CORNELIUS, N.C. —  The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series holds its second of three consecutive West Coast races Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway – the first short track of the 2015 season.

 

The one-mile oval produces its share of beating and banging. It’s a track that Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer enjoys and if stats are any indication, it’s a track he seems to enjoy most in the spring. His two top-five finishes and four of his top-10 finishes came during the spring races.

 

Currently 14th in points, Bowyer is looking to keep his 5-hour ENERGY team moving up in the standings. A sure way to make that happen is to shine in the Valley of the Sun with a good finish.

 

 

What are the keys to getting around Phoenix?

“Having rear grip is the main thing. The repave a few years ago made it so one minute you are going along just fine and the next the rear end wants to come around on you. It’s what makes racing there so challenging. There’s not much banking so that makes it even more difficult. Getting that balance right so you’ve got enough rear grip is what everyone will be working on all weekend and looking for in the race.”

 

CHASSIS

 

Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Phoenix. It raced last year at Phoenix (13th and 40th), California in March (16th), Richmond (43rd and 3rd) and Loudon in July (6th). Chassis No. 809 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis raced in 2014 at New Hampshire in September (14th), Kansas in May (23rd), Pocono in June (11th) as well as Pocono in August (4th).

 

NO. 15 CREW ROSTER

 Brian Pattie

Crew Chief

Terry Spalding

Front Tire Changer

Allen Steele

Front Tire Carrier

Lee Cunningham

Rear Tire Changer

P.J. Briody

Rear Tire Carrier

Brian Chase

Jack Man

Evan Marchal

Gas Man

J.D. Frey

Car Chief

Chris Sherwood

Interior Mechanic

Brett Griffin

Spotter

Dax Gerringer

Race Engineer

Tim O'Brien

Race Engineer

Billy Curwood

Race Engineer

Adam Cooke

Shock Specialist

Travis Stock

Rear Mechanic

James Davis

Tire Specialist

Gregg Huls

Engine Tuner

Ray Erwin

Truck Driver

Jeff Shano

Truck Driver

 

PHOENIX STATS

 

· Two top-five and six top-10 finishes in 19 starts

· Completed 5,830 of 6,006 laps (97.1%) and led 22 laps

· Three DNFs (did not finish) - November 2014, 2012, 2006

· Average start 17.8 and average finish 18.1

 

Race

Start

Finish

Laps

Status

Led

2005-08

25

22

311/312

running

0

2006-08

8

5

312/312

running

21

2006-35

20

33

306/312

oil line

0

2007-08

12

22

311/312

running

0

2007-35

20

11

312/312

running

0

2008-08

24

2

312/312

running

0

2008-35

28

12

313/313

running

0

2009-08

24

26

311/312

running

0

2009-35

13

7

312/312

running

0

2010-07

25

9

378/378

running

0

2010-35

14

21

311/312

running

0

2011-02

16

27

260/312

running

0

2011-35

28

10

312/312

running

0

2012-02

16

30

306/312

running

0

2012-35

16

28

312/319

crash

0

2013-02

13

6

316/316

running

0

2013-35

6

20

312/312

running

0

2014-02

14

13

312/312

running

1

2014-35

17

40

211/312

crash

0

 

 

PHOENIX TV SCHEDULE

 

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

3 p.m. Fox Sports 1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice

7:30 p.m. Fox Sports 2 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

11:30 a.m. Fox Sports 1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice

2:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

3:30 p.m. FOX - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race (312 laps, 312 miles)

 

            *All Times ET & Subject To Change


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