NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Good Sam 500(k)

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #4 of 36 for the 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 13, 2016 in Avondale, AZ

Title Sponsor: Good Sam

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:44pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 2:00pm/et on FoxSports1

  • Television Pre-Race Coverage: FOX, 3:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon

  • Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum

  • In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds

  • Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers

  • Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, March 14 at 2:30am/et on FS1;
    Monday, March 14 at 8:30am/et on FS1;
    Monday, March 14 at 8:00pm/et on FS1

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 10
5:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 11
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
10:30 - 11:55 AM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM (6:45 PM/ET) NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, March 12
6:30 AM - 2:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:00 - 11:50 AM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 13
6:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (3:30 PM) NSCS RACE

Phoenix Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
3:30pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Luke AFB
3:30pm: Invocation by: PIR Chaplain Ken Bowers
3:31pm: National Anthem: Jordan Fisher, Actor and Hollywood Records recording artist
3:32pm: Fly-over: Two F-35s from Luke Air Force Base (Turn 4 to Turn 1)
3:38pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Mark Boggess, Good Sam Chief Operating Officer
3:45 p.m.: Green Flag , Good Sam 500(k) (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM)

NSCS = NASCAR 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 11, 12:30 - 1:55 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, March 12, 10:30 - 11:25 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 12, 1:00 - 1:50 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 11 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-FS2, re-air scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at 9:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer being reported / posted

TRACK NEWS & LINKS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
    Banking (variable): 10-11 in Turns 1-2
    10-11 in Backstretch Dogleg
    8-9 in Turns 3-4
    3 on the frontstretch
    9 on the backstretch
    Front stretch: Length: 1,179 feet
    Back stretch: Length: 1,551 feet
    Pit Road: Length: 1,140
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Fuel Window: 85-90 laps
    Grandstand seating: 51,000 with 45 suites [was 55,000 and 76,812]
    Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Sprint Cup event was 1988)
    Last Repave: 2011

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: Mark Boggess, Good Sam Chief Operating Officer
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: UFC Champion Dominick Cruz
    Color Guard: Luke AFB
    Invocation: PIR Chaplain Ken Bowers
    National Anthem: Jordan Fisher
    Flyover: Two F-35s from Luke Air Force Base

  • 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 2015: see the Phoenix Race Info page

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

  • 2015 November Winner: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 106.512mph, 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

  • 2015 November Pole Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 143.158mph, finished 5th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 11/15/2015, 143.158mph

  • 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

  • Phoenix Track Notes & 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): 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)

  • Phoenix Pole Notes & Facts:
    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.
    Casey Atwood (October 2001), Denny Hamlin (November, 2005) and AJ Allmendinger (April, 2010) won their first career NSCS poles at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Five of the 39 (12.8%) 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), Carl Edwards (fall 2010) and Kevin Harvick (spring 2015).
    Eight of the 39 (20.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
    20 of the 39 (51.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
    19 of the 39 (48.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
    3 of the 39 (7.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather at Phoenix International Raceway.
    (NASCAR)

  • Phoenix Driver Notes & Facts:
    203 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix; 148 in more than one.
    Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead series in starts at Phoenix with 34 each; Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with 27.
    Rusty Wallace leads the series at Phoenix in average starting position (8.053). Kasey Kahne leads all active drivers with a 11.565.
    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 that 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).
    Matt Kenseth won the 2002 race from the 28th-place starting position, the furthest back an active race winner has started.
    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 25.
    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 15; followed by Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with 12 each.
    Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Phoenix with 24, followed by Mark Martin with 21. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 19.
    Alan Kulwicki leads the series in average finishing position at Phoenix with a 5.200. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with a 7.720; he is the only active driver with an average finish inside the top 10.
    Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway.
    (NASCAR)

  • Phoenix Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 39 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 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
    Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the NSCS at Phoenix was the (4/10/2010) race won by Ryan Newman with a MOV of 0.130 seconds.
    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 March 2015.
    Of the 39 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 two of the 39 races at Phoenix have been shortened due to weather - 10/25/98 (Scheduled 312 / Completed 257); 11/15/2015 (Scheduled 312 / Completed 219)
    (NASCAR)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Phoenix:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 112.6
    #4-Kevin Harvick, 109.9
    #19-Carl Edwards, 99.2
    #41-Kurt Busch, 98.4
    #18-Kyle Busch, 97.3
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 95.1
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 93.8
    #22-Joey Logano, 89.9
    #31-Ryan Newman, 88.6
    #42-Kyle Larson, 88.3
    Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2015 races (22 total) at Phoenix (active drivers only).
    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)

  • 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 Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 8th win in at Phoenix and 32nd career win. Harvick led 139 of the 312 laps. He has now led more than 100 laps in the last 5 races at Phoenix.
    After a late caution, the race restarted with "NASCAR Overtime" and Harvick held off #19-Edwards, beating him to the finish line by .01 second, the closest finish ever at Phoenix.
    #11-Hamlin finished 3rd, followed by #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, and #21-Blaney.
    There were 7 lead changes among 4 drivers and 5 cautions for 30 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 113.212mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (3-13-2016)

  • Closest Sprint Cup Race Finishes:
    Margin Winner Runner-up Track Date
    .002 Ricky Craven, Kurt Busch, Darlington, March 16, 2003
    .002 Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Talladega, April 7, 2011
    .005 Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Daytona, July 7, 2007
    .005 Dale Earnhardt, Ernie Irvan, Talladega, July 25, 1993
    .006 Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Atlanta, March 11, 2001
    .008 Jimmy Spencer, Ernie Irvan, Daytona, July 2, 1994
    .010 Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Phoenix, March 13, 2016
    .010 Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Daytona 500, February 21, 2016
    .010 Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Atlanta, March 12, 2000
    .010 Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Rockingham, February 22, 2004
    .011 Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Talladega, April 25, 2010
    .017 Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Homestead, November 20. 2005
    .018 Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Talladega, October 23, 2011
    .020 Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin, Daytona 500, February 18, 2007
    (points races only - since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993)(3-14-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    Kevin Harvick won the 12th Annual Good Sam 500, his 32nd victory in 542 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his eighth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 27 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 24 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2016.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 22 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Chase Elliott (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 0 points over Kyle Busch.
    Today's margin of victory (0.010 sec.) is now the closest MOV in series history at Phoenix International Raceway. Previous record was 0.13 sec. in 2010 (won by Ryan Newman over Jeff Gordon).
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-13-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 4 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [1 win], 154
    2) #18-Busch, 154
    3) #48-Johnson [1 win], 140, -14
    4) #41-Kurt Busch, 137, -17
    5) #19-Edwards, 136, -18
    6) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 131, -23
    7) #22-Logano, 127, -27
    8) #3-Dillon, 122, -32
    9) #78-Truex, Jr., 117, -37
    10) #88-Earnhrdt, Jr., 115, -39
    11) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 110, -44
    12) #21-Blaney, 104, -50
    13) #43-Almirola, 100, -54
    14) #5-Kahne, 96, -58
    15) #1-McMurray, 94, -60
    16) #20-Kenseth, 90, -64
    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).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #6-Bayne, 23rd
    Caution 2: #16-Biffle, 21st
    Caution 3: #83-DiBenedetto, 20th
    Caution 4: #83-DiBenedetto (2), 20th
    Caution 5: #47-Allmendinger, 17th
    (3-13-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, March 13, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 3:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 3:44pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, March 14 at 2:30am/et, 8:30am/et & 8:00pm/et on FS1

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #18-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #19-Edwards took pit stall 33, just before the start-finish line.
    #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 41st pit stall, which is the last pit stall in use at Phoenix.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-12-2016)

  • 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
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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 Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 136.317
    #41-Busch 136.173
    #18-Busch 136.096
    #24-Elliott 136.044
    #3-Dillon 135.947
    slowest: #46-Annett 131.353 & #30-Wise 131.210.
    All 39 cars have been on track during practice.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Phoenix Practice 3 speed page (pdf).(3-12-2016)

  • First Saturday practice: for the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 137.436
    #4-Harvick 136.685
    #19-Edwards 136.493
    #78-Truex, Jr. 136.389
    #24-Elliott 136.379
    slowest: #30-Wise 132.033 & #32-Gase 130.957.
    All 39 cars were on track during practice.
    NOTE: #46-Annett hit the wall during practice and will have to go to a backup car. Final practice is today at 1:00pm/et on FS1.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Phoenix Practice 2 speed page (pdf).(3-12-2016)

  • Kyle Busch wins Phoenix pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with speed of 138.387mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 3rd at Phoenix and 18th of his career. Busch has won 3 race from the pole out of 17 previous poles.
    #19-Edwards is on the outside pole followed by #11-Hamlin, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #42-Larson, #78-Truex, Jr., #22-Logano, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #1-McMurray, and #21-Blaney.
    #5-Kahne & #48-Johnson will both have to start at the rear for the race. #5-Kahne's team had to change an engine after trouble in the first round of qualifying. #48-Johnson hit the wall during the final round and will have to go to a backup car.
    #41-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 137.536mph. #11-Hamlin topped the second round at 138.042mph.
    Only 39 cars were entered so everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Phoenix qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Phoenix Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-11-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 12th Annual Good Sam 500 with a lap of 26.014 seconds, 138.387 mph.
    This is his 18th pole in 394 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his third pole in 22 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2016 and his 11th in 24 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second in four races this season.
    Ryan Blaney (12th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-11-2016)

  • Friday practice: for the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #41-Busch 138.846
    #11-Hamlin 138.467
    #22-Logano 138.254
    #78-Truex, Jr. 138.132
    #4-Harvick 138.074
    slowest: #98-Whitt 132.675 & #32-Gase 131.234.
    All 38 cars were on track during practice.
    NOTE: Qualifying is today at 6:45pm/et on FoxSports2.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Phoenix Practice 1 speed page (pdf).(3-11-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, March 11, 2016 at 6:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS2, 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 12 at 9:00am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted. 39 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #46-Annett.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #2-Keselowski.
    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 Order Page (pdf).(3-11-2016)

  • Entry List for the Good Sam 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #14-Dillon, #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Joey Gase, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #98-Whitt
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts, then owners pts): none
    Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Phoenix Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Las Vegas, race 3 of 36]
    1) #18-Busch, 115
    2) #48-Johnson [1 win], 108, -7
    3) #4-Harvick, 109, -7
    4) #22-Logano, 104, -11
    5) #41-Kurt Busch, 103, -12
    6) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 97, -18
    7) #19-Edwards, 96, -19
    8) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 92, -23
    9) #78-Truex, Jr., 90, -25
    10) #3-Dillon, 89, -26
    11) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 79, -36
    12) #88-Earnhrdt, Jr., 78, -37
    13) #5-Kahne, 77, -38
    14) #21-Blaney, 73, -42
    15) #43-Almirola, 72, -43
    16) #1-McMurray, 69, -46
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

Arizona Republic

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Arizona.com

Easy Valley Tribune

Nevada Appeal

WEATHER

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice and qualifying and 9 sets for the race
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4664; Right-side -- D-4666

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 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: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams will run the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Phoenix this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last season, both left- and right-side tires feature the same constructions with different compounds to give the cars more grip . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Phoenix last October 12-13, which included work on the 2016 rules package . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Phoenix.

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