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Wrapup: Phoenix Raceway

Anthony Ballantoni
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Phoenix Raceway hosted all three NASCAR premier series this past weekend. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series held the 150-lap Lucas Oil 150 on Friday night at the 1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona. The XFINITY Series 200-lap Ticket Galaxy 200 was featured on Saturday. The weekend closed out at the track on Sunday afternoon with the Monster Energy Cup Series 312-lap Can-Am 500. All three races set the fields for the Championship Round of Four ... the drivers eligible to race at Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend for the season ending races. The highest finishing driver of the four in each of the events will be crowned the 2017 series Champion. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Ryan Blaney (No. 21 SKF/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Can-Am 500 with a lap of 137.942 mph. This is his second pole in 89 MENCS races. It is his second pole and 21st top-10 start in 2017 and his first pole in four races at Phoenix Raceway. Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2017 and his 12th in 25 races at Phoenix. Kyle Larson (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Phoenix and his 22nd in 35 races this season. Daniel Suarez (10th) was the fastest qualifying Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.    
Did not qualify: No one. 40 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Circle K Toyota) won the Can-Am 500, his 39th victory in 650 MENCS races. This is his first victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2017. It is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 31 races at Phoenix. Chase Elliott (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Phoenix and his 20th top-10 finish in 2017. Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix. Erik Jones (fourth) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Pole-sitter Ryan Blaney led 11 laps and finished the 312-lap race in 17th place.

MENCS Championship Round of 4 Chase field:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kyle Busch
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Brad Keselowski

Season Finale: Sunday, Nov. 19, Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Homestead, FL)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Erik Jones, driving the No. 20 Hisense Toyota, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Ticket Galaxy 200 with a lap of 133.929 mph. This is his 15th pole in 77 NXS races. It is his third pole and 15th top-10 NXS start in 2017 and his second pole in seven NXS races at Phoenix. William Byron (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2017 and his second in two races at Phoenix. Cole Custer (third) posted his second top-10 start at Phoenix and his 23rd in 32 races this season.
Did not qualify: No one. 40 cars entered for 40 spots in the lineup.

Results: William Byron (No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet Camaro) won the Ticket Galaxy 200, his fourth victory in 32 NXS races. This is his fourth victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2017. It is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Phoenix. Cup regular Ryan Blaney (second) posted his third top-10 finish in three NXS races at Phoenix. It is his 12th top-10 NXS finish in 2017. Pole-sitter Erik Jones led 36 laps and finished the 200-lap race in third place. It is his seventh top-10 finish in seven NXS races at Phoenix.

NXS Championship Round of 4 Chase field:
1. William Byron
2. Elliott Sadler
3. Justin Allgaier
4. Daniel Hemric

Season Finale: Saturday, Nov. 18, Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Christopher Bell (No. 4 Toyota Tundra) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Lucas Oil 150 with a lap of 137.012 mph. This is his fifth pole in 52 NCWTS races. It his fifth pole and 19th top-10 start in 2017 and his first pole in two races at Phoenix. Noah Gragson (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2017 and his first in two races at Phoenix. Ben Rhodes (third) posted his third top-10 start at Phoenix and his 17th in 22 races this season.  
Did not qualify: No one. Only 32 entries for the 32 truck field.

Results: Johnny Sauter (No. 21 ISM Connect Chevrolet Silverado) won the Lucas Oil 150, his 17th victory in 220 NCWTS races. This is his fourth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2017 and his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Phoenix. John Hunter Nemechek (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in five races at Phoenix and his 11th top-10 finish in 2017. Cody Coughlin (third) posted his first top-10 finish in his series debut at Phoenix. Cody Coughlin (third) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Pole-sitter Christopher Bell led a race-high 90 laps and finished the 150-lap event in eighth place.

NCWTS Championship Round of 4 Chase field:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Austin Cindric
3. Matt Crafton
4. Christopher Bell

Season Finale: Friday, Nov. 17, Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
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NASCAR Home Tracks
2017 K&N Pro Series-East Champion: Harrison Burton
2017 K&N Pro Series-East Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Purdy

2017 K&N Pro Series-West Champion: Todd Gilliland
2017 K&N Pro Series-West Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Derek Kraus

2017 NASCAR Pinty's Series Champion: Alex Labbe
2017 Jostens Rookie of the Year: Adam Martin

2017 Whelen Modified Tour Champion: Doug Coby  
2017 Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Calvin Carroll

Peak Mexico Series: Nov. 12, FedEx Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City
Pole: Salvador de Alba Jr. ... Winner: Xavi Razo
2017 Peak Mexico Series Champion: Abraham Calderon
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Other Series
2017 ARCA Racing Series Champion: Austin Theriault
2017 SCOTT Rookie of the Year: Riley Herbst

2017 Southern Modified Racing Series Champion: Jeremy Gerstner

2017 EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series Champion: Eric Goodale