NASCAR Heads West
NASCAR’s three national series – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – arrive in Phoenix this weekend for the start of NASCAR’s west coast swing.
One driver who is anxious to return to Phoenix is defending race winner Ryan Newman, who will be looking to rebound after a disappointing Daytona 500 at a track, Phoenix, which saw him win his first race for Stewart Haas Racing last year, while Kyle Busch will look to capitalize on his Daytona Nationwide Series finish as he tries to get a repeat of his Phoenix win in the series last April.
On Friday night, Clint Bowyer, who will be driving for Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI), will be back to defend his truck series victory from last November. KHI, with drivers Harvick and Bowyer, has dominated the truck series in Phoenix since 2008 with three consecutive wins.
One driver that will look to capitalize on his momentum from Daytona will be Carl Edwards, who finished second last week in the Daytona 500. Edwards, who currently leads the Sprint Cup Series point standings, won both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series last November in Phoenix and will attempt to make it four consecutive wins at the track.
Hometown hero Danica Patrick, who is competing in a select number of NASCAR races in 2011, will compete in the Nationwide Series and hopes to build upon her Daytona success, where she had the best start and finish of her NASCAR career. Race fans can catch Patrick in the Kansas Lottery 300 on October 8 at Kansas Speedway.
This weekends races at Phoenix promise to bring another exciting weekend of racing as teams begin to develop their strategies for the rest of the season, including two races at Kansas Speedway in 2011.
Fans can purchase June Sprint Cup tickets to Kansas Speedway for as little as $59. Tickets for all events at Kansas Speedway are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com.
Parking is always free and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided coolers with their favorite food and beverages.