NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Campingworld.com 500(k)

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #4 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 15, 2015 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: Camping World

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:45pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 12
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 13
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:15 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:50 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, March 14
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 15
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:30 PM NSCS RACE

Phoenix Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:30 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
2:54 p.m.: Official Welcome by: PIR President; Bryan Sperber
2:55 p.m.: Intro Honorary Race Official: Doug Ducey, Honorable Governor, U.S. State of Arizona
2:56 p.m.: Intro Honorary Race Official: Brigadier General Scott Pleus, Commander of 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB
2:56:30 p.m.: Intro Honorary Race Official: Jared Valdheer, Offensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals
2:57 p.m.: Intro Honorary Race Official: Ruben Pardo, Winner of Toyota 120, NASCAR Mexico Series Race
2:57:30 p.m.: Intro Honorary Pace Car Driver: Dan Henderson, Two-time US Olympian, Current UFC Mixed Martial Artist
2:58:30 p.m.: Intro Grand Marshal: Brad Woods, Camping World National Training Director
2:59 p.m.: Intro Honorary Starter: Mike Turner, Parts & Accessory Manager, Camping World of Avondale
2:59:30 p.m.: Intro Miss Sprint Cup: Julianna White
3:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions
3:30 p.m.: Presentation of Colors by: Luke Air Force Base
3:30:20 p.m.: Invocation by: PIR Chaplain; Ken Bowers
3:31 p.m.: National Anthem: Tori Kelly
3:38 p.m.: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Brad Woods, Camping World National Training Director
3:45 p.m.: Green Flag -- CampingWorld.com 500 (312 Laps, 312 Miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, March 13, 3:00 - 4:15 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, March 14, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 14, 2:30 - 3:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, March 13 at 7:50 pm/et, TV-FS2, re-air scheduled Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,107,970
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: Brad Woods, Camping World National Training Director
    Command to start engines: Brad Woods
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Mike Turner, Parts & Accessory Manager, Camping World of Avondale
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Olympian and current UFC star Dan Henderson
    Color Guard: Luke Air Force Base
    Invocation: PIR Chaplain; Ken Bowers
    National Anthem: Tori Kelly
    Flyover: none

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Phoenix International Raceway
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Pinterest
    Instagram
    YouTube
    PIR mobile app
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • February 2014: see the Phoenix Race Info page

  • November 2014: see the Phoenix Race Info page

  • 2014 March Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 109.229mph, started 13th

  • 2014 November Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 99.991mph, started 3rd

  • 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

  • 2014 March Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 139.384mph, finished 3rd

  • 2014 November Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 142.113mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 11/7/2014, 142.141mph (set in round 1 of qualifying)

  • 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........................ 114.0
    #4-Kevin Harvick............................ 106.2
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 100.5
    #19-Carl Edwards.............................. 99.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 96.6
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 96.4
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 91.5
    #16-Greg Biffle.................................. 90.1
    #31-Ryan Newman............................. 87.9
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 87.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Phoenix International Raceway. Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Phoenix Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    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
    (NASCAR)(3-12-2015)

  • Las Vegas Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.).
    There have been 20 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), 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.
    Four of the 37 (10.8%) 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 37 (18.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: four from the pole and three from second-place.
    18 of the 37 (48.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
    19 of the 37 (51.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    3 of the 37 (8.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    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.
    (NASCAR)(3-13-2015)

  • Phoenix Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    196 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix; 143 in more than one.
    Mark Martin leads series in starts at Phoenix with 34; Jeff Gordon (second all-time) leads all active drivers with 32.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finish at Phoenix with a 7.696; he is the only active driver with an average finish inside the top 10.
    Three perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006 and November 2014.
    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; followed by Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with 12 each.
    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).
    Jamie McMurray leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 23.
    Two drivers have won at Phoenix and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009); Dale Earnhardt (1990).
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway.
    (NASCAR)(3-14-2015)

  • Phoenix Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
    There have been 23 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at Phoenix, eight have won more than once, led by Kevin Harvick, with six - ('06 spring race and Chase race, '12 Chase race, '13 Chase race, '14 spring race and Chase race).
    The eight drivers have won more than once at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with six followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), 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).
    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) and (2013 Chase race and swept 2014); 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.
    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.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix was the (4/10/2010) race won by Ryan Newman with a MOV of 0.13 seconds.
    (NASCAR)(3-15-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Harvick wins at Phoenix: #4-Kevin Harvick won the campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 7th win at Phoenix and his 30th career win. Harvick is the first driver to finish in the top 2 seven consecutive times since NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty did it in 1975. He has five wins in the last ten races.
    #1-McMurray finished 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #5-Kahne, #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, and #42-Larson.
    Harvick dominated most of the race, leading 225 of the 312 laps. He continues to hold the Chase points lead, now 22 points over #22-Logano.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. cut a tire and wrecked just past halfway and finished 43rd.
    There were 8 lead changes among 4 drivers. There were 10 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 105.753mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-15-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    Kevin Harvick won the 11th Annual CampingWorld.com 500, his 30th victory in 506 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his seventh victory and 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Jamie McMurray (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 24 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
    Ryan Newman (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 26 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Jeb Burton (34th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 22 points over Joey Logano.
    Harvick is the first driver to win four straight races at a single track (Phoenix) since Jimmie Johnson won four straight at Charlotte from 2004 - 2005.
    Harvick is the first driver to finish in the top 2 seven consecutive times since NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty did it in 1975.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-15-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 4 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 182
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 160, -22
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 124, -58
    4) #78-Truex Jr., 155, -27
    5) #5-Kasey Kahne, 132, -50
    6) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 127, -55
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 126, -56
    8) #31-Ryan Newman, 123, -59
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 116, -66
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 113, -69
    11) #27-Paul Menard, 112, -70
    12) #13-Casey Mears, 111, -71
    13) #11-Denny Hamlin, 108, -74
    14) #43-Aric Almirola, 105, -77
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 101, -81
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 101, -81
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-15-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 2: none, no one on track a lap or more down
    Caution 3: #40-Cassill, 22nd
    Caution 4: #40-Cassill (2), 22nd
    Caution 5: #40-Cassill (3), 22nd
    Caution 6: #15-Bowyer,
    Caution 7: #35-Whitt, 25th
    Caution 8: #35-Whitt (2), 25th
    Caution 9: #35-Whitt (3), 25th
    Caution 10: #16-Biffle, 27th
    (3-15-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 3:00pm/et; green flag approx. 3:45pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, March 16 at 10:00am/et on FS1;
    Tuesday, March 17 at 3:00am/et on FS1;

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 2.
    #1-McMurray, who starts 3rd took the 16th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #5-Kahne, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-13-2015)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • New rules limits crew members on pit road at end of race: A new NASCAR postrace procedure for Sprint Cup teams could limit the possibility of a big postrace brawl breaking out, as one did at Texas Motor Speedway last November. NASCAR officials confirmed Saturday they will stop all cars on pit road following a race because NASCAR must collect the tapered spacer used to limit air flow through the engine. That piece is issued to teams on a weekly basis so that teams cannot alter it. With just a couple of crew members needed to remove the spacer, NASCAR has issued an edict that only two crew members per car will be allowed at each Cup car immediately after the race. That will keep pit road from getting too cluttered, officials say. With only two crew members at each car after a Cup race, that will limit the number of crew members from each team in a contained area. In the past, several crew members would surround the top-5 cars on pit road and the crews would surround the rest when they parked at their haulers postrace.(ESPN)(3-1-2015)

  • 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.

  • See Jayski's - 2015 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

  • Final practice for the campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 50 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #4-Harvick 136.555
    #20-Kenseth 136.302
    #41-Busch 136.291
    #22-Logano 136.111
    #1- McMurray 136.080
    Most laps run: #2-Keselowski 55, #5-Kahne 53
    slowest: #23-Yeley 131.839, #62-Gaughan 131.186
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Phoenix practice 3 speeds page (pdf).(3-14-2015)

  • First Saturday practice for the campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 55 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #41-Busch 136.768
    #2-Keselowski 136.379
    #4-Harvick 136.199
    #1-McMurray 136.101
    #5-Kahne 136.075
    Most laps run: #42-Larson & #18-Ragan 52, #1-McMurray 46
    slowest: #26-Burton 132.314 & #62-Gaughan 130.124
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Phoenix practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(3-14-2015)

  • Harvick wins Phoenix pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Campingworld.com 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with speed of 140.751mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 1st at Phoenix and 15th of his career.
    #22-Logano is on the outside pole followed by #1-McMurray, #20-Kenseth, #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edward, #41-Busch, #5-Kahne, #24-Gordon, #3-Dillon, and #42-Larson.
    Missing the race were: #44-Kvapil and #66-Berryhill.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results and more on Jayski.com's Phoenix Qualifying Page.(3-13-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 11th Annual CampingWorld.com 500 with a lap of 25.577 seconds, 140.751 mph.
    This is his 15th pole in 506 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2015 and his eighth in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Jamie McMurray (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his third in four races this season.
    Jeb Burton (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-13-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Campingworld.com 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 140.537
    #5-Kahne 140.411
    #22-Logano 140.329
    #20-Kenseth 140.040
    #19-Edwards 139.920
    the rest of the top 12: 1 2 31 41 42 24 3;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 18 17 78 88 14 55 16 48 27 47 10 13
    (3-13-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Campingworld.com 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
    #18-Ragan 138.878
    #31-Newman 138.734
    #5-Kahne 138.659
    #41-Busch 138.627
    #1-McMurray 138.584
    the rest of the top 24: 20 88 42 55 16 3 47 14 4 27 48 19 17 2 24 10 22 13 78;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 11 7 9 51 38 15 46 43 40 98 83 6 32 34 35 23 26 62 33 44
    Drivers who will miss the race: #44-Kvapil and #66-Berryhill.
    (3-13-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 7:50pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS2, 7:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #98-Wise.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #7-Bowman.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Phoenix Qualifying Page.(3-13-2015)

  • Friday practice for the campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 75 minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #22-Logano 138.771
    #5-Kahne 138.063
    #31-Newman 137.936
    #4-Harvick 137.836
    #78-Truex, Jr. 137.799
    Most laps run: #14-Stewart 29, #33-Kennedy 31
    slowest #46-Annett 130.833 & #33-Kennedy 130.369.
    notes: #88-Earnhardt, Jr. thinks the team will have to change a transmission before qualifying.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Phoenix practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(3-13-2015)

  • NASCAR adjusts track schedules for next three races:
    NASCAR officials have tweaked the opening day schedules for upcoming Spring Cup Series races at Las Vegas, Phoenix and Auto Club Speedway after delays in pre-qualifying inspection a week ago resulted in 13 teams failing to make it onto the track in time for qualifying. Friday's opening practice for Sprint Cup teams, originally scheduled to last 1 hour, 25 minutes, has been shortened by 10 minutes at all three tracks. Qualifying for the three events will now take place five minutes later than previously scheduled. Those changes provide an additional 15 minutes of time for teams to prepare their cars for inspection and for officials to complete the inspection process. The revised schedules, which also note that qualifying inspection now begins five minutes after the completion of Friday's practice, are for the three West Coast races. No adjustments have been made for races beyond the Auto Club event. Teams have 50 minutes after practice to present their cars for inspection, at which time all work on the entries must cease.(NASCAR.com)(3-5-2015)

  • Entry List for the Campingworld.com 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Bliss, #33-Alex Kennedy, #41-Busch, #44-Kvapil, #66-Tanner Berryhill, #83-DiBenedetto. #95-McDowell and #21-Blaney are not entered, which moves #14-Stewart to 36th in owners points. #30-Hornaday is listed as withdrawn.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #40-Cassill(46th), #66-Berryhill(47th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #44-Kvapil(2 attempts, 45th owners pts), #66-Berryhill(3/47)
    Withdrew: #29-Sorenson
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Phoenix Entry List

  • For the new group qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 134
    2) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 123, -11
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 91, -43
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 125, -9
    5) #78-Truex Jr., 118, -16
    6) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 100, -34
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 92, -42
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 87, -47
    9) #13-Casey Mears, 87, -47
    10) #20-Matt Kenseth, 85, -49
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 84, -50
    12) #31-Ryan Newman, 82, -52
    13) #27-Paul Menard, 82, -52
    14) #15-Clint Bowyer, 81, -53
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 80, -54
    16) #2-Brad Keselowski, 77, -57
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-8-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 Campingworld.com 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. In 2014, Dillon raced this Chevrolet SS to a 21st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in November, an eighth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October and a 15th-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August. He also utilized this Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway in June, where he ran in the top 10 for a majority of the event before making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps of the event, resulting in a 30th-place finish.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: Chassis Information: Chassis No. 4-841: Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-841 in the CampingWorld.com 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-841 served as an unused backup for 1
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-896 for Sunday's race at Phoenix. In 2014, Kahne raced the chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in September, where he finished 13th. He also drove it at Phoenix in November, where he finished 21st.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 808: Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 808 in the CampingWorld.com 500k. Formerly a No. 41 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Kurt Busch, Chassis No. 808 made its on-track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2014. That weekend, Busch started the event from the 15th position and raced as high as 11th before a late-race accident relegated him to a 36th -place finish.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-840: This car debuted last March at Phoenix International Raceway. It qualified 20th and was en route to a top-10 finish until an ill-timed caution with less than 65 laps remaining left it 16th. The car spent numerous hours in the wind tunnel in preparation for its second career start in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. There, it rallied from its 26th-place starting spot to finish 11th. Chassis No. 14-840 spent the remainder of the 2014 season as a backup at numerous venues, including last November's race at Phoenix. With new Chevrolet SS sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel this offseason, the car returns to Phoenix as the primary racecar, where it will make its third career start and second at Phoenix.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Phoenix. It raced last year at Phoenix (13th and 40th), California in March (16th), Richmond (43rd and 3rd) and Loudon in July (6th). Chassis No. 809 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis raced in 2014 at New Hampshire in September (14th), Kansas in May (23rd), Pocono in June (11th) as well as Pocono in August (4th).
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.: This car was last raced in Phoenix by Carl Edwards where he finished 15th. In the four times that this car was raced in 2014, it earned its best finish at Dover with an 11th -place finish.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-912 for this Sunday's 312-lap race. The chassis has been raced once with Gordon piloting it to a second-place finish at Phoenix in November of last year.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 485 for this weekend's 312-lap event at the one-mile track. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS will be utilized this weekend starting with practice on Friday at 3 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
    #31-Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 462 in Sunday's CampingWorld.com 500 at PIR. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is a brand new car and will take to the track for the first time on Friday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams practice and qualify at the one-mile, low-banked, tri-oval track.
    #32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis 755, which will serve as the primary car. This chassis previously ran at the fall Phoenix event in 2014 with Joey Gase finishing 33rd. Chassis 742 will serve as the backup car.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-906, which last saw action at Phoenix last November. The backup car is No. 48-749, which Johnson raced last March in Martinsville.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary: 803 - Vickers finished fourth at Texas in April, eighth in All-Star Race, 19th at Indy and 24th in Chicago. Backup: 802 - In 2014, Bowyer finished 23rd at Las Vegas, eighth in Texas, seventh in All-Star race and 39th in Chicago.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the No. 88 crew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-905 at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Phoenix in November.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

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

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4612; Right-side -- D-4626

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in (2,244 mm)

  • 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 Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire set-up at Phoenix this week . . . while this is the first time these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4626), they have run this left-side code (D-4612) at this track since November 2013 . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last year, this right-side tire features a compound change to enhance grip and help rubber-in the track, and a construction change to bring this track in line with what is run at Richmond . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Phoenix last October . . . drivers participating in that test were Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Michael McDowell . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.

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