NASCAR - Camping World Truck - Lucas Oil 150 Preview

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DATE: Friday, November 9th
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway (1964) -- Avondale, Arizona
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,179 feet (Frontstretch); 1,551 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 55,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 16th
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: Kyle Busch (Not Defending)
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Clint Bowyer (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 150
MILES: 150
QUALIFYING RECORD: Clint Bowyer, 2011 (133.949 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Kevin Harvick 2002 (108.014 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $473,127 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $35,025; 2nd Place - $25,950; 3rd Place - $19,300
2011 Finish
1Kyle Busch36Cole Whitt9
2Clint Bowyer17Matt Crafton6
3Ron Hornaday Jr48Justin Johnson14
4Johnny Sauter89Joey Coulter10
5Austin Dillon210Jason White17
2011 Lucas Oil 150 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 89.330 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 40 minutes, 45 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.291 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 1 among 2 drivers
POLE WINNER: Clint Bowyer (133.949 m.p.h.)
Past Lucas Oil 150 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Toyota -- 89.330 m.p.h.
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)
2011 -- Clint Bowyer -- 2nd
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: WinStar World Casino 350k (November 2nd)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 220.5
LAPS: 147
WINNER: Johnny Sauter
RUNNER-UP: Parker Kligerman
THIRD: Nelson Piquet Jr
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Ty Dillon
POLE WINNER: Nelson Piquet Jr (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 30 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 154.737 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.199 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 8 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: N. Piquet Jr. 1-35; J. Buescher 36-66; C. Gale 67-69; N. Piquet
Jr. 70-99; J. Sauter 100-116; M. Crafton 117; T. Dillon 118; M.
Paludo 119; J. White 120; P. Kligerman 121-136; J. Sauter
Lucas Oil 150 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/
2Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
3Ty Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Ganassi Earnhardt Racing
5John King (Kingsport, TN)Ford/Fairway Ford
6Justin Lofton (Westmorland, CA)Chevrolet/Lofton Cattle
07Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Chevrolet/Stopain Cold
7Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
08Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Toyota/TBA
09John Wes Townley (Waitville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
9Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup
10Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)RAM/
11Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Toyota/Toyota Care
13Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/Seal Master/Curb Records
14Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/NTS Motorsports
17Timothy Peters (Providence, NC)Toyota/Red Horse Racing
18Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
19David Mayhew (Atascadero, CA)RAM/MMI/Steak & Grape
22Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)Chevrolet/Darrell Gwynn Foundation
23Jason White (Powhatan, VA)Ford/
27Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/TBA
29Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)RAM/Draw Tite
30Nelson Piquet Jr (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Qualcomm/Autotrac
31James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Exide
32Miguel Paludo (New Silver, Brazil)Chevrolet/Duroline Brakes
33Cale Gale (Mobile, AL)Chevrolet/Rheem Chase the Cure
35Matt Merrell (Portland, TX)Chevrolet/Merrell Lease Service
38Chris Jones (Forest, VA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/Pull-A-Part LLC
51German Quiroga (Mexico City, Mexico)Toyota/NET-10 Wireless
47Benjamin Reynolds (Trumansburg, NY)Chevrolet/Diversified Consulting
57Norm Benning (Level Green, PA)Chevrolet/Norm Benning Racing
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
84Chris Fontaine (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Glenden Enterprises
88Matt Crafton (Tulare, CA)Toyota/Menard's
93Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
97Jeff Choquette (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Adrian Carriers Inc.
99Bryan Silas (Stuart, FL)Ford/Rockingham Speedway
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Ron Hornaday Jr---13th2nd13th2nd25th4th29th3rd
Johnny Sauter------------------5th3rd4th
Matt Crafton14th3rd8th5th14th8th8th4th7th
Joey Coulter------------------------9th
Timothy Peters------------------16th13th12th
Nelson Piquet Jr------------------------13th
Todd Bodine---29thWon4th6th3rd12th12th14th
Brendan Gaughan12th---23rd21st13th10th------17th
Parker Kligerman------------------------32nd
James Buescher------------------23rd11th---
Brian Scott------------18th4th11th------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Todd Bodine - Started in the 19th position and finished 8th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Timothy Peters
Darkhorse - Nelson Piquet Jr
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ty Dillon) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Ron Hornaday Jr) - Finished 20th
Twenty races are in the books and James Buescher owns a 15-point advantage over Ty Dillon with just two races remaining on the Camping World Truck Series schedule.

In addition, Timothy Peters and Parker Kligerman are just 25 and 27 points behind respectively.

Buescher saw his lead drop six points after placing 11th in Texas, while Dillon finished fifth. Both Peters and Kligerman maintained their standing with top-10 finishes. Kligerman gained nine points on Buescher after finishing second to Johnny Sauter.

Last season, this race was held the second week of the campaign, as Kyle Busch easily took the checkered flag for his 25th career Truck Series title in just his 87th start.

Clint Bowyer sat on the pole and led the first 43 laps, but during a round of pit stops under the first caution, Busch beat Bowyer out of the pits and then ran in front for the remaining 107 laps. Busch now stands alone in second place on the all-time wins list with 30, well behind Ron Hornaday Jr.

Running primarily on the Sprint Cup circuit this season, Busch has raced just twice on the Truck circuit and will not defend. He placed fourth last week.

Ironically, Buescher failed to qualify for this event last season, which basically cost him the 2011 championship. He ended up finishing 29 points behind Austin Dillon, when an eighth-place finish would have won him the title.

In 2010, Todd Bodine wrapped up his second Camping World Truck Series championship with a 12th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway. 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 2010 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.

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 30 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. Martin, who started ninth, led twice for a race-high 82 laps, while Benson led for 31 laps.

The 2012 Camping World Truck Series season concludes on Nov. 16 with the Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Johnny Sauter is the defending race winner.

11/06 14:00:24 ET

As of November 6, 2012, at 02:00 PM ET
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