For week two of #NASCARGoesWest, Derrike Cope Racing is proud to announce our sponsors for the “Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200,” March 12th at the Phoenix International Raceway. For the second week in a row, E-hydrate, a unique line of natural, hydrating, and nutritious drink mixes, will be displayed prominently on the #70 Camaro as a co-primary sponsor. Available at every Target store nationwide, you too can get the hydration, energy, protein, & more essential elements of life that you need. Visit ehydrateracing.com for a special package, just for race fans! Also on the #70, for the second Phoenix race in a row, is Ashurst American Honey. Ashurst American Honey produces, packages, and distributes honey throughout the western United States. Many notable food producers use the premium honey in breads, cereals, and many different bakery items. You too can get a taste of Ashurst American Honey at their website listed below. Joining the #70 as an associate sponsor for Phoenix, is Ice-Aid. ICE-AID, a mineral based additive, virtually transforms a standard cooler into a brisk freezer in no time. Learn more at
their website also listed below! Also on the #70 as an associate sponsor for Phoenix is Unique Luxury Catering. Providing an upscale experience for home entertaining, they allow you to enjoy your guests more freely while we create the dining experience. A gourmet delight from a carefully chosen menu design is prepared right in your own home by their chef and graciously served by their friendly staff. Let Unique Luxury serve your next event at their website listed below also! We Excited to head to Phoenix and
put forth a great effort with the #70 Camaro. (Derrike Cope Racing Press Release)
When it comes to the Phoenix International Raceway numbers are just numbers when it comes to certain series at the track. With Kevin Harvick his favorite number is the amount of wins he has at the Phoenix International Raceway. Phoenix has always been a fan favorite and rattle snake favorite also. So if you ever go to this track hopefully you aren't afraid of Snakes. The inaugural race winner here was future NASCAR Hall Of Famer Alan Kulwicki.
Sprint Cup Series Stats at The Phoenix International Raceway
Races - 11
First Winner - Kurt Busch
Most Recent Winner - Kevin Harvick
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2010 & 2013)
Postponed Races - 0
Most Wins - 3 (Kevin Harvick)
Most Wins by a Team - 4 (Hendrick Motorsports)
Most Manufacturer Wins -8 (Chevrolet)
Repaved and Reconfigured - 2011
Interesting Fact - In 2007, Jeff Gordon wins for the first time at Phoenix from the pole (the first winner from the pole at Phoenix), scoring his 76th NSCS win (tying Dale Earnhardt). After the race, Gordon celebrated with a black flag with the #3 of Earnhardt emblazoned on it.
In 2011 Jeff Gordon snaps a 66 race winless streak (longest of his career) and ties Cale Yarborough with his 83rd career win.
In 2013 Carl Edwards wins in a Subway-sponsored car in the Subway-sponsored race and snaps a 70-race winless streak.
Xfinity Series Stats at The Phoenix International Raceway
Races - 11
First Winner - Greg Biffle
Last Winner - Joey Logano
G.W.C Finishes - 3 Times (2006, 2008, & 2009)
Postponed Races - 0 (2014 Was Shortened Due to Rain)
Most Wins - Kyle Busch (5)
Most Wins by a Team - Joe Gibbs Racing (5)
Most Manufacturer Wins - Toyota (5)
Neat Fact - In 2011 Kyle Busch led all 200 laps from the pole to win, the first time it happened since 2003.
A team that continues to fight is one that will succeed. You see that in Derrike Cope Racing. This is one of the hardest working teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series that continues to make gains every single week. High field sizes and accidents on the track are something that has hurt the #70 Chevrolet Camaro so far in 2016 but the team continues to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's a group of great people with a great driver that continues to show me they are one of the true underdogs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Garage. Imagine that though a Daytona 500 champion not in a highly funded ride. When it comes to the 1990 Daytona 500 the team considers that the past and live in the present unlike certain people in the garage in all three of NASCAR's top divisions. 3 weeks into the NASCAR Xfinity Series season and DCR has made 1 of the 3 races. Not making the top 36 at Daytona and having a practice crash before
qualifying and putting in overtime to get the back up car in prime racing condition. Field size has been one problem facing DCR over the last few races. While The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is having issues filling the field the Xfinity Series has had 43 to 42 cars each week which guarantees some cars will be going home. Unfortunately that car has been the #70 to many times recently. With excellent supporters like Nathalie Bijeau and her company Ice-Aid and E-Hydrate it
keeps the motivation up on the team and these teams look at missing races differently. They look at the painful side of it but they also look at the fact hey we can go next week and try our hardest again doing something we absolutely love. I have learned over the last few years with teams like these that you have to celebrate the inner victories. A 20th place finish to a JR Motorsports ride or driver is just disappointing to the team and driver but for teams like Derrike Cope Racing a 20th is a win! That is something I find so fascinating about our sport and I want to thank Jordan Anderson for pointing this out. One week you can finish 10th, the following weekend you can miss the race. These teams celebrate the victory when they can and that is something that commonly passes by race fans. As the team run onto Phoenix they continue to live the dream of racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and they continue to
show that passion that it takes to win. A win will come someday. Rather it be a literal win or just a Top 15 it is coming for DCR. We want to thank Nathalie Bijeau for all of the photos used in this article! For those who don't know Nathalie she is with Ice-Aid, an amazing product that keeps your drinks cold! Ice-Aid is one of the sponsors on Derrike Cope Racing's #70! Thanks for the pictures Nathalie! (Koelle,2016)
3 races into his first full time season Ryan Blaney has shown that not having a charter isn't a problem. Ryan has made all 3 races qualifying with very fast speeds and then on Sunday showing the NASCAR nation why he's the next Rookie Of The Year. This Sunday the New Kid on the Block showed he is a factor not just for Rookie Of The Year but also for a victory. Ryan Blaney, in his 21st start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, raced at Las Vegas for only the 2nd time of his career. Ryan fought Heavy Winds, Sandstorms, among a few other challenges to get his 2nd best finish in his career. That 6th place finish placed the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion in 14th place in points. When asked about his finish after the Kobalt 400 he stated "The car is always extremely fast,” he said. “The Wood Brothers do a great job and we have to thank Penske for all of their support. The team's growing together. They're learning and so am I, and hopefully this is a good way to get our season going here." This 6th place finish is surely a great start to the West Coast Swing for the Wood Brothers Racing team
and it will surely give Ryan Blaney and his #21 team a confidence boost and momentum kicker going into Phoenix and California. Two tracks Ryan has never raced at in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series! Blaney has certainly earned the acceptance from the NASCAR fans and certainly from me! We want to thank and credit Rob Street Photography for the photos of Ryan Blaney and his car! Great Photos Rob! If you want to see more of Rob's Awesome work go over to his facebook page at Rob Street Racing Photography or at his website at http://www.robstreetracingphotography.com/(Koelle,2016)