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Race: Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Avondale, AZ
Title Sponsor: The Profit on CNBC
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:15pm/et
NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX - 2:30pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond
FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty & Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Thursday, March 6 at 8:00am/et on FoxSports2 (FS2)
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Thursday, February 27
4:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, February 28
6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:30 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:40 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Saturday, March 1
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 - 9:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:00 - 12:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
4:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
Sunday, March 2
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
Friday, February 28, 2:00 - 3:30pm/et, TV-FS1
Saturday, March 1, 11:00 - 11:55 am/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 1, 2:00 - 2:50 pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: groups for positions 1-36, Friday, February 28 at 6:35pm/et, TV-FS1, no re-air scheduled.
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
Front stretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
Back stretch: 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
Grand Marshal: Marcus Lemonis, of CNBC's 'The Profit,'
Command to start engines: Marcus Lemonis
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Marcus Lemonis
Honor Guard: Luke AFB Color Guard
Invocation: Ken Bowers, PIR Chaplain
National Anthem: trumpet soloist Jesse Maguire
Honorary pace car driver: UFC fighter / FOX Sports analyst Chael Sonnen
Flyover: KC Flight Team
March 2013: see the Phoenix Race Info page
November 2013: see the Phoenix Race Info page
2013 March Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 105.187mph, started 15th
2013 November Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 105.733mph, started 9th
Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph
Slowest Race Record: Alan 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
2013 March Pole Sitter: #55-Mark Martin, 138.074mph, finished 21st
2013 November Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 139.222mph, finished 3rd
Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 11/8/2013, 139.222mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 54 years, 1 month, 23 days, 3/1/2013
Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Phoenix:
#48-Jimmie Johnson....................... 116.7
#4-Kevin Harvick........................... 101.3
#99-Carl Edwards............................ 100.0
#24-Jeff Gordon................................ 99.4
#14-Tony Stewart.............................. 99.2
#11-Denny Hamlin............................. 98.2
#41-Kurt Busch................................. 98.0
#18-Kyle Busch................................. 97.4
#16-Greg Biffle................................. 91.6
#31-Ryan Newman............................ 87.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Phoenix International Raceway.
Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)(2-25-2014)
Phoenix Notes and Facts:
· 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 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
· 186 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix; 138 in more than one.
· Mark Martin leads series in starts at Phoenix with 34; followed by Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte with 30 each.
· Geoff Bodine won the first pole in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.).
· There have been 19 different Coors Light 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 the spring of 2007. Edwards won the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.
· Denny Hamlin (November, 2005) and AJ Allmendinger (April, 2010) won their first career Coors Light poles at Phoenix International Raceway.
· There have been 23 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at Phoenix, eight have won more than once, led by Jimmie Johnson, with four - ('07 Chase race, '08 spring race and Chase race, '09 Chase race).
· The eight drivers who have won more than once at Phoenix: Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick lead the series in wins (four each), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two) and Mark Martin (two).
· Of the eight 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).
· Four of the 35 (11.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the Coors Light pole: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009) and Carl Edwards (fall 2010).
· Seven of the 35 (20%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: four from the pole and three from second-place.
· 17 of the 35 (48.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finishes at Phoenix with a 6.3; he is the only active driver with an average finish inside the top 10.
· 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.
· 18 of the 35 (51.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
· 3 of the 35 (8.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
· 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 seven.
· 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.
· Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Phoenix with five; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart with three each.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 14.
· Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first NASCAR Sprint Cup career win at Phoenix International Raceway.
· 21 of the 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup 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).
· Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix was the April 10, 2010 race won by Ryan Newman with a MOV of 0.13 seconds.(NASCAR)(2-25-2014)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Phoenix International Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Harvick wins at Phoenix: #4-Kevin Harvick won The Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of 2014, his 5th at Phoenix and his 24th career win. He dominated much of the race, leading 224 of the 312 laps.
Daytona 500 winner #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd followed by pole sitter #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, #31-Newman, #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, and #1-McMurray.
The top rookie of the race was #42-Larson, who finished 20th.
Earnhardt, Jr. continues to hold the points lead, 6 points ahead of Keselowski.
There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and there were 8 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 109.229mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Phoenix Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Phoenix Penalty Report (pdf).(3-2-2014)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report (pdf)
Race Fast Facts - Phoenix:
Kevin Harvick won the 10th Annual The Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America, his 24th victory in 468 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his fourth race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in which he led more than 200 laps; he led a race-high 224 laps.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his fifth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 23 races at Phoenix International Raceway. His five victories at Phoenix International Raceway leads all drivers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 24 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2014.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the point standings by 6 points over Brad Keselowski.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-2-2014)
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Phoenix, race 2 of 36]
1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 90
2) #2-Brad Keselowski, 84, -6
3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 80, -10
4) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 79, -11
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 78, -12
6) #22-Joey Logano, 75, -15
7) #20-Matt Kenseth, 70, -20
8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 68, -22
9) #99-Carl Edwards, 65, -25
10) #16-Greg Biffle, 64, -26
11) #13-Casey Mears, 64, -26
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 64, -26
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Phoenix Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-2-2014)
Phoenix Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#42-Larson, finished 20th, 11 rookie points
#3-Dillon, 24th, 10
#26-Whitt, 27th, 9
#51-Allgaier, 30th, 8
#7-Annett, 34th, 7
#83-Truex, 35th, 6
#23-Bowman, 41st, 5
#30-Kligerman, 42nd, 4
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #33-Scott, 32nd
Caution 2: #55-Vickers, 25th
Caution 3: #15-Bowyer, 13th
Caution 4: #5-Kahne, 11th
Caution 5: #99-Edwards, 8th
Caution 6: #13-Mears, 14th
Caution 7: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 18th
Caution 8: #42-Larson, 20th
Competition caution: Due to overnight rains, NASCAR will throw at competition caution on lap 35 today.(3-2-2014)
Race Coverage of the The Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx. 3:15pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Thursday, March 6 at 8:00pm/et on FoxSports2
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the The Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway have been made.
Pole sitter #2-Brad Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 16, with an opening in front of it.
#1-McMurray, who starts 3rd took the 33rd pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Larson, who starts 8th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-1-2014)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
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 - 2014 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 and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race
Final practice: for The Profit on CNBC 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 50 scheduled minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
slowest: #66-Nemechek 133.146 & #36-Sorenson 131.492
41 of 43 cars practiced. No speed: #35-Koch & #87-Shepherd.
Notes: #36-Sorenson spun early, after contact from #9-Ambrose, but only suffered minor damage to the car.
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages on the Phoenix Practice 3 speeds page.(3-1-2014)
First Saturday practice: for The Profit on CNBC 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 48 minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 136.664
slowest: #87-Nemechek 131.728 & #51-Allgaier 128.265
42 of 43 cars have practiced. No speed: #66-Nemechek.
Notes: The session started a few minutes late after NASCAR finished drying the track after morning showers. Joe Nemechek was in the #87, rather than Shepherd, during the session.
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages on the Phoenix Practice 2 speeds page.(3-1-2014)
Weather expected to be an issue Saturday: A weather system moving into Arizona is expected to cause problems with on track activities Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway. According to the National Weather Service the forecast calls for:
Saturday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 69. Breezy, with a southwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: A 40% chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.
Sunday: A 20% chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
See more weather info at the Weather Channel and find more weather links on the Phoenix Race page - weather section.(3-1-2014)
Keselowski wins Phoenix pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the pole for the Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with speed of 139.384mph (a new track record) for his 1st pole of 2014, 1st at Phoenix and 4th of his career.
Penske teammate #22-Logano is on the outside pole. #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt Jr, #16-Biffle, #42-Larson, #18-Busch, #43-Almirola, #41-Busch, #5-Kahne and #11-Hamlin round out the top 12. Those 12 drivers had the fastest speeds during the opening 30 minute group qualifying session and moved on to the final 10 minute session. #22-Logano had the fastest speed during the first session. The new qualifying format this season will use two qualifying sessions on tracks less than 1.25 miles.
#51-Justin Allgaier crashed just 2 minutes into the opening session. He backed the car into the turn 4 wall. The team will have to go to a backup.
Missing the race were: #98-Josh Wise, #40-Landon Cassill and #77-Dave Blaney.
See the full starting lineup,qualifying results & order on the Phoenix Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(2-28-2014)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 10th Annual The Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America with a lap of 25.828 seconds, 139.384 mph.
His qualifying speed is a track record, beating Jimmie Johnson's qualifying lap of 139.222 mph from Nov. 2013. His teammate Joey Logano (139.265 mph) also surpassed the old track record.
This is his fourth pole in 163 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2014.
This is his first pole in ten races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2014 and his sixth in 11 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Jamie McMurray (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first in two races this season. Kyle Larson (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Coverage of Group Qualifying for the The Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:35pm/et.
Television (TV): FoxSports1 (FS1), 6:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none
Friday practice: for The Profit on CNBC 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 90 minutes. The top 5, slowest, and notes:
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 138.723
slowest: #66-Nemechek 134.013 & #87-Shepherd 130.890
All 46 cars have practiced.
Notes: With rain in the forecast for tomorrow, many teams worked on race setups. #41-Busch make light contact with the outside wall late in the session but the car suffered only minor cosmetic damage.
See the speeds, laps run, 10-lap averages on the Phoenix Practice 1 speeds page.(2-28-2014)
For the new 2014 group qualifying rules and starting procedures, see the Qualifying Rules page
Qualifying Order for the The Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. This is the order drivers can go through inspection and can go off pit road for the first session of group qualifying.
The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #98-Wise.
The final driver scheduled to go out is #51-Allgaier.
Fastest in Friday practice, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., is scheduled to go out 10th.
Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
See the full qualifying order on the Phoenix Qualifying Page.(2-28-2014)
Weather could be an issue at Phoenix UPDATE: A weather system moving into Arizona could cause problems with on track activities this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The chance for showers increases late this afternoon with a 100% chance of rain overnight and a 70% chance on Saturday. The forecast for Sunday improves as the system moves out of the area. See more information at the Weather Channel and find more weather links on the Phoenix Race page - weather section.
UPDATE: The front is moving more slowly than was expected this morning. It's looking more like Sprint Cup teams should be able to get qualifying in this evening.(2-28-2014)
Entry List for the The Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Travis, #33-Scott, #66-Nemechek, #87-Shepherd, #95-McDowell.
With 46 cars entered, 3 drivers will miss the race. Three teams that attempted to make the Daytona 500 are not entered: #21-Bayne, #52-Labonte and #93-Shepherd. #41-Busch has no owners points (until the 4th race), so he must qualify on speed or he could use a past champions provisional as long as #14-Stewart or #2-Keselowski do not need to use it. Two drivers must qualify via speed and do not have a provisional available: #26-Whitt and #77-Blaney.
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
2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
1) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 48
2) #11-Denny Hamlin, 43, -5
3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 42, -6
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 40, -8
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 40, -8
6) #20-Matt Kenseth, 38, -10
7) #17-Ricky Stenhouse. Jr., 37, -11
8) #16-Greg Biffle, 37, -11
9) #3-Austin Dillon, 36, -12
10) #13-Casey Mears, 34, -14
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf)
Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the The Profit on CNBC 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway:#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4612; Right-side -- D-4594
Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 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 week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR teams ran at this track last November . . . this left-side tire code (D-4612) was introduced at Phoenix in November, while this right-side code (D-4594) debuted at the track last March . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West: Goodyear will also provide tires for the K&N race at Phoenix this week . . . the tire codes will be D-2931 on the left-side and D-2934 on the right-side . . . Phoenix is the only track at which West teams will run these tire codes . . . Goodyear will bring 220 tires per side for this event . . . teams are allowed three sets of tires for this event -- two sets for practice and one set for qualifying and the race.
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)
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