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Bashas' Supermarkets 200

Status: Final Phoenix International Raceway

Race Capsule

Phoenix International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 9 of 36 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ

  • When:

    April 20, 2007 9:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    200.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Matt Kenseth Rebounded from recent struggles to finish ninth at New Hampshire; ran 34th and 42nd, respectively, over the previous two races but still is third in the standings, 365 points behind Gordon; captured his only victory of the season in the campaign's second race at California; has six top-five finishes and 11 top-10s this season; ran fifth in this event last season.
Finished seventh last Sunday at New Hampshire but fell one spot to fifth in the standings; ran third at Sonoma to end a slide of four consecutive finishes outside the top 10; trails series points leader Jeff Gordon by 383 points; has six top-five finishes and nine top-10s this season; captured his first victory of the season at Texas; ran 15th in this race but finished third in the season-opening Daytona 500 at this track.
Denny Hamlin Benefited from a late pit gamble at New Hampshire to win his first race of the season and third career; pulled within 156 points of Gordon and owns a comfortable cushion for second place in the standings; has avoided the sophomore slump by finishing out of the top-10 just three times in the past 13 races; has seven top-five finishes and 11 top-10s this season; finished second at Darlington and has four third-place finishes at Las Vegas, Martinsville, Phoenix and Richmond; finished 17th in this event last season.