Dollar General 200 Preview

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Photo- Getty Images

The Phoenix International Raceway is the site of the second stop on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule. A much more calm-mannered race is expected this Saturday at Phoenix but, championship hopefuls will look to get ahead of the game and that could create some excitement. As the championship-contending drivers begin the real hunt for the championship this weekend, they will all be eyeing a jump start in the point’s standings this Saturday during the Dollar General 200.

The Dollar General 200 is set to take place on Saturday March 2nd, 2013 and the green flag is set to wave at 4:45 PM EST which is 2:45 PM Phoenix time. The race will consist of 200 laps which make up the 200 miles at the one-mile track. The weather is always good to NASCAR out in the desert and Saturday’s weather forecast is no different. The expected high temperature is 83 F and the low is 51 F. Sunny conditions are expected and a 0% chance of rain will make for a hot and slick race. The race will be broadcasted on ESPN and a radio broadcast can be heard on MRN.

In this race last season, Elliot Sadler claimed victory and this was the first race in his championship hunt. When Sadler returned to Phoenix in November last season, his championship hopes went up in smoke after they were so bright following the March race. Sadler will look to have a repeat performance in Saturday’s race as he looks to take a jump start on the championship hunt. Sadler will definitely be a driver to beat on Saturday afternoon.

The field for the Dollar General 200 is very young but, it is very diverse with a mix of Cup regulars and the Nationwide drivers competing for the championship. Kyle Larson will be making only his second career Nationwide Series start this weekend and he will try to keep all four wheels on the ground in this race. Michael Annett will not be competing in this race after fracturing his sternum in the wreck last week at Daytona with five laps to go. Annett underwent surgery Wednesday and he’ll be out indefinitely while he recovers. Aric Almirola will replace his this week at Phoenix. Jeremy Clements will also not be in the race after being indefinitely suspended by NASCAR after making an intensive remark during an interview last Saturday.

Cup regulars in the field this week who have a great shot at winning include Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola and Jimmie Johnson. Many drivers will be vying for the win this weekend at Phoenix and the champion of the desert will be crowned.

This race will definitely be one exciting one as many talents headline the field. Cup regulars come into the race with a mentally of just go win and the Nationwide regulars need to think long-term. The best of the best in the Nationwide Series will shine under the Phoenix sun this weekend as we’ll be able to see who can compete for the win. Elliot Sadler will look to defend his title of this race from a year ago but, he’ll be doing it with Joe Gibbs Racing this year. Sadler will be strong as will the rest of his JGR teammates. NASCAR always puts on a good show out in the desert and Saturday’s race should be no different.

Event Schedule

10:00-11:20 AM MT, 12:00-1:20 PM EST (Friday) Nationwide Series Practice, televised on SPEED

1:35-2:25 PM MT, 3:35-4:25 PM EST (Friday) Nationwide Series Final Practice, televised on SPEED

11:05 AM MT, 1:05 PM EST (Saturday) Nationwide Series Qualifying, televised on SPEED

2:30 PM MT, 4:30 PM EST (Saturday) Nationwide Series Race, Dollar General 200, televised on ESPN

Next Race-3/9 Sam’s Town 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, Nevada

Entry List (Via Jayski.com)

Entry

Car#

Driver

Sponsor

Manu

Owner

1 00 Jason White Headrush 13 Toyota Melissa Sciavicco
2 01 Mike Wallace TBA 13 Chevy Johnny Davis
3 2 Brian Scott White Tail 13 Chevy Richard Childress
4 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare 13 Chevy Richard Childress
5 4 Daryl Harr TBA 13 Chevy Gene Vess
6 5 Jimmie Johnson(i) Great Clips 13 Chevy Rick Hendrick
7 6 Trevor Bayne Valvoline 13 Ford Jack Roush
8 7 Regan Smith TaxSlayer.com 13 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt-Miller
9 10 Jeff Green [PC 2] TriStar Motorsports / Embassy   Suites 13 Toyota Mark Smith
10 11 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
11 12 Sam Hornish Jr Detroit Genuine Parts 13 Ford Roger Penske
12 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 13 Toyota Mark Smith
13 15 Juan Carlos Blum VMP 13 Ford Rick Ware
14 18 Matt Kenseth(i) RESERS 13 Toyota Joe Gibbs
15 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports / Sheraton 12 Toyota Mark Smith
16 20 Brian Vickers Dollar General 13 Toyota Joe Gibbs
17 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire 13 Ford Roger Penske
18 23 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing 13 Chevy Robert Richardson, Sr.
19 24 Blake Koch I am Second-Salt Life-Support   Military 13 Toyota Jason Sciavicco
20 30 Nelson Piquet Jr Worx 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
21 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 13 Chevy Steve Turner
22 32 Kyle Larson Eveready 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
23 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Menards 12 Chevy Richard Childress
24 40 Reed Sorenson TheMotorsportsGroup.com 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
25 42 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
26 43 Aric Almirola Flying J 13 Ford Richard Petty
27 44 Hal Martin American Custom Yachts / Crowne   Plaza 13 Toyota Mark Smith
28 46 Chase Miller Curtis Key Plumbing 13 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 51 TBA TBA 13 Chevy Tony Clements
30 52 Joey Gase BBB.org 13 Chevy Jimmy Means
31 54 Kyle Busch(i) [PC1] Monster 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
32 55 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 13 Chevy Jimmy Dick
33 60 Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing 13 Ford Jack Roush
34 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 13 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
35 74 Mike Harmon TBA 13 Chevy Mike Harmon
36 77 Parker Kligerman Toyota 13 Toyota Kyle Busch
37 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt TBA 13 Ford Archie St Hilaire
38 87 Joe Nemechek TBA 13 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
39 92 Dexter Stacey Maddie’s Place 13 Ford Kristin Hmelin
40 99 Alex Bowman Port of Tuscon 13 Toyota Robby Benton
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