Pole Sitter MATT KENSETH/#17 Pennzoil Ford won his second NASCAR Busch Series race of the season, taking the chequered flag for the Arizona Travel 200 Race at Phoenix International Raceway. He said "We had a good car all day, really. We didn't have to change much on the car off the truck."
Kenseth's Margin of Victory over runner-up KEVIN HARVICK/#21 U.S. Coast Guard Chevrolet was 0.337 seconds. Harvick, who has already won the 2006 Busch Series Championship, said he plans to go full out next weekend.
Finishing third through fifth were DENNY HAMLIN/#20 Rockwell Chevrolet, CLINT BOWYER/#2 AC Delco Chevrolet and CARL EDWARDS/#60 Ameriquest Ford.
SHANE HUFFMAN/#88 NAVY Chevrolet was the top finishing Busch Series regular, in eighth place. He led once for 17 laps and won several awards including Wix Filters Lap Leader Award, Checkers/Rallys Double Drive-Thru Challenge Award, Featherlite Most Improved Drive Award, Goody's Headache Powder Extra Strength Award, and Mobil 1 Oil Command Performance Driver of the Race.
The top finishing Rookie was TODD KLUEVER/No.Vikuiti/3M Ford, in eighteenth place.
ERIN CROCKER/#98 Totino's Pizza Rolls Dodge was the only female in the race, starting and finishing in thirtieth position.
The weather was overcast and warm for the race. The crowd was estimated at 42,000. The race was marred by nine accidents not counting the one after the chequered flag. The Pace Car drove 49 laps during 11 cautions in the race which was extended three laps beyond the scheduled 200 laps.
Five drivers led with seven lead changes.
Harvick had an issue with Kenseth's restart on the final caution of the race, indicating he thought the distance between his Chevrolet and Kenseth's Ford was greater than the NASCAR rulebook allows. Harvick said "What 'the vicinity of the red line' means I guess depends on who is sitting in the tower. It was one of those typical NASCAR calls at the end of the race. If it had been us, we'd be sitting on Pit Road. That's pretty embarrassing."
Harvick was referring to the NASCAR rule mandating the leader of the race to restart "in the vicinity of the red lines," and NASCAR makes that determination.
Harvick said "Matt didn't do anything wrong. He knew we were better on restarts, and it was kind of a fifty-fifty there. He just took off ten or 15 car lengths early But what's the vicinity. Can you take off in the middle of (Turns) Three and Four? It's all a matter of opinion of who's sitting up top.
Kenseth said "It's all whose shoes you're wearing. In the driver's meeting every week they say start in the vicinity of the lines. They also say don't lay back or you'll e black-flagged.