NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: AdvoCare 500

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2012 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #9 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race


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Race: Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: AdvoCare

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown Pre-race: ESPN - 2:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00 pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: Monday, November 12 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, November 14 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    NASCAR on TV
    TV Racer

Radio Coverage

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, November 8

3:30 - 4:25 pm NCWTS Practice
5:35 - 7:35 pm NCWTS Final Practice

Friday, November 9

10:00 - 11:20 am NNS Practice
12:00 -1:25 pm NSCS Practice
1:35 - 2:25 pm NNS Final Practice
2:30 pm NCWTS Qualifying
4:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
6:00 pm NCWTS Race

Saturday, November 10

9:30 am - 10:25 am NSCS Practice
10:35 am NNS Qualifying
12:35 - 1:25 pm NSCS Final Practice
2:00 pm NNS Race

Sunday, November 11

1:00 pm NSCS Race


NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, November 9, 2:00 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, November 10, 11:30am - 12:25pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 10, 2:35 - 3:25pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, November 9 at 6:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 11:30pm/et


2012: $5,068,620
2011: $4,957,233
2010: $4,998,285
2009: $5,136,375
2008: $5,096,896
2007: $4,998,497
2006: $4,952,924
2005: $4,870,213
2004: $4,844,100
2003: $4,436,424
2002: $3,881,518


  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
    Frontstretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: 9 degrees
    Pit Road: Length: 1,140
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Grandstand seating: 55,000 [was 76,812] Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Sprint Cup event was 1988)

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Rich and Sherry Wright of AdvoCare
    Command to start engines: Rich and Sherry Wright of AdvoCare
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz
    Invocation: Ken Bowers, PIR Chaplin
    America the Beautiful: Jason Wyatt, lead singer of Lost Trailers
    National Anthem: JoJo
    Military Flyover: 4 F-16's, "The Emeral Knights", 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB

  • Track Websites:
    Phoenix International Raceway
    ISC Motorsports
    Phoenix International Raceway - Facebook
    Phoenix International Raceway - Twitter

  • March 2012: see my Phoenix Race Info page

  • November 2011: see my Phoenix Race Info page

  • 2012 February Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 110.085mph, started 13th

  • 2011 November Winner: #4-Kasey Kahne, 112.918mph, finished 9th

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009

  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/2005

  • 2012 March Pole Sitter: #55-Mark Martin, 136.815mph, finished 9th

  • 2011 November Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 137.101mph, finished 34th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Carl Edwards, 2/26/2011, 137.279mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 1 month, 25 days, 3/3/2012

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006

  • The numbers for Phoenix and caution update:
    1 - fewest lead changes (11/4/90)
    2 - fewest leaders (11/4/90)
    2 - fewest caution (11/7/99)
    3 - fewest cars on lead lap at finish (10/30/94)
    4 - number of wins from the pole (most recent, Carl Edwards, 11/14/10)
    4 - fewest laps led by race winner (Ryan Newman, 4/10/10)
    4 - most wins (Jimmie Johnson)
    4 - most poles (Ryan Newman)
    5 - number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
    7 - number of cautions during the 2012 spring race
    10 - fewest caution laps (11/7/99)
    15 - most leaders (3/4/12)
    20 - different pole winners
    23 - different race winners
    25 - number of lead changes in spring race
    27 - fewest running at finish (11/5/89)
    28 - most lead changes (2/27/11)
    29 - most on lead lap at finish (11/2/03)
    41 - most cars running at finish (three times, most recent 4/21/07)
    66 - most caution laps (11/2/03)
    90 minutes - amount of time it takes to dry the track after a significant rainfall.
    262 - most laps led by race winner (Dale Earnhardt, 11/4/90)
    2012 Caution Update
    1 - fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
    9 - races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega, Darlington, Sonoma, Michigan2, Atlanta,Talladega2 and Texas2)
    14 - most cautions this season (Kansas2)
    205 - number of cautions in the first 34 races of 2012; includes 95 for accidents, 55 for debris and 24 for spins
    1,074 of 9,856 - number of laps under caution in 2012
    1,466.452 of 13,000.176 - miles under caution in the first 34 races.
    (Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge)(11-7-2012)

  • hoenix International Raceway News and Notes:
    • Construction was completed in January 1964. The facility consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
    • Alan Kulwicki won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988.
    • The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch.
    • The track underwent its first repave last year. The construction began in March and concluded in September of 2011.
    • The following changes were made during the construction period (March - Sept., 2011):
        Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet
        Reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
        Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet
        Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
        Implemented variable banking to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves, including 10-11 degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11 degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9 degree banking in Turn 4.
    • There have been 32 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
    • Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.).
    • There have been 19 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.
    • Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win consecutive poles. Newman won three straight (2002-04), while Gordon won the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007, and Edwards won the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.
    • There have been 23 different race winners, led by Jimmie Johnson, with four - ('07 fall, '08 sweep, '09 fall).
    • The race has been won from the pole four times: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009) and Carl Edwards (fall 2010).
    • The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in 17 of 32 events.
    • Denny Hamlin (November, 2005) won his first career pole at Phoenix International Raceway.
    • Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    • Matt Kenseth won the 2002 race from the 28th-place starting position, the furthest back an active race winner has started.
    • Mark Martin has 20 top-10 finishes, more than any other driver. Martin (9.0 average finish) is one of two active drivers who average a top-10 finish. Jimmie Johnson (5.2) is the other.
    • Two perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006.
    • Five drivers have won consecutive races at Phoenix: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006); Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the five to win three consecutive races (fall 2007, swept 2008).
    • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with nine, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with six.
    • Of the seven drivers with multiple wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Mark Martin is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009).(NASCAR)(11-6-2012)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Phoenix International Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page

RACE and links

  • Harvick wins at Phoenix: #29-Kevin Harvick won the AdvoCare 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of year, 1st win in 44 races and 19th career win.
    #11-Hamlin finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #5-Kahne, #39-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #16-Biffle, #78-Busch, #27-Menard and #55-Martin (this order could change since there a big wreck at the end of the race).
    The race was pretty mellow until #48-Johnson, the points leader going into the Phoenix race, melted a tire bead from excessive brake heat and lost a front right tire and smacked the turn 4 wall hard on lap 234. Johnson ended up finishing 32nd and lost the points lead to #2-Keselowski, who now has a 20 point lead over Johnson going into the final race at Homestead and if Keselowski finishes 15th or better, there is nothing Johnson can do to overtake him.
    With a few laps to go, #24-Gordon was limping around with a tire going down. Gordon was black flagged by NASCAR to bring the car into the pits, but Gordon waited for #15-Bowyer, who had made contact a few laps earlier to cause the tire cut on the #24. Gordon spun out Bowyer, also collecting #20-Logano and #43-Almirola. #2-Keselowski went by the mess on the bottom of the track. When Gordon got out of his car, some of the crewmen from the #15 and #24 teams got in to a short brawl. THEN Bowyer got out of his car and ran to the #24 hauler to confront Gordon and the team. Calm was restored and both drivers and crew chiefs were called to the NASCAR hauler. There was an almost 15 minute red flag to clean up the track for the green-white-checkered finish.
    #29-Harvick was the leader at that point and his car owner, Richard Childress, protested to NASCAR that Harvick had taken the white flag before the yellow came out for the caution. But replays/video showed that the yellow was out before the Harvick took the white flag at the start/finish line.
    SO...on the green-white-checked run, Harvick came off turn 4 heading to the white flag when #10-Patrick spun around, NASCAR did not throw the yellow flag and let the cars race the final lap. Patrick was able to get the car to the bottom of the front stretch and was limping the car back, but fluid was on the track, both Harvick and the 2nd place car, #11-Hamlin slid a bit coming off turn 4, but recovered and Harvick won the race. A bunch of cars in the top 10 were not so lucky and spun in the fluid with #39-Newman, #78-Busch, #27-Menard and #55-Martin all getting collected in the mess. #2-Keselowski, was hit and had some damage to the side of the car, but was able to drive thru it and finish 6th.
    #18-Busch, the pole sitter, led the most laps but for the 8th time in a row when leading the most laps, failed to win the race.
    There were 8 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps, there was a 14 minute, 58 second red flag late in the race. There were 11 lead changes among 7 drivers. The average speed was 111.182mph.
    The estimated attendence was 87,000, up from 85,000 last November.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Phoenix Race Results page (pdf) and the official race and points rundown on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report.(11-11/12-2012)

  • NASCAR Issues Penalties From Sunday's Event at Phoenix: NASCAR announced penalties to three teams that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as a result of rule infractions at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 car, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing)  altercation with another competitor on the race track during the race  and has been fined $100,000, docked 25 championship driver points and put on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Rick Hendrick, owner of the #24 car, has also been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the #24 car, also was found to be in violation of Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chief assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members) and has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
    Brian Pattie, crew chief of the #15 car, violated Sections 12-1 and 9-4A and has been fined $25,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
    Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 car, has been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31 for violating Sections 12-1 and 20-6.7A (cars and drivers will not be permitted to carry onboard computers, automated electronic recording devices, electronically actuated devices, power distribution modules, power conditioners, micro-processors, recording devices, electronic digital memory chips, traction control devices, digital readout gauges and the like, even if inoperable or incomplete)  driver had a cell phone in his possession onboard the race car. All of these violations occurred during the Nov. 11 event at PIR.
    Statement From Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition: "Following a thorough analysis of the actions that took place during Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway, we have issued penalties based upon our review. The decisions announced today cover NASCAR's full assessment of penalties for the incidents that occurred. There's no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play. We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them."(NASCAR)(11-12-2012)

  • Where did the 12 Chase drivers finish at Phoenix?
    [by points standings before the race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 32nd - accident
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski 6th
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer 28th - accident
    4) #5-Kasey Kahne 4th
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth 14th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 30th - accident
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin 2nd
    8) #14-Tony Stewart 20th
    9) #56-Martin Truex Jr. 42nd - engine
    10) #16-Greg Biffle 7th
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick WON
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 21st

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver CHASE Championship Points Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 2371
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2351, -20
    Drivers who have been eliminated:
    3) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2321, -50
    4) #15-Clint Bowyer [3 wins], 2319, -52
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2309, -62
    6) #17-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 2297, -74
    7) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 2293, -78
    8) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 2285, -86
    9) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2284, -87
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2281, -90
    11) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 2260, -111
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 2211, -160
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings without Chase:
    (classic system using current points system but NOT the chase system)
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski(X) [5 wins], 1230
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [5 wins], 1222, -8
    3) #16-Greg Biffle(X) [2 wins], 1201, -29
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth(X) [3 wins], 1191, -39
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer(X) [3 wins], 1171, -59
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin(X) [4 wins], 1147, -83
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick(X) [1 win], 1126, -104
    8) #56-Martin Truex Jr.(X) [0 wins], 1122, -108
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X) [1 win], 1110, -120
    10) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [2 wins], 1105, -125
    11) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 1091, -139
    12) #14-Tony Stewart(X) [3 wins], 1085, -145
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [1 win], 1058, -172
    14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1009, -221
    15) #99-Carl Edwards [0 wins], 998, -232
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    (X) = a Chase driver.

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix
    #29-Kevin Harvick won the 25th Annual AdvoCare 500, his 19th victory in 429 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2012. He breaks a 44-race winless streak dating to Richmond on Sept. 10, 2011. This is Richard Childress Racing's first win of 2012.
    This is his third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 20 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 15 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2012.
    #18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #33-Stephen Leicht (35th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #2-Brad Keselowski leads the point standings by 20 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-11-2012)

  • Phoenix Notes-n-Nuggets:
    " Kevin Harvick earned his 19th career win in his 429th start.
    " Kevin Harvick's last victory came at Richmond in September of 2011, 44 starts ago.
    " Kevin Harvick won for the third time at Phoenix in his 20th-career start there.
    " Kevin Harvick's three victories at Phoenix tie him for second all-time among drivers.
    " With Kevin Harvick's triumph on Sunday six of the last eight Phoenix races have been won by drivers breaking winless streaks of 44 or more races.
    " Kevin Harvick becomes the 15th different winner of 2012.
    " Kevin Harvick captured his third career Chase victory.
    " Kevin Harvick posted only his second top-10 finish of the Chase, including his first top-five showing.
    " Kevin Harvick has now won in nine of his 12 seasons in NSCS.
    " Kevin Harvick led once for the final 15 laps.
    " Richard Childress Racing earned its 101st career win including its first victory this year.
    " Richard Childress Racing won for the fourth time at Phoenix.
    " Richard Childress Racing's last win was at Talladega in 2011, 38 races ago.
    " Richard Childress Racing captured its ninth all-time Chase victory.
    " Chevrolet won for the 16th time at Phoenix and picked up its 14th victory of 2012.
    " Denny Hamlin (second) notched his seventh top-five finish in 15 races at Phoenix, finished in the top-two in both races there this season.
    " Kyle Busch (third) posted his sixth top-five finish of the 2012 Chase, tied with Johnson for the most; led 237 of 319 laps, the most of all drivers, but has now failed to win the last eight races after leading the most laps.
    " Kasey Kahne (fourth) garnered only his third top-five finish in 17 races at Phoenix.
    " Ryan Newman (fifth) picked up his first top-five finish since finishing fifth at Chicagoland in September.
    " Brad Keselowski (sixth) has finished in the top-11 in every Chase race this season; leads the points by 20 over Johnson and will win the 2012 Championship with a finish of 15th or better at Homestead regardless of where Johnson finishes.
    " Kurt Busch (seventh) has now posted top-10 finishes in consecutive races for the first time this season, finished eighth last week at Texas.
    " Jimmie Johnson (32nd) had his worst finish of 2012 Chase, lost 27 points to Keselowski and is now 20 points out of the lead.(Racing Resources and Services -- Statistics Racing Recall /

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
    #36 remains in 35th and is 90 points ahead of 36th, the #21 team.
    there no chance the top-35 will change the rest of the season.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    34) #32-TBA/FAS Lane Racing, 486 +161
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 415 +90 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 325, -90pts out of the top 35
    37) #33-Whitt/Childress-Falk, 253, -162
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 232, -183
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    This will not matter in 2013 as the top-35 rules will cease to exist in 2013.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(11-11-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver a lap down on track
    Caution 2: #30-Stremme, 34th
    Caution 3: #99-Edwards, 11th
    Caution 4: #78-Busch, 8th
    Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 7th
    Caution 6: #10-Patrick, 17th
    Caution 7: #47-Labonte, 15th
    Caution 8: none awarded

  • Race Coverage of the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2012.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 3:00 pm/et; NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, November 12 at 2:30am/et; SPEED, Wednesday, November 14 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #56-Truex Jr. took pit stall 16, the first pitstall with an opening in front of it (not counting the 1st stall).
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 25th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #27-Menard, who starts 7th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-10-2012)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Qualifying Order
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2012 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race

info, news, speeds and links

  • Happy Hour practice for the AdvoCare 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 135.252
    #5-Kahne 135.166
    #20-Logano 135.003
    #43-Almirola 134.958
    #24-Gordon 134.912
    #48-Johnson (1st in points) was 11th fastest
    #2-Keselowski (2nd in points) was 9th fastest
    slowest: #32-Hill 130.757 & #44-Reutimann 131.569.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Phoenix Happy Hour practice speeds page (pdf).(11-10-2012)

  • First Saturday practice for the AdvoCare 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 135.552
    #11-Hamlin 134.983
    #56-Truex Jr. 134.907
    #2-Keselowski 134.892
    #20-Logano 134.887
    #48-Johnson (1st in points) was 24th fastest
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 130.157 & #32-Hill 131.627.
    incidents: #31-Burton slapped the turn 3 wall (again) midway thru practice, the team is looking over the car, most damage seems to be of the backend of the car. The team brought out the primary car, which wrecked in Friday practice, as it was damaged less then the backup car.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Phoenix practice 2 speeds page (pdf). (11-10-2012)

  • Kyle Busch wins pole at Phoenix: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the AdvoCare 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with a new TRACK RECORD speed of 138.788mph for his 2nd pole of 2012 and 10th career pole. Busch has won two races from the pole.
    #56-Truex Jr will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #5-Kahne, #43-Almirola, #78-Busch, #27-Menard, #51-Smith, #14-Stewart and #55-Martin.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #98-McDowell, #30-Stremme, #44-Reutimann, #33-Leicht, #19-Bliss, #26-Wise, #91-Leffler and #87-Nemechek.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #37-Yeley.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying orderon the Phoenix Starting Lineup & Qualifying page.(11-9-2012)

  • Where will the 12 Chase drivers start at Phoenix?
    [by points standings before the race]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 24th
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski 14th
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer 16th
    4) #5-Kasey Kahne 4th
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth 22nd
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon 11th
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin 3rd
    8) #14-Tony Stewart 9th
    9) #56-Martin Truex Jr. 2nd
    10) #16-Greg Biffle 20th
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 19th
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 23rd

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual AdvoCare 500 with a lap of 25.943 seconds, 138.766 mph.
    This is his 10th pole in 292 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His last pole came in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    This is his second pole and 21st top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway. His last pole came in April 2006.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2012 and his ninth in 14 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 21st in 35 races this season.
    #33-Stephen Leicht (35th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-9-2012)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2012 at 6:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 6:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 11:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #36-Blaney, slowest in practice.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #18-Busch, who was fastest in first practice.
    Qualifying order is set by the first practice session, with slowest driver going out by speed and the fastest going out last. The non-top 35 drivers are now mixed in with the top-35 in owners points, slowest to fastest.
    See the full qualifying order on the Phoenix Qualifying Page.(11-9-2012)

  • Rain Out Procedures: the rain-out qualifying procedure for all three NASCAR national series is as follows: If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.

  • Friday practice for the AdvoCare 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #18-Busch 137.788
    #11-Hamlin 137.242
    #15-Bowyer 137.075
    #5-Kahne 137.012
    #56-Truex Jr. 136.873
    #48-Johnson was 27th fastest
    #2-Keselowski was 21st fastest
    slowest: #36-Blaney 131.839 and #32-Hill 132.548.
    the Phoenix track qualifying record was set in Feb 2011 at 137.279mph by Carl Edwards.
    incidents: #22-Hornish Jr. wrecked just as practice started and the team pulled out a the backup car. #36-Blaney spun around and smacked the wall but drove the car to the garage. #31-Burton crashed about 20 minutes in to the practice, did enough rear damage to go to a backup car. Burton and Hornish Jr, were both able to get out and practice in their backup cars. Late in practice #16-Biffle smacked the wall and did some damage to the right rear of the car, the team started to pull out a backup car but then decided to fix the primary car.
    This practice will determine the order for this afternoon's qualifying [slowest out first, fastest out last], scheduled for 6:10pm/et, televised on SPEED.
    See speeds, best top-10 average and laps run on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf). (11-9-2012)

  • Go-or-Go Homers practice at Phoenix: how fast/slow were the drivers who are not in the top-35 of owners points and must qualify by speed to make the AdvoCare 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, where they practiced in Friday practice:
    the eight drivers who would make the race if things stayed the same:
    #19-Bliss, 25th fastest overall
    #98-McDowell, 31st
    #30-Stremme, 32nd
    #37-Yeley, 34th
    #26-Wise, 35th
    #44-Reutimann, 36th
    #91-Sorenson, 38th
    #87-Nemechek, 39th
    the one driver who would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #33-Leicht, 42nd

  • The Entry List for the AdvoCare 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #19-Mike Bliss (45/27)
    #26-Josh Wise (40/34)
    #30-David Stremme (38/34)
    #33-Stephen Leicht (36/34)
    #37-J.J. Yeley (50/18)
    #44-David Reutimann (0/0)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (42/34)
    #91-Reed Sorenson (51/13)
    #98-Michael McDowell (39/34)
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 33,30,98,26,87,19,37,91
    missing the race would be [1]: # 44
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix:
    #36 remains in 35th and and drops to 90 points ahead of 36th, the #21 team.
    there virtually no chance the top-35 will change the rest of the season.
    Rank) Car#-Driver/Team, owners pts, +/-
    34) #32-TBA/FAS Lane Racing, 471 +146
    35) #36-Blaney/Baldwin, 397 +72 ahead of 36th
    these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
    36) #21-Bayne/Wood Bros., 325, -72pts out of the top 35
    37) #33-Whitt/Childress-Falk, 244, -153
    38) #30-Stremme/Inception, 222, -175
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see the Owners Points Standings (pdf).(11-4-2012)

  • 2012 Sprint Cup Driver CHASE Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2339
    2) #2-Brad Keselowski [5 wins], 2332, -7
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer [3 wins], 2303, -36
    4) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2281, -58
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 2267, -72
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 2267, -72
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 2266, -73
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 2259, -80
    9) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [0 wins], 2259, -80
    10) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 2256, -83
    Drivers who have been eliminated:
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick [0 wins], 2238, -101
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 2188, -151
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf)

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  • Chassis selections for Phoenix: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Phoenix International Raceway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases of websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/ Allstate team will use Chassis #1222 for Phoenix. This chassis has raced only once previously, just two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 17th.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-833 during Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: For the Nov. 11 race at Phoenix, crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-744. This is a brand new race car. In 16 Cup starts at Phoenix, Kahne has one win, two top-five finishes and five top-10s. He has qualified inside the top 10 during the last three races at the one-mile Avondale, Ariz., oval.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Black and Decker team has prepared chassis No. 805 for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. This Black & Decker Ford was run previously this season at Phoenix, Richmond, Pocono and Indianapolis. This weekend will mark Week 2 with new crew chief Drew Blickensderfer and Ambrose is looking forward to continuing to build on their relationship at Phoenix. The duo worked well together last weekend at Texas, running in the top-10 for a large portion of the event until a blown tire late in the race abruptly ended their day. Ambrose and Blickensderfer are looking for better luck at PIR and hoping their results this weekend will do them justice.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-742 first turned its wheels on a racetrack during a test session Sept. 4-5 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis., which prepared Chassis No. 14-742 for its debut in the Sept. 23 race at New Hampshire. There, the car qualified third and led 38 laps before finishing seventh. Chassis No. 14-742 returns to another relatively flat, 1-mile oval with this weekend's AdvoCare 500k at Phoenix International Raceway.Year
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 718 is the race winning car from Sept. 8 event at Richmond and also finished fourth in the Chase opener at Loudon. Backup chassis No. 712 finished 30th at the first Phoenix race after cutting several tires early in the race. It also raced to a seventh place finish at Richmond in the spring.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Filtrete Ford Fusion team will bring Primary Chassis RK-778 to Phoenix, which last ran at New Hampshire and finished 9th, chassis RK-778 is the same car that Biffle drove to a third-place finish in the spring at Phoenix. Backup chassis is RK-777 which last ran Pocono and finished 24th. Biffle has an average starting position of 13.9 and an average finish of 14.1 at Phoenix.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: will run primary chassis RK-808 at Phoenix, which last ran at Atlanta in Sept. Kenseth has an average starting position of 20.6 and an average finishing position of 17.8 at Phoenix.In 20 starts, Kenseth has achieved one win, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes, and one pole at Phoenix in the Sprint Cup series. Kenseth has completed 5,747 of 6,310 (91.1 percent) laps at Phoenix and led for a total of 212 laps. This weekend at Phoenix, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion.
    #22-Sam Hornish Jr. and his Todd Gordon-led Penske Racing #22 Team will be utilizing the "PRS-822" Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in this weekend's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the chassis that the #2 Penske Racing Team raced in the April 22 race at Kansas Speedway where Brad Keselowski started 11th and finished 11th. The "PRS-807" chassis will serve as the backup. It was the #22 team's backup for last month's Martinsville race and has yet to be raced.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot Chassis No. 380 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's AdvoCare 500. This Rheem/Menards Chevy was last raced at Richmond International Raceway in September where Menard drove it to a 23rd-place finish. This chassis was also utilized at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July where Menard earned a 14th-place finish after starting from the eighth position.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No.383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AdvoCare 500. Harvick raced this Budweiser chassis at Phoenix International Raceway in March and Dover International Speedway in June, collecting second-place finishes in both events. The Bakersfield, Calif., native also drove this Chevrolet to a 15th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and to a 13th-place result at Dover in September.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race Chassis No. 355 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #31 Caterpiller Chevy was utilized three times last season at Darlington (start-24th, finish-33rd), Kansas (start-16th, finish-25th) and Chicago (start-22nd, finish-15th). Its only appearance of the 2012 season came at the Sprint Showdown at Charlotte in May where Burton scored a top-10 finish (eighth) after posting a top-five qualifying effort.
    #36-Dave Blaney will drive the No. 293 chassis. Blaney's best start with the No. 293 chassis was 17th at Richmond last season and best finish was 23rd at Phoenix earlier this season. TBR purchased the chassis from Richard Childress Racing, where Jeff Burton drove the chassis prior to its debut with TBR.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot chassis No. 39-719 this weekend at Phoenix, only the second start for Chassis No. 39-719, its first race was at Richmond in April 2012, starting 12th and finishing 15th.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: crew chief Chris "Shine" Heroy and the #42 Target Chevy team will race with Chassis #1220 at Phoenix. This chassis will make its season debut this weekend in Phoenix.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Farmland team has prepared chassis No. 710 for Phoenix. This car has run previously this season at Dover and Bristol.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 715 serves as the primary for Johnson at Phoenix. It last ran at New Hampshire in Sept and finished 2nd, also running at NHMS in July finishing 7th and also Richmond in April, finishing 6th. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis 744 finished eighth at Martinsville with Brian Vickers behind the wheel.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721. Earnhardt first raced this chassis to a fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. Among all-time drivers, Earnhardt's two wins rank him tied for second at Phoenix behind teammate Jimmie Johnson. Earnhardt ranks fifth among active drivers in the laps led category with 460 laps, and he is tied for 12th among active drivers with four top-five finishes. He ranks tied for 11th among active drivers with eight top-10s at the one-mile desert oval.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Fastenal team will be bringing chassis RK-811 this weekend to Phoenix. This car was last raced at Bristol in August and finished 22nd and also ran Kentucky (20th) in June and Charlotte (9th) in May. He will make his 300th Cup start on Sunday at Phoenix.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(11-8-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,100, Right-side -- 1,150;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 450, Right-side -- 450;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice and qualifying, and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for event;
    Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4472; Right-side -- D-4520

    Tire Circumference: Left-side  87.5 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side  88.3 in. (2,243 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 26 psi; Left Rear -- 26 psi;
    Right Front -- 36 psi; Right Rear -- 36 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 14 psi; Left Rear -- 14 psi; Right Front -- 34 psi; Right Rear -- 32 psi

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR national touring series in action at Phoenix this weekend will be running the same tire codes, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Phoenix this past March, as well as last November . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix . . . Goodyear held a tire test with the 2013 Sprint Cup cars at Phoenix last month . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the #1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevy with Jamie McMurray, #2 Penske Racing Ford with Brad Keselowski, #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, #14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy with Tony Stewart, #27 Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Paul Menard, #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy with Regan Smith and #99 Roush Fenway Ford with Carl Edwards.


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