NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: The Profit on CNBC 500(k)

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #2 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, March 2, 2014 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: The Profit on CNBC

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

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


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    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.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,115,165
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/RACE NEWS

  • 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
    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

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    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

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Phoenix International Raceway
    ISC Motorsports
    Phoenix International Raceway - Facebook
    Phoenix International Raceway - Twitter
    PIR mobile app

  • 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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • 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
    (3-2-2014)

  • 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
    (3-2-2014)

  • 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
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    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 - 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


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • 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:
    #4-Harvick 136.960
    #42-Larson 136.596
    #39-Newman 136.508
    #41-Busch 136.503
    #24-Gordon 136.374
    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:
    #4-Harvick 137.757
    #1-McMurray 136.830
    #42-Larson 136.830
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 136.664
    #2-Keselowski 136.638
    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.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(2-28-2014)

  • 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
    #22-Logano 138.344
    #18-Busch 138.238
    #16-Biffle 137.910
    #3-Dillon 137.799
    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)


Local Newspapers

Arizona Family
Arizona.com
Arizona Republic
Easy Valley Tribune
Nevada Appeal


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
NASCAR WX(Weather)-Man
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and Travel Information

Laid Back Racing
Speed Eats
Track Stay


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • 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.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-864 - New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-853 - Last Raced: Texas 2013 (finished 3rd as #22 car)
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 430 in the Profit on CNBC 500 presented by Small Business Fueling America at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the same Chevrolet SS the Gil Martin-led team utilized at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2013, racing to Victory Lane.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-482 at Phoenix International Raceway in Sunday's The Profit on CNBC 500. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-482 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Sunday's race at Phoenix. Kahne drove this chassis three times toward the end of 2013. In September 2013, he raced this car to a 14th-place finish at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. He qualified second with it at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and most recently, Kahne drove this chassis to a second-place finish at Phoenix last November.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-823 was used for the first time in September 2013 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where Patrick started 21st and finished 27th. It was then used in November at Phoenix, where Patrick started 32nd and finished 33rd after a midrace accident not of her making caused her to finish 10 laps down.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-840: This is a brand new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack. It has, however, visited the wind tunnel numerous times.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Phoenix International Raceway. It is a new chassis. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis tested at Nashville and New Smyrna.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-876 will make its debut this weekend at Phoenix. Backup Chassis: RK-863 Last ran Kansas -
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-877 is a brand new chassis for the #17 team. The team tested at Nashville with this chassis earlier this season. The backup Chassis RK-815 last raced at Dover, where Stenhouse finished 17th. The #17 team also raced this chassis at Fontana and Darlington.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-866 - New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-858 - Last Raced: Kentucky 2013 (finished 4th)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: The Gustafson-led No. 24 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-816 at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday. The car last was raced in the penultimate event of 2013 when Gordon qualified fifth and led 49 laps en route to a 14th-place finish at Phoenix. In the only other race for this chassis, Gordon won his 73rd career pole and paced the field for 49 laps before crossing the finish line eighth at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September 2013.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 448 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is new to the RCR stable and will be utilized by the team for the very first time this weekend.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 441 in Sunday's 312-lap event at Phoenix International Speedway (PIR). It is brand new and will take to the track on Friday during the NSCS practice session.
    #33-Brian Scott: will pilot chassis No. 418 in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the same chassis Scott utilized in his Cup series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway last fall. This chassis has been raced six additional times with an 11th-place finish at Michigan International Speedway last June with Austin Dillon behind the wheel.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Blake Koch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson:
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 826 in Sunday's The Profit on CNBC 500k at Phoenix International Raceway, a former #39 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing. Chassis No. 826 started 17th and finished 10th last November in the Advocare 500k at Phoenix.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For the race in Phoenix, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-832. Johnson raced this car at Phoenix last November, when he started from the pole position and finished third. The backup car is Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-806, which Johnson raced last season at New Hampshire.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 799. Backup: 797. Neither chassis has raced.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #95-Michael McDowell: will pilot Chassis No. PRS-838 in The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America at Phoenix International Raceway. This is a new Ford Fusion to the Wally Rogers-led team, but it has previous history at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Chassis RK-874 is a new chassis. Backup Chassis: RK-831
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(2-27-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4612; Right-side -- D-4594

  • Tire Circumference
    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.


Race / Cup Odds

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Phoenix Preview by Micah Roberts
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Odds to win the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship
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Next Race: Daytona 500

Countdown to Race Time: 2/22/2015 ~1:20pm/et

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Daytona Beach, FL

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Sunday, February 15, 2015, 1:10pm/et
FOX, 1:00pm/et
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Saturday, February 21, 2015, TBA pm/et


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