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THE RACE: Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k)

Sprint Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Sunday, November 9, 2008 in Avondale, AZ

  • Title Sponsor: Checker O'Reilly

  • Track: Phoenix International Raceway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:40pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ABC 3:30pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 3:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November10 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, November10 at 8:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, November 13 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, November 13 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, November 7, 2:00 - 3:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2;
    Saturday, November 8, 1:30 - 2:15pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 8, 2:50 - 3:50pm/et on TV-ESPN2


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, November 7, 1:00pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, November 7 at 5:45pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Johnson wins at Phoenix: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway for his 7th win of the season and the 40th of his career after a Green-White-Checkered finish [added 1 lap]. Johnson just needs to finish 36th at Homestead win win his 3rd Sprint Cup Championship. #2-Busch finishing 2nd followed by #26-McMurray, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #29-Harvick, #18-Busch, #31-Burton and #6-Ragan. There were 10 cautions for 55 yellow flag laps [and 2 red flags, one for rain and one for a big wreck] and 9 lead changes among 5 drivers.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Phoenix Race Results Awards Page.(11-9-2008)

  • UNOFFICIAL Chase Driver Points Standings [after Phoenix race 35 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 6561 [7 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 6420 -141 [8 wins]
    the following drivers are eliminated from the Chase
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 6358 -203 [2 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 6292 -269 [2 wins]
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick 6233 -328
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 6226 -335 [1 win]
    7) #24-Jeff Gordon 6151 -410
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth 6091 -470
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 6090 -471 [1 win]
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 6087 -474 [1 win]
    11) #18-Kyle Busch 6080 -481 [8 wins]
    12) #20-Tony Stewart 6059 -502 [1 win]
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix.(11-9-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Classic Driver Points Standings [after Phoenix race 35 of 36]:
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5097 [7 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 5041 -56 [8 wins]
    3) #18-Kyle Busch 4878 -219 [8 wins]
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 4666 -431 [2 wins]
    5) #16-Greg Biffle 4638 -459 [2 wins]
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 4565 -532 [1 win]
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 4516 -581
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon 4372 - 725
    9) #20-Tony Stewart 4344 -753 [1 win]
    10) #07-Clint Bowyer 4332 - 765 [1 win]
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin 4315 -782[1 win]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 4223 -874
    13) #6-David Ragan 4208 -889
    14) #9-Kasey Kahne 3935 -1162[2 wins]
    (11-9-2008)

  • Where did the 12 Chase drivers finish at Phoenix
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON from the pole
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 4th
    the following drivers are eliminated from the Chase
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 14th
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 9th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon 41st DNF/engine
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 12th
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 7th
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 22nd
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth 15th
    10) #18-Kyle Busch 8th
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 6th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 5th
    (11-9-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Jimmie Johnson won the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He posted his 40th career series victory in his 254th career race. Johnson posted his seventh victory in 2008, second behind Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, who each have eight wins in 2008. Johnson's last victory came at Martinsville in October, three races ago. He posted his third straight win at Phoenix. Johnson posted his ninth top-10 finish in 11 races at Phoenix. Johnson won the race from the first-place starting position. This marked just the second time in 25 series races at Phoenix that the race was won from the pole. Johnson posted his 14th win in 49 Chase races. He posted his 30th career superspeedway victory in 170 superspeedway races. Johnson led three times for 217 laps, including the final 95.
    * Chevrolet has clinched its sixth straight Manufacturers' championship, and its 32nd overall.
    * Hendrick Motorsports posted its eighth victory in 2008: Johnson has seven, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. won once. Hendrick Motorsports posted its sixth Phoenix series victory. Four of those wins came in the past four Phoenix races: Jeff Gordon in April 2007, Johnson in November 2007 and in both races in 2008.
    * Race winner and points leader Jimmie Johnson has scored top-15 finishes in the past 11 races, extending a streak that began at California in August. Johnson is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in the nine Chase races. Johnson has a 4.67 average finish in the nine Chase races.
    * Kevin Harvick (finished 7th), Greg Biffle (11th) and Clint Bowyer (12th) have each scored eight top-15 finishes in the nine Chase races.
    * Johnson and Biffle are the only Chase drivers to lead in eight of the nine Chase races. They were the only Chase drivers to lead at Phoenix.
    * Johnson has led in 28 of the 35 races this season, more than any other driver. He led 217 laps at Phoenix. Johnson has led 955 laps in the nine Chase races. Carl Edwards is second in Chase laps led at 489 laps.
    * With a 141-point lead (unofficial), Johnson will win the championship if he finishes 36th or better at Homestead no matter what second-place Carl Edwards does. Mathematically, only Johnson and Edwards can win the championship. The driver with one race to go in each of the four Chases has gone on to win the championship. This is the largest points lead ever with one race to go in the Chase.
    * The championship leader with one race to go has gone on to win the championship all but twice since 1975 (when the present points system was implemented). Alan Kulwicki was second, 30 points behind leader Davey Allison in 1992, and Richard Petty trailed Darrell Waltrip by two points in 1979 -- the closest points margin with one to go.
    * Johnson is in position to win three straight championships, a feat only accomplished once before: Cale Yarborough in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Johnson could become only the eighth driver to win three or more championships in NASCAR's 60-year history. * Going into the final race there are only two drivers that can win the championship, just like in 2007. In 2004 and 2006 there were six drivers alive, and four drivers were alive in 2005.
    * No driver has ever won both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup championships in the same year. Carl Edwards is alive to do both but remains second in both series.
    * Gordon has gone 40 races without a victory, his longest streak between victories. He posted his sixth DNF in 2008 and ended a streak of four straight top-10 finishes.
    * Jamie McMurray (third) has scored four top-10 finishes in the past five races.
    * Kevin Harvick has been running at the finish in the past 79 races, the longest current streak by any driver.
    * This was the 11th win for Chevrolet in 2008. Ford and Toyota each have 10 and Dodge has four.
    * The top-10 consisted of four Chevrolets, three Fords, two Toyotas and one Dodge.
    * Seven of the top 10 finishers were Chasers.
    * Greg Biffle won the first two Chase races, Tony Stewart won at Talladega, Jeff Burton won at Lowe's, Jimmie Johnson won at Kansas, Martinsville and Phoenix and Carl Edwards won at Atlanta and Texas.
    * Just two of the 12 Chase drivers earned lap-leader bonus points at Phoenix by leading at least one lap: Johnson and Biffle.
    * Six of the 12 Chase drivers changed positions after Atlanta.
    * Regan Smith (23rd) was the highest-finishing rookie-of-the-year contender.(ESPN)(11-10-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
    With one race to go, Ambrose moves up to 35th and Speed falls out but is only 17 points out of the 35th spot
    31) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2785 +147
    32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing: 2774 +136
    33) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2765 +127
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2685 +47
    35) #47[was #00]-Ambrose/Waltrip Racing: 2655 ONLY 17 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2638, ONLY 17 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2554 -101
    38) #10-Allmendinger/GEM: 2495 -160
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    BUT with one race to go, the top-35 after Homestead, will be guaranteed a starting spot for the Daytona 500 and first five races of 2009.
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(11-9-2008)

  • Phoenix International Raceway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 21
    2 #7 Lug nut(s) not installed TE 31
    3 #44 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
    4 #17 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
    5 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 44
    6 #12 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. PT 71
    7 #8 Lug nut(s) not installed MCI 99
    8 #24 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 263
    9 #24 Safety violation MCI 269
    10 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 273
    11 #47 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 274
    12 #43 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 274
    13 #9 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 274
    14 #5 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 274
    15 #77 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 274
    16 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 274
    17 #41 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 284
    18 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 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.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-9-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no cars a lap down
    Caution 2: #19-Sadler
    Caution 3: no cars a lap down that are on the track
    Caution 4: #42-Montoya,
    Caution 5: #9-Kahne,
    Caution 6: #70-Sauter,
    Caution 7: #07-Bowyer,
    Caution 8: #17-Kenseth,
    Caution 9: #8-Martin,
    Caution 10: no free pass if 10 laps of less left in race
    (11-9-2008)

  • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway, #48-Johnson got to choose first since he will start from the pole, and took stall #1, #26-McMurray, who starts 2nd, took stall #13, the next pit with an opening in front of it and #2-Busch who starts 3rd, took the next opened stall at #21. #44-Reutimann, who start 4th, took the final pit stall. See who took what stall on my Phoenix Pit Stall selections page.(11-8-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, November 9, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 3:30pm/et; pre-race show at 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, November 10 at 2:30am/et
    ESPN Classic, Monday, November 10 at 8:00am/et
    SPEED, Thursday, November 13 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, November 13 at 5:30pm/et


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over:
    #11-Hamlin 129.898
    #8-Martin 129.636
    #9-Kahne 129.352
    #31-Burton 129.324
    #20-Stewart 129.213
    slowest: #84-Speed 126.143 and #96-Schrader 126.347
    incidents: none reported
    See best speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-8-2008)

  • First Saturday practice for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top 5 are:
    #29-Harvick 131.377
    #99-Edwards 130.957
    #48-Johnson 130.648
    #24-Gordon 130.544
    #12-Newman 130.336
    slowest: #96-Schrader 125.353 and #09-Marlin 126.966
    incidents: none reported
    See best speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-8-2008)

  • Johnson on pole at Phoenix: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Coor's Light Pole for the Checker Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 134.725mph for his 6th pole of 2008 and 19th pole of his career. Johnson is now 26th on the all-time pole list. #26-McMurray will start 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #44-Reutimann. #88-Earnhardt Jr., #12-Newman, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #15-Menard and #8-Martin.
    The Go-or-go homers [non top 35 in owners pts] to make the race: #10-Allmendinger, #47-Ambrose, #96-Schrader, #45-Petty, #09-Marlin, #21-Elliott and #70-Sauter. Only one driver misses the race is #78-Nemechek.
    See qualifying order, results, pole progression and starting lineup on my Phoenix Qualifying/Starting Grid Page.(11-7-2008)

  • Where do the 12 Chase drivers start at Phoenix
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson on the pole, 1st
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 16th
    3) #16-Greg Biffle 31st
    4) #31-Jeff Burton 24th
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon 7th
    6) #07-Clint Bowyer 28th
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 19th
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 29th
    9) #17-Matt Kenseth 34th
    10) #18-Kyle Busch 14th
    11) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5th
    12) #11-Denny Hamlin 8th
    (11-7-2008)

  • Phoenix Qualifying Fast Facts
    Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 with a lap of 26.721 seconds, 134.725 mph.
    This is his 19th pole in 254 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his sixth pole and 27th top-10 start in 2008.
    This is his first pole in 11 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Jamie McMurray (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2008 and his fourth in 11 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 10th in 35 races this season.
    Ragan Smith (21st) was the highest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-7-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2008 at 5:45pm/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 scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #66-Riggs, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #7-Gordon. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #09-Marlin, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #47-Ambrose. See the full qualifying order on my Phoenix Qualifying Page.(11-7-2008)

  • Friday practice for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five:
    #48-Johnson 132.871
    #5-Mears 132.861
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 132.846
    #18-Busch 132.787
    #26-McMurray 132.533
    slowest: #09-Marlin 130.086 and #28-Kvapil 129.903
    See best speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-7-2008)

  • Entry List for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #09-Sterling Marlin (8/48)
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger (34/38)
    #21-Bill Elliott [past champ] (34/41)
    #45-Kyle Petty (34/40)
    #47-Marcos Ambrose (34/36) [was #00 team]
    #70-Johnny Sauter (34/43)
    #77-Sam Hornish Jr. (34/37)[past owner winner]
    #78-Joe Nemechek (34/42)
    #96-Ken Schrader (34/39)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 77,21,47,10,96,45,78,70
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 09
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List.(11-3-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix:
    No teams dropped in or out of top 35, but points do tighten some and the #84 team is now just 44 points ahead of the #47 team.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    33) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2682 +136
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM: 2606 +60
    35) #84-Speed/Red Bull Racing: 2590 44 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #47[was #00]-Ambrose/Waltrip Racing: 2546, 44 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 2490 -100
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(11-2-2008)

  • 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 Sprint 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)

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 2008 April Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 133.457mph, finished 43rd

  • 2007 November Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 132.773mph, finished 42nd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Nov 2004, 135.854mph

  • 2008 April Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 103.292mph, started 7th

  • 2007 November Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 102.989mph, started 6th

  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Al Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2

  • Most Wins - All Time: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Davey Allison, 2

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, 4

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 9

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 15
  • 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 24] 4.17%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 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 24 - 29.7%

  • Races won from the top 10: 11 of 24 - 45.8%

  • Phoenix Rookie Notes: #77-Sam Hornish Jr. was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 2 Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring a 23rd-place finish. Hornish Jr. grabbed top rookie honors for the fourth consecutive race and for the 11th time in 2008. Sam Hornish Jr. leads #01-Regan Smith by four points (198-194) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 8 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart are the only Raybestos Rookies to win in 24 Sprint Cup races at Phoenix. Both wins came in the fall event: Stewart won from the pole in 1999, beating Mark Martin to the checkered flag by 2.081 seconds while Busch captured the 2005 event by .609 seconds over Greg Biffle. Stewart is the only Raybestos Rookie to lead the most laps in a race at Phoenix, leading the 1999 fall race three times for 150 laps. Three Raybestos Rookies have won pole positions at Phoenix, all coming in the fall race: Tony Stewart (1999), Casey Atwood (2001) and Ryan Newman (2002).(Camp & Assoc/Raybestos) and see rookie history, notes, standings, rules on my 2008 Rookie Notes Page.(11-6-2008)

  • Chase Notes going into Phoenix: Chase Frontrunner #48-Jimmie Johnson’s amazing run of consecutive top 10 finishes in The Chase came to an end at Texas at 12, dating back to last season. In fact, Johnson’s 15th is his worst Chase finish since a 24th in race #4 of 2006 at Talladega. That’s how strong and consistent this team has been. Still, the #48 holds the largest lead with two to go in the five-year history of The Chase. It’s not that #99-Carl Edwards and #16-Greg Biffle aren’t good at Phoenix. It’s just that Jimmie Johnson has been terrific there, winning the last two races at PIR, four straight top 5s and six straight Top 10s. Edwards carded a fourth the last time out at PIR and Biffle had a second in the fall race last year. #18-Kyle Busch’s sixth at Texas moved him ahead of #88-Dale Jr. and #11-Denny Hamlin for 10th place, but he stands only one point ahead of Jr. and three ahead of Hamlin for the 'chase' to the stage at the Waldorg in NYC, only the top-10 drivers go to MYC and are on the stage. See more stats and history of the chase on my Chase Stats after Texas page and 2008 Chase News/Rules page.(11-6-2008)

  • At Phoenix International Raceway:
    • Construction on Phoenix International Raceway was completed in January 1964. The configuration consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
    • Alan Kulwicki won the the first Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988.
    • The Craftsman Truck Series debuted at Phoenix on Feb. 5, 1995. Mike Skinner becomes the series’ first winner.
    • The first Nationwide Series race at Phoenix was on Nov. 11, 1999.
    • The first spring race at PIR was held on April 23, 2005. Also the first night race, it was won by Kurt Busch.
    • There have been 24 Sprint Cup Series races at the Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988 through 2004 and two each season since.
    • Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole in 1988.
    • There have been 14 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.
    • Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to win consecutive poles. Newman won three straight (2002-04), while Gordon won the fall of 2006 and spring 2007.
    • There have been 19 different race winners at Phoenix.
    • Davey Allison (1991 and 1992), Jeff Burton (2000 and 2001), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003 and 2004), Kevin Harvick (both 2006) and Jimmie Johnson (2007 and 2008) are the only drivers to score two victories at Phoenix. All posted back-to-back victories.
    • The race has been won from the pole just once at Phoenix: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007).
    • The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in only 11 of 24 races.
    • Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    • There has been one green-white-checkered race at Phoenix: November 2004 (315 laps).
    • Mark Martin has posted nine top-five finishes at Phoenix, more than any other driver. Martin has one victory and five second-place finishes in his 23 races and has just one DNF at Phoenix, that coming in his first race there.
    • There have been 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Arizona.
    • 29 NASCAR drivers have their home state recorded as Arizona.
    • There have been no race winners from Arizona in NASCAR’s three national series.(11-5-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam/Operation Homefront #7 Team Schemes Page
    #10-A.J. Allmendinger McDonald's none...yet
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle 3M - American Red Cross #16 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Pedigree Dog Food #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Siemens #19 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Little Debbies #21 Team Schemes Page
    #22-Dave Blaney Bad Boy Mowers none...yet
    #28-Travis Kvapil All Sport #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland FCC - Digital TV Transition #38 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells-Fargo #45 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Bad Boy Mowers to Sponsor #22 in final two 2008 races: Bill Davis Racing (BDR) announced that Bad Boy Mowers will take over the sponsorship of the #22 Toyota in Sprint Cup Series competition for the final two races of the 2008 season. The two-race sponsorship opportunity comes after BDR bids a final farewell to its long-standing sponsorship with Caterpillar, which began in 1999. “This seems to be the year of change”, said Bill Davis, whose CAT sponsored team won the Daytona 500 in 2002. “That’s the one thing about life and NASCAR, is that you can always count on change. We had a great run with CAT and we are thankful for its sponsorship of our team over the years. My wife and I have made many friendships that will last forever. Our team is happy to have those Bad Boy Mowers come on board for the last two races of 2008. We are heavy into 2009 planning and are sorting out sponsorship of our Toyota powered program for next season.” Bill Davis Racing competes in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. BDR continues to seek sponsorship for the 2009 season.(BDR PR)(11-7-2008) Comment here

  • McDonald’s Partners With #10 GEM Team at Phoenix: It will be a weekend of firsts for the #10 Dodge of A.J. Allmendinger at Phoenix International Raceway. For the first time since its partnership with Gillett Evernham Motorsports began, McDonald’s will be aboard the #10 Dodge. Allmendinger hasn’t started a Cup race at Phoenix in his 42-race career. He does have a 13th-place finish in his single Nationwide Series start at PIR last year. Sunday marks Allmendinger’s fourth race with GEM. In the first three races he’s posted the 16th most points of any driver. Only a late-race pit lane violation kept Allmendinger from moving even higher.(GEM PR)(11-6-2008)

  • Irwin paint scheme for McMurray at PIR: This weekend at Phoenix Internationak Raceway, Jamie McMurray will pilot his #26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion for the last time this season. McMurray will participate in IRWIN Industrial Tools’ “Ultimate Tradesman Challenge” championship on Sunday morning. Over 10,000 tradesmen have competed in the challenge and this weekend the four North American finalist will compete for the title of North American Champion and will win an "ultimate" garage by Allied Steel Buildings and a Stage III Roush Performance Ford F-150. The competition will conclude with the North American champion and the Australian Champion competing for the ultimate prize - a shot at winning $1.26 million. IRWIN will also donate $10,000 to the Jamie McMurray Foundation.(RFR PR), see images of the #26 Team Schemes page.(11-6-2008)

  • Cheez-It colors for the #5 at Phoenix: Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway will mark the final 2008 race in which Cheez-It will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevrolet of Casey Mears. Cheez-It has been the co-primary sponsor on the Chevy in three races this season -- Texas [April], Pocono [Aug], and Auto Club Speedway. Cheez-It will return to the hood of the #5 Chevy [with Mark Martin as the driver] for select races in 2009. Sponsor CARQUEST and Brakes Plus are participating in the KNIX Radio "Million Can Crusade," a Phoenix-area canned food drive to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Twelve CARQUEST locations will serve as official drop-off points, while Brakes Plus will run the program at 13 of its branches. Visit www.knixcountry.com for more information.(HMS PR)(11-6-2008)

  • Sadler's #19 to be sponsored by Siemens at Phoenix: The #19 Dodge is racing with Siemens as the primary sponsor for Elliott Sadler for the weekend. The $96.6 billion electronics company's 400,000 worldwide employees are improving America’s infrastructure through technology and innovation in Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances.(GEM PR), see an image of the scheme on my #19 Team Schemes page.(11-5-2008)

  • FCC to sponsor #38 in three races: Yates Racing announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will sponsor the #38 entry with driver David Gilliland for a total of three races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Martinsville Speedway on October 19th as the #38 Digital TV Transition Ford will take to the track. The primary sponsorship is to help educate the American public about the fact that on February 17th, 2009 all full-power broadcast television stations in the United State will stop broadcasting on analog airwaves and begin broadcasting only in digital. Digital broadcasting will allow stations to offer improved picture and sound quality along with additional channels. The debut of the #38 Digital TV Transition Ford Fusion will take place on October 19th, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. The remaining two races of the primary sponsorship will include the Sprint Cup Series events at Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Digital Television (DTV) is a new type of broadcasting technology that will transform television since the DTV signal is delivered digitally the television signal is virtually free of interference. DTV is more efficient than our current analog signal and with DTV broadcasters are able to offer television with improved quality pictures and surround sound. For more information about the Digital Transition visit www.DTV.gov.(Yates Racing)
    AND: Hoping to rev up awareness for the transition to digital TV, the Federal Communications Commission is putting up $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR team #38. The price tag covers a race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, another in Phoenix and a third in Miami and includes the posting of www.dtv.gov along the track, on the car's sides and on the driver's helmet and suit. The market rate for the package is around $450,000.(Associated Press)(10-17-2008) Comment here

  • All Sport to sponsor Kvapil for three races: Yates Racing announced today that All Sport, a leading isotonic sports drink company which is a subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for a total of three races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Martinsville Speedway on October 19th and the race will mark the first time All Sport has been a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. The All Sport brand has a history of success in auto racing. From 1994 through 1997 the brand was the primary sponsor for Tommy Kendall and his Ford Mustang in the Trans-Am Series. Kendall drove the All Sport Ford to three consecutive series championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997 while also winning eleven straight races in 1997. Kendall’s win streak rocketed the All Sport Ford into the record books as he surpassed Mark Donahue’s previous record of eight consecutive wins which had stood for nearly 30 years. Yates Racing’s General Manager and Co-Owner, Max Jones, was the General Manager of Roush Fenway’s Trans-Am series at the time of All Sport’s and Kendall’s success. The #28 All Sport Ford Fusion will debut on October 19th, 2008 at Martinsville Speedway. The remaining two races of the primary sponsorship are the Sprint Cup Series events at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. For more info about All Sport go to www.drinkallsport.com. A subsidiary of Big Red, Inc., All Sport, Inc. is based in Austin, Texas and distributed by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.(Yates Racing)(10-16-2008) Comment here

  • 3M Donates Two Full Paint Schemes to Red Cross for the 2008: 3M, in partnership with Roush Fenway Racing, announced that it will donate the #16 Ford’s full paint scheme to the American Red Cross for two races during the 2008 Sprint Cup season. 3M will also donate space on the rear quarter panel of the car where the Red Cross logo will appear in eight other races during the year. For more information on donating blood, or to make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or log on to www.givelife.org. Greg Biffle will drive the Red Cross Ford at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27 and at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9. He will also appear in television and radio public service announcements to support the mission of the Red Cross. 3M has a long history of supporting the Red Cross through in kind contributions of disaster relief supplies. Last year, the 3M gave generous financial contributions to the Twin Cities Area Chapter of the Red Cross—and its employees gave over 2,000 units of blood. For more information about 3M, including the latest product and technology news, visit www.3M.com. (Roush Fenway Racing PR), see an image of the car on the #16 Team Schemes page.(1-7-2008)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • 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)

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Brake Master's Huy Nguyen
    Command to start engines: Huy Nguyen
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: PIR Chaplain Ken Bowers
    National Anthem: Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin
    Military Flyover: 4 F-16's, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB Glendale, AZ
    for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Homepage: phoenixraceway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Phoenix International Raceway

  • Last Year: see my November 2007 Phoenix Race Info page

  • Last May: see the April 2008 Phoenix Race Info page


  • PIR denies losing a race date: Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber and a NASCAR spokesman discounted a report this week in a Kansas City newspaper that said PIR's Subway Fresh Fit 500 could shift to Kansas Speedway in 2010 or 2011.(East Valley Tribune)(11-8-2008)

  • Some tix still available at PIR: There are reserved grandstand tickets remaining for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, and there is plenty of hillside general admission seating. Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber expects a near-sellout.(East Valley Tribune)(11-8-2008)

  • PIR Park and Ride Program Returns: Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging race fans to make their trip to the track a smooth one on Sunday, November 9. Following its success for previous PIR events, the “Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts Park ‘N Ride” will be available for fans to make an easy trip to the feature event of the track’s November NASCAR event weekend, the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. After much success in recent years, 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 enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle bus service from First Student Charter (formerly Laidlaw Transportation) of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Parking and shuttle services to PIR will total just $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at 1:45 p.m., “Park ‘N Ride” services will be available for 12 hours – from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. – on Sunday, giving all NASCAR 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 to the Semi-Final Race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and all other events throughout the November NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(11-2-2008)

  • PIR to celebrate Veterans Day with Special Edition hat: NASCAR fans at Phoenix International Raceway this November will have a chance to exhibit their American spirit, win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and look good while doing so. To celebrate the upcoming Veterans Day weekend and to pay honor to the many current and past members of the American military forces, PIR has unveiled a limited edition “Stars and Stripes” logo hat in time for the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil weekend and into the 2009 season, while supplies last. Each special edition hat – navy and embroidered with a red, white, and blue Phoenix International Raceway logo – costs $30 and can be purchased at PIR souvenir locations, the PIR Midway display, or at the Bashas’ Supermarkets on-site store located just west of the track on facility property. In addition, the Stars and Stripes hat will serve as the “Official Uniform Hat” at PIR for the event weekend. All proceeds from the special edition hat will support the track’s Salute to Military Families program for the April 2009 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, providing members of the military and their families the ultimate experience of attending a NASCAR event at PIR. To top the American celebration off, one guest wearing the Stars and Stripes hat will be spotted by a PIR representative and given the opportunity to ride in the patriotically-themed Phoenix International Raceway pace car to open the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday, November 9. Tickets for the events of the November NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(10-31-2008)

  • Candlebox to perform before Phoenix race: Known for explosive live shows, past and current Billboard-rated singles – including 1990s mainstays such as "You" and "Far Behind" – and powered by the momentum of their first new album in 10 years, Seattle alternative rock band Candlebox will perform on Phoenix International Raceway’s Midway stage at 11:30am on November 9, just hours before the green flag drops on the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil. In addition to the concert, Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the start of NASCAR’s Semi-Final Race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Tickets to see Candlebox perform at PIR and to experience all of the racing action throughout the November NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(10-30-2008)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Phoenix International Raceway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Sprint Cup and Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck)

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,350, Right-side -- 1,350;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575;
    Craftsman Truck: Left-side -- 325, Right-side -- 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4174; Right-side -- D-4176

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 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 (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this weekend, though those for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while those for the Truck Series will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams to run at Phoenix this past April . . . this is one of the more popular tire combinations in Goodyear's 2008 tire lineup . . . in addition to Phoenix, teams in all three major NASCAR series have run this specific combination at Richmond and New Hampshire this season . . . teams in the Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series have also run this tire set-up at Milwaukee, Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park and Memphis this year . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of America" airship, based out of Carson, Calif., will be covering the NASCAR race weekend at Phoenix.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Sauter back in the #70 at Phoenix: Johnny Sauter will replace Tony Raines in the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevy at Phoenix International Raceway. Sauter, who has three top-10s in 75 career Cup starts, has a pair of ninth-place finishes at the track but will need to make the race based on qualifying speed. “It’s been a good race track for me,” Sauter said. “It’s a place I always look forward to going. It’s a good short track. It races well for me. I relish the opportunity to go there.” Sauter started the 2008 season driving for Phoenix Racing in the Nationwide Series, but he and the team parted ways after five races. He has 12 Nationwide starts and eight Cup starts this year. Obviously still looking for a 2009 ride, Sauter hopes to find something in one of NASCAR’s three national series next year, including the Truck series, which he has never competed in a full-time basis.(SceneDaily)(11-4-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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