Fun in the Sun…The No. 32 Target team heads out west as the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) visits Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) for the second and final time this season. Kyle Larson has one previous NNS start at PIR, finishing 13th at the track in March. Larson also has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at the track for Turner Scott Motorsports. In last fall’s NCWTS race, Larson started sixth, led 43 laps and finished second in just his third series start.
Bullseye!…Target will be back on board the No. 32 Camaro for this weekend’s race at PIR. Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,870 stores – 1,788 in the United States and 82 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.
This Week’s Camaro…Crew chief Trent Owens and the No. 32 Target team will bring chassis TSM-323 to PIR this weekend. Larson has driven TSM-323 six times this season, earning three top fives, four top 10s and never finishing worse than 14th. Larson earned his first runner-up finish of the season using this chassis, coming up just short of the win to finish second at Bristol Motor Speedway in March.
Watch and Listen…The ServiceMaster 200 will air live on ESPN2 on Saturday, November 9 at 3:30 p.m. EST. The race will also be broadcast on MRN Radio as well as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, channel 90.
Previous Race Recap…After a blown tire ruined his debut at Texas Motor Speedway back in April, Larson was looking for redemption in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. After two practice sessions that left the No. 32 NTT DATA team happy with the long-run speed of their Chevrolet Camaro, Larson qualified 16th for Saturday afternoon’s 200-lap race. In a race that saw just four cautions, the 21-year-old ran inside the top 10 for the majority of the event, running as high as fourth before finishing ninth.
Kyle Larson on Phoenix International Raceway:
“I really enjoy racing at Phoenix, and I know that it’s one of my team’s favorite tracks too. [Crew chief] Trent [Owens] ran really well here last fall with Kasey [Kahne] in the car, and I finished second in the Truck Series race, so hopefully we can continue that this year. We’ve had a lot of success with this chassis, so I’m excited to see what we can do during the race.”