NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500(k)

TRACK: Jeff Gordon Raceway
(Phoenix International Raceway)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2015 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #9 of 10

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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

Title Sponsor: Quicken Loans

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:41pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, November 12
5:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, November 13
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, November 14
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 - 10:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE
12:30 - 1:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, November 15
6:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:30 PM NSCS RACE

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, November 13, 2:00 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
    Saturday, November 14, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 14, 2:30 - 3:20 am/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, November 13 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,202,126
2014: $5,143,199
2013: $5,120,188
2012: $5,068,620
2011: $4,957,233
2010: $4,998,285
2009: $5,136,375
2008: $5,096,896
2007: $4,998,497
2006: $4,952,924
2005: $4,870,213
2004: $4,844,100
2003: $4,436,424
2002: $3,881,518

TRACK 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
    Fuel Window: 85-90 laps
    Grandstand seating: 55,000 [was 76,812] Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Sprint Cup event was 1988)
    Last Repave: 2011

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: U.S. Senator John McCain
    Command to start engines: was to be U.S. Senator John McCain but due to the rain dealy, Cmd. Scott Pleus
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Marine Corps Vet & CEO of Hire Heroes USA, Brian Stann
    Color Guard: Luke Air Force Base
    Invocation: Chaplain and retired National Guard member Colonel Daniel Butler
    National Anthem: Pop singer/songwriter and actress JoJo
    Flyover: 2 F-35's, Luke Air Force Base (due to rain, the fly over was before race)

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

  • March 2015: see the Phoenix Race Info page

  • November 2014: see the Phoenix Race Info page

  • 2015 March Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 105.753mph, started 1st

  • 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

  • 2015 March Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 140.751mph, finished 1st

  • 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

  • Harvick going for a record at Phoenix: #4-Kevin Harvick will go for his fifth straight win at Phoenix International Raceway. With a visit to Victory Lane on Sunday, Harvick would join NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (Richmond, 7) and Darrell Waltrip (Bristol, 7; North Wilkesboro, 5) as the only drivers to win at least five consecutive races at a single track. Currently third on the Chase Grid, 10 points above the cutoff line, Harvick is trying to advance to the four-driver Championship Round race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to defend his 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. Harvick owns a track-record seven wins at Phoenix. He has the second-best average finish (11.0), driver rating (108.3), average running position (9.4) and average green flag speed (126.523 mph) at the Arizona oval.(NASCAR)(11-13-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Phoenix:
    #4-Kevin Harvick..............108.3
    #24-Jeff Gordon..............100.5
    #19-Carl Edwards..............98.7
    #41-Kurt Busch..............98.6
    #18-Kyle Busch..............96.6
    #11-Denny Hamlin..............95.0
    #2-Brad Keselowski..............94.0
    #31-Ryan Newman..............89.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth..............88.0
    #22-Joey Logano..............87.6
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 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)(11-10-2015)

  • Phoenix Track Notes & History - Thursday:
    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): Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet; Reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls; Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet, Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet; Implemented variable banking to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves, including 10-11 degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11 degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9 degree banking in Turn 4.
    (NASCAR)(11-12-2015)

  • Phoenix Pole Notes & Facts - Friday:
    Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole at Phoenix in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.).
    There have been 21 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.
    Five of the 38 (13.1%) 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), Carl Edwards (fall 2010) and Kevin Harvick (spring 2015).
    Eight of the 38 (21%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
    19 of the 38 (50%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
    19 of the 38 (50%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    3 of the 38 (7.8%) 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.
    Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather at Phoenix International Raceway.
    (NASCAR)(11-13-2015)

  • Phoenix Driver Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    200 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix; 144 in more than one.
    Mark Martin leads series in starts at Phoenix with 34; Jeff Gordon (second all-time) leads all active drivers with 33.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers at Phoenix in average starting position (10.788).
    There have been 23 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at Phoenix, eight have won more than once, led by Kevin Harvick, with seven - ('06 spring race and Chase race, '12 Chase race, '13 Chase race, '14 spring race and Chase race, '15 spring race).
    The eight drivers have won more than once at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with seven 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, swept 2014 and '15 spring race); Jimmie Johnson (fall 2007, swept 2008).
    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).
    Jamie McMurray leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 24.
    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 leads the series in top-10 finishes at Phoenix with 23, followed by Mark Martin with 21.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finishing position at Phoenix with a 7.833; he is the only active driver with an average finish inside the top 10.
    Three 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); Kevin Harvick (2014).
    Four perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006, November 2014 and earlier this season.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway.
    (NASCAR)(11-14-2015)

  • Phoenix Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
    Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with nine, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
    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.
    Of the 38 races at Phoenix five have ended with a Green-White-Checkered: 3/3/13 (312/316); 11/11/2012 (312/319); 4/10/10 (375/378); 11/9/08 (312/313); 11/7/04 (312/315)
    Only one of the 38 races at Phoenix have been shortened due to weather - 10/25/98 (312/257).
    (NASCAR)(11-15-2015)

  • 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

  • Earnhardt Jr. wins at Phoenix: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Quicken Loan's for Heroes 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) for his 3rd win of the season, 3rd win at Phoenix and 26th career win. Earnhardt Jr. led 22 of the 219 laps.
    The race was rain delayed for over six hours, getting the command to start engines at 9:00pm/et and taking the green flag at 9:27pm/et. During a late race caution on lap 195, it started raining again, just after NASCAR red flagged the event at 11:30pm/et on lap 219, the rain came down hard. With more rain in the forecast, NASCAR decided to call the race and made it official. It is only the second Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix in 39 races to be rain shortened and the first since October 25, 1998 when Rusty Wallace won a race shortened to 257 of 312 laps.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 12th time in 2015 and 43rd runner-up finish in his career) followed by #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #48-Johnson (pole winner), #24-Gordon, #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski and #43-Almirola.
    The four drivers advancing to the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE of The Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway are:
    #24-Jeff Gordon (4 Championships)
    #4-Kevin Harvick (1 Championship)
    #18-Kyle Busch (0 Championships)
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. (0 Championships)
    Four drivers failed to win or score enough points during the Eliminator Round(3) to advance to the Championship Race:
    #19-Carl Edwards
    #2-Brad Keselowski
    #41-Kurt Busch
    #22-Joey Logano
    There were 8 lead changes among 7 drivers and only 2 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 106.512mph.
    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). (11-15-2015)

  • Finishing positions of the 2015 Sprint Cup Chase drivers at Phoenix:
    [by points standings before the race (start pos)]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6th (11th)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 4th (10)
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd (8)
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 14th (5)
    5) #19-Carl Edwards, 12th (4)
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 9th (18)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 7th (2)
    8) #22-Joey Logano, 3rd (14)
    (11-15-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 28th Annual Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, his 26th victory in 576 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his third victory and 13th top-10 finish in 27 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 26 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 27th top-10 finish in 2015.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 14 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    The Championship 4 drivers, in order of seed, are #4-Kevin Harvick, #24-Jeff Gordon, #18-Kyle Busch and #78-Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-15-2015)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Eliminator Round:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36, Chase race 9 of 10]
    Top 4 advance to Championship race
    1) #4-Harvick [3 wins], 4123; 22 ahead of 5th
    2) #24-Gordon* [1], 4121
    3) #18-Busch[4], 4121 -2; 20 ahead of 5th
    4) #78-Truex, Jr.[1], 4106 -17; 5 ahead of 5th
    Bottom 4 fail to advance to Championship race
    5) #19-Edwards[2], 4101 -22; -5 out of 4th
    6) #2-Keselowski[1], 4093 -30; -13 out of 4th
    7) #41-Busch[2], 4085 -38; -21 out of 4th
    8) #22-Logano [6], 4054 - 69; -52 out of 4th
    The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    *Automatically advances to Championship round with a win in the Eliminator round.
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (11-15-2015)

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36, Chase race 9 of 10]
    1) #4-Harvick [3 wins], 5000
    2) #24-Gordon [1], 5000
    3) #18-Busch [4], 5000
    4) #78-Truex, Jr.[1], 5000
    5) #19-Edwards [2], 2334, -2666
    6) #22-Logano [6], 2319, -2681
    7) #88-Earnhardt Jr. [3], 2306, -2694
    8) #2-Keselowski [1], 2304, -2696
    9) #41-Busch [2], 4085 -38; -21 out of 4th
    10) #11-Hamlin [2]. 2293, -2707
    11) #31-Newman, 2286, -2714
    12) #48-Johnson [5], 2280, -2720
    13) #1-McMurray, 2264, -2736
    14) #27-Menard, 2239, -2761
    15) #20-Kenseth [5], 2197, -2803
    16) #15-Bowyer, 2174, -2826
    See the Unofficial Drivers Chase Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (11-15-2015)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick(C1), 1278
    2) #22-Joey Logano(EC), 1258, -20
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (EC), 1194, -84
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski(EC), 1174, -104
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr.(C4), 1132, -146
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson(EC), 1120, -158
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin(EC), 1083, -195
    8) #19-Carl Edwards(EC), 1074, -204
    9) #41-Kurt Busch(EC), 1072, -206
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon(C2), 1071, -207
    11) #31-Ryan Newman(EC), 1024, -254
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray(EC), 1021, -257
    13) #20-Matt Kenseth(EC), 1009, -269
    14) #27-Paul Menard(EC), 949, -329
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 937, -341
    16) #5-Kasey Kahne, 914, -364
    17) #15-Clint Bowyer(EC), 890, -388
    18) #16-Greg Biffle, 840, -438
    19) #42-Kyle Larson, 832, -446
    20) #18-Kyle Busch(C3), 820, -458
    21) #3-Austin Dillon, 802, -476
    22) #13-Casey Mears, 752, -526
    23) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 734, -544
    24) #10-Danica Patrick, 696, -582
    25) #9-Sam Hornish Jr. , 690, -588
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (11-15-2015)


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  • Race starts after 6+ hour rain delay: The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) was delayed due to rain and finally got underway just after 9:00pm/et. The track was close to being dry around 3:15pm/et then it started raining again. The Air Titans and track crew worked hard all day to get the track dry. The race was scheduled for a 2:41pm/et green flag. Pre-race ceremonies were held around 5:20pm/et, and the command to start engines was given by Cmd. Scott Pleus at 9:00pm/et. A competition caution is scheduled for lap 40. Race coverage switched to NBCSN as of 6:00pm/et as NBC had the Arizona at Seattle NFL game scheduled).

  • Rain Delay as of 8:55pm/et: The Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is being delayed due to on-and-off rain. The track was close to being dry around 3:15pm/et then it started raining again. As of 8:25pm/et, rain has stopped and the track is mostly dry, the issue is the apron, pit road and water seeping under the SAFER barriers. The Air Titans are still on the track. The race was scheduled for a 2:41pm/et green flag. Pre-race ceremonies were held around 5:20pm/et, all that is left is the command to start engines. Drivers are in their cars and things are getting close to starting engines as of 8:55pm/et. A competition caution is scheduled for lap 40. Race coverage has switched to NBCSN as of 6:00pm/et as NBC will air coverage of the NFL starting at 7pm/et (Arizona at Seattle).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #7-Bowman, 38th
    Caution 2: #19-Edwards, 12th
    (11-15-2015)

  • Phoenix Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, November 15: (eastern time)
    12:30:00 pm: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    2:00:00 pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    2:26:00 pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by Luke Air Force Base
    2:26:20 pm: Moment of Silence for Veterans & Invocation by Col. Daniel Butler, Chaplain, National Guard
    2:27:00 pm: National Anthem by Jo Jo, "Multi-Platinum Atlantic Records Recording Artist"
    2:28:30 pm: Fly-By (2) F-35's, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base (Turn 3 to Turn 1)
    2:33:30 pm: Command to Start Engines by Senator John McCain, Arizona
    2:41:00 pm.: Green Flag - Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

  • Race Coverage of the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBC at 2:30 pm/et; Countdown to Green Pre-Race show at 2:00pm/et; green flag approx. 2:41pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, November 16 at 2:00pm/et on NBCSN

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) have been made.
    Pole sitter #48-Johnson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #41-Busch took pit stall 16, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., who starts 3rd took the 33rd pit stall, the 3rd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #42-Larson, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-14-2015)

  • Phoenix Championship Clinch Scenarios:
    #24-Jeff Gordon has already clinched a spot in the Championship 4.
    Regardless of the finish of any other driver...
    #18-Kyle Busch will clinch with a finish of 3rd or better; 4th and at least one lap led; or 5th and most laps led.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will clinch with a finish of 2nd or better; 3rd and at least one lap led; or 4th and most laps led.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr., #19-Carl Edwards, #2-Brad Keselowski, #41-Kurt Busch and #22-Joey Logano only control their own destiny with a victory. Logano can ONLY make it to the Championship Round with a win at Phoenix.
    (NASCAR)(11-9-2015)

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • Happy Hour practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 140.029mph
    #48-Johnson 139.389
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 139.130
    #42-Larson 138.910
    #4-Harvick & #20-Jones 138.905
    The slowest Chase driver: #24-Gordon, who was 20th
    Slowest drivers: #62-Hill 130.923 and #98-Ryan Preece 133.294
    Most laps run: #1-McMurray & #4-Harvick, 56; #19-Edwards, 55
    10 consecutive lap average: #48-Johnson 138.553, out of 37 drivers.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Phoenix Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(11-14-2015)

  • Saturday first practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 139.627
    #19-Edwards 139.260
    #42-Larson 139.152
    #4-Harvick 139.147
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 139.028
    The slowest Chase driver: #24-Gordon, who was 18th
    Most laps run: #11-Hamlin, 69; #88-Earnhardt Jr., 54
    Slowest drivers: #62-Hill 131.162 and #98-Ryan Preece 133.323
    10 consecutive lap average: #41-Busch 138.834mph.
    notes: Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 2:30-3:20pm/et and be aired on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Phoenix Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(11-14-2015)

  • Johnson wins Phoenix pole: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light pole for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) with a TRACK RECORD speed of 143.158mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 3rd pole at Phoenix and 34th of his career. It is Johnson's first pole in 58 races, since winning the pole at Charlotte in May 2014. Johnson has won 14 races from the pole out of 33 previous poles.
    #41-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #19-Edwards, #78-Truex Jr., #42-Larson, #20-Jones, #4-Harvick, #5-Kahne, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon and #1-McMurray.
    Since 43 drivers were entered, all drivers made the race.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying, pole progression, qualifying order on Jayski.com's Phoenix Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(11-13-2015)

  • 2015 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers starting position at Phoenix:
    [listed by current driver points position]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 10th
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 8th
    4) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 5th
    5) #19-Carl Edwards, 4th
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 18th
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 2nd
    8) #22-Joey Logano, 14th
    (11-13-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 28th Annual Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 with a track qualifying record lap of 25.147 seconds, 143.158 mph. The previous record was set by Joey Logano in November 2014 (25.327 sec/142.141 mph).
    This is his 34th pole in 506 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 19th top-10 start in 2015. Johnson's last pole came in May 2014 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 58 races ago.
    This is his third pole in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #4-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 19th top-10 start of 2015 and his 17th in 26 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 12th in 35 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-13-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #41-Busch 142.982
    #42-Larson 142.264
    #48-Johnson 142.259
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 142.242
    #19-Edwards 142.236
    the rest of the top 12: 24 4 20 1 78 5 18;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 11 22 27 3 43 2 17 16 10 31 47 13
    (11-13-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #24-Gordon 141.731
    #11-Hamlin 141.509
    #41-Busch 141.482
    #42-Larson 141.465
    #18-Busch 141.237
    the rest of the top 24: 22 4 5 10 3 19 43 20 88 2 48 16 17 31 13 47 27 78 1;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 51 6 15 9 55 83 14 40 26 38 7 46 23 35 32 34 98 33 62
    Drivers who will miss the race: none, 43 entered.
    (11-13-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2015 at 6:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #6-Bayne.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #55-Ragan.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Phoenix Qualifying Page.(11-13-2015)

  • Friday Practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 141.827
    #42-Larson 141.783
    #41-Busch 141.571
    #19-Edwards 141.448
    #1-McMurray 141.315
    slowest Chase driver: #24-Gordon, 25th fastest
    10 consecutive lap average: #24-Gordon 136.389mph.
    slowest: #62-Hill 130.369 and #32-Gase 133.447
    notes: the track record is 142.141mph, set by Joey Logano last November.
    in the very unlikely event that qualifying is rained out (0% chance), this practice would set the starting order for the race. Qualifying is scheduled for 6:45pm/et on Friday and be televised on NBCSN and via radio on MRN and SiriusXM.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Phoenix Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(11-13-2015)

  • Entry List for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Jeff Gordon Raceway (Phoenix International Raceway) is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #32-Gase, #33-Ellis, #62-Hill, #98-Preece.
    Since only 43 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Phoenix Entry List

  • For the 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

  • Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings - Eliminator Round:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36, Chase race 8 of 10]
    1) #24-Gordon* [1 win], 4082
    2) #18-Busch[4], 4080 -2; +11 ahead of 5th
    3) #4-Harvick [3], 4079 -3; +10 ahead of 5th
    4) #78-Truex, Jr.[1], 4076 -6; +7 ahead of 5th
    Top 4 advance to Championship round
    5) #19-Edwards[2], 4069 -13; -7 out of 4th
    6) #2-Keselowski[1], 4057 -25; -19 out of 4th
    7) #41-Busch[2], 4048 -34; -26 out of 4th
    8) #22-Logano [6], 4013 - 69; -63 out of 4th
    The order is set by the points standings after the last round.
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc, with in that round of the Chase)
    *Automatically advances to Championship round with a win in the Eliminator round.
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-8-2015)

  • Unofficial Top 25 in 2015 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]
    (using current points system, but not the Chase rules, unofficial)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick (C3), 1234
    2) #22-Joey Logano (C8), 1217 -17
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (EC), 1147 -87
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski (C6), 1138 -96
    5) #78-Martin Truex Jr. (C4), 1102 -132
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson (EC), 1080 -154
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin (EC), 1047 -187
    8) #19-Carl Edwards (C5), 1042 -192
    9) #41-Kurt Busch (C7), 1035 -199
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon (C1), 1032 -202
    11) #20-Matt Kenseth (EC), 1009 -225
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray (EC), 992 -242
    13) #31-Ryan Newman (EC), 991 -243
    14) #27-Paul Menard (EC), 918 -316
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 903 -331
    16) #5-Kasey Kahne, 896 -338
    17) #15-Clint Bowyer (EC), 869 -365
    18) #16-Greg Biffle, 821 -413
    19) #42-Kyle Larson, 809 -425
    20) #18-Kyle Busch (C2), 779 -455
    21) #3-Austin Dillon, 778 -456
    22) #13-Casey Mears, 730 -504
    23) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 714 -520
    24) #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 687 -547
    25) #9-Sam Hornish, Jr., 677 -557
    (C# = chase driver and current Chase position)
    (EC = chase driver that has been eliminated from the Chase)
    (11-8-2015)

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  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
    So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

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;
    Camping World Truck: 5 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 all three NASCAR national series will run the same tire set-up at Phoenix this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Xfinity teams ran at this track in March . . . Goodyear reconfirmed this tire set-up at a tire test at Phoenix on October 12-13 . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski . . . for Camping World Truck teams, they ran this left-side tire code (D-4612) at Phoenix last year, but this is the first time running this right-side code (D-4626) . . . compared to what the trucks ran here last fall, this right-side tire features a construction change and a compound change to enhance grip and help rubber-in the track . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Sprit Of Innovation" will be in the air over Phoenix International Raceway this weekend . . . this airship is based out of Carson, Calif. . . . the "Spirit of Innovation" will provide air coverage for NBC Sports' broadcasts of both the Xfinity race on Saturday and Sprint Cup race on Sunday.

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