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5:30 p.m. SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series Race

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THE RACE: Subway Fresh Fit 500(k)

Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Phoenix, AZ

  • Title Sponsor: Subway

  • Track: Phoenix International Racedway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:40pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • FOX 8:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 6:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, April 17 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, April 17 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • 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, Links and Info:
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Purse/Race Awards

    2008: $5,064,433
    2007: $4,961,431
    2006: $4,906,887
    2005: $4,795,076
    2004: $4,844,100
    2003: $4,436,424


Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Thursday, April 10, 3:15 - 4:45pm/et, TV-none;
    Friday, April 11, 6:45 - 7:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour Practice: Friday, April 11, 8:00 - 9:00pm/et on TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Thursday, April 10, 2:15pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Thursday, April 10 at 7:00pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air reported;
    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 Subway Fresh Fit at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of the 2008 season and 34th of his career [is now alone in 16th in all time wins]. #07-Clint Bowyer finished 2nd [Bowyer and Johnson stayed out and didn't get a late splash of fuel and made it...barely] then #11-Hamlin, #99-Edwards, #8-Martin, #31-Burton, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #1-Truex Jr., #16-Biffle and #18-Busch. The pole sitter, #12-Ryan Newman lost a power steering pump early and finsihed last/43rd. There were only 10 lead changes among 4 drivers [Johnson, Martin, Earnhardt and Newman] and there were 8 caution flags for 42 laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Phoenix Race Results page.(4-12-2008)

  • Unofficial Drivers Points Standings [after Phoenix race 8 of 36]:
    1) #31-Jeff Burton 1215 [1 win]
    2) #18-Kyle Busch 1135 -80 [1 win]
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1129 -86
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1116 -99 [1 win]
    5) #29-Kevin Harvick 1112 -103
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin 1078 -137 [1 win]
    7) #20-Tony Stewart 1078 -137
    8) #07-Clint Bowyer 1044 -171
    9) #99-Carl Edwards 1041 -174 [would be 2nd if no 100pt penalty][3 wins]
    10) #16-Greg Biffle 1039 -176
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne 929 -286
    12) #12-Ryan Newman 915 -300 [1 win]
    other chase contenders
    13) #24-Jeff Gordon 907 8 pts out of 12th
    14) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 897 -18
    15) #17-Matt Kenseth 869 -46
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Phoenix page.(4-12-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no cars a lap down
    Caution 2: no cars a lap down
    Caution 3: #5-Mears, 11th
    Caution 4: #43-Labonte, 12th
    Caution 5: #24-Gordon, 13th
    Caution 6: #99-Edwards, 4th
    Caution 7: #38-Gilliland, 15th
    Caution 8: #2-Busch, 23rd
    (4-12-2008)

  • Phoenix Fast Facts
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Subway Fresh Fit 500, his 34th victory in 227 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    .. This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2008.
    .. This is his second victory and eighth top-10 finish in 10 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He also won at Phoenix last fall and became the fifth driver to score repeat victories at Phoenix. All five scored back-to-back wins.
    .. Clint Bowyer (second) posted his second top-10 and career-best finish in six races at Phoenix.
    .. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Phoenix and tied his career-best for the second time.
    .. Sam Hornish Jr. (20th) was the highest finishing rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-12-2008)

  • Phoenix International Raceway Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #10 Lug nut(s) not installed TE 12
    2 #17 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 42
    3 #99 Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon TE 112
    4 #1 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 113
    5 #78 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 114
    6 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 133
    7 #41 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 134
    8 #12 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 134
    9 #01 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 136
    10 #66 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 136
    11 #41 Removing equipment from assigned pit area TE 136
    12 #28 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 138
    13 #41 Removing equipment from assigned pit area TE 138
    14 #2 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 149
    15 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 163
    16 #43 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 166
    17 #6 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 200
    18 #9 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 229
    19 #10 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 303
    20 #00 Car/truck pitting out of the assigned pit box TE 304
    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)(4-12-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega
    A couple changes, #44-Reutimann is back in and #96-Yeley falls out and must qualify by speed at Talladega.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing 644 +93
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 621 +70
    33) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 605 +54
    34) #44-Reutimann/Waltrip Racing 567 -16
    35) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 554, 3 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing 551, 3 points out of 35th
    37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 546 -8
    38) #70-Mayfield/Haas CNC Racing 542 +12
    39) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 514 -40
    40) #84-Skinner/Red Bull Racing 443 -111
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-12-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says.....
    * Jimmie Johnson won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, the 24th Sprint Cup race at Phoenix.
    * Johnson scored the first victory for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.
    * This was the third straight Hendrick Motorsports victory at Phoenix.
    * A Chevrolet has won eight of the past nine races at Phoenix.
    * Johnson has scored 10 straight top-15 finishes in his 10 races at Phoenix.
    * Johnson has scored six straight top-10 finishes at Phoenix.
    * Johnson scored his 34th career victory in 227 career races.
    * Johnson posted his fourth top-10 finish this season, all top-5s.
    * Johnson climbed from sixth to fourth in the points standings.
    * Johnson led 120 of the 312 laps raced, including the final 11.
    * The 120 laps that Johnson led were the most laps that he has led in his 10 races at Phoenix.
    * Two drivers have scored top-10 finishes in six of the eight races this season: Jeff Burton (finished sixth) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished seventh).
    * Burton is the only driver to score top-15 finishes in all eight races this season.
    * Burton has scored six straight top-10 finishes.
    * Burton has scored 15 straight top-15 finishes at Phoenix.
    * Jeff Gordon (finished 13th) has scored 14 straight top-15 finishes at Phoenix.
    * Clint Bowyer (finished second) has scored five straight top-10 finishes this season.
    * Earnhardt has scored seven top-15 finishes in eight races this season.
    * Denny Hamlin (finished third) has scored six straight top-15 finishes.
    * Hendrick Motorsports tied Roush Fenway Racing for first in owner wins at Phoenix, with five victories (Johnson with, and Terry Labonte, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon with one each).
    * Matt Kenseth (finished 38th) made his 300th Sprint Cup Series start.(ESPN/Racing Resources)(4-15-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2008.
    TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 8:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Thursday, April 17 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, April 17 at 5:30pm/et

  • To The Back [1]: #96-Yeley [engine change]
  • Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race at Phoenix
  • Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
  • 2009 Shootout Lineup/All-Times Poles
  • Entry List Page
  • Qualifying Rules Page


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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  • Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five:
    #8-Martin 129.296
    #48-Johnson 128.940
    #1-Truex Jr. 128.843
    #16-Biffle 128.292
    #5-Mears 128.255
    slowest: #21-Elliott 125.541 and #40-Franchitti 125.725
    no speed for #96-Yeley as his team changed the engine
    most laps run: #48-Johnson 70; #66-Riggs 63
    Best Ten Lap Average [from SPEED's coverage]
    #16-Biffle 127.524
    #48-Johnson 127.434
    #1-Truex Jr. 127.298
    See all the speeds on my Phoenix Practice Speeds page.(4-11-2008)

  • Friday's first practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five:
    #48-Johnson 130.293
    #12-Newman 130.016
    #6-Ragan 129.683
    #9-Kahne 129.599
    #99-Edwards 129.543
    slowest: #78-Nemechek 125.558 and #21-Elliott 126.037
    most laps run: #2-Busch 43; #8-Martin 41
    #55-Waltrip scraped the wall, no serious damage reported
    See all the speeds on my Phoenix Practice Speeds page.(4-11-2008)

  • Newman wins pole at Phoenix: #12-Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with a speed of 133.457mph for his 1st pole of the season, his 43rd career pole [10th overall ever, and has won 3 races from the pole] and makes it 8 straight seasons that Newman has won a pole. #19-Elliott Sadler will start 2nd followed by #99-Edwards, #8-Martin, #9-Kahne, #18-Busch, #48-Johnson, #26-McMurray, #1-Truex Jr. and #66-Riggs. #24-Gordon will start 11th, #88-Earnhardt Jr. will start 13th and points leader #31-Burton will start 39th. #21-Bill Elliott uses the past champions provisional to make the race and will start 43rd. The Go-or-Go homers who made the race are: #22-Blaney, #40-Franchitti, #84-Skinner, #44-Reutimann, #10-Carpentier, #78-Nemechek and #70-Sauter. Two drivers will miss the race: #45-Petty and #34-Andretti.
    See the full qualifying results, pole progresssion and starting lineup on my Phoenix Qualifying Page.(4-10-2008)

  • Phoenix Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Ryan Newman won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 with a lap of 26.975 seconds, 133.457 mph.
    .. This is Newman’s 43rd pole in 232 career NASCAR Sprint Cup races. He moved into a tie with Buck Baker for 10th on the all-time pole winners list.
    .. This is Newman’s first pole and third top-10 start in 2008. This is his eighth straight year to win a pole. He is tied with Junior Johnson, Terry Labonte, Lee Petty and Rusty Wallace for 10th-place on the all-time list of consecutive seasons with at least one pole.
    .. This is Newman’s fourth pole at Phoenix International Raceway but his first since he won three in a row between 2002 and 2004. Jeff Gordon (three) is the only other repeat pole winner in the 10-race period.
    .. Elliott Sadler posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 26.984 seconds, 133.412 mph. This is his best start since he started second at Atlanta in March 2007.
    .. Carl Edwards (third) posted his fourth top-10 start in eight races at Phoenix. This is his sixth top-10 start in 2008.
    .. Dave Blaney (19th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Dario Franchitti (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-10-2008)

  • Season In Review - Week 8: Five different drivers have posted victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008, led by #99-Carl Edwards with three (California, Las Vegas and Texas). #12-Ryan Newman (Daytona), #18-Kyle Busch (Atlanta), 331-Jeff Burton (Bristol) and #11-Denny Hamlin (Martinsville) are the other race winners. Three drivers lead all others with five top-10 finishes: Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart. 27 different drivers have posted at least one top-10 finish in 2008. Jeff Gordon leads all other drivers with three DNFs in seven races in 2008. 61 drivers have attempted to qualify for at least one Sprint Cup Series race this season. 49 drivers have qualified for at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this season. There have been four different pole winners in 2008: Jeff Gordon (two), Jimmie Johnson (one), Kyle Busch (one) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (one). Qualifying was canceled due to weather at the Auto Club Speedway and Bristol. Jeff Gordon won the pole at Atlanta – making this his 16th consecutive year with a pole. Gordon is third on the all-time list for consecutive years with a pole, behind David Pearson (20) and Richard Petty (17). 30 different drivers have posted at least one top-10 start. Jeff Gordon is the only driver to start from the top 10 in six of the seven races. Only one driver has completed every lap raced this season: Jeff Burton. 29 drivers have led at least one lap this season. No one has led in every race. Ford leads the manufacturer point standings with 44 points. Chevrolet has 43, Toyota 39 and Dodge has 28. Ford has three victories this season. Toyota has two while Chevrolet and Dodge each have one.(NASCAR PR)(4-9-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 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 #07-Bowyer, the final top-35 driver scedhuled is #26-McMurray. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #40-Franchitti, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #70-Sauter. See the full qualifying order on my Phoenix Qualifying Page.(4-10-2008)

  • Thursday practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five were:
    #12-Newman 132.411
    #48-Johnson 132.081
    #8-Martin 131.979
    #18-Busch 131.791
    #5-Mears 131.776
    the slowest: #21-Elliott 128.064 and #34-Andretti 128.132
    most laps run: #6-Ragan 41; #2-Busch 38
    See all the speed on my Phoenix Practice Page.(4-10-2008)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Phoenix
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #40-Dario Franchitti, 13th fastest
    #44-David Reutimann, 15th
    #10-Patrick Carpentier, 21st
    #22-Dave Blaney, 26th
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 36th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 39th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 41st
    #21-Bill Elliott, 45th [would use past champ provisional]
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #84-Mike Skinner, 43rd
    #34-John Andretti, 44th
    See all the speed on my Phoenix Practice Page.(4-10-2008)

  • Entry List for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (7/42)
    #21-Bill Elliott [Past Champ 1](7/43)
    #22-Dave Blaney (7/37)
    #34-John Andretti (7/46)
    #40-Dario Franchitti (7/39)
    #44-David Reutimann (7/38)
    #45-Kyle Petty (7/41)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (7/36)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (7/44)
    #84-Mike Skinner (7/40)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,70,22,44,40,84,45,10
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 78,34
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List
    (4-7-2008)

  • 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

  • 2007 April Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 133.136mph, finished 1st

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

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

  • 2007 April Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 107.710mph, started 1st

  • 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: Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2

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

  • Most Poles: Jeff Gordon. Ryan Newman, Rusty Wallace, 3

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 8

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 14
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 42 years, 2 months, 11 days, 10/25/98

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/05

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - 11/5/2000

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Leaders: 13 - three times, last 11/5/2000

  • Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 11/7/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 66, 11/2/2003

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 11/7/1999

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 10, 11/7/1999

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 29 - 11/2/2003

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 3 - 10/30/1994

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41 - three, last on 4/21/2007

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 27 - 11/5/89

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Ricky Rudd, 1995, started 29th

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 262 - Dale Earnhardt, 11/4/1990

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 10 - Kevin Harvick 4/22/2006

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 12 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1 [of 23] 4.3%

  • 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 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 23 - 30.4%

  • Races won from the top 10: 10 of 23 - 43.5%

  • 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 first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988.
    • The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debuted at Phoenix on Feb. 5, 1995. Mike Skinner became the series’ first winner.
    • The first NASCAR 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 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988 through 2004 and two each season since.
    • Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole at the Phoenix International Raceway in 1988.
    • Alan Kulwicki won the inaugural race at Phoenix in 1988.
    • There have been 14 different pole winners at Phoenix, led by Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace – each with three.
    • Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to win consecutive poles at Phoenix. 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) and Kevin Harvick (both 2006) are the only drivers to score two victories at Phoenix. All posted back-to-back victories.
    • Roush Fenway Racing has won five races at Phoenix, more than any other organization.
    • The race has been won from the pole just once at Phoenix: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007).
    • The race at Phoenix has been won from a top-10 starting position only 11 of 23 times.
    • Ricky Rudd won in 1995 from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started at Phoenix.
    • Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon both have posted eight top-five finishes at Phoenix, more than any other driver. Martin has one victory and five second-place finishes in his 22 races, while Gordon has one victory and three third-place runs in his 18 appearances in the Arizona desert. Gordon (15) leads Martin in top-10 finishes by one. Both have just one DNF at Phoenix – both coming in their respective first race there.
    • There have been 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Arizona.
    • 24 NASCAR drivers (all-time) have their home state recorded as Arizona. There have been no race winners on the top-three NASCAR series from Arizona


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #07-Clint Bowyer DIRECTV #07 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Menard's/MAPAI none...yet
    #8-Mark Martin U.S. Army Reserve #8 Team Schemes Page
    #10-Patrick Carpentier LifeLock none...yet
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Kinko's/March of Dimes #11 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth DeWalt NANO #17 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Snickers #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #20-Tony Stewart Subway #20 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Motorcraft #21 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Ford Driven #28 Team Schemes Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Reese's #29 Team Schemes Page
    #40-Dario Franchitti Juicyfruit none...yet
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya Big Red Gum #42 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Wells-Fargo #45 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac #99 Team Schemes Page


  • Ford to sponsor Kvapil at Phoenix: Yates Racing, which has soldiered on for most of 2008 with no sponsorship for Travis Kvapil, got some good news this week as Ford Motor Co. has stepped up to sponsor Kvapil’s #28 Fusion. Full details are expected later today from Phoenix.(SPEEDtv)
    AND: This weekend, racing fans across the country will see and hear many of Ford Racing’s stars talking about Drive one, Ford’s new and far-reaching message about improved vehicle quality, fuel economy, safety advances and smart technology. Ford Racing cars will sport a variety of Drive one logos starting with this weekend’s events in Avondale, Ariz. (NASCAR), and Las Vegas (NHRA), highlighted by the #28 Drive one Ford Fusion, driven by Yates Racing’s Travis Kvapil. Yates Racing, which is still searching for a full-time sponsor for its cars, is helping Ford with the Drive one launch by offering up Kvapil’s car, which will be seen by millions of viewers this weekend on Speed and Fox. “Yates Racing is honored to have the opportunity to run the Drive one paint scheme on the #28 Ford Fusion this weekend,” said team owner Doug Yates. “We have a great driver in Travis, along with top-of-the-line equipment and technology courtesy of Ford. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the chance to participate in the development of Ford cars and engines from the racing side and I can’t think of a better manufacturer to be affiliated with,” he said. Drive one is the inside story of Ford, chronicling in television, print and digital media how Ford employees have closed the gap with Asian competitors regarding quality, advanced vehicle safety, made vehicles more fuel efficient and led the industry in developing in-car connectivity. People are also invited to drive a Ford vehicle and experience for themselves the company’s vehicles’ performance. “I’m really thrilled to drive the #28 Drive one Ford Fusion this weekend at Phoenix,” said Kvapil. “Being a Ford driver myself, I can tell you that they are committed to the four key points of this campaign: quality, fuel-efficiency, safety, and technologically-advanced vehicles. Ford is integrating Drive one into Ford’s racing program to reach out to Ford loyalists, so they can help spread the word about the company’s gains in areas that matter most to customers. In addition to the primary sponsorship logos on the #28 Fusion this weekend, Drive one logos will be featured on the b-pillar of each of Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup cars. In addition, in- car camera and roll cage shots will feature the new logos, and both Yates Racing and Wood Brothers Racing drivers and crew members will wear special Drive one baseball caps. The Fox Fusion 360 car, an important part of every NASCAR on Fox broadcast, will also feature Drive one logos. Additionally, the special NASCAR Ford Fusion that analyst Darrell Waltrip drives in Fox pre-race features will also switch to the Drive one logos.(Ford Racing)(4-10-2008)

  • Special schemes for two Ganassi cars at Phoenix: This weekend the bright and fun yellow color of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit will adorn the #40 CGRFS Dodge driven by Dario Franchitti. This year Wrigley has been serving as a primary partner sponsoring Juan Pablo Montoya and the #42 CGRFS NSCS team. This will be Franchitti's first time representing the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company which is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum. The Wrigley's Big Red brand will adorn the hood of the #42 Dodge this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway for the eighth race of the 2008 season. This will be the third time this season the driver and team will wear the signature bold colors of Big Red.(CGRFS), see images of the #42 on my #42 Team Schemes page.(4-10-2008)

  • Yellow car for Stewart at Phoenix: #20-Tony Stewart will run a Subway sponsor #20 Toyota in the Subway Fit Fresh 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, the car will be yellow with green strips, Subway logo on hood and Home Depot on the 1/4 panels, see images of the scheme on my #20 Team Schemes page.(4-9-2008) Comment here

  • Orange colors for Harvick at Phoenix: Reese's, a major associate sponsor of RCR's #29 Chevy, kicks into high gear this weekend in Phoenix as Harvick and the #29 team transform their bright yellow-and-red Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet into a bright orange Reese's racing machine for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are peanut butter-filled chocolate cups. They were created in 1928 by H.B. Reese, a former dairy farmer and foreman for Milton S. Hershey. The H.B. Reese Candy Co., established in the basement of Reese's house in Hershey, Pa., went on to merge with The Hershey Company in 1963 due to the popularity of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Today, Reese's has become the No. 1 selling candy bar in the United States and the Reese's brand is the most successful brand owned by The Hershey Company.(RCR), see an image of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes page.(4-9-2008) Comment here

  • #8 scheme to pay tribute to U.S. Army Reserve at Phoenix: Mark Martin's #8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevy will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the United States Army Reserve in this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The hood on Martin's Impala SS will be covered with the Army Reserve's 100th anniversary logo and tag line -- Army Reserve, 100 Years Strong. The history of the Army Reserve dates back to April 23, 1908 when Congress established the Army's first federal reserve force. The Army Reserve began as a small force of approximately 160 medical professionals. Today, the Army Reserve consists of 205,000 soldiers and is an operational, expeditionary and domestic force that is an essential piece of the U.S. Army. Joining the Army Reserve contingent for Saturday night's Cup race will be a local hero -- Staff Sgt. Christopher Cruse, a Phoenix native who received multiple honors for his service in Iraq, including the Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. Cruse was severely injured when his humvee was struck by an anti-tank mine on July 25, 2004. He is currently back in Phoenix, serving as an Army Recruiter in the Glendale area. Taking into account how Martin has performed in Phoenix, there's a good chance the Army Reserve car will run up front. In 22 races at the one-mile oval, Martin has one win, eight top fives and 14 top 10s. In addition, the veteran has led a track-high 608 laps, including 137 in the last three races.(DEI), see an image of the scheme on my #8 Team Schemes page.(4-9-2008) Comment here

  • Special FedEx Kinko's/March of Dimes for Hamlin at Phoenix: Denny Hamlin, FedEx Kinko's and the March of Dimes will race a very special FedEx Kinko's/March of Dimes #11 Toyota Camry in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The car focuses attention on the March of Dimes and the annual March for Babies walk - an organization and event FedEx has long supported at both the local and national level. As part of the car unveiling event, Hamlin was presented with a specially designed helmet by five year-old Dallas native Tiffany Bell-Nunez. Bell-Nunez was born eleven weeks premature and weighed only 2 lbs 13 oz. and much of the care that led to a successful recovery for Tiffany was aided by research funded by March of Dimes. Tiffany is now a very healthy five year-old and her mother Vicki, a FedEx Kinko's employee, remains an active advocate for March for Dimes. In an additional show of support, FedEx has set up a special portal on fedexracing.com for those interested in supporting the charity and FedEx Racing in the upcoming March for Babies.(FedEx Racing/Weber Shandwick), see an image of the scheme on my #11 Team Schemes page.(4-9-2008) Comment here

  • DIRECTV colors for Bowyer at Phoenix: Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will feature a blue and white DIRECTV paint scheme this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Jack Daniel's, Bowyer's traditional primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's deck lid and lower-rear quarter panels. DIRECTV will strategically place four Mobile Pit Boxes throughout the PIR concourse and display area for fans to enjoy a free preview of NASCAR HotPass Only on DIRECTV. At the Mobile Pit Boxes, fans also have the opportunity to play DIRECTV's Spin to Win game. With one spin of the prize wheel, fans will win one of five great prizes: a DIRECTV Hat, a DIRECTV Diecast Replica Car, a free Fanview rental for the weekend - an exclusive DIRECTV offer, or the chance for an instant seat upgrade to the DIRECTV Zone. Winner's who are upgraded to the DIRECTV Zone will enjoy a bird's-eye view of the track from outside turn three, complete with catering, the chance to meet Bowyer, and watch NASCAR HotPass Only on DIRECTV on one of nine flat screen High Definition TVs at the Zone.(RCR), see images of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(4-9-2008)

  • LifeLock Sponsoring Carpentier for 8 Races: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation’s leading identity theft protection service, will sponsor the #10 Dodge with driver Patrick Carpentier in eight races in the 2008 Sprint Cup Season. LifeLock will sponsor Carpentier at Phoenix on April 12, Talladega on April 27, Richmond on May 3, Darlington on May 10, Charlotte on May 25, Michigan on June 15, Chicagoland on July 12 and Kansas on Sept. 28. Gillett Evernham Motorsports CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of LifeLock to the existing sponsorship lineup at the #10 of Valvoline, Auto Value/All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper, Charter and Cintas mean there are few unsponsored races remaining on the #10 Dodge in 2008.(Gillett Evernham PR)(4-4-2008)

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Las Vegas UPDATE: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the first of six races in 2008 at Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It is rewarding to be involved with a sponsor such as Nicorette that focuses on making a difference in people's lives and helping people achieve better health by quitting smoking," said Gordon. "Nicorette continues to be an excellent partner and I look forward to a big weekend in the special DuPont Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas." The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 300 NASCAR team members from 19 different racing organizations quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the LVMS fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing PR)(2-26-2008)
    UPDATE: Gordon is scheduled to drive the #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy at Las Vegas, Phoenix [4/12], Chicago [7/12], Richmond [9/6], Atlanta [10/26] and Texas [11/2]. Nicorette also sponsors the Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8. see an image of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008)

  • Aflac to sponsor Edwards in 2008 UPDATE: Aflac is close to announcing a 2008 NASCAR limited sponsorship deal with Roush Fenway Racing. Aflac will sponsor a #99 Ford driven by Carl Edwards. An Aflac executive would not confirm the deal with Edwards on Tuesday, but the company did not deny it either when asked about Edwards. "We are still working through the details," said Al Johnson, a second vice president responsible for sponsorships. "We like Carl and what he has done this year -- and what we expect him to do next year. We're very excited." The final terms of the deal could be announced in the next two weeks. The deal with Edwards is expected to be for eight races and could possibly include an associate sponsorship that would put the Aflac duck logo somewhere on the car for the entire season, said a source familiar with the deal. Edwards' primary sponsor is Office Depot. The eight races that Aflac will be the primary sponsor with the corporate logo on the hood have not been determined. Terms of the deal are not available. It is believed Aflac spent between $2 million and $3 million for the 2007 deal. Aflac broke into NASCAR racing this summer with an eight-race deal with Roush Fenway. That deal included four Sprint Cup races in California, New Hampshire, Chicago and Kansas City and four Busch Series races. #16-Greg Biffle drove the Aflac car on the Sprint Cup circuit, winning the race in Kansas City. Roush Fenway drivers Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray split the Busch races. Biffle, Edwards' Roush Fenway teammate, will be sponsored by 3M next year. In July, Aflac announced a deal with NASCAR to serve as the sport's exclusive supplemental insurance sponsor and provider through the 2010 season. It is not known what Aflac paid for that designation.(Ledger-Enquirer)(10-24-2007)
    UPDATE: Aflac Incorporated and Office Depot announced a new business relationship within the sport of NASCAR that will help both companies reach new customers, engage the loyal NASCAR fan base and leverage opportunities to grow their businesses. Building on its successful entry into NASCAR in 2007, Aflac will serve as the primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion for eight races. In addition, Aflac will be onboard the Office Depot #99 Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for all other races during the 2008 Sprint Cup season. At the core of the affiliation are Edwards and the #99 Ford Fusion from Roush Fenway Racing.
    Aflac will be Edwards’ primary sponsor for the following 2008 Sprint Cup Series races:
    Atlanta [March]
    Texas [April]
    Phoenix [April]
    Pocono [June]
    Daytona [July]
    Indy [July]
    California [Aug] and
    Charlotte [Oct]
    . More information can be found at www.aflacracing.com.(Roush Racing PR)(11-2-2007)

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Las Vegas UPDATE: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the first of six races in 2008 at Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It is rewarding to be involved with a sponsor such as Nicorette that focuses on making a difference in people's lives and helping people achieve better health by quitting smoking," said Gordon. "Nicorette continues to be an excellent partner and I look forward to a big weekend in the special DuPont Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas." The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 300 NASCAR team members from 19 different racing organizations quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the LVMS fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing PR)(2-26-2008)
    UPDATE: Gordon is scheduled to drive the #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy at Las Vegas, Phoenix [4/12], Chicago [7/12], Richmond [9/6], Atlanta [10/26] and Texas [11/2]. Nicorette also sponsors the Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8. see an image of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008)

  • DeWalt NANO Paint Scheme Returns for six races in 2008: The popular, predominantly black, DeWalt NANO Technology paint scheme will return to Matt Kenseth's #17 Ford for six races in 2008. All six are night races with the paint scheme debuting at Phoenix International Raceway on April 12th. After that, the month of May will nearly be a complete "black out," with the paint scheme running three consecutive races, beginning at Richmond International Raceway on May 3rd, then Darlington Raceway on May 10th, and the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 17th. The next stop for the DeWalt NANO Technology scheme will be at one of Kenseth's favorite tracks, Bristol Motor Speedway, for the August 23rd night race, where he's won two of the last three night races. Then the final stop for the paint scheme will be back at Richmond International Raceway on September 6th, for the "regular season" finale, the cutoff for the Chase. "It's a cool-looking car and I'm glad that we'll be running it some in 2008," Kenseth said. "I've always thought black racecars look really cool and I think the fans liked the scheme when it ran last year. I know the last time we ran the NANO scheme we had a pretty good day at Homestead, so maybe it can bring us the same kind of good luck this year." NANO Technology is a proprietary technology from DEWALT that delivers to the user longer cycle life, lighter weight, greater performance, and an expanded system of tool offerings. These benefits encompass the DEWALT commitment to providing professional contractors with a breadth of tool offerings that deliver the performance they need in an ideal ergonomic package.(Roush Fenway Racing Site), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(2-5-2008)

  • Reeses back on the #29 in 2008: Reese's/Hershey's will be the primary sponsor for #29-Kevin Harvick for two races; at Phoenix in May and at Daytona in July. See images of the scheme on the #29 Team Schemes page.(1-22-2008)

  • 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: Subway spokesman Jared Fogel
    Command to start engines: Jared Fogel
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Fox's Larry McReynolds
    Invocation: PIR Chaplin Ken Bowers
    National Anthem: Emerson Drive
    Military Flyover: F16's from Luke AFB
    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 April Phoenix Race Info page

  • Last Year: see the November Phoenix Race Info page


  • Emerson Drive to perform National Anthem at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber has announced that the award-winning country music ensemble Emerson Drive will sing the national anthem prior to the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at PIR on Saturday, April 12. Emerson Drive will also perform for PIR fans before the pre-race ceremonies, taking the PIR Midway Stage at 3:00pm. Chart-topping country artist Jimmy Wayne will perform the national anthem before Friday night's Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Nationwide Series race. Tickets for the April 12 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and all other events throughout the weekend at PIR are still available by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(4-10-2008)

  • Governor Proclaims April 6-12 "NASCAR Week" in Arizona: Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano has officially declared the week of April 6-12 "NASCAR Week" in the State of Arizona. NASCAR Week will culminate on Saturday, April 12, with the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. In an official proclamation dated March 18, 2008 from the Office of the Governor, Napolitano lauded NASCAR and Phoenix International Raceway's impact on Arizona's economy, and made mention of the more than eight million viewers who will watch NASCAR racing from Arizona on television throughout the spring event weekend.
    The proclamation is as follows:
    WHEREAS, Arizona is one of only 11 states to host two weekends annually of the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and its 36-race schedule; and
    WHEREAS, with its two NASCAR weekends, Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) generates more than $450 million in economic impact for Arizona annually; and
    WHEREAS, more than 8 million viewers will be tuned in from across the country to take in stunning Arizona sunsets from Phoenix International Raceway during the upcoming April NASCAR race weekend at PIR; and
    WHEREAS, Phoenix International Raceway will be celebrating its 20th season of NASCAR races in Arizona, dating back to 1988; and
    WHEREAS, legends of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Tony Stewart, have visited Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway; and
    WHEREAS, NASCAR Week in Arizona will culminate with Phoenix International Raceway hosting its fourth installment of racing under the lights with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday, April 12, 2008;
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Janet Napolitano, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim April 6-12, 2008 as
    * NASCAR WEEK *
    Tickets for the April 12 SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 and all other events throughout "NASCAR Week" at PIR are still available by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223)(PIR)(4-4-2008)

  • Jimmie Johnson Foundation Partners with PIR for Camping World Series West Race: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber announced a partnership with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation for the April 10 NASCAR Camping World Series West race at PIR, to be named the Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation joins Phoenix International Raceway as the final piece to the track's opening weekend of the 2008 season. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 is scheduled as the first of three races during the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500(tm) event weekend, with the green flag dropping under PIR's bright lights at 7:15 p.m. on April 10. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need. The foundation's partner programs include: American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Hendrick Marrow Program, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America and Victory Junction Gang Camp. The two-time reigning Sprint Cup champion also will participate in pre-race ceremonies, and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation will host a special reception during the race in one of PIR's luxury suites. Tickets for the reception have been donated to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's partner program organizations as well as PIR's charitable partner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. General race tickets for the April 10 Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150 and all other events throughout the NASCAR event weekend at PIR are available by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(4-3-2008)

  • Phoenix offering "Hot Laps for the Troops": To benefit Phoenix International Raceway's annual "Salute to Military Families" program just prior to the events of the April NASCAR weekend, the track is offering race enthusiasts the chance to visit PIR and ride around the track for one hot lap at $50 per person, with the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The promotion, "Hot Laps for the Troops," will take place on Wednesday, April 9. All proceeds from "Hot Laps for the Troops" will benefit the Salute to Military Families program, helping to provide tickets and race day entertainment for the many men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Without the military's support and commitment to the liberty and freedom of the American population, the entertainment of NASCAR racing at PIR and venues across the country would not be possible. "Hot Laps for the Troops" is scheduled for three sessions on April 9: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prize giveaways are scheduled for each session. Tickets are currently available as a print-at-home option via the "Hot Laps for the Troops" tab at www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(3-22-2008)

  • Phoenix Supports Military Families in 2008: Phoenix International Raceway will again partner with Arizona military bases in 2008 to honor America's loyal servicemen and servicewomen in a way only NASCAR can, with the third consecutive Salute to Military Families program. Through the program, Salute to Military Families sponsors Sprint and TriWest are the leaders of a number of businesses partnering with PIR to provide Subway Fresh Fit 500 tickets to military members and their families. The program's objective is to give the nation's service personnel the chance to be honored and enjoy a day at the races, all in the exciting atmosphere of the Sprint Cup Series. In conjunction with the 2008 Salute to Military Families program, several major events are scheduled at nearby military bases for locally enlisted men and women in advance of the Subway Fresh Fit 500. PIR, Sprint, and TriWest will host a race-watching party at the Arizona Army National Guard Papago Park Installation on Sunday, April 6, and Sprint Cup Series driver and Glendale native Michael McDowell will visit Luke Air Force Base on Wednesday, April 9. Both events will be open to media, with exact times and further information on the events to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to the on-base events, PIR is adding a unique twist in the program's third year. A commemorative green flag featuring the Salute to Military Families logo will be sent overseas this week to the 447th Air Expeditionary Group of the United States Air Force in Baghdad, where it will fly on base for a day before being sent back to Phoenix to serve as the official green flag that will wave over the field of 43 Sprint Cup Series cars to start the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Meanwhile, a similar "sister" flag will travel with PIR representatives to Arizona bases before also being delivered to the Saturday, April 12 race.(PIR PR)(3-20-2008)

  • NASCAR asks PIR to improve wall: NASCAR has asked International Speedway Corporation to come up with a plan to improve the inside retaining wall on the frontstretch after an accident Friday night during the Casino Arizona 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. Andy Lally's truck smashed into the wall, virtually breaking it in half, leaving concrete pieces on the track but the rebar remained in tact. The race was stopped for 16 minutes as NASCAR put a temporary barrier behind the wall for the rest of the race. Track workers then welded steel plates into the back of the wall before Sprint Cup practice today. "We've talked to ISC about the wall and about looking into improving or replacing it if necessary," said NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston, who did not put a timetable on the possible improvements. "We don't like to see walls break." Lally suffered no broken bones in the accident, but did suffer a big gash in his left arm, which required stitches. It is not clear what caused the gash.(SceneDaily.com)(11-11-2007)
    UPDATE: PIR track workers temporarily fixed the concrete wall on the inside of Turn 4 that was damaged during Friday’s Craftsman Truck Series races. The track crew worked throughout the night to install metal braces on the cracked wall, which was severely damaged during a three-car accident that sent Andy Lally’s truck hard into the barrier.(East Valley Tribune)(11-11-2007)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

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

    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.

    Notes: The tire set-up for this weekend's races at Phoenix is very similar to that raced at the track in 2007 . . . the tread compounds are identical to last year's combination, but an incremental improvement in durability has been incorporated into the right side construction . . . NASCAR Sprint Cup teams ran this set-up during an open test session at Phoenix on March 3-4 . . . other NASCAR tracks at which this exact combination of left- and right-side tires are scheduled to be run are Richmond, New Hampshire, Milwaukee and Memphis . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.(4-10-2008)


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Mayfield out of the #70 ride UPDATE 2: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway is reporting that Jeremy Mayfield is out as driver of the #70 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet, and will be replaced by former Haas CNC driver Johnny Sauter, effective immediately.(4-7-2008)
    UPDATE: Haas CNC Racing announced today that the team and Jeremy Mayfield have mutually agreed to part ways. The team is exploring several scenarios regarding a replacement driver. "Jeremy's proven resume behind the wheel of a Cup car was a real benefit to our team," team general manager Joe Custer said. "He stepped into the seat and did everything we asked him to and more. Ultimately, we were unable to provide him with the right balance, handling and speed he needed to be successful," he added. "We wish Jeremy nothing but the best for his future."(Haas CNC Racing)(4-8-2008)
    UPDATE 2: Johnny Sauter told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway Tuesday that he is signed to drive the #70 only this weekend in Phoenix, but hopes to land the ride full-time. "We've got a week off after Phoenix," said Sauter, "so they've got a little time to look around and figure out what they want to do down the road."(4-9-2008) Comment here

  • BAM Racing withdraws from Texas UPDATE 2: One week after announcing a sponsorship program with Microsoft Small Business and qualifying seventh at Martinsville, BAM Racing's #49 Toyota was withdrawn from this weekend's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. No details were available as to the reasons behind the decision by owner Beth Ann Morgenthau, who has operated a team in NASCAR's premier series since 2002. The #49 was 42nd in owner points following a 37th-place finish at Martinsville, having made three of six races this season. Driver Ken Schrader finished 21st at Las Vegas and 41st at Bristol earlier in 2008.(NASCAR.com)(4-1-2008)
    UPDATE: been told the team will return to the track next weekend at Phoenix and Microsoft Small Busisness Systems Center will next sponsor the car at Talladega in April. Added some images of the car from Martinsville to my #49 Team Schemes page.(4-2-2008)
    UPDATE 2: BAM Racing has decided to skip the next two Sprint Cup races in Texas and Phoenix. Team co-owner Tony Morgenthau released the following statement about the decision: "Switching manufacturers was a taller order than we initially realized. While BAM Racing has a very strong short track program, our intermediate track program needs some work. Since we haven't had time to adequately test the cars on shaker rigs and pull down rigs; since historically we don't run that well at either Texas or Phoenix - even with a proven, tested racecar; since we intend to improve our on-track performance and not to take a step backwards; our organization has decided to take the next three weeks to focus on the remainder of the racing season. We recognize that we will sacrifice our 42nd position in owner's points, but that only guarantees our team a spot if qualifying is rained out. Ultimately every car that is 36th or lower must qualify on time in order to race. While skipping the next two races will hurt our points position in the short term, returning to the track at Talladega ready to move forward with fully-tested Toyota Camry's will enhance our program overall. This has been a very difficult, "big picture" decision; by taking a little time to regroup now, we should be a much stronger team for the rest of the year. Finally, for all the naysayers who may predict this to be the death knell for one of the few remaining independent teams in Sprint Cup . . . wait until Talladega, then tell us if we're dead or not!"(BAM Racing PR)(4-2-2008) 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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