Flip Out! Edwards Wins Hefty Odor Block 200
Carl Edwards led the final 78 laps at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday afternoon to clinch victory in the Hefty Odor Block 200 for his second NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the Valley of the Sun. Denny Hamlin started from the pole and led 63 of the opening 65 laps. Kevin Harvick took the lead on Lap 71 and held the point until Lap 124, when Edwards took over for the duration of the race. The victory was Edwards' sixth of 2008, and leaves him just 56 points behind championship points leader Clint Bowyer with just one race remaining in the season. Should Bowyer finish eighth or higher at Homestead-Miami next Saturday, he will win the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series title.
Edwards will look to duplicate his good fortune Sunday afternoon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at PIR, the Semi-Final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Edwards sits 106 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson with two races remaining. The green flag will wave at 1:45 p.m, and fans can still purchase tickets by visiting PIR's on-site ticket offices.
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Kevin Harvick did something Sunday that no driver had ever done in the 52-year history of Phoenix International Raceway. The 39-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif. scored a victory in his fourth consecutive race in the same professional series at the legendary one-mile oval in the Arizona desert, leading 224 of 312 laps to win the CampingWorld.com 500.
Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano put on a dominating display at Phoenix International Raceway in Saturday’s AXALTA Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200, the fourth race of 2015 in the NASCAR XFINITY series.
Ruben Pardo earned his first NASCAR Mexico Series win at Phoenix International Raceway in the Toyota 120 on Friday. After starting on the pole, Pardo fell as low as 12th but fought back to the front in the late stages.
Pop music sensation Tori Kelly will perform the national anthem prior to the start of the CampingWorld.com 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 15, highlighting the pre-race festivities. Kelly’s performance will be included in the live national television broadcast of the race on FOX at 12:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. Eastern).
Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging fans to prepare for race day traffic by arriving early and enjoying the full NASCAR experience during the CampingWorld.com 500 event weekend, March 13-15. In addition to the CampingWorld.com 500 on Sunday, March 15 at 12:30 p.m. PST, the race weekend at PIR will include the Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. PST and the Toyota 120 NASCAR Mexico Series race on Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. PST.