NASCAR X-Finity Series runs The Axalta Faster.Tougher.Brighter. 200 this weekend on Saturday afternoon. Daniel Suarez of Joe Gibbs Racing has the early-season lead in the standings by three points over Elliott Sadler. Ty Dillon, rookie Brandon Jones and Justin Allgaier complete the top five. Suarez has opened the season with three straight top-ten finishes including second place (behind Busch) last weekend in Vegas.
Pole sitters won both races last year at Phoenix, with Joey Logano victorious in March and Busch in November. A good qualifying effort is essential to success on the Arizona oval. Twenty-five of the twenty-eight race winners in the X-FINITY Series have started eighth or better … Thanks in large part to the efforts of Busch, Toyota has won five of the last seven races. Chevrolet is seeking its first X-FINITY Series win at P-I-R since Sadler was victorious in 2012.
Axalta Coatings Systems is continuing its long-standing partnership with Hendrick Motorsports with a contract extension that will expand its NASCAR presence through 2018. Beginning next year, Axalta will become a primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Junior’s Number-88 Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet for thirteen races. The company, based in Philadelphia, also will be featured as a major associate sponsor in other events. The agreement announced Tuesday extends a multi-faceted partnership that began in November 1992 when the company first sponsored Jeff Gordon and the Number-24 team. Gordon, who is in his final full-time Sprint Cup season, will continue to work with Axalta as a spokesman and global business advisor. Earlier this month, the two companies broke ground on Axalta’s forty-five thousand-square-foot Customer Experience Center that will be located on the Hendrick Motorsports campus.