NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Subway Fresh Fit 500(k)

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #2 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: Subway

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:14pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90


  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)

(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, March 1
10:00 -11:20 am NNS Practice
12:00 - 1:25 pm NSCS Practice
1:35 - 2:25 pm NNS Final Practice
4:10 pm NSCS Qualifying

Saturday, March 2
10:00 - 10:55am NSCS Practice
11:05 am NNS Qualifying
1:05 - 1:55 pm NSCS Final Practice
2:30 pm NNS 200 race

Sunday, March 3
12:00 noon Pre-Race Ceremonies Begin
1:00 pm Subway Fresh Fit 500, NSCS Race

All times above are listed in LOCAL / Mountain Standard Time

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
Times are local to the Track

Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, March 1, 2:00 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-SPEED
    Saturday, March 2, 12:00 - 12:55 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 2, 3:05 - 3:55pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-2, Friday, March 1 at 6:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 9:30pm/et and 12:00am/et.


2013: $5,075,070
2012: $5,040,864
2011: $4,929,477
2010: $5,318,679
2009: $5,103,912
2008: $5,064,433
2007: $4,961,431
2006: $4,906,887
2005: $4,795,076
2004: $4,844,100
2003: $4,436,424


  • 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)
    Last Repave: 2011

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Brian Baumgartner, from the Office & Subway spokesman
    Command to start engines: Brian Baumgartner
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: not announced Invocation: Ken Bowers, PIR's Chaplain
    National Anthem: Canadian musician and songwriter, Adam Gontier
    Military Flyover: B-17 bomber, Commemorative Air Force of Arizona

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

  • March 2012: see the Phoenix Race Info page

  • November 2012: see the Daytona Race Info page

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

  • 2012 November Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 111.182mph, started 19th

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, 11/7/1999, 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, 6 months, 11 days, 11/13/2005

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

  • 2012 November Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.766mph, finished 3rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 11/9/2012, 138.766mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 1 month, 24 days, 3/4/2012

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

  • Phoenix International Raceway Facts 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 in 2011. The construction began in March and concluded in September of that year.
    The following changes were made during the construction period (March  Sept., 2011):
    o Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet
    o Reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
    o Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet
    o Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
    o 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 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
    184 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix; 134 in more than one.
    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 at Phoenix, seven of which have won more than once, led by Jimmie Johnson, with four  ('07 fall, '08 sweep, '09 fall).
    The seven drivers who have won more than once at Phoenix: Jimmie Johnson (four), Kevin Harvick (three), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jeff Gordon (two) and Mark Martin (two).
    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).
    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 33 events.
    Denny Hamlin (November, 2005) and AJ Allmendinger (April, 2010) won their 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 21 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 (6.6) 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.
    Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Phoenix with five; followed by Tony Stewart with three.
    Mark Martin and Jimmie Johnson lead the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 12 each.
    Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career win at Phoenix International Raceway.
    21 of the 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Phoenix participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Tony Stewart (11/7/1999) are the only two drivers to win at Phoenix in their first appearance.
    Jeff Gordon competed at Phoenix International Raceway 16 times before winning (4/21/2007); the longest span of any the 23 winners.
    Six drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Phoenix: Jeff Gordon (16), Ryan Newman (15), Kasey Kahne (14), Denny Hamlin (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Rusty Wallace (11).
    Bobby Labonte leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 28.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Phoenix was the (4/10/2010) race won by Ryan Newman with a MOV of 0.13 seconds.
    Seven of the 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Phoenix have been won from the front row.
    Five drivers have won the first two races of the season in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; the first two times did not include the Daytona 500: Lee Petty (Daytona Beach Course, Tri-City Speedway; 1954), Marvin Panch (Willow Springs Speedway, Concord Speedway; 1956), David Pearson (Riverside, Daytona; 1976), Jeff Gordon (Daytona, Rockingham; 1997) and Matt Kenseth (Daytona, Auto Club).
    Three reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champions have gone on to win at Phoenix the following season; Jimmie Johnson is the only one to do it multiple times: Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009); Kurt Busch (2005) and Bill Elliott (1989).
    Two drivers have won at Phoenix and the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship in the same season: Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009); Dale Earnhardt (1990).
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver to have made a NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Phoenix International Raceway. She did so last season (11/11/12) starting 37th and finishing 17th.
    Car numbers that have produced three or more Phoenix wins:
    Car Number  Drivers  (Years)
    #48 - Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009)
    #29  Kevin Harvick (2006 sweep and 2012)
    #5 - Mark Martin (2009), Kyle Busch (2005) and Terry Labonte (1994)
    #99  Carl Edwards (2010) and Jeff Burton (2000, 2001)
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

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

RACE and links

  • Carl Edwards wins at Phoenix: #99-Carl Edwards won the Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of 2013, 2nd win at Phoenix and 20th career win. #48-Johnson barely beat #11-Hamiln for 2nd as they beat-and-banged to the finish on the green-white-checkered finish, Hamlin hung on to 3rd followed by #2-Keselowski, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #14-Stewart, #24-Gordon and #31-Burton.
    Pole sitter #55-Mark Martin led 75 laps, had a vibration early in the race, got the lucky dog free pass and finished 21st on the lead lap.
    #51-A.J. Allmendinger, making his first start of the season, finished 11th. #10-Danica Patrick who started 40th and struggled most of the weekend, had a right front tire blow on lap 185 and slammed the front stretch wall hard and getting hit by #34-Ragan. Both drivers were uninjured but ended their day, Patrick finished 39th. #39-Newman had a rough day, hitting the wall twice, hard the 2nd time on lap 142 ending his day, finishing 40th. #18-Busch who was to start 4th, then had to go to the rear at the start of the race due to an engine change just before the race, spun and hit the wall once and had other troubles, finally finishing 23rd.
    There were 12 lead changes among 9 drivers and 8 cautions for 43 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 105.187mph. Starting this season, NASCAR doesn't release the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Phoenix Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Phoenix Penalty Resport (pdf).

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the 9th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, his 20th victory in 303 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2013. He brakes a 70-race winless streak that matched the longest of his career - 70 races that ended in November 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 18 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 20 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2013.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 8 points over #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-3-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 2 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 90
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 82, -8
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 82, -8
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 72, -18
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer, 72, -18
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 66, -24
    7) #55-Mark Martin, 65, -25
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 60, -30 (best 2013 finish 9th)
    9) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 60, -30 (12th)
    10) #43-Aric Almirola, 60, -30 (13th)
    11) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 59, -31
    12) #9-Marcos Ambrose, 52, -38
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #20-Matt Kenseth is 18th in points
    #14-Tony Stewart, 23rd
    #29-Kevin Harvick. 30th
    #5-Kasey Kahne, 31st
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.. 34th
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #33-Cassill,
    Caution 2: #87-Nemechek, 31st
    Caution 3: #55-Martin, 21st
    Caution 4: #87-Nemechek (2), 31st
    Caution 5: #87-Nemechek (3), 31st
    Caution 6: #36-Yeley, 28th
    Caution 7: #18-Busch, 23rd
    Caution 8: #18-Busch(2), 23rd

  • Race Coverage of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 2013.
    Television (TV): FOX at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:14pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, March 6 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #55-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #5-Kahne took pit stall 16, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-2-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    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 - 2013 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 Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #55-Martin 134.248
    #18-Busch 133.904
    #2-Keselowski 133.700
    #-99-Edwards 133.601
    #15-Bowyer 133.526
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. was 22nd; and #10-Patrick was 34th
    slowest: #93-Kvapil 124.909 & #32-Schrader 128.926
    The best 10 consecutive lap average speed was #18-Busch at 133.119mph.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Phoenix Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(3-2-2013)

  • First Saturday practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five, slowest and any notes:
    #55-Martin 135.450
    #18-Busch 135.201
    #15-Bowyer 134.958
    #48-Johnson 134.615
    #29-Harvick 134.895
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. was 23rd; and #10-Patrick was 35th
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 129.171 & #32-Schrader 130.091
    #48-Johnson had the fastest 10-lap average at 134.051mph.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10-lap averages on the Phoenix Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(3-2-2013)

  • Martin wins Phoenix pole: #55-Mark Martin won the pole for the Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with speed of 138.074mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 56th of his career. Martin breaks his own record for being the oldest pole sitter at Phoenix (54 years, 1 month, 23 days), Martin won the pole last March at PIR. #5-Kahne will start 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #14-Stewart, #29-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth (was fastest in practice) and #39-Newman. #10-Partick got loose on her lap and will start 40th. 43 cars/drivers were entered, so no one will miss the race. Six drivers make their first 2013 start: #51-Allmendinger (starts 23rd), #19-Bliss (35th), #30-Stremme (37th), #33-Cassill (38th), #44-Riggs (39th) and #32-Schrader (42nd).
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order, qualifying rules on the Phoenix Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(3-1-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #55-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 9th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 with a lap of 26.073 seconds, 138.074 mph.
    This is his 56th pole in 856 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his third pole in 33 races at Phoenix International Raceway. His last Phoenix pole came in last year's spring race.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2013 and his 10th in 18 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second in two races this season.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-1-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013 at 6:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 6:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 9:30pm/et and 12:00midnight/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #32-Schrader.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #83-Reutimann.
    Fastest in Friday practice, #20-Kenseth, is scheduled to qualify 33rd.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Daytona Qualifying Page.(3-1-2013)

  • Friday Practice: for the Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest, notes and more:
    #20-Kenseth 137.023
    #18-Busch 136.976
    #55-Martin 136.872
    #11-Hamlin 136.846
    #99-Edwards 136.841
    slowest: #32-Schrader 130.293 & #95-Speed 132.665
    notes; #93-Kvapil slid up into the wall early in practice, no serious damage reported.
    See fastest laps, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Phoenix Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(3-1-2013)

  • UPDATED Entry List for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #19-Mike Bliss, #30-David Stremme [was the #26 at Daytona], #33-Landon Cassill, #44-Scott Riggs, #51-Allmendinger. Two teams that attempted the Daytona 500 #21-Bayne and #52-Brian Keselowski are not entered. #21-Bayne is scheduled to run next at Las Vegas. #44-Riggs would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional BUT the #98 team that finished 9th in the Daytona 500 is now listed as withdrawing from the event. So no cars/drivers will go home.
    UPDATE: the #98 Phil Parsons Racing Ford has withdrawn from the race, only 43 cars entered now, so all will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 47
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 42, -5
    3) Mark Martin, 41, -6
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 41, -6
    5) #39-Ryan Newman, 40, -7
    6) #16-Greg Biffle, 38, -9
    7) #10-Danica Patrick, 37, -10
    8) #98-Michael McDowell, 35, -12
    9) #36-J.J. Yeley, 34, -13
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 34, -13
    11) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 32, -15
    12) #43-Aric Almirola, 31, -16
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • 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 or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: and the #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion team will race chassis PRS-841 at Phoenix, a brand new chassis for 2013. The backup chassis is PRS-834, also a brand new chassis for 2013.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis and the #5 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Sunday's event at Phoenix. Kahne has not tested nor raced this car. Kahne most recently finished fourth at Phoenix in November 2012 and was one of three drivers to spend the entire extended 319-lap event running inside the top 15. He has one win, three top-five finishes and six top-10s in 17 Cup starts at the desert track. He has qualified inside the top 10 during the last four races at the one-mile Avondale, Ariz., oval.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports DeWalt team has prepared No. 838 for Phoenix. This is a new chassis that the team built in the off-season. Ambrose will make his 10th start at Phoenix in Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500. His best finish is an eighth-place finish in the fall of 2011 with the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports team. He also has four top-15 finishes at the track.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot chassis No. 10-776, a brand new chassis for the #10 Chevrolet Stewart-Haas Racing team.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-742 first turned its wheels on a racetrack in 2012 during a test session Sept. 4-5 at the Milwaukee Mile, which prepared Chassis No. 14-742 for its debut in the Sept. 23 Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire. There, the car qualified third and led 38 laps before finishing seventh. Chassis No. 14-742 returned to another relatively flat, 1-mile oval when it made its second career start in the penultimate race of the 2012 season at Phoenix. After qualifying ninth, a pit road miscue and a lap-282 spin conspired for a 19th-place finish. With a 2013 Chevrolet SS body honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-742 returns to Phoenix for its third career start. Stewart's last win at Phoenix came behind the wheel of a USAC Midget during the 2000 Copper World Classic.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis No. 733 raced at both Pocono races in 2012finishing sixth in June and eighth in August. It also started second and finished ninth at Dover in the fall. The backup chassis (No. 727) raced last season at Fontana, Darlington and both Michigan races.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 3M Novec Ford Fusion team will bring Primary Chassis RK-844 which will make its debut this weekend at Phoenix. The backup Chassis RK-807 first hit the track in 2012 at Martinsville, earning a 13th-place finish. Following that was an 11th-place run at Dover before finishing out 2012 with a 19th-place finish at Bristol. Biffle has 18 Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix, earning five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. While also leading for a total of 349 laps. He has an average finishing position of 13.7 from an average starting position of 14.2.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Best Buy Racing team will be using RK-832 for Phoenix and is a brand new chassis. The backup Chassis RK-801 raced various times in 2012 by the #99 team.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: and the #22 Pennzoil/Shell Ford team will race chassis PRS-839 at Phoenix, a brand new chassis for 2013. The backup chassis is PRS-836, also a brand new chassis for 2013.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 341 at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This #27 Serta/Menards Chevrolet SS previously ran last season during the fall race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, bringing home a 12th-place finish. Menard has 12 starts at Phoenix. His best start of seventh came in both 2009 and 2012 and his best finish of ninth came in both 2011 and 2012. Menard has completed 3,795 of 3,818 laps attempted (99.4 percent) at PIR.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable at Phoenix. This is the same Jimmy John's Chevrolet that Harvick drove to Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway last November. Sunday's 312-lap event will mark Harvick's 21st start at the one-mile tri-oval. Since 2001, Harvick has collected three victories (both events in 2006 and November 2011), six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. Harvick holds a 19th-place average starting position, coupled with a 12.8 average finishing position and has led 420 laps.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 392 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. This #31 Cheerios Chevrolet was utilized three times during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Kentucky Speedway in June and both Dover International Speedway races in June and September. Burton has 27 starts at PIR with two wins (2000 and 2001), seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. He has also led 222 laps at the one-mile facility.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-691: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-691, which debuted at Richmond International Speedway last September. There, Newman drove from his 14th-place starting spot to take the lead on lap 300, where he would stay for 13 laps before recording an eighth-place finish. The #39 team turned the chassis around and brought it to Martinsville Speedway in October, where Newman rallied from being two laps down and, in the final 120 laps, moved from 28th to finish 11th. With a new Chevrolet SS body for 2013, Chassis No. 39-691 visited the wind tunnel in preparation for its third career start Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Farmland team has prepared chassis No. 837 for Phoenix. This is a new chassis the team built in the off-season.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis Information: Johnson pilots a new chassis, No. 778, at Phoenix. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: will drive MWR chassis 714 at Phoenix and the backup will be chassis 732.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: will drive MWR chassis 731 at Phoenix, MWR chassis 723 will serve as the backup.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.:crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721 at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 21st-place finish at Phoenix in November. In 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Earnhardt has earned two wins, four top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He also has led 460 laps at the one-mile track. He scored his two wins there back-to-back, going to Victory Lane in November 2003 and November 2004 when Phoenix hosted one Cup event a season.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Subway team will roll out RK-802 for this weekend's 500. The chassis was last ran in Phoenix with Matt Kenseth on #17 team. They will use RK-790 as the backup, an all-around backup car for the team that was last seen on track in the 2012 spring race in Martinsville. The Subway Fresh Fit 500 will have a tag team sponsorship this weekend by also being the primary on the #99 Ford Fusion. This will mark Subway's fourth year with Carl Edwards and the #99 team.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(2-28-2013)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials:

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,175, Right-side -- 1,175;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 475, Right-side -- 475;

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

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4592; Right-side -- D-4594

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,222 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 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 both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this weekend . . . this is the first time either of these two tire codes have been raced . . . this tire set-up came out of a test at Phoenix last October 23-24 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the #1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, #2 Penske Racing Ford with Brad Keselowski, #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Tony Stewart, #27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and #99 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last year, this set-up features a compound change to both the left- and right-side tires to give the cars more grip . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.(Goodyear PR)

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