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PREVIEW: Mar 7-8 : NASCAR at Phoenix: GT World Challenge America at COTA

PREVIEW: Mar 7-8: NASCAR at Phoenix: Pirelli GT at COTA

Saturday, March 7

1. NASCAR Xfinity Series ‘LS Tractor 200' at Phoenix Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
• The Phoenix Raceway has reverted to its original name after a period as ‘ISM Raceway’
• TV: TSN2 at 4:00P
• 1.022 mi (1.645 km) paved oval; 200 laps = 200 mi; Stages: 45/45/110 laps
• Last year, Kyle Busch, running as a Cup Series carpetbagger here, won the race. Ryan Truex was second and Tyler Reddick was third.
• Busch has entered again for this year’s race; in addition, Cup driver Brad Keselowski is entered in the No. 12 Penske Ford.
• In the most recent race this year at Fontana, young Harrison Burton (son of Jeff Burton) won the race ahead of his Joe Gibbs teammate Riley Herbst and Penske driver Austin Cindric
• Click HERE for the entry list for the NXS race at Phoenix

Sunday, March 8

2. NASCAR Cup Series ‘Fanshield 500' at Phoenix Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
• TV: FOX/TSN1/3 at 3:30P
• 1.022 mi (1.645 km) paved oval; 312 laps = 312 mi/500 km (more precisely the race distance is 513.3 km but who’s counting)
• Stages: 75/115/122 laps
• Last year, Kyle Busch was a double winner here, winning both the Xfinity and Cup Series races that weekend. His teammate Martin Truex was second in the Cup race while Ryan Blaney was third.
• At Fontana last week the Hendrick driver Alex Bowman was the race winner. Kyle Busch came on strong at the end to finish second, while his brother Kurt Busch was third right behind him.
• Click HERE for the entry list of the NCS race at Phoenix

3. SRO GT World Challenge America at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX
• This SRO racing series, which last year raced under the title sponsorship of ‘Blancpain’ watches, will be known as the 'GT World Challenge America' this year. Unfortunately, they have structured their competition in such a way that it is hard to discern which is the marquee series in the array of different races they run on a weekend. For example, at COTA, there are two races each for the ‘GT World Challenge America’ (for GT3 cars) , the ‘Pirelli GT4 America Sprint’ (one driver per car) and the ‘Pirelli GT4 America Sprint X’ (two drivers sharing each car). The GT World Challenge America, as a GT3 class event has to be considered to be the premiere series in this dog’s breakfast of classes with similar names and similar race cars.
• TV: there are two GT3 races this weekend, one on Saturday (TV: CBS Sports at 9:00A on Sunday, not live) and one on Sunday (TV: CBS Sports at 10:00P on Sunday, SDD)
• Click HERE for the entry list for the GT World Challenge America GT3 class race.
• Note that there are only 14 GT3 cars entered in this category and two drivers per car. Last year, each of these two races here ran for about 40 laps (or about 135 mile) each.

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