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- Race: Sunday, November 11, 2007 in Phoenix, AZ
- Title Sponsor: Checker Auto Parts
- Track: Phoenix International Raceway
- TV: ABC 3:30pm/et
- NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 3:00pm/et
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:40pm/et
- SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Scheduled Race Re-Air:
Monday, November 12 at 9:00am/et on ESPN Classic
Monday, November 12 at 4:00pm/et on ESPN2
Thursday, November 15 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)
- Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little
- Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty
- TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,998,497 (was $4,952,924 in 2006)
- Practice: Friday, November 9, 1:30 - 3:00pm/et TV-none; Saturday, November 10, 12:05 - 12:55pm/et on TV-?
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 10, 2:50 - 3:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2 at 3:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 9, 12:30pm/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, November 9 at 5:40pm/et, TV-ESPN2, re-air at ?am/et;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Thursday, November 8
4:45 p.m. Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) Practice
5:45 p.m. NCTS Rookie Practice
6:30 p.m. NCTS Final Practice
7:45 p.m. USAC Midget Race (25 laps, 25 miles)
8:30 p.m. USAC Silver Crown Race (100 laps, 100 miles)
Friday, November 9
10:00 a.m. Busch Series (NBS) Practice
11:30 a.m. NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) Practice
1:05 p.m. NBS Rookie Practice
1:35 p.m. NBS Final Practice
2:45 p.m. NCTS Qualifying (two laps, all positions) Impound
3:40 p.m. NNCS Qualifying (two laps, all positions)
6:00 p.m. Casino Arizona 150 Craftsman Truck Series Race (150 laps, 150 miles)
Checkered Flag Freebird (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band) performs at PIR Midway Stage
Saturday, November 10
9:00 a.m. NNCS Practice
10:05 a.m. NBS Qualifying (two laps, all positions) Impound
12:50 p.m. NNCS Final Practice
2:30 p.m. ARIZONA.TRAVEL 200 NASCAR Busch Series Race (200 laps, 200 miles)
Sunday, November 11
1:30 p.m. Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil Nextel Cup Series Race (312 laps, 312 miles (500 kilometers))
Times local to the track, MT, which is 2 hours behind ET
(they do not follow daylight saving time)
NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
NBS = Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
Goodyear Wrangler Intermediate Radials (Craftsman Truck)
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,450, Right-side -- 1,450;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 350, Right-side -- 350
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4104; Right-side -- D-4106
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 -- 15 psi; Left Rear -- 13 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Craftsman Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same specific combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for Nextel Cup and Busch teams to run at Phoenix this past April . . . in addition to Phoenix, teams in all three of NASCAR's major series ran this tire set-up at Richmond and New Hampshire in 2007 . . .
Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams also ran this set-up at Milwaukee, Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park and Memphis (Busch only) this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.
- Johnson wins at Phoenix: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway for his 4th race win in a row [last time a driver won four in a row, was Jeff Gordon in 1998], 10th win of the season, and 33rd of his career [which ties Fireball Roberts for 16th all time]. #16-Biffle finished 2nd, followed by #17-Kenseth, #20-Stewart, #12-Newman, #29-Harvick, #1-Truex Jr., #5-Busch, #31-Burton and #24-Gordon. Other Chasers finished: #07-Bowyer 11th, #2-Busch 12th, #11-Hamlin 16th and #99-Edwards led 87 laps, then developed engine problems and finished 42nd. The three former Indy 500 drivers finished as follows: #42-Montoya 17th; #06-Hornish 30th and #27-Villeneuve crashed and finsihed 41st. #8-Earnhardt Jr. wrecked hard and finished 43rd. There were 10 cautions for 41 laps and 6 drivers led the race with 10 lead changes.
Race Results on my Phoenix Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix page.(11-11-2007)
- The Chase Standings [after Phoenix, race 35]:
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6572
2) #24-Jeff Gordon 6486, -86
these drivers are eliminated from the chase
3) #07-Clint Bowyer 6331, -241
4) #5-Kyle Busch 6185, -387
5) #20-Tony Stewart 6169, -403
6) #17-Matt Kenseth 6103, -469
7) #29-Kevin Harvick 6093, -479
8) #31-Jeff Burton 6089, -483
9) #99-Carl Edwards 6067, -505
10) #2-Kurt Busch 6056, -516
fighting for the 10th spot to go to NYC
11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 6009, -563
12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5973, -599
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(11-11-2007)
- Unofficial "Classic" Driver Points Standings after Phoenix [35 of 36 races]:
(Traditional Points...the old way, not the Chase)
1) #24-Jeff Gordon 5295
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4951, -344
3) #20-Tony Stewart 4676, -619
4) #17-Matt Kenseth 4523, -772
5) #07-Clint Bowyer 4510, -785
6) #5-Kyle Busch 4477, -818
7) #11-Denny Hamlin 4453, -842
8) #99-Carl Edwards 4419, -876
9) #31-Jeff Burton 4407, -888
10) #29-Kevin Harvick 4238, -1057
11) #2-Kurt Busch 4196, -1099
12) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 4159, -1136
13) #12-Ryan Newman 3932, -1363
14) #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3874, -1421
15) #16-Greg Biffle 3867, -1428
16) #25-Casey Mears 3829, -1466
- Rumblings - Phoenix: Jimmie Johnson won his 4th in a row today at Phoenix International Raceway in the Checker Auto Parts 500 for his 10th win of the season....and he's got a stranglehold on the Championship to boot! JJ's win was the 33rd of his Nextel Cup career....and he's now tied for 18th on the all-time win list with the immortal Fireball Roberts. This was the 18th win of the season for Hendrick Motorsports (their 6th in a row), and 167th in NASCAR's top division. It was worth $245,011 from the almost $5M in posted awards. We'll get that Magic Number out there early this week....it's 18. If Johnson finishes 18th or better next week, he'll have his second Nextel Cup Championship. The margin is 86 points.
Tony Stewart (4th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at New Hampshire in September.
Aric Almirola (26th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 30th at Talladega in October.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10's in a row. Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-5's in the last 7 races. Matt Kenseth has 4 Top-5's in a row. Kyle Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races. Jeff Burton has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kyle Busch (+30), followed by Kevin Harvick (+28 ). DOWN: The Big Dropper (and only one off the all-time record) was Carl Edwards (-41), followed by Kasey Kahne (-30), and Tony Raines (-29).
In "Classic" Points, three drivers (Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and David Gilliland) advanced two spots each, while Carl Edwards and Mark Martin fell three spots each.(Stock Car Fans)(11-11-2007)
- Phoenix International Raceway Fast Facts:
.. Jimmie Johnson won the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, his 33rd victory in 218 Nextel Cup Series races.
.. This is his 10th victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 2007. The last driver to win 10 races in a season was Jeff Gordon – who won 13 in 1998.
.. Johnson has won four consecutive races, beginning at Martinsville. The most recent driver to win four in a row was Jeff Gordon from Pocono through Michigan in 1998. The last driver to win five in a row was Richard Petty in 1971.
.. This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Phoenix International Raceway.
.. Greg Biffle (second) posted his second top-10 finish in eight races at Phoenix.
.. Matt Kenseth (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 11 races at Phoenix.
.. Juan Pablo Montoya (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
.. Johnson now leads the Chase for the Nextel Cup by a margin of 86 points over Jeff Gordon. Johnson can clinch the championship with a 18th-place finish at Homestead – regardless of the performance of any other driver or laps led. If he leads that drops to 19th or better; if he leads the most laps his clinch will be 21st or better.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-11-2007)
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)
- The Checkers Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Race Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 312 of 312 laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#48-Johnson-C (6)(55 laps led)
#17-Kenseth-F (18)(93 laps led)
#12-Newman-D (13)(4 laps led)
#1-Truex, Jr-C (2)(72 laps led)
where are the rest of the Chasers running?
#07-Bowyer-C (20) 11
#2-Busch-D (9) 12
#11-Hamlin-C (15) 16
#99-Edwards-F (1) 42 Out
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie
- Chase Points after lap 312 of 312 at Phoenix
- Pit Selection Chart page at:
FoxSports - Phoenix Pit Stall Selection
- Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 09.01,19,38,45
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 06,22,6,10,21,88,36,96
- Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (6 leaders with 10 lead changes):
#99-Edwards (pole, 87);
#1-Truex Jr. (72);
- Lap leaders: #99-Edwards - pole; #99-Edwards 1-87; #1-Truex Jr. 88-138; #17-Kenseth 139-187; #48-Johnson 188-218; #1-Truex Jr. 219-220; #41-Sorenson 221; #17-Kenseth 222-235; #12-Newman 236-239; #17-Kenseth 240-269; #1-Truex Jr. 270-288; #48-Johnson 289-312;
Cautions: 10 for 42 laps
Caution 10 - Laps 271-274: Debris on the track, metal in the backstretch groove, shown on TV
Caution 9 - Laps 245-247: #78-Nemechek spun out in turn 2 and slapped the wall
Caution 8 - Laps 235-239: #22-Blaney spun out in turn 1
Caution 7 - Laps 149-154: #9-Kahne got loose, slammed the turn 4 wall hard, bounced off and into #96-Raines.
Caution 6 - Laps 139-143: #27-Villeneuve came up and bounced into #9-Kahne, sending the #27 spinning down the backstretch, doing a lot of back and front damage, Kahne has some front damage
Caution 5 - Laps 120-124: #8-Earnhardt Jr got loose off turn 2, spun, then slid backwards across the grass and slammed into the non-SAFER inside wall
Caution 4 - Laps 109-111: Debris on the track
Caution 3 - Laps 98-101: #20-Stewart got into #78-Nemechek, with the #78 spinning off turn 4
Caution 2 - Laps 87-90: Debris on the track
Caution 1 - Laps 26-28: #66-Mayfield came down on #38-Gilliland with the #38 spinning around on the front stretch
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
Caution 10: #83-Vickers(2), 21st
Caution 9: #7-Gordon(2), 24th
Caution 8: #41-Sorenson, 19th
Caution 7: #38-Gilliland, 28th
Caution 6: #19-Sadler, 27th
Caution 5: #83-Vickers, 21st
Caution 4: #7-Gordon, 24th
Caution 3: #01-Almirola, 26th
Caution 2: #45-Petty, 29th
Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued, Lap
1 #7 TE Outside half pit box tire violation 26
2 #10 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 97
3 #78 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 97
4 #45 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 97
5 #6 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 108
6 #11 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 120
7 #96 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 148
8 #96 OL Running the stop & go sign/light 153
9 #11 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 270
10 #43 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 270
11 #88 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 271
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 10th caution but #1-Truex Jr. and #70-Sauter
----- around lap 261, ABC showed #24-Gordon has a serious tire rub and is smoking in the turns, the team looks like Gordon will stay out for now
---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 8th caution, #17-Kenseth came in leading, #12-Newman's team took fuel only, picking up 7 spots and leading, the cars can go the rest of the way without pitting
---- #48-Johnson came in to pit on lap 219, then #1-Truex Jr. led 2 laps and came in for his pit stop, #41-Sorenson took the lead for a lap, made a pit stop, handing the lead back to #17-Kenseth
---- normal green flag pits stops started around lap 215, #24-Gordon is a lap downm waiting for #48-Johnson to pit
---- on lap 199, while in 3rd place, #24-Gordon, came in for a scheduled pit stop, he was out of sequence
---- on lap 187, while leading, #17-Kenseth came in for a scheduled pit stop, he was out of sequence
---- around lap 143, #99-Edwards is back on the track, looks like the reports of his engine going bad were incorrect
---- on lap 105, while running 2nd, #99-Edwards came to the pits with a possible engine problem
---- during the 2nd caution, #99-Edwards came in leading, but #1-Truex Jr. came out as the leader with the #99 in 2nd
---- just after the 1st caution, ABC reported that the fueler for #31-Jeff Burton, Larry Hartle, was hit by a tire and injured a knee and taken to the infield care center; around lap 115, ABC reported that Hartle was transportated to a local hospital for further evaluation.
---- all the drivers came in during the 1st caution for pit stops, #99-Edwards came in as the leader and left as the leader, #07-Bowyer took 2 tires and came out 6th. #7-Gordon had to come in for a pass thru penalty for a pit road infraction
---- green flag at 3:52pm/et
---- command to start engines at 3:43pm/et by Latty Mondry
---- To The Back : none...yet
- Race Coverage of the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, November 11, 2007.
TV: ABC in Hi-Def at 3:35pm/et [scheduled green flag around 3:45pm/et] and ESPN360.com.
Pre-Race Shows: NASCAR Countdown ABC at 3:00pm/et and NASCAR Raceday, SPEED at 1:30pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski: on the Semi-Live Race Coverage/Narrative Page.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN Classic, Monday, November 12 at 9:00am/et
ESPN2, Monday, November 12 at 4:00pm/et
SPEED, Thursday, November 15 at 3:00pm/et and;
HDNET, Thursday, November 15 at 7:30pm/et
- Happy Hour practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
#1-Truex Jr. 129.125
slowest: #43-Labonte 125.931 and #96-Raines 126.037
most laps run: #10-Carpentier 70; #12-Newman 59
See speeds on the Phoenix practice speeds page.(11-10-2007)
- Saturday's 1st practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
#1-Truex Jr. 129.348
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 129.167
slowest: #21-Elliott 125.997 and #88-Rudd 126.170.
most laps run: #48-Johnson 49; #01-Almirola 47
See speeds on the Phoenix practice speeds page.(11-10-2007)
- Edwards wins pole at Phoenix: #99-Carl Edwards won the Budweiser Pole for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 132.773mph for his first pole of 2007, first since Homestead in 2005 and the 3rd of his career. #1-Truex Jr. qualified second with the rest of the top-10: #24-Gordon, #18-Yeley, #70-Sauter, #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #96-Raines, #2-Busch and #9-Kahne. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #83-Vickers, #10-Carpentier, #06-Hornish, Jr.(first career start), #27-Villeneuve, #09-Marlin, #36-Benson, #78-Nemechek and #21-Bill Elliott had to use a past champions provisional to make the race, the 4th of 6, so he has two to use with one race to go in the season.
For qualifying results, pole progression, starting luineup, see the Phoenix Starting Lineup, Qualifying Results/Order Page.(11-9-2007)
- Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway: #55-Waltrip [34 team attempts/40th in OWNERS pts];
#44-Jarrett [34/41], #49-Andretti [34/47], #84-Allmendinger [34/44]; #4-Burton [33/45]; #00-Reutiman [34/39] who lost an engine on his qualifying lap.(11-9-2007)
- Ramblings - Phoenix Qualifying: Carl Edwards toured the Phoenix International Raceway in 27.114 seconds today (132.773 mph) and took his first Bud Pole of the season in the process. This is the third top-spot of Edwards' career (and first since Homestead in November of 2005) and he becomes the 18th different pole winner on the season. Martin Truex Jr will start alongside on Sunday.
J. J. Yeley (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Michigan in June.
Johnny Sauter (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at New Hampshire in July.
Tony Raines (8th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 4th at Rockingham (new home for ARCA next May) in November of 2003!
Jeff Burton (12th) had his best starting spot since he qualified 11th at Richmond in September.
Patrick Carpentier (24th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. In his only other previous Nextel Cup start he lined up 40th at Watkins Glen in August.
Sam Hornish Jr (26th) makes his first ever Cup start this weekend.
Welcome Back Sterling Marlin (29th). This is his first start since Chicagoland in July.
And, Welcome Back Johnny Benson (30th). This is his first start since Richmond in May.
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 14 Top-10 starts in the last 15 races. Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in a row. Kasey Kahne has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
(Stock Car Fans)(11-9-2007)
- Phoenix Qualifying Fast Facts:
.. Carl Edwards won the Bud Pole for the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil with a lap of 27.114 seconds, 132.773 mph
.. This is his third Bud Pole in 120 career Nextel Cup races
.. This is his first Bud Pole and 10th top-10 start in 2007
.. This is Edwards’s first Bud Pole at Phoenix International Raceway
.. Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest qualifying time, his third front-row start in the past four races
.. Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 22nd top-10 start of 2007 and his 11th top-10 start in 18 races at Phoenix
.. Sam Hornish Jr. (26th) qualified for his career-first Nextel Cup race in his seventh attempt to make a Nextel Cup race
.. Patrick Carpentier (24th) and Jacques Villeneuve (27th) both qualified for their second Nextel Cup race
.. Brian Vickers (22nd) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time
.. Juan Pablo Montoya (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-9-2007)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2007 at 5:40pm/et.
TV: ESPN2 - 5:30pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: none
- Qualifying Order List for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Race is up, 49 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #43-Labotne is due out first on Friday, November 9 at 5:40pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #07-Bowyer. For the Qualifying order, see my Phoenix Qualifying Results/Order Page.(11-9-2007)
- Friday practice for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #38-Gilliland 127.479 & #4-Burton 127.818
most laps run: #06-Hornish 30; #6-Ragan 29
incident: #7-Gordon hit the wall and the car was towed to the garage and he will go to a backup car.
see all the speeds on the Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-9-2007)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Phoenix
if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
#00-David Reutimann, 16th
#83-Brian Vickers, 21st
#78-Joe Nemechek, 22nd
#06-Sam Hornish Jr., 26th
#55-Michael Waltrip, 34th
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 36th
#09-Sterling Marlin, 38th
#21-Bill Elliott [PC], 46th [would use a past champ prov]
if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#44-Dale Jarrett, 41st
#27-Jacques Villeneuve, 42nd
#10-Patrick Carpentier, 43rd
#36-Johnny Benson, 44th
#49-John Andretti, 45th
#4-Ward Burton, 48th
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Martinsville:
#22 increases it's lead over 36th to 127
34) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 2,677, 150pts ahead of 36th in owners pts
35) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 2,654 +127 pts
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 2,527, 127 pts behind 35th
37) #10-Capartier/GEM 2,390, -264
See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full owners pts rundown.(11-4-2007)
- Entry List for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 49 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
And these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
#00-David Reutimann (34/39)
#06-Sam Horish (6/51)
#09-Sterling Marlin (5/56)
#4-Ward Burton (33/45)
#10-Patrick Carpentier (34/37)
#21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ](34/36)
#36-Johnny Benson (34/46)
#44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (34/41)
#49-John Andretti (34/47)
#55-Michael Waltrip (34/40)
#78-Joe Nemechek (34/42)
#83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](34/38)
#84-A.J. Allmendiner (34/44)
In the event qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,21,10,00,55,78,84
missing the race would be : #'s 36,49,4,06,27,09
See the full list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List
- Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results 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
- How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
- What happens if qualifying gets rained out?
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
#6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
#7) - Qualifying Order Position
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
- Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Only Three: Only three drivers have started all 22 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway:
#44-Dale Jarrett, 1 win
#01-Mark Martin, 1 win
#21-Ken Schrader, 0 wins.(4-21-2007)
- 2006 November Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 134.464mph, finished 4th
- 2007 April Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 133.136mph, finished 1st
- Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Nov 2004, 135.854mph
- 2006 November Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 96.131mph, started 2nd
- 2007 April Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 107.710mph, started 1st
- Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph
- Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph
- Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2
- Most Wins - All Time: Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Davey Allison, 2
- Most Poles: Jeff Gordon. Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, 3
- Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 8
- Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 14
- Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 42 years, 2 months, 11 days, 10/25/98
- Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/05
- Most Lead Changes: 23 - 11/5/2000
- Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 11/4/1990
- Most Leaders: 13 - three times, last 11/5/2000
- Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11/4/1990
- Most Cautions: 11 - 11/7/2004
- Most Caution Laps: 66, 11/2/2003
- Fewest Cautions: 2 - 11/7/1999
- Fewest Caution Laps: 10, 11/7/1999
- Most on the Lead Lap: 29 - 11/2/2003
- Fewest on the Lead Lap: 3 - 10/30/1994
- Most Running at the Finish: 41 - three, last on 4/21/2007
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 11/5/89
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ricky Rudd, 1995, started 29th
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 262 - Dale Earnhardt, 11/4/1990
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 10 - Kevin Harvick 4/22/2006
- Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 12 - Ford
- Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 22] 4.6%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 3
- Races won from starting pos 3: 3
- Races won from starting pos 6: 1
- Races won from starting pos 9: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 2
- Races won from starting pos 12: 1
- Races won from starting pos 13: 2
- Races won from starting pos 14: 1
- Races won from starting pos 15: 2
- Races won from starting pos 17: 1
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 21: 1
- Races won from starting pos 28: 1
- Races won from starting pos 29: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 7 of 22 - 31.8%
- Races won from the top 10: 9 of 22 - 40.9%
- At Phoenix International Raceway:
• Construction was completed in January 1964.
• The configuration consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
• In 1988, Alan Kulwicki won the first Nextel Cup Series race at PIR.
• In 1991, the infield course was redesigned to 1.5mile, 11 turns.
• In 1995, the Craftsman Truck Series debuted at PIR. Mike Skinner became the series’ first winner.
• The Turn 2 cross-over was eliminated and a new tunnel constructed in Turn 4 in 2003.
• The first spring race at PIR was held on April 23, 2005. It was also the first night race there.
• There have been 22 Nextel Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988 through 2004 and two each season since.
• Geoffrey Bodine won the first Bud Pole in 1988.
• There have been 13 different pole winners, led by Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace (three each).
• Ryan Newman is the only driver to win consecutive poles, winning three (2002-04).
• There have been 18 different race winners.
• Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Jeff Burton (2000 and 2001), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2004) and Kevin Harvick (both 2006) are the only drivers to score two victories at Phoenix. All
posted back-to-back victories.
• Jack Roush has won five races, more than any other car owner.
• A race has been won from the pole just once: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007).
• A race has been won from a top-10 starting position only nine of 22 times.
• Ricky Rudd won in 1995 from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
• Qualifying has never been canceled at Phoenix.
• There has been one green-white-checkered race: November 2004 (315 laps).
• Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon both have posted eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at Phoenix, each more than any other drivers. Martin has one victory and five second-place finishes in his 22 races while Gordon has one victory and three third-place runs in his 17 appearances. Both have just one DNF at Phoenix – both coming in their respective first race there.
• There have been 27 Nextel Cup races in Arizona.
• In NASCAR’s history, 23 drivers have had their home state recorded as Arizona.
• There have been no race winners from Arizona in NASCAR’s three national series.(NASCAR PR)(11-8-2007)
- Track Specs:
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: 76,812
Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Cup event was 1988)
Grand Marshal: ?
Command to start engines: ?
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
National Anthem: ?
Military Flyover: ?
- Track Homepage: phoenixraceway.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Phoenix International Raceway
- April 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page
- November 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- PIR announces sell out for Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber announced that all grandstand tickets for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil have sold out. "Sunday's sellout of the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil is a testament to the way NASCAR fans from the Valley of the Sun and our region as a whole support our sport," said Sperber. "With our semifinal race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup unfolding in front of a capacity crowd, the atmosphere at PIR on Sunday promises to be electric." Tickets are available for the opening weekend of the 2008 season at PIR - from Thursday, April 10 to Saturday, April 12 - by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(11-11-2007)
- NASCAR asks PIR to improve wall: NASCAR has asked International Speedway Corporation to come up with a plan to improve the inside retaining wall on the frontstretch after an accident Friday night during the Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Andy Lally's truck smashed into the wall, virtually breaking it in half, leaving concrete pieces on the track but the rebar remained in tact. The race was stopped for 16 minutes as NASCAR put a temporary barrier behind the wall for the rest of the race. Track workers then welded steel plates into the back of the wall before Nextel Cup practice today. "We've talked to ISC about the wall and about looking into improving or replacing it if necessary," said NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston, who did not put a timetable on the possible improvements. "We don't like to see walls break." Lally suffered no broken bones in the accident, but did suffer a big gash in his left arm, which required stitches. It is not clear what caused the gash.(SceneDaily.com)(11-11-2007)
- Sheriff Joe Arpaio to guide Checker Auto Parts 500 field: Known nationwide as "America's Toughest Sheriff," Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver and pilot one of the Chevrolet Impalas that will lead the Nextel Cup Series field toward the green flag before the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil on Sunday, November 11 at Phoenix International Raceway. As the Honorary Pace Car Driver, Arpaio will be a part of pre-race ceremonies, including driver introductions at the start/finish line. Once the starting command has been given, Arpaio will lead the field of 43 cars onto PIR's 1-mile oval for pace laps prior to the start of the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil, which is the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Elected in 1992, Arpaio is currently serving his fourth term as Sheriff in the fourth-largest Sheriff's office in the nation. Throughout his 15-year term, Arpaio has consistently received high public approval ratings, a result of the combination of his unique methods of justice and an unwavering commitment to the safety of the largest county in America. Arpaio and his hard-hitting law enforcement techniques have been featured in well over 2000 newspapers, magazines, and television programs stateside and overseas. At PIR, he will be featured again to a nationwide audience, enforcing a standard speed to the field of 43 cars before the green flag waves on the running of the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. Get your NASCAR tickets today: Call 1-866-408-RACE (7223)(PIR PR)(11-2-2007)
- 2008 Phoenix Tix packs on sale: NASCAR Ticket Packs for the 2008 NASCAR season at Phoenix International Raceway went on sale Saturday, August 18. The 2008 NASCAR Ticket Pack will include two weekends in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series season, featuring the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 - at night under PIR's bright lights - and the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. Race dates will be confirmed at a later date. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). The PIR Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., just south of I-10 at Exit 131 in Avondale. Also going on sale were single tickets for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race and the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Busch Series race in April, as well as 2-Race Ticket Packages - including the same great seat for both the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and the Bashas' Supermarkets 200.(PIR PR), per thier site, the April Cup race is April 12, 2008.(8-19-2007)
- PIR in search of service groups for event weekend work: After donating nearly $250,000 to local service groups following the NASCAR event weekend in April, Phoenix
International Raceway is currently searching for community service groups from all around Arizona to work and raise funds at the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil event weekend scheduled to take place November 8-11, 2007. Positions are limited, so group leaders looking for a way to serve at one of Arizona's fastest and largest sporting events - while meeting new people and raising funds for their organization - are encouraged to act today. Groups should consist of 10 to 40 members, and diligent workers are needed to fill many event weekend spots in guest services and sales around PIR, including:
-Information booth ambassadors
-Tram and tram stop ambassadors
All groups should be of non-profit status while maintaining a valid tax ID number. To be eligible, all workers in the group must be at least 18 years of age. Workers are needed for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Those interested in working opportunities and who wish to discuss PIR's service program further can contact Gary Weir, Manager of Gate
Operations and Guest Services at PIR, at (623) 463-5660.(PIR PR)(8-15-2007)
- Friday is deadline for 2008 PIR Ticket Packs: NASCAR fans have until this Friday - July 27 - to secure their seat renewals for NASCAR Ticket Packs and Subway Fresh Fit 500 tickets for the 2008 season [No Dates mentioned] at Phoenix International Raceway. Fans with existing tickets looking to return to PIR for the thrilling 21st season of NASCAR action and the first season of the newly-christened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the one-mile oval can renew their tickets in three easy ways:
- By visiting PIR online at www.phoenixraceway.com
- By calling the PIR Ticket Office at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).
- By sending in a payment by check, money order, or credit card to PIR at 125 S. Avondale Blvd., Suite 200, Avondale, AZ 85323.
For those loyal customers who renew before the July 27 deadline, PIR is offering a personalized seat relocation option from Saturday, August 4 to Saturday, August 11. Customer service agents will be available by phone at 1-866-408-RACE from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MST) throughout the week to assist fans in upgrading their seating options. NASCAR Ticket Packs, Subway Fresh Fit 500/Bashas' Supermarkets 200 2-Race Ticket Packages, and Subway Fresh Fit 500 single event tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, August 18. Get your tickets today: Call 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(7-26-2007)
- PIR Hires former NFL Exec: Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) announced the hiring of Paul Corliss as Director of Communications and the promotion of Caren Murphy to Director of Consumer Marketing & Partner Activation. Corliss joins PIR after spending five years with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, most recently as Director of Community Affairs & Business Public Relations. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Corliss spearheaded a massive public relations effort for the Saints, including varied outreach platforms in both San Antonio, Texas and Baton Rouge, La. when the Saints' Louisiana Superdome was deemed unplayable for the 2005 NFL season. After leaving the Saints in 2006, Corliss managed public relations for the city of Grapevine, Texas' Convention & Visitors Bureau. Murphy has been with PIR since 2003, most recently serving as Senior Manager of Consumer Marketing. In her new role, she will continue to oversee a department that focuses on the traditional advertising and promotional aspects of the marketing mix, while adding a new dimension focused on creating marketing programs and concepts for both current and prospective PIR partners.(PIR PR)(7-1-2007)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Phoenix International Raceway
- Carpentier in the #10 at Phoenix & Homestead: Patrick Carpentier will drive the #10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge at Phoenix and Homestead. The plan is being implemented in an effort to give the #10 team a head start on preparations for the 2008 season. Gillett Evernham Motorsports will also field a 2nd Busch Series entry with Carpentier at Homestead. Scott Riggs will drive the #10 car at Atlanta and Texas.(Gillett Evernham Motorsports PR)(10-26-2007)
- Penske adds a race for Hornish UPDATE: Sam Hornish Jr. has added at least one race to his Nextel Cup schedule in the #06 Penske Racing Dodge. Hornish has attempted two races [New Hampshire and Dover] but has yet to make the field for a Cup race. He was already scheduled to try to make the field in the remaining races featuring the car of tomorrow: Talladega, Martinsville and Phoenix. Now, according to a team spokesman, Hornish will enter the Oct. 13 race at Lowe's Motor Speedway and might add the season-ending race at Miami-Homestead Speedway.(SceneDaily.com)(9-26-2007)
UPDATE: Sam Hornish, Jr., delved deeper into the NASCAR experience during a Penske Racing test at Kentucky Speedway Wednesday. “We came out today to just get a little test time in on a mile-and-a-half. I hadn’t run a ‘COY’ (Car of Yesterday), as they call it, and we plan to try to run Charlotte and Miami, so we’re trying to get a little test time in,” he said. He has yet to announce his 2008 racing plans. “We haven’t decided what we’re going to do yet. The big thing for me is to continue to wait a little bit and get to the point where I feel like I have a good head on my shoulders as far as making the decision,” Hornish, Jr., said. “We’ll make it when that time comes. The best thing about it is that I’ve not had to make that decision yet.”(Kentucky Speedway PR)(9-27-2007)
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Special scheme for Kahne the rest of season: The #9 Dodge of Kasey Kahne features the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty promotional paint scheme again this weekend at Phoenix. It will also be on the #9 at Homestead. Chrysler is the first and only OEM (original equipment manufacturer) to offer a ‘best-in-industry’ Lifetime Powertrain Warranty – providing worry-free ownership. The Chrysler Lifetime Powertrain Warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair covered powertrain components – engine, transmission and drive system.(Evernham Motorsports)(11-8-2007)
- NANO back with Kenseth: For the third time in 2007, Matt Kenseth’s #17 Ford Fusion will be painted black with the DEWALT NANO Technology paint scheme. Kenseth will also run the scheme at Homestead in the season finale.(Roush Racing PR), see images of the scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(11-8-2007)
- Juicy Fruit debut at Phoenix: Juicy Fruit will make its debut in the Nextel Cup Series at Phoenix this weekend when #40-David Stremme will take to the track rocking a new paint scheme in the signature yellow Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge. Wrigley's Juicy Fruit has been on board this season for nearly 20 NBS races with the #41 Dodge.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(11-8-2007)
- Pedigree colors for Rudd at Phoenix: #88-Ricky Rudd will be running the bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion this weekend at Phoenix in the Checker Auto Parts 500 instead of his traditional Snickers paint scheme.(RYR PR), see images of the scheme on the #88 Team Schemes page.(11-7-2007)
- #19 to run Siemens colors at Phoenix in November: Evernham Motorsports announced that Siemens, the global leader in automation and control, will serve as primary sponsor of the #19 Dodge driven by Elliott Sadler in the Nextel Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2007. Siemens currently serves as an associate sponsor of the #19 Dodge and the #9 Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne. Siemens also plays a vital role in technology development through its partnership with Evernham Motorsports.(Clear!Blue/Evernham Motorsports PR)(1-25-2007)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs
(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)