MWR Phoenix Race Report

[media-credit name=”www.phoenixraceway.com” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]路聽Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA Filters Toyota – finished seventh – tied for sixth in points.

路聽Mark Martin, No. 55 Aaron鈥檚 Dream Machine Toyota – finished ninth – tied for sixth in points.

路聽Clint Bowyer, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota – finished 30th – 17th in points.


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Martin Truex Jr. Race Summary:聽 No. 56 NAPA Filters Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished seventh in Sunday鈥檚 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver took the lead for 10 laps about the 200-lap mark when he stayed on the track during a long green-flag run while others pitted. Truex took the lead for another 19 consecutive at the lap 230 mark when others pitted. The No. 56 used good strategy but was also very fast. Truex restarted 16th with 50 laps to go and raced his way to seventh by the checked flag. The seventh-place finish moves Truex and the No. 56 team into sixth place in the standings after the first two races. The NAPA AUTO PARTS team returns to action Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

路聽Started 25th and finished seventh

路聽Stretched a fuel run and led for 10 laps near the 200-lap mark.

路聽Led 19 consecutive laps after staying on track during pit cycle at the lap 230 mark.

路聽Restarted 16th after pitting for fuel and tires with 50 laps to go

路聽Moved from 16th to seventh over the final 50 laps to record first top-10 of the year.

TRUEX QUOTE: 鈥淚t was a good day for our NAPA Filters Toyota.聽We fought track position all day long.聽Finally at the end we had a little bit better tires than some of the guys and knew we could make it on fuel and were able to go the distance there, so that helped a little bit. We were just really fast at the end on new tires.聽We were able to get the lead and with no tires and 20-lap tires were able to check out and leave them.聽It鈥檚 just a shame we had to pit.聽I鈥檓 not sure how those guys made it — there’s no way we could have made it from there. We鈥檒l work on that.聽I鈥檓 really pleased with the team and the car.聽We fought hard all day and got us a good finish.鈥

Mark Martin Race Summary: No. 55 Aaron鈥檚 Dream Machine Toyota driver Mark Martin finished ninth in Sunday鈥檚 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started on the pole for the 52nd time in his career. He led the first lap and never ventured far outside the top 10 in the early going then climbing as high as second at the halfway mark. Martin ran in the top three throughout the second half of the race. Martin restarted 14th after a pit stop for fuel and tires with 50 laps to go and raced his way to a ninth-place finish – his second consecutive top-10 finish to start his tenure at Michael Waltrip Racing. The Aaron鈥檚 Dream Machine returns to action Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

路聽Won the 52nd pole of his career and the eighth pole for Michael Waltrip Racing. His first pole came in 1981.

路聽Led first lap and stayed in the top 10 throughout the race climbing as high as second at the halfway mark.

路聽Spent second half of the race in top three repeatedly turning the fastest laps on the track.

路聽Restarted 14th after pitting for fuel and tires with 50 laps to go

路聽Moved from 14th to ninth over the final 50 laps to record his second consecutive top-10.

MARTIN QUOTE: 鈥淧roud of the effort and any time you get a top-10 with this group of guys, you have to say it鈥檚 a reasonable run.聽We had a little more than that, maybe not quite enough to win, but definitely a shot at a top-five. I鈥檓 excited for what we have here at MWR and what鈥檚 coming up. This is going to be a lot of fun.鈥

Clint Bowyer Race Summary:聽 No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 30th in Sunday鈥檚 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver endured terrible luck in the early going when he hit the wall on lap 15 and lap 25 because of cut tires. Bowyer fell down about five laps to the leaders and spent the remainder of the race trying to recapture the lost laps. His lap times were as good as any of the leaders, but couldn鈥檛 contend because of the early trouble. The 5-hour ENERGY team returns to action Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

路聽Started 16th and 30th

路聽Bowyer brought out the race鈥檚 first caution when he cut a tire on lap 15 and hit the wall.

路聽Another flat tire on lap 25 also sent Bowyer in the wall dropping him about five laps behind leader.

路聽Spent rest of the race trying to recapture lost laps.

BOWYER QUOTE: 鈥淚 thought we were in for a good strong run today and unfortunately it didn鈥檛 work out that way. We had some issues early on that caused cut tires to start the race and that really put us in a tough spot a bunch of laps down. We tried like crazy to get the laps back, but it鈥檚 tough when you fall that far back. I think the most frustrating thing is that we had a great 5-hour ENERGY Toyota and turned some really fast lap times, but we just couldn鈥檛 gain any ground. Today is one of those days where you take what you can get, try to put it behind you as fast as you can and start fresh next week in Vegas.鈥

RACE NOTES

路聽Denny Hamlin edged Kevin Harvick by 7.31 seconds for the victory.

路聽Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five

路聽Seven cautions slowed the race for 35 laps.

路聽The race featured 25 lead changes among 15 drivers.

路聽NASCAR estimated a crowd of 76,000 fans.

RESULTS

FIN聽聽聽聽聽聽 DRIVER

1聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Denny Hamlin

2聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kevin Harvick

3聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Greg Biffle

4聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jimmie Johnson

5聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Brad Keselowski

6聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kyle Busch

7聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Martin Truex Jr.

8聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jeff Gordon

9聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mark Martin

10聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Joey Logano

11聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Juan Montoya

12聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aric Almirola

13聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Matt Kenseth

14聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

15聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kurt Busch

16聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bobby Labonte

17聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Carl Edwards

18聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 A.J. Allmendinger

19聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Travis Kvapil

20聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Regan Smith

21聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ryan Newman

22聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tony Stewart

23聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dave Blaney

24聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mike Bliss

25聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Ragan

26聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 J.J. Yeley

27聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Brendan Gaughan

28聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Gilliland

29聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Stremme

30聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Clint Bowyer

31聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paul Menard

32聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Marcos Ambrose

33聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jeff Burton

34聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kasey Kahne

35聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Landon Cassill

36聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Reutimann

37聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jamie McMurray

38聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Josh Wise *

39聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Casey Mears

40聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Joe Nemechek

41聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Robby Gordon

42聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Scott Riggs

43聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Michael McDowell

Points

RANK聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 DRIVER PTS聽聽聽聽 BEHIND

1聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Denny Hamlin 聽聽 89聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Leader

2聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Greg Biffle 聽聽聽聽聽聽 83聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -6

3聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kevin Harvick 聽聽聽 81聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -8

4聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Matt Kenseth 聽聽聽 79聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -10

5聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 聽聽 72聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -17

6聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Martin Truex Jr. 聽聽聽 71聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -18

7聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mark Martin 聽聽聽聽 71聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -18

8聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Joey Logano 聽聽聽 70聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -19

9聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kyle Busch 聽聽聽聽 66聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -23

10聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Carl Edwards 聽聽 63聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -26

11聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Bobby Labonte 聽 58聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -31

12聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Brad Keselowski 52聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -37

13聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jeff Burton 聽聽聽聽聽 52聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -37

14聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Paul Menard 聽聽 52聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -37

15聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tony Stewart 聽聽 52聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -37

16聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Dave Blaney 聽聽 51聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -38

17聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Clint Bowyer 聽聽聽 47聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -42

18聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ryan Newman 46聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -43

19聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Regan Smith 聽聽 45聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -44

20聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Aric Almirola 聽聽聽聽 43聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -46

21聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Marcos Ambrose 43聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -46

22聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jeff Gordon 聽聽聽 42聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -47

23聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Juan Montoya 聽 41聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -48

24聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Gilliland 聽聽聽 37聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -52

25聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 A.J. Allmendinger 36聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -53

26聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kurt Busch 聽聽聽 35聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -54

27聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Landon Cassill 聽聽 31聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -58

28聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Terry Labonte 聽聽 27聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -62

29聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Reutimann 26聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -63

30聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Tony Raines 聽聽 25聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -64

31聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Travis Kvapil 聽聽聽 25聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -64

32聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kasey Kahne 聽 25聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -64

33聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Casey Mears 聽 24聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -65

34聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Stremme 22聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -67

35聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 David Ragan 聽聽 21聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -68

36聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jamie McMurray 21聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -68

37聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Jimmie Johnson 18聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -71

38聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 J.J. Yeley 聽聽聽聽聽 18聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -71

39聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Brendan Gaughan 17聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -72

40聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Michael McDowell 15聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -74

41聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Josh Wise* 聽聽聽 6聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -83

42聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Robby Gordon 6聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -83

43聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Scott Riggs 聽聽聽 2聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 -87


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