NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Preview: Phoenix International Raceway



Dylan Kwasniewski
No. 31 Rockstar Energy Drink/F.O.E. Chevrolet
Phoenix International Raceway
DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans

Back to the Desert...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will make its second and final trip of the 2014 season to the "Valley of the Sun" and Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for the DAV 200. Dylan Kwasniewski has one previous start at the 1.0-mile tri-oval, coming earlier this year when he brought home a top-15 finish after the race was cut short due to rain.

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Watch and Listen...The DAV 200 can be seen live on Saturday, November 8 on ESPN. Race coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. EST with NASCAR Countdown, followed by the green flag dropping at 4:00 p.m. EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Texas Recap...The NNS visited Texas Motor Speedway last weekend for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Kwasniewski and his No. 31 AccuDoc Solutions team looked to build momentum for the final three-week stretch to end the 2014 season on a strong note. After two solid practice sessions on Friday afternoon, Kwasniewski went out on Saturday morning and laid down a time good enough to claim the 14th starting position for Saturday afternoon's shootout. After battling a loose racecar during the last part of the race, Kwasniewski crossed the finish line in the 14th position.

Dylan Kwasniewski on racing at Phoenix: "I'm really looking forward to getting back to the track and making another start at Phoenix [International Raceway] this weekend. I grew up racing there in the [NASCAR K&N Pro Series] West Series so it's always nice to go back. We only have two weeks left in the season and my team and I are working really hard to end the season on a good note. Phoenix is a very fast one-mile oval and different from a lot of the tracks we go to. I think if we can stay smart, find the right setup and stay out of trouble, we can have a big day and come home with a top-10 finish."

NNS Results at PIR:
Starts: 1
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 0
Top 10: 0
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 13.0
Average Finish: 13.0


Kyle Larson
No. 42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet
Phoenix International Raceway
DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans

Diggin' in the Desert...Kyle Larson and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) will make their second and final stop in the desert this weekend as they head to Phoenix International Raceway for an afternoon of action-packed racing. With three previous starts at the Arizona track, Larson received his career-best track finish earlier this year in the No. 42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet. Back in action after a tough run at Texas Motor Speedway, the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team is determined to dominate the desert.

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Previous Race Recap...After a two-week break, Larson returned to the NNS at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 42 Philips Norelco Chevy. Unable to make it through NASCAR's pre-qualifying technical inspection in time to qualify, the team found themselves starting in the back of the pack for the 200-lap race. Larson dealt with a tight-handling car throughout the majority of the race before crossing the finish line in 12th position.

Watch and Listen...Tune in on Friday, November 8 as the NNS makes its second trip of the 2014 season to the one-mile track. Action begins at 3:00 p.m. EST on ESPN and can also be heard on MRN, as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Follow Along...Be sure to follow the No. 42 team (@PR42TSM) on Twitter for the latest news, race updates and behind-the-scenes access to Larson and his TSM team.

Kyle Larson on Racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "I'm looking forward to racing at Phoenix again. We had a good run there earlier in the season, and we're taking the same car, so I'm anxious to see what we can do this time around. Last week was really frustrating, so I'm putting that behind me and setting all my focus on getting a solid finish in both my Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series cars. We'll see what we can do in these final two races."

NNS Results at PIR:
Starts: 3
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Top 5: 1
Top 10: 1
Laps Led: 0
Average Start: 12.0
Average Finish: 16.3