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- Race: Saturday, April 21, 2007 in Phoenix, AZ
- Title Sponsor/Link: Subway
- Track: Phoenix International Raceway
- TV: FOX 8:00pm/et
- FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 8:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 6:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 8:30pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, April 26 at 3:00pm/et on Speed
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,961,431 (was $4,906,887 in 2006)
Thursday, April 19, 3:45 - 5:15pm/et on TV-none;
Friday, April 20, 4:30 - 5:20pm/et on TV-SPEED
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, April 20, 7:50 - 8:50pm/et on TV-SPEED 8:00pm/et
- Qualifying Draw: Thursday, April 19, 2:45pm/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Thursday, April 19 at 8:00pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at Friday April 20 at 12:00pm/et and Saturday, April 21 at 1:00am/et on SPEED; LIVE via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR.com will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
(times local to the track)
Thursday, April 19
9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates open
11:15 a.m. -12:35 p.m. NBS Practice
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. NNCS Practice
4:25 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. NBS Rookie Practice
5:10 p.m. NNCS Qualifying (two laps, all positions)
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. NBS Final Practice
8:15 p.m. Phoenix 150 Grand National Division West Series Race (150 laps, 150 miles)
9:00 p.m. Harry Luge Jr. entertains at the Oasis
Friday, April 20
12:00 p.m. Spectator Gates open
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. NNCS Practice
2:35 p.m. NBS Qualifying (two laps, all positions) All cars impounded
4:00 p.m. Blessid Union of Souls entertain at PIR Midway Stage
4:50 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. NNCS Final Practice
6:30 p.m. Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Busch Series Race (200 laps, 200 miles)
Checkered Flag TNT (Tribute to AC/DC) entertain at PIR Midway Stage
9:30 p.m. Harry Luge Jr. entertains at the Oasis
Saturday, April 21
12:00 p.m. Spectator Gates open
3:00 p.m. Freebird (Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd) entertains at PIR Midway Stage
5:30 p.m. SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series Race (312 laps, 312 miles)
NNCS = NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE - Times Local to the track
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,600, Right-side -- 1,600;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575
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 70-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).
Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes
at Phoenix this weekend . . . this is the first time Goodyear has brought these
tire codes to the track . . . teams in these two series will also run this tire
setup at Richmond and New Hampshire this year . . . as on most NASCAR ovals less
than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at
- Jeff Gordon wins at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway for his first win of 2007 and his first win since Chicago last year. It was also his 76th career win which moved him into a tie with Dale Earnhardt, Sr. for sixth in all time wins. On the cool down lap Gordon flew a #3 flag from his car. In addition, it was the first time a driver had ever won from the pole in a race a Phoenix. #20-Stewart finish second after having a dominating car through most of the second half of the race. #11-Hamlin fought back from an early race speeding penalty to finish third. The remainder of the top ten were #48-Johnson, #17-Kenseth, #66-Green, #5-Busch, #43-Labonte, #70-Sauter, and #29-Harvick. Jeff Gordon expanded his points lead to 74 over #31-Jeff Burton, who finished 13th. #01-Mark Martin, who was competing in his first car of tomorrow race, finished 12th and moved back into 10th in the point standings. There were 6 cautions for 34 laps and 7 leaders with 12 lead changes.
Race Results on my Phoenix Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix page.(4-22-2007)
- Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Phoenix [8 of 36 races]:
#24-Jeff Gordon 1326
#31-Jeff Burton 1252 -74
#17-Matt Kenseth 1166 -160
#48-Jimmie Johnson 1115 -211
#11-Denny Hamlin 1084 -242
#5-Kyle Busch 1002 -324
#20-Tony Stewart 994 -332
#99-Carl Edwards 967 -359
#07-Clint Bowyer 963 -363
#01-Mark Martin 921 -405
#29-Kevin Harvick 902 -424
#26-Jamie McMurray 899 -427
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 15th
#42-Juan Montoya is 16th
#9-Kasey Kahne is 33rd
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(4-21-2007)
- Rumblings - Phoenix Race Notes: We had that dreaded caution during a green flag pit cycle tonight, but after everything "shook" out, the top two cars were back at the front and we had a solid 19 lapper to the checkers. And in the end, it was Jeff Gordon prevailing for the first time ever at Phoenix International Raceway. He took tonight's Subway Fresh Fit 500 by .697 seconds over Tony Stewart (who led the most laps) for his first win of the year and the 76th of his NEXTEL Cup career. He's now tied with Dale Earnhardt for 6th on the all-time win list. Gordon's 18th win from the pole was also the 154th for Hendrick Motorsports, their 5th this season, and was worth $251,411 from the over $4.9M in posted awards. Hendrick has also taken all three C-O-T races, btw.
Bobby Labonte (8th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Martinsville last October.
Johnny Sauter (9th) ties his career-best finish tonight. He was also 9th here in April of 2005.
David Reutimann (32nd) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Lowe's in October of 2005.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
Matt Kenseth has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Johnny Sauter (+33). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Scott Riggs (-38), followed by Dave Blaney (-28), Casey Mears (-24), Jamie McMurray (-21), and Kasey Kahne (-21). This is Riggs' third time already this season at the bottom end of the "Shaft".....which tells you why he's up against it at qualifying time.
The Top-5 in Driver Points remains unchanged this week.....but Jeff Gordon has lengthened his margin to 74 markers. Johnny Sauter (35th to 30th) made the best advance this week while David Stremme (12th to 18th) and Ryan Newman (20th to 26th) fell the most spots. Stremme also fell below the "Chase" line and Kevin Harvick advanced into the Top-12 to take his place.
No changes in the Top-35 in Owner Points this week, but we've got a new bubble team. The #25 of Casey Mears is in by the skin of their teeth over the #21 of Ken Schrader (37 points). The #44 of Dale Jarrett is another 27 markers back in 37th.(Stock Car Fans)(4-22-2007)
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)
- The Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway:
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)
#24-Gordon-C (1)(53 laps led)
#20-Stewart-C (9)(132 laps led)
#11-Hamlin-C (3)(70 laps led)
#29-Harvick-C (8)(54 laps led)
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota
- Cars on the lead lap: 19 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 1,18,07
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 26,7,15,88,14,21,44,45,9,00,42,19,38,4,25,12,6,10,40
- Cars on the track: 41(of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (2) and reason:
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 leaders with 12 lead changes):
#24-Gordon (53, pole);
- Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1-28, #11-Hamlin 29-38, #45-Petty 39, #11-Hamlin 40-99, #29-Harvick 100-150, #14-Marlin 151, #29-Harvick 152-154, #20-Stewart 155-212, #13-Nemecheck 213, #20-Stewart 214-286, #24-Gordon 287-298, #20-Stewart 299, #24-Gordon 300-312;
Cautions: 6 for 34 laps
Caution 6 - Laps 283 - 293: #22-Blaney was coming into make his pit stop and was hit in the rear by #99-Edwards. Blaney spun up into #18-Yeley and Blaney ended up in the turn 4 wall. #78-Wallace also suffered some damage.
Caution 5 - Laps 212 - 218: Debris reported between turns 1& 2
Caution 4 - Laps 150 - 154: Metal debris between turns 3 & 4
Caution 3 - Laps 99 - 103: Debris in Turn 3
Caution 2 - Laps 44 - 47: #6-Ragan and #20-Stewart made contact in turn 1, with Ragan spinning, #40-Stremme had no place to go and nosed into Ragan, #25-Mears then got into the rear of Stremme.
Caution 1 - Laps 38 - 41: Debris in turn 4, a large trash bag reports by Fox
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
Caution 6: #13-Nemechek, 16th
Caution 5: #88-Rudd, 26th
Caution 4: #42-Montoya, 33rd
Caution 3: #21-Schrader, 28th
Caution 2: #44-Jarrett, 29th
Caution 1: #15-Menard, 25th
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- Phoenix Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
1 #25 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 99
2 #11 TE Excessive Speed-Entering pits 99
3 #4 OL Running the stop & go sign/light 213
4 #88 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 282
5 #18 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 284
6 #78 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 285
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
(Provided by NASCAR Statistics)(4-21-2007)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- Gordon flew the #3 flag on his victory lap as a tribute to Dale Earnhart. The win was Gordon's 76th of his career, which tied him with Earnhardt for 6th overall.
---- The sixth caution came out in the middle of pit stops. #2-Busch, #8-Earnhardt, Jr., and #1-Truex, Jr., who had already pitted, stayed out during the caution and restart at the tail end of the lead lap.
---- Green flag pit stops started on lap 280 with #8-Earnhardt coming in first.
---- Lap 238, #11-Hamlin has moved back into the top ten after his penalty earlier in the race.
---- After pit stops under the fifth caution #20-Stewart and #24-Gordon exited the pits at nearly the same time. Gordon's crew chief had NASCAR review the video tape. NASCAR ruled that Stewart was out first.
---- #8-Earnhardt and #12-Newman made contact after pitting during the fifth caution.
---- Under the 5th caution, it was reported that #48-Johnson is still having batery problems.
---- Lap 196, #20 Stewart is starting to lap competitors
---- Lap 167, #24-Gordon has a left front tire rubbing after contact with #29 Harvick, but it's not causing a problem.
---- #8-Earnhart was complaining of smelling gas fumes after pitting during the fourth caution.
---- #78-Wallace had to pit under green on lap 142 because the window net had fallen down.
---- #29-Harvick is starting to lap traffic on lap 140.
---- #17-Kenseth picked up debris on the front of his car around lap 132. It isn't covering the grill though.
---- By lap 127, #11-Hamlin had battled his way back into the top 20.
---- #11-Hamlin was too fast coming down pit road under the third caution. He had to restart at the end of the line in 31st position.
---- The leaders all pit under the thrid caution.
---- Lap 92, Chevys are in the top 6 positions and 8 of the top 10 positions.
---- Lap 81, #11-Hamlin is starting to catch and lap traffic.
---- #26-McMurray picked up debris on the front grill of his car and had to pit under green on lap 56 to remove it.
---- #48-Johnson was having battery trouble just before the first caution. The team changed to the backup battery.
---- green flag at 8:47pm/et
---- #24-Jeff Gordon had trouble with the radio in his helmet after the cars fired. The team was allowed to get a different helmet for Gordon before he rolled off pit road.
---- command to start engines at 8:38pm/et by Grand Marshal Robin Yount
---- Military Flyover: F-16s from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ
---- National Anthem by Josh Kelley
---- To The Back : #21-Schrader, engine change
- Subway Fresh Fit 500k Happy Hour: is over. The results:
slowest: #21-Schrader 124.870 and #99-Reutimann 125.641
most laps run: #31-Burton, 69 laps and #24-Jimmie Johnson, 64 laps
Notes: #29-Harvick tapped the wall midway through the session but suffered no damage. #21-Schrader's team changed the engine on his car. He will drop to the back of the field for Saturday's race.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#24-Gordon 126.264 [fastest], 46 laps
#01-Martin 126.100 [2nd], 50 laps
#1-Truex, Jr. 126.056 [12nd]
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(4-20-2007)
- Friday's First Practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix is over, the results:
#8-Earnhardt, Jr 128.164
slowest: #44-Dale Jarrett 122.166 and #4-W. Burton 124.983
most laps run: #7-Gordon, 39 laps
Notes: #5-Busch was the last car on the track. The team found a bad spark plug on the car.
The session was red flagged just 10 minutes in because of oil, said to be from #21-Schrader's car
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#07-Bowyer 125.755 [6th fastest], 34 laps run
#11-Hamlin 125.707 [3rd], 35 laps
#48-Johnson 125.659 [9th], 36 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(4-20-2007)
- Jeff Gordon wins pole at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 133.136mph for his 3rd pole of 2007 and 59th of his career [tied with Darrell Waltrip for 4th ALL-TIME]. The rest of the top-10 are #26-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #10-Riggs, #48-Johnson, #2-Busch, #1-Yruex Jr., #29-Harvick, #20-Stewart and #9-Kahne. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #10-Riggs, #22-Blaney, #00-Reutimann, #78-Wallace, #15-Menard, #21-Schrader, #4-Burton and #44-Jarrett [used his 5th champ prov, only one left]. See the qualifying results/starting lineup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(4-19-2007)
- Seven do not qualify for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway: #36-Mayfield, #55-Waltrip, #37-Andretti, #83-Vickers, #84-Allmendinger, #49-Bliss and #02-Ash.(4-19-2007)
- Ramblings - Phoenix Qualifying Notes: Jeff Gordon toured the Phoenix International Raceway flat mile tonight in a smooth 27.040 seconds (133.136 mph) and took the Bud Pole for Saturday Night's Subway Fresh Fit 500 by a little over 1/100th of a second ahead of Jamie McMurray. This is the third top-spot of the season for Gordon (no one else has more than one) and the 59th of his NEXTEL Cup career (he's now tied with Darrell Waltrip for 4th all-time with 59). Gordon's won 17 times from the pole, btw.
Scott Riggs (4th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Homestead last November.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-5 starts in a row.
Denny Hamlin has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
(Stock Car Fans)(4-19-2007)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 8:10pm/et.
TV: SPEED - 8:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: Friday April 20 at 12:00pm/et and Saturday, April 21 at 1:00am/et on SPEED
- Qualifying Order List for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #4-Burton is due out first on Thursday, April 19 at 8:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #07-Bowyer. For the Qualifying order, see my Phoenix Qualifying Results/Order Page.(4-19-2007)
- Thursday Practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the results:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. 130.558
slowest: #02-Ash 125.681 and #15-Menard 127.325
most laps run: #31-Burton 42; #42-Montoya 36
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#24-Gordon 128.009 [15th fastest lap], 14 laps run
#78-Wallace 127.738 [35th], 20 laps
#01-Martin 127.673 [8th], 23 laps
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(4-19-2007)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Phoenix
If things stayed the same, these drivers would make the race:
#10-Scott Riggs, 20th fastest
#21-Ken Schrader, 24th
#22-Dave Blaney, 26th
#00-David Reutimann, 29th
#83-Brian Vickers, 33rd
#78-Kenny Wallace, 35th
#55-Michael Waltrip, 37th
#44-Dale Jarrett, 42nd but would use his 5th past champ prov
If things stayed the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#4-Ward Burton, 39th
#49-Mike Bliss, 45th
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 46th
#37-John Andretti, 47th
#36-Jeremy Mayfield, 48th
#15-Paul Menard, 49th
#02-Brandon Ash, 50th/last
See all the practice speeds on my Phoenix Practice Page.(4-19-2007)
- Entry List for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is up, 50 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
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 (7 attempts/45th in 2007 owners pts)
#02-Brandon Ash (0/none)
#4-Ward Burton (6/43)
#10-Scott Riggs (7/37)
#15-Paul Menard (7/41)
#21-Ken Schrader (7/36)
#22-Dave Blaney (7/38)
#36-Jeremy Mayfield (7/46)
#37-John Andretti (7/47)
#44-Dale Jarrett [Past Champ 1999](7/39)
#49-Mike Bliss (7/42)
#55-Michael Waltrip (7/50)
#78-Kenny Wallace (7/44)
#83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(7/40)
#84-A.J. Allmendinger (7/48)
In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,21,10,22,15,49,78
missing the race would be : #'s 00,36,37,84,55,4 [only 6 race attempts], 02 
See the full list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List
- NOTE on #4/#09 Owners Points: have confirmed thru the team and NASCAR that the #109 team of James Finch/Phoenix Racing and the #4 team of Larry McClure/Morgan McClure Motorsports have 'switched' car numbers with Finch now listed as the #4 owner, combing the #109's Daytona points  with the #4 points at Las Vegas  for a total of 194 and moving up to 38th on the Owners Points list. The switch was made AFTER California, so the #09 team had one attempt. Been told NASCAR has approved this move. Why would the #4 team do this? Race attempts do not matter if a team is in the top 35 of the owners points, so if the #4 can get in the next two races and get in the top-35 they will be guaranteed a starting spot if the team can stay in the top 35.
My 'understanding' of the rules, is that since the #4 is now listed with only 2 race attempts, the team would not get in the race in the case qualifying is cancelled [rain etc] as there are many teams already with three who would get in first. That is how the rule is written, and confirmed with NASCAR.(3-14-2007)
- COT: Car of Tomorroow: the is the 3rd of 16 COT races in 2007, for more info on the COT see my:
COT News, Testings and Rumors Page
COT Images [before Bristol, during testing of the COT
- 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)
- 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]
- 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
- Three Race Tracks Jeff Gordon has never won at: There are three current race tracks the Nextel Cup Series runs on that #24-Jeff Gordon has not won at [a Nextel Cup race]:
Texas 0 for 13 with a best of 2nd in 2002
Phoenix 0 for 16 with a best of 3rd in 2002 and 2004
Homestead 0 for 8 with a best finish of 3rd 2004
Gordon has won at 21 [19 active] of 24 tracks he has raced on including two not on the circuit any longer, North Wilkesboro and Rockingham.(4-15-2007)
- Did ya know? in 21 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway, no pole sitter has ever followed up the pole win a race win.(11-12-2006)
- Only Three: Only three drivers have started all 21 Nextel Cup races at Phoenix International Raceway:
#44-Dale Jarrett, 1 win
#01-Mark Martin, 1 win
#21-Ken Schrader, 0 wins.(11-12-2006)
- 2006 April Pole Sitter: #5-Kyle Busch, 133.744mph, finished 36th
- 2005 November Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 134.464mph, finished 4th
- Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Nov 2004, 135.854mph
- 2006 April Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 107.063mph, started 15th
- 2006 November Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 96.131mph, started 2nd
- 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: 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 - twice, 11/7/99
- 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 [21 races]
- Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 21] 0.0%
- 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: 6 of 21 - 28.6%
- Races won from the top 10: 8 of 21 - 38.1%
- 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: None
Backstretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: None
Pit Road: Length: 1,140
Grandstand seating: 76,812
Grand Marshal: Robin Yount
Command to start engines: Robin Yount
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Honory Race Official: Rock Legend Eddie Van Halen
National Anthem: Josh Kelley
Military Flyover: F-16s from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ
- Track Homepage: phoenixinternationalraceway.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Phoenix International Raceway
- April 2006: Phoenix Race Info / Rundown Page
- November 2006: Phoenix Race Info / Rundown Page
- PIR Flag to go to Retiring Air Force Colonel: In another connection between Phoenix International Raceway and the United States military, retiring Colonel Kenneth L. Robinson of the United States Air Force will be honored with the flag that flies over PIR during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 upon his retirement from the Air Force on June 1. Robinson is the Commander for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Control Segment Group, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command at Los Angeles Air Force Base in Los Angeles, California. He directs a $3 billion portfolio providing GPS command and control (C2) functions ensuring uninterrupted precision navigation and timing for military and civil users worldwide. Whereas retiring leaders of the military normally request a flag that
has been flown over the White House or another national monument, Robinson, ever the enthusiastic race fan, asked for the flag that is
being flown over PIR during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21. "NASCAR represents everything that is great about our country, and nothing is more American than this," said Col. Robinson. "The men and women of the armed forces are proud to defend the freedoms that we enjoy and our American way of life. I want to thank PIR for this prestigious honor. It will be a highlight at my retirement ceremony." Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(4-20-2007)
- Josh Kelley to sing National Anthem at PIR: Phoenix International Raceway announced that singing and songwriting sensation Josh Kelley will sing The Star-Spangled Banner during pre-race ceremonies for the Saturday, April 21 running of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race. Also announced are the Thursday and Friday evening appearances, respectively, of Jordan Leigh and Blessid Union of Souls member Eliot Sloan, as they will each present the national anthem under PIR's bright lights. The appearance at PIR will be Kelley's second, as he sang a soulful rendition of the national anthem prior to the start of the Arizona Travel 200 Busch Series race last November. Sloan is the lead singer of Blessid Union of Souls, the headline group performing on PIR's Midway during the event weekend. Blessid Union of Souls performs at the PIR Stage at 4 p.m. on Friday, just prior to the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. Leigh is no stranger to PIR, having performed the national anthem during last November's Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil weekend. The rising star will kick off the weekend's festivities, performing on Thursday evening before the AlphaTrade.com 150 NASCAR Grand National Division West Series race. Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(4-19-2007)
- Virtual Army Experience Deploys at PIR: The Virtual Army Experience is a high-tech, team-based experience that immerses participants in the operational roles of Soldiers in a virtual mission to capture a terrorist leader. In the 20-minute experience, participants receive video briefings and execute the ground component of a raid on a terrorist stronghold. Participants fall-in on six Humvee simulators modeled on vehicles employed by Army Special Forces, and onto two covering positions where they work as a team as they employ light arms and TOW anti-tank missiles to defeat the enemy. Each virtual mission has space for 40 people who are de-briefed by one of the Army's Real Heroes when the mission ends. The Virtual Army Experience was created by the U.S. Army and Ignited Minds and built by SPEVCO, Inc. NASCAR fans will find the Virtual Army Experience deployed at Phoenix International Raceway outside turns one and two, between gates three and four. Virtual Army Experience - Phoenix Hours: Thursday, April 19, 9 a.m.-8:15 p.m.; Friday, April 20, Noon -6:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, Noon - 5:30 p.m. The Virtual Army Experience will deploy at five additional NASCAR weekends this season.(3-GSports PR)(4-18-2007)
- Rock Legend Eddie Van Halen to Serve as Honorary Race Official at Phoenix: rock superstar Eddie Van Halen will serve as an Honorary Race Official for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 21. As an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will be part of pre-race activities and will be on the pre-race stage greeting drivers as they are introduced prior to the start of the race. In addition to his duties as an Honorary Race Official, Van Halen will help to unveil a limited edition Fender Stratocaster Guitar as well as a limited edition EVH brand Frankenstein replica guitar at PIR on Friday, April 20. The Fender guitar, with its unique designs, will be presented to the winner of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21. The one-of-a-kind PIR Fender Stratocaster Guitar was built by Chris Fleming, Senior Master Builder, in Fender's Custom Shop. A 2007 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eddie Van Halen is the backbone of one of the most well-known rock and roll bands of all time - Van Halen. A legendary rock guitarist, Van Halen and EVH brand guitars, amps and musical products has partnered with the organization for this unique unveiling. "I am honored on behalf of EVH Brand guitars, amps and musical products to be invited to such an exciting and fun event. I feel privileged to be working with such amazing organizations like Phoenix International Raceway, their NASCAR event and Fender." said Van Halen. With countless number one hits, Van Halen is known for hit albums including "1984" and "5150" which combined with others, have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide. Van Halen is also one of five rock groups that have had two separate albums sell more than 10 million copies in the United States. Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(4-17-2007)
- MLB Hall of Famer Robin Yount Phoenix Grand Marshal: Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop and center fielder Robin Yount
will serve as the Grand Marshal for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday, April 21. As Grand Marshal, Yount will give the command for the field of 43 drivers to start their engines under the bright lights at PIR. Yount spent each of his 20 Major League seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. A three-time All-Star, Yount won an American League Gold Glove at shortstop in 1982 and the American League MVP award in 1982 and 1989. In 1999, Yount was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yount carries local ties as well. From 2002 to 2004, Yount served as the bench coach and first base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tickets are now on sale for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-7223. For additional information on the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Weekend, visit phoenixraceway.com or call 623-463-5600.(PIR PR)(4-16-2007)
- Sheriff Arpaio to drive pace car at Phoenix: 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 Monte Carlos that will lead the Nextel Cup Series field toward the green flag in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 21 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 one-mile oval for pace laps prior to the start of the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Rarely do I encourage speeding within Maricopa County but the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at PIR is an exception," said Arpaio. 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.(PIR)(4-13-2007)
- RV Spots available for Nov. Phoenix race: Starting Friday, April 6, NASCAR fans can call the Phoenix International Raceway Ticket Office at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) to reserve their motorhome spots for NASCAR's Semi-Final Weekend, held November 8-11 at PIR and highlighted by the 20th running of the November NASCAR classic, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil.
Phoenix International Raceway recently extended its ticket office hours to Saturdays, beginning March 31. Weekday ticket office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The PIR Ticket Office will also open for business on Sunday, April 15, again from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Outside reserved RV spots are available at $160 for the week, and unreserved spots can be purchased for just $50. Race tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223)(PIR PR)(4-6-2007)
- Phoenix Fans encouraged to take easy route to the race track: Phoenix International Raceway will again encourage race
fans in 2007 to bypass race traffic and "Park 'N Ride" to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday, April 21. After much success in 2006, the "Park 'N Ride" program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue.
All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle services will be provided to the track. Parking and shuttle services to PIR will total just $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at 5:30pm/pt, "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from noon on Saturday until midnight - giving all fans an easy way both to and
from the track, before and after the race. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can "Park 'N Ride" at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility. Tickets are now on sale for the
Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at PIR and can be purchased by calling 602-252-2227 or 866-408-7223. For additional information on the Subway Fit 500 Weekend, visit www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(3-28-2007)
- Tix on sale for Novemeber events at Phoenix: Tickets for the November 11 Semi-Final Showdown in the Nextel Cup Series, the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway, are currently on sale. As always, the Semi-Final Showdown at PIR will provide fans with a breathtaking look at late-season Nextel Cup Series action, but the 2007 version will provide a new twist. A new, expanded Chase for the Nextel Cup field of 12 drivers will battle for the championship this season at
PIR, setting the stage for the season finale. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Single tickets for November's
Busch Series Arizona Travel 200 and the Craftsman Truck Series Casino Arizona 150 are also now available, as are 2-Race Ticket Packages which include the same great seat for both the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil and the Arizona Travel 200.
NASCAR action heats up when the lights come on for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Weekend at PIR, April 19-21, 2007. The party kicks off under the lights for Thursday's Phoenix 150 NASCAR AutoZone West Series race. Friday night's fiesta is the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Busch Series race. Then, the action reaches its pinnacle when the cars and stars of the Nextel Cup Series take the track for the Subway Fresh Fit 500, the first night race of the 2007 Nextel Cup Season. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 602-252-2227 or 866-408-7223.(PIR PR)(3-3-2007)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Phoenix International Raceway
- NASCAR To Honor Victims Of Virginia Tech Tragedy: NASCAR has received permission from Virginia Tech to display the school’s logo on race cars for the next three weeks, in a tribute to the victims of this week’s shootings at the university's Blacksburg, Va. campus. The logo will be displayed against a black background on the “B-post” – the area just to the right of the driver’s side window net – of cars competing in Nextel Cup Series and Busch Series events at Phoenix, Talladega (April 28-29) and Richmond (May 4-5). Additionally, trucks competing in the Craftsman Truck Series event April 28 at Kansas Speedway also will display the logo. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their family members, their friends – and the entire Virginia Tech community,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “We wanted to make a simple, but strong, gesture of remembrance. We are grateful the university gave us clearance to display their logo.”(NASCAR PR)(4-19-2007)
- Morgan-McClure Shows Support for Virginia Tech at Phoenix: The #4 State Water Heaters Chevy Impala SS will undergo a slight transformation this weekend in Phoenix. Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Ward Burton will be sporting a large Virginia Tech logo on the hood and smaller decals on each side of their entry in this weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, VA is only a little more than an hour's drive from the Morgan-McClure Motorsports facility in Abingdon, VA. Morgan-McClure President, Larry McClure said today, "The tragic loss of life at Virginia Tech this week is heavy on all our hearts. We decided immediately to utilize our #4 State Water Heaters Chevy Impala to recognize and honor the students, faculty and families of Virginia Tech this weekend at Phoenix. Virginia Tech is near and dear to our hearts. My family follows their athletic programs and we feel a closeness to the campus which is practically in our back yard. We currently have a VT student, Blake Ray, who is working as an Engineering Intern for Morgan-McClure. Even though he was away on a project in Florida when this tragedy happened, he still is affected by the loss of fellow students and faculty members. Being the only Virginia based Nextel Cup team and having Ward Burton, a Virginia native driver, we felt it important to show our support for VT as they try to recover from this horrible tragedy."
Ward Burton expressed his sadness over the events at Virginia Tech, "I have lived in Virginia all my life and Virginia Tech has always been a big part of this state. I am surrounded by people who are either graduates of Virginia Tech, or they have kids who attend. This is not just a community or state tragedy, it's a national one. I am saddened by this negative publicity for Virginia Tech, but Virginia Tech, its students, their colleagues and employees and the whole state of Virginia is going to rally around this institution." Burton continues, "Personally, my Wildlife Foundation [WBWF] has a partnership with Virginia Tech and we value that partnership very dearly. We are working together very hard to do a lot of positive conservation outreach projects with the state of Virginia. We've been talking with our friends at VT all week trying to offer them support. I'm really proud that Larry [McClure] and Tim [Morgan] have allowed this race team to show their support by putting them [VT] on the race car. Virginia Tech will rise above this and this is our way, for the time being, to help them and show our support."(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(4-18-2007)
- Andretti Ready To Make Car of Tomorrow Debut: This weekend, John Andretti and the #37 Camping World Dodge team will head to the flat one-mile Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday night's Subway Fresh 500. Andretti will be making his debut in the Car of Tomorrow for Front Row Motorsports. Andretti has 12 Nextel Cup starts at Phoenix dating back to 1993. He was a pole
winner in 1999 and has two top 10 finishes at the track. Andretti has led a total of 99 laps at the track. Andretti has started on the front row three times in his career at Phoenix.(MCG sports PR)(4-18-2007)
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Pinnacle Las Vegas to Sponsor Nemechek at PIR: Joe Nemechek's #13 Chevy will have a new look at this weekend's Nextel Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The Ginn Racing entry will be sponsored by Pinnacle Las Vegas, the distinctively designed $850 million managed condominium resort-hotel. The twin 36-story towers with 1,104 luxury residences are scheduled to open in late 2009 and will be situated on 12 acres just west of the famed Las Vegas Strip. "Pinnacle Las Vegas is a stunning development and we are thrilled the company is partnering with Ginn Racing in its first venture in motorsports," said Jay Frye, CEO and general manager of Ginn Racing. "We look forward to delivering results to Pinnacle, both on and off the track." For more information, visit www.ThePinnacleLasVegas.com..(Ginn Racing PR)(4-18-2007)
- #07 Dialed in with DIRECTV at Phoenix Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will sport a DIRECTV paint scheme this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital television service provider and is also the official satellite television service provider of NASCAR. The team's customary primary sponsor, Jack Daniel's, will be featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panels and deck lid.(RCR PR)(4-17-2007)
- 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)