No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra News and Notes:
PHOENIX DEBUT: Fresh off a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway, his second at the 1.5-mile oval this season, Daniel SuÃ¡rez heads to Phoenix International Raceway for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series track debut. The 23-year-old driver has previously raced at the 1-mile paved oval in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Mexico Series and earlier this year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 will be SuÃ¡rez 12th of 13 scheduled Camping World Truck Series starts this season.
DOUBLE DUTY: For the second-consecutive week, SuÃ¡rez will be on double duty in the Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series. Less than 24 hours after he’s scheduled to compete in the Lucas Oil 150, SuÃ¡rez will jump behind the wheel of the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry in Saturday’s DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans XFINITY Series event. It will be the second series start at PIR for SuÃ¡rez, who qualified sixth and finished 11th in his XFINITY Series debut at the track earlier this season.
KYLE BUSCH MOTORSPORTS AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: Kyle Busch Motorsports has nine Camping World Truck Series starts at Phoenix International Raceway, picking up four wins, one in each of the last four years and three in the last three Lucas Oil 150 events. The organization also has five top fives, six top 10s, one pole award, an average starting position of 7.0 and an average finishing position of 9.1. Kyle Busch Motorsports has completed 1,248 of 1,308 (95.4 percent) attempted laps, with 390 total laps led.
- RACE INFO: The Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 13. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Daniel SuÃ¡rez: “Phoenix is a race track I really like, ever since my days in the NASCAR Mexico Series. I ran there earlier this year in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and I’m looking forward to competing in the ARRIS Toyota Tundra there. We had a good run at Texas and hopefully we can build on that and be a bit better in Phoenix.”
From the Pit Box:
Jerry Baxter: “Even though we’ve run with Daniel at a 1.0-mile track already this season, Phoenix is nothing like Dover. Phoenix is a flat track with two completely different corners. Turns 1&2 have some banking and the exit leads to the Tri oval on the backside of the track. The challenge is to turn well and still have good drive off. Turns 3&4 are fairly flat and tough to keep the truck rotating in the center. It is hard to pass at this track and lap traffic is also something that we’ll have to deal with.”