NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in spring 2018 at Phoenix

Phoenix Top Ten Starters

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Alex Bowman
  5. Joey Logano
  6. Denny Hamlin
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. Erik Jones
  10. Kevin Harvick

Phoenix Full Starting Lineup

Phoenix Pre-race Notes

Phoenix Spring 2018 Loop Data Box Score

Phoenix Spring 2018 Loop Data Speed Stats

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started in the rear of the field in a backup car.

Jeffrey Earnhardt started in the rear of the field in a backup car.

DJ Kennington started in the rear of the field because of an unapproved tire change.

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 75): 18,4,42,11,78,9,2,41,22,20

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 150): 41,2,17,18,13,34,4,78,14,95

Phoenix Race Notes

Kyle Larson who started 2nd in the inside lane led the first 30 laps.

Running order on lap 10: 42,78,9,88,11,18,1,22,4,20 … 12,19,24,31,48,21,3,14,10,38 … 41,47,13,37,6,43,95,2,34,17 … 32,15,23,96,72,51,00

Ryan Blaney’s car wasn’t very good early. By lap 25 he dropped from 12th (where he started) to 20th.

Notable Moment: On lap 25, while running in 35th Corey LaJoie brought out the first caution. His engine blew up. This replaced the scheduled competition caution which was going to come out a few laps later.

During the competition caution, Keselowski did a two tire pit stop which gained him 17 positions and got him into the top ten.

Running order on lap 35: 42,78,11,18,4,2,22,9,1,20 … 48,31,21,41,14,24,3,10,12,47 … 13,38,88,43,19,17,34,32,37,95 … 15,6,23,96,51,00,72

Running order on lap 55: 42,18,4,11,78,2,9,22,20,41 … 1,14,31,48,10,3,12,24,88,21 … 43,19,47,13,17,95,34,6,38,32 … 15,37,96,51,23,00,72

On lap 57, Kyle Busch passed Kyle Larson for the lead. Busch then led the next 66 laps.

Running order on lap 70: 18,4,42,11,78,9,2,41,22,20 … 14,31,10,48,1,3,88,24,12,43 … 19,47,21,17,95,13,34,6,38,15 … 32,96,51,37,23,00,72

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 75): 18,4,42,11,78,9,2,41,22,20

Running order on lap 88: 18,4,9,78,22,11,2,42,41,48 … 14,20,1,10,88,31,19,3,12,24 … 21,17,47,95,43,95,43,38,6,13,34,15 … 32,37,96,23,51,00,72

Running order on lap 107: 18,4,9,78,22,11,41,2,48,14 … 42,1,20,88,10,19,31,24,12,3 … 17,21,47,43,38,6,95,13,34,15 … 32,37,96,51,23,00,72

On lap 113, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was up to 19th. He started in the rear of the field.

Notable Moment: On lap 122, Kyle Larson wheel hopped and brought out the caution. He was running in 13th at the time. Wheel hopping was a weekend long issue for him.

During the Kyle Larson caution, Brad Keselowski took two tires during his pit stop and got the lead.

Running order on lap 129: 18,2,78,4,9,24,41,11,48,20 … 14,22,88,31,3,1,19,10,12,42 … 47,17,21,34,6,38,43,13,15,95 … 32,37,96,51,23,00,72

Notable Moment: Somewhere in the lap 130’s, Bubba Wallace made an unexpected pit stop for a tire issue. It dropped him from 27th back into the thirties.

Running order on lap 141: 18,78,4,9,2,41,11,48,14,24 … 88,20,1,31,22,3,12,42,19,17 … 10,47,6,21,34,95,13,38,32,15 … 37,96,43,51,23,00,72

Big Moment: While running in 32nd on lap 146, Chris Buescher had a flat tire and slapped the wall.

Notable Moment: During the Buescher caution, Denny Hamlin had a slow pit stop and lost a ton of track position. Prior to his problem he was in 7th.

Notable Moment: During the Buescher caution, Alex Bowman was caught speeding on pit road. Prior to his problem he was in 11th.

During the Chris Buescher caution a good amount of pit strategy took place.

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 150): 41,2,17,18,13,34,4,78,14,95

Running order on lap 161: 18,4,14,78,12,9,1,3,20,19 … 24,6,22,42,48,21,11,10,31,88 … 2,38,17,41,43,32,95,13,47,15 … 34,96,51,37,23,00,72

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