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Race: Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Avondale, AZ
Title Sponsor: Subway
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:14pm/et
NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 2:30pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:00pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, March 2 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Times are local to the Track
Friday, February 25th
9:00 - 10:50 am NCWTS Final Practice
11:00 am - 12:20 pm NNS Practice
12:30 - 1:50 pm NSCS Practice
2:00 - 2:55 pm NNS Final Practice
3:05 pm NCWTS Qualifying
4:00 - 5:25 pm NSCS Final Practice
6:00 pm NCWTS Race Lucas Oil 150
Saturday, February 26th
12:05 pm NNS Qualifying
1:40 pm NSCS Qualifying
3:30 pm NNS Race Bashas' Supermarkets 200
Sunday, February 27th
1:00 pm NSCS Race Subway Fresh Fit 500(k)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
Frontstretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: 9 degrees
Pit Road: Length: 1,140
Grandstand seating: 55,000 [was 76,812]
Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Sprint Cup event was 1988)
November 2010: 75,000
April 2010: 70,000
November 2009: 90,000
April 2009: 80,000
November 2008: 100,000
April 2008: 100,000 November 2007: 105,000
April 2007: 105,000 (as reported on NASCAR Race Results pages)
Grand Marshal: Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno
Command to start engines: Apolo Anton Ohno
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Invocation: Ken Bowers
National Anthem: Actress/Singer Emmy Rossum
Military Flyover: F-16s, 62nd Fighters squardron, Luke Air Force Base
November 2010: see my Phoenix Race Info page
April 2010: see my Phoenix Race Info page
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Phoenix International Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page
2010 April Pole Sitter: #43-A.J. Allmendinger, 134.675mph, finished 15th
2010 November Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 136.389mph, finished 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Carl Edwards, 11/12/2010, 136.389mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009
Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006
2010 April Race Winner: #39-Ryan Newman, 99.372mph, started 14th
2010 November Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 110.758mph, finished 1st
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
At Phoenix International Raceway:
* 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.
* There have been 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
* Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole in 1988.
* There have been 18 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.
* Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to win consecutive poles. Newman won three straight (2002-04), while Gordon won the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007.
* There have been 21 different race winners, led by Jimmie Johnson, with four.
* The race has been won from the pole four times: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009) and Carl Edwards (fall 2010).
* The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in 15 of 29 events.
* Denny Hamlin won his first career pole at Phoenix in November 2005. AJ Allmendinger won his first career pole there last April.
* Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
* Mark Martin has 12 top-five finishes, more than any other driver. Martin (8.6 average finish) is one of two active drivers who averaged a top-10 finish. Jimmie Johnson (4.9).
* Two perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix. Kurt Busch did it with his win in April of 2005, and Kevin Harvick did it in November of 2006.
* There have been 34 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Arizona.
* 30 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Arizona.
* There have been no race winners from Arizona in NASCAR's three national series.(NASCAR)(2-21-2011)
For more track records, past starting spots that have won and more on Jayski's Phoenix International Raceway Track News/Stats/Links page
Friday, February 25, 2:30 - 3:50pm/et, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, February 25, 6:00 - 7:25pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying Draw: Qualifying order is now set by the last practice speeds
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, February 26 at 3:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.
Gordon wins at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his first win in 66 races [his last points win was at Texas Motor Speedway in April 2009] and 83rd win of his career [which ties him with Cale Yarborough for 5th in all time in wins]. He led the most laps on the day, passed #18-Kyle Busch with 8 laps to go, and pulled away to win by more than a second. Busch held onto finish 2nd, followed by #48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, #39-Newman, #4-Kahne, #14-Stewart, #22-Busch, #43-Allmendinger, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
Pole sitter #99-Edwards was involved in accident on lap 59 and finished 28th. There was a big wreck involving 13 cars on lap 67, causing the race to be red flagged for 14 minutes for track cleanup.
There were 28 lead changes among 12 leaders with 8 cautions for 43 laps.
See race results, awards and more on the Phoenix Race Results page.
For points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page and the Owners Points Standings page. (2-27-2011)
Phoenix News & Notes:
" Jeff Gordon won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. It was his 83rd Cup series win in 619 starts, tying Cale Yarborough for fifth all time.
" Gordon won for the first time since Texas in April 2009, 66 starts between -- the longest winless streak of his career. He finished second eight times between those wins.
" Gordon became the fourth driver to end a winless streak of 66 races or more in the past five races at Phoenix. The other three: Mark Martin in April 2009 (ended a 97-race winless streak), Ryan Newman in April 2010 (ending a 77-race winless streak), Carl Edwards in November 2010 (ended a 70-race winless streak).
" Gordon had won only one of his previous 114 starts entering Sunday's race. It was his second Phoenix win in 25 starts. He has only two top-10 finishes in his previous eight starts.
" Alan Gustafson is the fifth crew chief Gordon has won with in the Sprint Cup Series. Gustafson has 10 career wins with three different drivers. It was his third Phoenix win (along with Kyle Busch in November 2005, Mark Martin in April 2009).
" Gordon led six times for 138 laps, the most of all drivers. He rebounded from hitting the wall on Lap 59.
" Gordon scored the maximum points in the victory (48).
" Hendrick Motorsports drivers have won seven of the past nine Phoenix races: Johnson (four), Gordon (two) and Martin (one). Gordon's win Sunday was the 195th Cup series victory by a Hendrick driver.
" Chevrolet posted its 15th Phoenix victory, the most by any make.
" Kyle Busch (second) had an average finish of 1.33 in the three NASCAR Phoenix races over the weekend. He won both the Truck and Nationwide races.
" Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch rank first and second in points, the first time family members have led the points since the 1988 Daytona 500, when Bobby Allison and son Davey Allison ranked 1-2.
" Jimmie Johnson (third) has finished in the top five in the past 10 Sprint Cup races at Phoenix.
" Kevin Harvick (fourth) rebounded from a Lap 59 spin to finish fourth -- his best Phoenix finish since his last of two wins there in November 2006.
" Ryan Newman (fifth) has finished in the top five in the past three Cup races at Phoenix.
" Kasey Kahne (sixth) got his first top-10 finish in the past nine Cup races at Phoenix.
" Dale Earnhardt Jr. (10th) got his first top-10 finish since Martinsville in October 2010 -- only his second top-10 finish in the past 11 races.
Phoenix Fast Facts - Phoenix International Raceway:
Jeff Gordon won the 7th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, his 83rd victory in 619 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The victory matches Cale Yarborough for fifth in career wins.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2011. Gordon breaks 66-race winless streak dating to his last win on April 5, 2009 at Texas Motor Speedway.
This is his second victory and 18th top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He won this race in 2007.
Kyle Busch (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2011.
Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 16 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Andy Lally (31st) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 3 points over Kurt Busch.
Penalty Report - Phoenix:
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#60, Engine change, Pre-Race to the rear
#99, 59, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#88, 68, Speed-Entering pits, Tail End of Longest Line
#34, 68, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, Tail End of Longest Line
#47, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of the field
#00, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of the field
#7, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#13, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of the field
#34, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End of the field
#6, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail of the field
#83, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#71, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#38, 68, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#31, 69, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#33, 69, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#7, 111, Speed-Exiting pits, Pass Thru
#6, 126, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#13, 128, Pitting out of order, Tail end of longest line
#09, 128, Pitting out of order, Tail End of longest line
#56, 219, Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area, Tail of the field
#20, 219, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no driver down a lap
Caution 2: none, no driver on track down a lap
Caution 3: #7-Gordon, 32nd
Caution 4: #60-Cassill, 38th
Caution 5: #60-Cassill (2), 38th
Caution 6: #42-Montoya, 19th
Caution 7: #2-Keselowski, 15th
Caution 8: #56-Truex, Jr, 14th
Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Phoenix (or seemed to)?
38th: #60-Cassill, 68 laps
41st: #66-McDowell, 43 laps
42nd: #36-Blaney, 27 laps
43rd: #87-Nemechek, 22 laps
(only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(2-27-2010)
Pit Stall Selections - Phoenix: The selections of pit stalls for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #99-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #22-Busch took pit stall 21, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
#22-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 13th pit stall, the first stall with an opening in back of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #27-Menard, who starts 13th.
To see where the drivers and all the other drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-26-2011)
Race Coverage of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, February 27, 2011.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:14pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
SPEED, Wednesday, March 2 at 12:00pm/et
Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing 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 new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions - the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)
Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.(10-11-2009)
Jayski's - 2011 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)
Edwards wins pole at Phoenix: #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Pole for the Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 137.279mph (a new track record) for his 1st pole of the season and 8th of his career.
#22-Busch will start 2nd followed by #4-Kahne, #18-Busch, #78-Smith, #20-Logano, #56-Truex, Jr., #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, and #16-Biffle.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #13-Mears, #87-Nemechek, #66-McDowell, #32-Skinner, #60-Cassill, #46-Yeley, #21-Elliott, #36-Blaney.
The go-or-go homer who failed to qualify for the race (1): #92-Keselowski.
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Phoenix Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (2-26-2011)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 7th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 with a lap of 26.224 seconds, 137.279 mph. He breaks his own record (136.389) set Nov. 14, 2010. The top 15 qualifiers eclipsed the old mark.
This is his eighth pole in 231 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2011.
This is his third pole in 14 races at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards won last November's race.
Kurt Busch (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2011 and his 11th in 17 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kasey Kahne (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first in two races this season.
Andy Lally (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 3:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED, 3:30pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128, last season thru nascar.com only
Jayski.com: Jayski's Phoenix Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled
Qualifying Order: for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, qualifying order was set by the drivers fastest practice speed in either session [if more then one was held], with the
top-35 in owners points going first, with slowest in practice going first and the fastest in practice going last, Then the non-top 35 in owners points go out, slowest in practice first and fastest go out last.
44 cars/drivers are listed.
The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #71-Lally.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #22-Busch [fastest overall in the two practices].
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #92-Keselowski with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Mears.
See the full qualifying order on the Phoenix Qualifying Page.(2-25-2011)
Happy Hour Practice: for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five, slowest and notes
slowest: #71-Lally 130.317, #92-Keselowski 128.255
notes: #36-Blaney spun coming off turn two and slid into the inside retaining wall. He will have to go to a backup.
See all practice speeds on the Phoenix Practice Speeds page. (2-25-2011)
Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#13-Casey Mears, 20th
#66-Michael McDowell, 30th
#87-Joe Nemechek, 31st
#60-Landon Cassill, 35th
#09-Bill Elliott [PC], 36th
#46-J.J. Yeley, 38th
#32-Mike Skinner, 40th
#36-Dave Blaney, 42nd
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#92-Brian Keselowski, 44th
[PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]
1st Friday Practice: for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five, slowest and notes
slowest: #92-Keselowski 125.209, #21-Bayne 98.047
no speed: #60-Cassill, #66-McDowell
notes: #21-Bayne had brake problems on his first lap and hit the wall coming off turn 3. He will have to go to a backup. #34-Kvapil also scraped the wall early but there was no major damage. #60-Cassill blew an engine on his first lap.
See all practice speeds on the Phoenix Practice Speeds page.(2-25-2011)
Practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#87-Joe Nemechek, 27th
#32-Mike Skinner, 29th
#13-Casey Mears, 31st
#46-J.J. Yeley, 34th
#09-Bill Elliott [PC], 36th
#36-Dave Blaney, 38th
one these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#60-Landon Cassill, no speed
#66-Michael McDowell, no speed
[PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]
The Entry List for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
with the #77 team not entered, the #38 team moves into the top 35 for the race and a guaranteed spot.
Not in top 35 of owners points:
#09-Bill Elliott (1988 Champ)(12th in 2011 owners pts/1 attempt)
#13-Casey Mears (48/1)
#32-Mike Skinner (15/1)
#36-Dave Blaney (26/1)
#46-J.J. Yeley (43/1)
#60-Landon Cassill (46/1)
#66-Michael McDowell (47/1)
#87-Joe Nemechek (39/1)
#92-Brian Keselowski (41/1)
withdrew from the race
#64-Mike Bliss (44/1)
In the event that practices and qualifying are ALL rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 09,32,36,87,92,46,60,66
missing the race would be : #'s 13
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List.(2-21/25-2011)
|#5-Mark Martin||GoDaddy.com||#5 Team Schemes Page|
|#18-Kyle Busch||Combos||#18 Team Schemes Page|
|#24-Jeff Gordon||Drive to End Hunger||#24 Team Schemes Page|
|#27-Paul Menard||Vertis/Menards||#27 Team Schemes Page|
|#29-Kevin Harvick||Jimmy John's||#29 Team Schemes Page|
|#39-Ryan Newman||Tornados||#39 Team Schemes Page|
|#43-A.J. Allmendinger||Valvoline||#43 Team Schemes Page|
|#47-Bobby Labonte||Clorox||#47 Team Schemes Page|
|#48-Jimmie Johnson||Kobalt Tools||#48 Team Schemes Page|
|#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.||National Guard||#88 Team Schemes Page|
|#99-Carl Edwards||Subway||#99 Team Schemes Page|
Paint Scheme news and links on the Paint Schemes Gallery
Chassis selections for Phoenix:
#1-Jamie McMurray: Kevin "Bono" Manion will bring chassis #1008. This was the chassis that McMurray drove to a 10th place finish in the fall race at Phoenix last year.
#2-Brad Keselowski: will use chassis PRS-736 during Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 team.
#9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 728 for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. This is a brand new Stanley Ford.
#17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-725 (brand new chassis)
#18-Kyle Busch: This chassis will make its third start during Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit. In its maiden start, at Michigan last August, Busch qualified No. 280 in 18th and ran within the top-10 before a scrape with the wall relegated him to an 18th-place finish. In its most recent start at Auto Club Speedway, last October, Busch started 16th but finished a disappointing 35th as a blown engine ended his day on lap 155 of the 200-lap race.
#20-Joey Logano: The #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #275 this weekend for the race in Phoenix. The team used this chassis five times last season and it has four top-10 finishes. Logano piloted chassis #275 to a third-place finish at Dover, a ninth-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, crossed the stripe 10th at Michigan in August and most recently drove it to a sixth-place run at Martinsville.
#22-Kurt Busch: will be racing "PRS-738" Dodge Charger in this weekend's action at Phoenix. This chassis has been raced only once; in last October's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. Busch started 15th and finished 30th in that race.
#27-Paul Menard: will pilot Chassis No. 342 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #27 Chevy is a brand new addition to the RCR fleet, and will see its first laps on the track at PIR.
#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 332 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This #29 racer is a brand new car which will see its first laps on the track during Friday's practice session.
#31-Jeff Burton: will pilot chassis No. 323 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's 312-lap affair. Built new for 2010, this Caterpillar Chevy was put through its first paces at Kansas Speedway in October where the 18-year veteran finished 18th after starting 23rd.
#33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot chassis No. 340 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new #33 Chevy that will turn its first laps on the track at Phoenix.
#39-Ryan Newman: This car made its debut in March 2010 at Martinsville, where it qualified fifth and finished 26th. Prior to Martinsville, Chassis No. 14-587 never turned a wheel on the racetrack. With a new body honed in the wind tunnel, it was tested at The Milwaukee Mile June 1 in preparation for its second career start in June at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. There, Chassis No. 14-587 earned a hard-fought second-place finish. The car returned to New Hampshire for the first event of the 10-race Chase for the Championship, where in its third career start, it qualified third before leading three times for 100 laps. Chassis No. 14-587 revisited Martinsville for round six of the Chase, where it qualified sixth and rallied back from two pit-road miscues during the race, but a flat right-front tire with less than 10 laps remaining relegated it to a 24th-place finish. With another new body, this car makes its first start of 2011 and fifth overall this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie and the Target team will be bringing Chassis #1109 to Phoenix. This is a brand-new chassis.
#43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 729 for this weekend's event at Phoenix. This Valvoline Ford is a new car, but was tested at New Smyrna Speedway in Smyrna Beach, Fla. in January.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 590 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. He last drove that car to a third-place finish at Richmond in Sept. 2010. Backup chassis No. 540 crossed the finish line fifth at Phoenix last November.
#99-Carl Edwards: RK-726. This is a new car
(from team PR's/sites if reported)(2-25-2011)
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Camping World Truck)
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
Camping World Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend;
Camping World Truck: 4 sets for the weekend
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this week, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams have run this combination of left- and right-side tires . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test at Richmond last October .Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams will also race on this set-up at Richmond this coming April . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last season, this left-side tire features a construction change, while this right-side tire features a softer compound . . . both changes are designed to give the cars and trucks more grip . . . as on most NASCAR mile-tracks, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.
World Sports Exchange:
2011 Sprint Cup Championship
(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Cup series season)