race record)
2001 -- Greg Biffle (11th) -- Ford -- 92.726 m.p.h.
2000 -- Not Held
1999 -- Not Held
1998 -- Mike Bliss (1st) -- Ford -- 103.686 m.p.h.
1997 -- Joe Ruttman (7th) -- Ford -- 103.942 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jack Sprague (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 95.289 m.p.h.
1995 -- Mike Skinner (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 91.102 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 (1995) GM Goodwrench/AC
Delco 300 (1996, 1998), GM Goodwrench/Delco 300 (1997), Chevy Silverado
150 (2001-05), Casino Arizona 150 (2006-07).
 
Past Lucas Oil 150 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Austin Dillon -- 7th
2009 -- Johnny Sauter -- 5th
2008 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 25th
2007 -- Mike Skinner -- 8th
2006 -- Johnny Benson -- 1st
2005 -- Brandon Whitt -- 19th
2004 -- Jack Sprague -- 2nd
2003 -- Ted Musgrave -- 2nd
2002 -- Rick Crawford -- 3rd
2001 -- Stacy Compton -- 4th
2000 -- Not Held
1999 -- Not Held
1998 -- Mike Bliss -- 1st
1997 -- Mike Bliss -- 10th
1996 -- Jack Sprague -- 1st
1995 -- Jack Sprague -- 6th
Last Race Results
RACE: NextEra Energy Resources 250 (February 18th)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
MILES: 257.5
LAPS: 103
WINNER: Michael Waltrip
RUNNER-UP: Elliott Sadler
THIRD: Clay Rogers
FOURTH: Miguel Paludo
FIFTH: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (Finished 20th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hours, 58 minutes, 33 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.025 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.061 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dillon - pole; J. Buescher 1-55; T. Peters 56-67; C. Rogers
68-69; R. Carmichael 70; E. Sadler 71-102; M. Waltrip 103.
Lucas Oil 150 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fuel Doctor
2 *Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Tide/Kroger
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
5Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Int'l Truck/Monaco RVs
07B.J. McLeod (Wauchula, FL)Toyota/ASI Limited
7Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Toyota/K&N
8Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Qualcomm
9Max Papis (Como, Italy)Toyota/GEICO
10Chase Mattioli (Long Pond, PA)Ford/collegecomplete.com
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Chevrolet/Safe Auto/Curb Records
15Dusty Davis (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Vision Airlines/Emerald Coast
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Gear Wrench
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Dollar General
19David Mayhew (Atascadero, CA)Chevrolet/MMI Services/Ron's Readend
20Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Toyota/Panhandle Grading & Paving
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/RCR/Rip-It
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Chevrolet/gunbroker.com
25Tayler Malsam (Seattle, WA)Toyota/Iron Horse Jeans
27Chris Eggleston (Erie, CO)Dodge/sponsorshorty.com
29Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Dodge/Brad Keselowski Racing
30Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/germain.com
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Wolfepack Rentals
32Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
33Ron Hornaday Jr. (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Sherwin-Williams
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W
44Greg Pursley (Parker, AZ)Chevrolet/Gene Price Motorsports
45Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/TBA
46Craig Goess (Woodbury, NJ)Toyota/Greenville Toyota
51Justin Johnson (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Vision Airlines
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
60Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Red Bull
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/South Point Hotel & Casino
66Justin Marks (Rocklin, CA)Chevrolet/Go-Pro
73Rick Crawford (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Trans Pecos Trucking
77Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Toyota/Lofton Cattle
81David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Zachry
85Brent Raymer (Concord, NC)Ford/Drive One
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Chevrolet/Menards
92Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Fleet HQ/BTS Tire & Wheel
93Shane Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/S&W
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Clint Bowyer------------------------Won
Kyle Busch---------11th9thWon2nd2nd2nd
Johnny Sauter---------------------5th3rd
Matt Crafton9th14th3rd8th5th14th8th8th4th
Austin Dillon------------------------7th
David Starr18th6thWon14th6th36th13th9th8th
James Buescher---------------------23rd11th
Todd Bodine------29thWon4th6th3rd12th12th
Timothy Peters---------------------16th13th
Ricky Carmichael---------------------18th27th
Ron Hornaday Jr------13th2nd13th2nd25th4th29th
Travis Kvapil4th9th15th------23rd---------
Brendan Gaughan13th12th---23rd21st13th10th------
Nelson Piquet Jr.---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Jennifer Jo Cobb - Started in the 31st position and finished 6th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Jason White
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Todd Bodine) - Finished 23rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Travis Kvapil) - Finished 29th
 
NOTES:
The Lucas Oil 150 moves from near the end of the schedule to the second week of the 2011 season, as the Camping World Series continues in Arizona.

Last year, Todd Bodine wrapped up his second Camping World Truck Series championship with a 12th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in November. Bodine became the third driver in the series' 16-year history to win multiple championships. His first title came in 2006. He joins Ron Hornaday, who has won a record four championships, and Jack Sprague, who grabbed three titles.

The race itself was captured by Clint Bowyer, who made his first truck start in three years. Bowyer took the lead from pole-sitter Austin Dillon on lap 25. He then ran in front for 97 of the final 125 laps for his second career truck win. His first victory came in November 2006 at Texas. Bowyer drove the same No. 2 Chevrolet that Kevin Harvick took to victory lane at Phoenix the previous two years.

Bowyer, along with five other past winners are expected to compete this week. Mike Skinner, the 1995 champion here, has recorded two wins, two poles and 10 top-10 finishes in 11 previous races at PIR.

Harvick captured this race for the second straight season in 2009 and fourth time overall, as he defeated Kyle Busch for the second year in a row. Harvick led the final 56 laps to clip Busch under the caution. Pole sitter Sauter led the opening 11 laps, but finished fifth.

In 2008, Harvick and Busch battled throughout the entire race, but it was Harvick who crossed the finish line first, as he defeated the defending champion by 0.940 of a second. Harvick led twice for 60 laps, while Busch led twice for a race-high 90 laps. Pole sitter Ron Hornaday Jr was never a factor, as he finished a distant 25th. After Busch led the first 55 laps, Harvick took over for the next nine; however, Busch reclaimed the lead on the 65th lap. Harvick returned to the top spot on the 100th lap and held it the rest of the way for his third career Truck Series win.

Busch led the final 42 laps in 2007 to record his sixth of 24 career Truck Series titles, as he defeated Hornaday Jr by less than a second. Mike Bliss led for a race-high 54 laps and finished third, while pole sitter Mike Skinner placed eighth.

In 2006, pole sitter Johnny Benson edged Mark Martin by less than a second to record his fifth of 14 career Camping World Truck Series titles. Benson reclaimed the lead from Martin on lap 121, and the held it for the final 30 circuits before an estimated crowd of 30,000. Martin, who started ninth, led twice for a race-high 82 laps, while Benson led for 31 laps.

The next Camping World Truck Series race is the March 12th Too Tough To Tame 200 at Darlington Raceway, where Todd Bodine is the defending race winner.

02/22 16:02:04 ET

As of February 22, 2011, at 04:02 PM ET

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