Phoenix Race Report

February 27, 2011


JRM Teams Overcome Hurdles; Earn Top-20 Finishes

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2011) –  Saturday’s Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway was  full of challenges for the JR Motorsports teams of Aric Almirola and Danica Patrick.  Debuting the paint scheme on the No. 88 Chevrolet, Almirola twice fell a lap down to the leaders and twice rebounded to regain lead lap status en route to a 13th-place finish.  Danica Patrick and the No. 7 Go Daddy team pieced together a solid race for the second straight week.  Patrick avoided trouble, posted solid lap times, and capped the day with a 17th-place finish.  Kyle Busch led every lap of the 200-lap race, marking the first time a driver in a national series has led wire-to-wire since July 4, 2003, when Dale Earnhardt Jr. led all 100 laps in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona. Carl Edwards attempted to spoil Busch’s dominating performance but came up short in the closing laps.  Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Reed Sorenson rounded out the top-five finishers.


Phoenix Preview

February 23, 2011


No. 88 TaxSlayer Chevrolet / No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet

EVENT – Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 (200 laps / 200 miles)

TRACK – Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile oval)

DATE – Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011

TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 5 p.m. EST)


Daytona Race Report

February 20, 2011


The Boss Leads Team JRM at Daytona

Patrick Makes History in Go Daddy Chevrolet; Engine Woes Damper Almirola’s Season Debut

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2011) – The newly resurfaced Daytona International Speedway introduced a new form of drafting in Saturday’s DRIVE4COPD 300 with two-car tandems battling for the lead for the entirety of the race.  The ultra smooth surface showcased increased handling, increased speeds, and the third closest finish in series history.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the JR Motorsports charge in the No. 5 Hellmann’s Chevrolet with a fourth-place finish.  Earnhardt Jr. was within sight of his record-tying seventh NNS win at Daytona, but a late push by Tony Stewart on the final lap soured his chances.  Danica Patrick and the No. 7 Go Daddy team put forth a gallant effort in its 2011 debut.  Patrick solidly placed herself among the leaders and led a lap, becoming the first woman to lead a lap at Daytona in a NASCAR sanctioned race.  She finished 14th, earning the best finish of her NASCAR career.  What started as a promising day for Aric Almirola and the No. 88 GT Vodka squad took a hit around the race’s midway point when the team began experiencing carburetor problems.  Almirola held on until the final lap, ending his day in 19th.  Stewart’s hard charge on the final lap earned him his sixth win at Daytona.  He beat Clint Bowyer to the line by .007 seconds, and was followed by Landon Cassill, Earnhardt Jr. and Reed Sorenson.


Daytona Preview

February 15, 2011


No. 88 Grand Touring Vodka Chevrolet/No. 7 Chevrolet

No. 5 Hellmann’s Chevrolet

EVENT – DRIVE4COPD 300 (120 laps / 300 miles)

TRACK – Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval)

DATE – Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011

TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begins at 1:15 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 12:45 p.m. EST)


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