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

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2009 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #9 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, November 15, 2009 in Avondale, AZ

  • Title Sponsor: Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:31pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 2:30pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 3:15pm/et

  • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
    Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 16 at 3:00am/et on ESPN2
    Monday, November 16 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, November 13, 2:00 - 3:30 pm/et, TV-ESPN2
    Saturday, November 14, 1:30 - 2:15 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 14, 2:50 - 3:50pm/et, TV-ESPN2


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RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Johnson wins at Phoenix: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for his 7th win of the season, leading the most laps and winning his 47th race of his career. #31-Burton finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin #5-Martin, #1-Truex Jr. [pole sitter, his first top-5 of the season], #2-Busch, #33-Bowyer, #42-Montoya, #24-Gordon and #00-Reutimann. Johnson's win and Martins 4th place finish allowed Johnson to open up a 108 point lead, so Johnson just needs to finish 25th or better and nothing Martin can do to catch him, Johnson could finish further back if Martin does. Heff Gordon is eliminated when Johnson starts the car at Homestead. There were only 4 cautions for 23 yellow flag laps and there were 9 lead changes among 4 drivers.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, November 16 at 3:00am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, November 16 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00pm/et
    For race results, awards and more, see my Phoenix Race Results Page.(11-15-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers finish at Phoenix:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Phoenix)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, WON
    2) #5-Mark Martin, starts 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 9th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 6th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 25th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 8th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 14th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 20th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 15th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 165th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 38th/DNF
    (11-20-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Phoenix, Chase race 9 of 10; Season race 35 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [7 wins], 6492, finished 1st
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 6384, -108, 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 6323, -169, 9th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 6281, -211, 6th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 6207, -285, 25th
    6) #42-Juan Montoya, 6203, -289, 8th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 6171, -321, 14th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 6140, -352, 3rd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 6081, -476, 20th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 6016, -476, 15th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5972, -520, 16th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5826, -666, 38th
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(11-15-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X), 4996
    2) #14-Tony Stewart(X), 4983, -13
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon(X), 4940, -56
    4) #5-Mark Martin(X), 4635, -361
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin(X), 4611, -385
    6) #2-Kurt Busch(X), 4593, -403
    7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya(X), 4454 -542
    8) #16-Greg Biffle(X), 4420, -576
    9) #39-Ryan Newman(X), 4353, -643
    10) #18-Kyle Busch, 4310, -686
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne(X), 4276, -720
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4265, -731
    13) #99-Carl Edwards(X), 4252, -744
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4224, -772
    15) #00-David Reutimann, 4103, -893
    16) #83-Brian Vickers(X), 4019, -977
    (X) a chase driver.(11-15-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
    No changes, the spread between 35th and 36th only dropped 3 points to 114 points (was 117)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2744, +191
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2667, 114 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2553, 114 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(11-15-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix International Raceway:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil, his 47th victory in 290 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his seventh victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 2009.
    This is his fourth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #31-Jeff Burton (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 21 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2009.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #20-Joey Logano (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 108 points over Mark Martin. He needs to finish 25th or better at Homestead-Miami Speedway to clinch his fourth championship.
    Jimmie Johnson has now won 18 times in the Chase. He now has won four times in the Chase on three different occasions.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-8-2009)

  • Penalty/Infraction Report - Phoenix:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #19, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #6, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #09, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #07, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #7, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #34, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #96, 120, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #96, 164, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #82, 171, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #14, 171, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #88, 171, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #19, 171, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #12, 171, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #12, 171, Passing the caution car/truck, 1 lap
    #12, 171, Pulling up to pit, 1 lap
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-15-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #07-Mears, 27th
    Caution 2: #99-Edwards, 16th
    Caution 3: #7-Gordon, 22nd
    Caution 4: none as drivers who were up for it were involved with the caution
    (11-15-2009)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Phoenix (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #37-Raines, 7 laps completed
    42nd: #66-Blaney, 10
    41st: #36-McDowell, 37
    40th: #87-Nemechek, 48
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(11-15-2009)

  • Race Coverage of the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2009.
    Television (TV): ABC at 3:15 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:30 pm/et; green flag approx 3:31pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Monday, November 16 at 3:00am/et
    ESPN Classic: Monday, November 16 at 1:00pm/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 18 at 12:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Phoenix on ABC: Only two races remain in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and this weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 15. ESPN’s live, flag-to-flag coverage of the race is presented by Goodyear and airs on ABC beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30pm/et. The race’s green flag is at 3:30pm/et. Dr. Jerry Punch will be lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s coverage, with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch, with Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage. Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty and Ray Evernham in the ESPN pit studio.

  • Pit Stall Selections - Phoenix: The selections of pit stalls for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #1-Truex Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Busch took pit stall 13, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 21st pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #5-Martin, who starts 10th.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Phoenix Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-14-2009)

  • Some Chassis selections for Phoenix: compiled from some pre-Phoenix press releases, some chassis selections and history:
    #00-David Reutimann The #00 Aaron's Dream Machine for this week is chassis #651. This is a brand new Aaron's Dream Machine.
    #07-Casey Mears will race Chassis #258. This is the same car Mears raced to 21st and 18th-place finishes at Martinsville in April and October, respectively. This is the same Chevy that Mears drove at PIR earlier this year, where he finished 20th.
    #1 Martin Truex Jr. The #1 Rain-X team will bring chassis #908 to Phoenix this weekend. This chassis was last used for the fall 2009 Sprint Cup Series event at Martinsville (10/09), helping Truex to qualify third.
    #2-Kurt Busch #2 The car of choice for this weekend out of the “blue deuce” stable is the “PRS-576” Miller Lite Dodge. Its impressive track record includes the second at Phoenix last November and the third there in April, along with a sixth at New Hampshire last September, a third there in June and sixth there in September and a 12th at Richmond on May 2. In the six races that the team has used this car, they have posted a 5.3 average finish and they led laps in five of those races.
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #5-538 for Sunday's race at Phoenix. This is the same chassis that Martin drove to victory at PIR in April and at New Hampshire in September.
    #6-David Ragan will be unloading chassis RK-613 as the primary, was last ran Dover and finished 24th. The Backup: RK-573 Last ran Martinsville fall 2008 – finished 13th. The Estrella Center (SLIC - 8531) in the Desert Mountain District was selected for Phoenix race. The center is recognized for its outstanding improvement across all major business elements on the district’s Balanced Scorecard.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and JGR team will unload JGR 256 this weekend at Phoenix, a brand new car from the JGR stable. Secondary JGR 246 raced two weeks ago at California and is the car Hamlin drove to a win at Richmond in September. FedEx Ground Atlantic Region will ride along and will be have “ATLC” on the wing caps of the #11 to recognize the team for being selected as a top performing region in various customer service metrics.
    #12-Brad Keselowski ands the Penske Racing Dodge team will use chassis PRS-622 during Sunday’s 500-mile event. PRS-622 last raced in October at Auto Club Speedway where it crossed the finish line in the 16th position with David Stremme driving.
    #14-Tony Stewart This car debuted at Phoenix in April. After only being tested in the wind tunnel, Chassis #14-535 hit the racetrack in impressive fashion, as Stewart used it to qualify sixth and lead once for 19 laps before finishing second, which at the time was the best finish for Stewart-Haas Racing. Chassis #14-535 returned to another flat track via New Hampshire in June, but its time on the racetrack was short after it crashed in practice. It was repaired with new front and rear clips for its return trip to New Hampshire in September. There, Chassis No. 14-535 led four times for 52 laps before a loose axle cap forced an unscheduled pit stop, which resulted in a 14th-place finish. The November trek to Phoenix will mark the car’s third career start.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Sunday’s Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500k will be the first-ever start for JGR #261.
    #26-Jamie McMurray and the Irwin Marathon team will be unloading chassis RK-637 at Phoenix, last raced at New Hampshire, Sept. finishing 18th
    #29-Kevin Harvick will pilot chassis #285 from the Richard Childress Racing Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevy was previously raced in September at Richmond where it finished ninth and New Hampshire where it finished 32nd. It was also raced last month at Martinsville where it finished 10th.
    #31-Jeff Burton will pilot Chassis #280 from the RCR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2009, this Caterpillar Chevy was put through its first paces at Chicago in July where the 16-year veteran was credited with a 37th-place finish after being collected in a late-race multi-car incident. Most recently, this #31 racer finished 23rd when the series visited Kansas last month.
    #33-Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis #255 from RCR’s Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2009, this Chevy debuted at Atlanta in March, where Bowyer recorded a sixth-place finish, a 36th-place finish at Charlotte in May, and a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire. Most recently, Bowyer raced this car to a 19th-place finish at Martinsville in October.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya are bringing chassis #909 to Phoenix this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson and the Lowe's Chevy will run chassis number 540 in Sunday’s race in Phoenix. He last drove it to a runner-up finish at Martinsville in October. Backup chassis number 520 has won four of its five starts (Richmond, Fall 08, Martinsville Fall, 08, Phoenix, Fall 08 and Martinsville, Spring 09).
    #71-Bobby Labonte and the TRG Motorsports Chevy will roll out chassis number 243, was last seen on-track in Kansas where it qualified in 26th position with Labonte behind the wheel, and finished 43rd after being involved in a wreck.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. HMS engineers and crew chief Lance McGrew will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #88-541. Earnhardt last raced this chassis at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September. He spent most of the race inside the top 10 and was running fourth when he was involved in an accident with 17 laps remaining. He finished 35th.
    #99-Carl Edwards and Aflac Racing team will be unloading chassis RK-647. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion three times in 2009, at Richmond in May and both New Hampshire races.
    (Team/Driver PRs)

  • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule for Cup, Nationwide: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
    SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
    Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
    SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
    Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
    SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
    Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
    SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
    Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
    SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
    Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
    SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
    Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
    SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
    Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
    SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
    Pemberton: Yes.
    SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
    Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

  • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
    NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
    The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Phoenix Pit Stall Selections

  • Happy Hour practice for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway is over. The first practice earlier was rained out and NASCAR combined some time with Happy Hour practice. The fastest:
    #48-Johnson 132.348
    #5-Martin 132.275
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 132.018
    #1-Truex Jr. 131.878
    #2-Busch 131.868
    slowest: #34-Andretti 127.786 and #66-Blaney 127.991
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run and more on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-14-2009)

  • 2009 Chase Drivers Phoenix Happy Hour practice standing:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Phoenix)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1st fastest overall
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 2nd
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 7th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 5th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 11th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 17th [best ave speed 128.421]
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 18th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 13th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 10th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 23rd
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 15th
    (11-14-2009)

  • Truex Jr. wins Phoenix pole: #1-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway with a lap of 135.120mph [in his first lap, even his 2nd lap of 134.887 would had won the pole] for his 3rd pole of the season and 4th career pole. #2-Busch was 2nd fastest followed by #48-Johnson, #9-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #14-Stewart, #07-Mears and #5-Martin.
    Supposedly it is the first time ever that the #1 car has been on the pole and the #2 car starting 2nd.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #71-Labonte, #13-Papis, #09-Gilliland, #66-Blaney, #87-Nemechek, #82-Speed, #36-McDowell and #37-Raines.
    The three drivers who failed to qualify: #78-Smith, #70-Conway [so won't be running the triple] and #02-Ash.
    See qualifying speeds, starting lineup, pole progression on my Phoenix Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results.Order Page.(11-13-2009)

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers start at Phoenix:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Phoenix)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3rd
    2) #5-Mark Martin, starts 10th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 2nd
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 8th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 17th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 6th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 5th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 24th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 4th
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 25th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 19th
    (11-13-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 with a lap of 26.643 seconds, 135.120 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 152 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 11th top-10 start in 2009. His last pole was recorded at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend.
    This is his first pole in eight races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #2-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 18th top-10 start of 2009 and his ninth in 14 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 25th in 35 races this season.
    #13-Max Papis (23rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-13-2009)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer at Phoenix::
    Chevy: #1-Truex Jr., 135.120, starts 1st
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 134.579, starts 2nd
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 134.223, starts 6th
    Toyota: #11-Hamlin, 134.228, starts 5th

  • Pole Progression at Phoenix:
    (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #6-Ragan, 1st out to qualify, 132.812mph, starts 33rd
    #29-Harvick, 3rd out, 132.930mph, starts 31st
    #83-Vickers, 4th out, 133.680mph, starts 19th
    #07-Mears, 5th out, 134.028mph, starts 9th
    #11-Hamlin, 7th out, 134.228mph, starts 5th
    #9-Kahne, 8th out, 134.293mph, starts 4th
    #48-Johnson, 15th out, 134.454mph, starts 3rd
    #1-Truex Jr., 25th out, 135.120mph, starts 1st [3rd pole of 2009]

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, November 13, 2009 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 - 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Jayski.com: Jayski's 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.
    46 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #6-Ragan.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #5-Martin.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #36-McDowell with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #71-Labonte.
    See the full qualifying order on the Phoenix Qualifying Page.(11-13-2009)

  • Friday practice: for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, some results/notes:
    #77-Hornish Jr. 133.884
    #9-Kahne 133.675
    #18-Busch 133.645
    #16-Biffle 133.576
    #11-Hamlin 133.501
    slowest: #70-Conway 128.944 & #02-Ash 129.580
    incidents: #9-Kahne scraped the turn 2 wall and did some minor damage to the right side of the car.
    See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run and more on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-13-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Phoenix:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #09-David Gilliland, 22nd fastest overall
    #71-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 23rd
    #82-Scott Speed, 27th
    #78-Regan Smith, 31st
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 33rd
    #37-Tony Raines, 37th
    #36-Michael McDowell, 38th
    #66-Dave Blaney, 40th
    these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #13-Max Papis, 42nd
    #02-Brandon Ash, 45th
    #70-Kevin Conway, 46th

  • Where the 2009 Chase Drivers practice Friday at Phoenix:
    (in order of chase points standings coming into Phoenix)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th fastest
    2) #5-Mark Martin, 8th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon, 10th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch, 25th
    5) #14-Tony Stewart, 9th
    6) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 6th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 4th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin, 5th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 17th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2nd
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 21st
    12) #83-Brian Vickers, 15th.(11-13-2009)

  • The Entry List for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
    #02-Brandon Ash (59th in owners pts pos/2 attempts)
    #09-David Gilliland (2009 Race Winner as owner)(38/34)
    #13-Max Papis (42/19)
    #36-Michael McDowell (40/34)
    #37-Tony Raines (46/25)
    #66-Dave Blaney (42/34)
    #70-Kevin Conway (60/2)
    #71-Bobby Labonte [past champ 2000] (37/34)
    #78-Regan Smith (41/18)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/34)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (39/34)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,71,82,87,36,66,37,13
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 78,02,70
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List.(11-9-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix:
    No changes, but the spread between 35th and 36th now down to 117 points (was 135)
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2647, +158
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 2606, 117 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 2489, 117 points out of 35th
    (no other teams are within 500 owners points of 35th)
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(11-8-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Texas, Chase race 8 of 10; Season race 34 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6297, finished 38th
    2) #5-Mark Martin [5 wins], 6224, -73, 4th
    3) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 6185, -112, 13th
    4) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 6126, -171, WON
    5) #14-Tony Stewart [4 wins], 6119, -178, 6th
    6) #42-Juan Montoya, 6061, -236, 37th
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 6050, -247, 8th
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 5975, -322, 2nd
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 5973, -324, 12th
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5898, -399, 33rd
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5857, -440, 39th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5777, -520, 26th
    For the drivers points standings, see my Drivers Points Standings.(11-8-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC - the OLD way - Driver Points Standings
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36]:
    pos, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #14-Tony Stewart (X), 4895
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon (X), 4802, -93
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson (X), 4801, -94
    4) #5-Mark Martin (X), 4475, -420
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin (X), 4446, -449
    6) #2-Kurt Busch (X), 4438, -457
    7) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (X), 4312, -583
    8) #16-Greg Biffle (X), 4299, -596
    9) #39-Ryan Newman (X), 4245, -650
    10) #18-Kyle Busch, 4183, -712
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne (X), 4158, -737
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4151, -744
    13) #99-Carl Edwards (X), 4137, -758
    14) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4078, -817
    15) #83-Brian Vickers (X), 3975, -920
    16) #00-David Reutimann, 3969, -926
    (X) a chase driver.(11-8-2009)

  • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
    #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)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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.

  • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint Cup: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 2008 November Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 134.725mph, finished 1st

  • 2009 April Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 133.814mph, finished 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 11/2004, 135.854mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006

  • 2008 November Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 97.804mph, finished 1st

  • 2009 April Race Winner: #5-Mark Martin, 108.042mph, started 1st

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

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

  • Oldest Race Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009

  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/2005

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, 3

  • Most Wins - All Time: Jimmie Johnson, 3

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, 4

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 10

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 16

  • 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 - 11/5/1989

  • 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: 3 [of 26] 11.54%
  • 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: 9 of 26 - 34.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 13 of 26 - 50.0%

  • At Phoenix International Raceway:
    • Construction was completed in January 1964. The facility consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.
    • Alan Kulwicki won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988.
    • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debuted at Phoenix on Feb. 5, 1995. Mike Skinner became the series’ first winner.
    • The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch.
    • There have been 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
    • Geoff Bodine won the first pole in 1988.
    • There have been 16 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.
    • Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to win consecutive poles. Newman won three straight (2002-04), while Gordon won the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007.
    • There have been 19 different race winners, led by Jimmie Johnson, with three. Mark Martin ended Johnson’s streak with his win in the spring.
    • The race has been won from the pole three times: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008) and Mark Martin (spring 2009).
    • The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in 13 of 26 events.
    • Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    • Mark Martin has 10 top-five finishes, more than any other driver. Martin (9.0 average finish) is one of two active drivers who average a top-10 finish. Jimmie Johnson (5.4) is the other. Alan Kulwicki (5.2) leads all drivers in average finish at Phoenix.
    • Five of the last six races have ended with a margin of victory under one second.
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the points standings by 73 points over Mark Martin with two races remaining. The largest points deficit overcome with two races remaining was 85 by Alan Kulwicki in 1992.
    • There have been 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Arizona.
    • 29 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Arizona.
    • There have been no race winners from Arizona in NASCAR’s three national series.(NASCAR Statistics)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. Rain-X #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #12-Brad Keselowski Penske Racing - White [Verizon] #12 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot / Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth USG Sheetrock #17 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Pedigree Dog Food
    “Lucky Dog” Kasey
    #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Best Buy Inigma #19 Team Schemes Page
    #31-Jeff Burton CAT Financial #31 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Reed Soernson PVA.org #43 Team Schemes Page
    #44-A.J. Allmendinger Ford in Petty blue #44 Team Schemes Page
    #47-Marcos Ambrose Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes #47 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page

  • “Luckiest Dog” to adorn the #18 car: A special guest will ride along with #18-Kyle Busch for Sunday’s Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway courtesy of primary sponsor Pedigree, as an image of “Kasey,” a four-year-old rescue dog, will adorn on Busch’s #18 Pedigree Toyota. Proud owners Joan and Charles Petit of Kellar, Texas, submitted the winning entry for Pedigree’s “Luckiest Dog” contest and will be treated to a three-day/two-night trip to the race, where they’ll see their four-legged friend’s face turning laps around the mile oval in-person. As the Pedigree Racing driver treks further West for this weekend’s festivities, he’s hoping – unlike was the case at Texas – that Kasey the rescue dog makes him the “Lucky Dog” that brings home his second Sprint Cup win at Phoenix and finish the job he started a week earlier.(JGR)(11-12-2009)

  • PVA.org colors on #43 at Phoenix: Reed Sorenson drives the #43 Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. The Paralyzed Veterans of America and radio station AM570 KLAC – Los Angeles, Calif. are holding a “Help a Hero” radio campaign on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. (eastern). The campaign is designed to raise funds and awareness for the Paralyzed Veterans. Radio Listeners will be asked to call in and make a donation of $45 or more to “Help a Hero”. Additionally, there is an online auction site (click HERE) with over 60 prizes that will help raise funds for PVA. Four Star Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr. - Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, will sit on top of the #43 pit box this weekend as a guest of Sorenson and the Petty team.(RPM). See images of the car on my #43 Team Schemes page.(11-12-2009)

  • Rain-X to sponsor Truex at Phoenix: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Shell Lubricants announced that the Rain-X brand will make its second appearance as the primary sponsor on the #1 Chevy of Martin Truex Jr. for the Nov. 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). Rain-X made it’s NASCAR debut as the primary sponsor for Truex and the #1 team for the NSCS race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 20. The #1 Chevy bright yellow and blue design draws inspiration from the yellow and blue color scheme that has become synonymous with the Rain-X® brand. Race fans should be sure to look for the Rain-X logo on the hood of the #1 Chevy along with the giant “beaded” rain drops running off the windshield and down the sides of the front quarter-panels. More info about Rain-X at www.rainx.com (EGR). See images of the scheme on my #1 Team Schemes page.(11-11-2009)

  • Special 'Cupcake' scheme for Ambrose at Texas: Little Debbie Racing's Marcos Ambrose will be driving the #47 Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcake Toyota in the final three races of the 2009 Sprint Cup season: Texas, Phoenix and Homestead (Little Debbie Flickr page), the scheme was designed by NASCAR artist Sam Bass. See images of the car on my #47 Team Schemes page.(11-6-2009)

  • Special CAT scheme for Burton in two races: #31-Jeff Burton is scheduled to run a CAT Financial Chevy on:
    September 6th at Atlanta and on
    November 15th at Phoenix
    See the scheme on my #31 Team Schemes page.(6-25-2009)

  • Pedigree colors make 2009 debut for Busch: Pedigree will make its first of three appearances as primary sponsor of Kyle Busch’s #18 Toyota at Talladega this weekend. The other events at which the Mars Pedigree brand will adorn the #18 this season will be at:
    Atlanta Motor Speedway in September and
    Phoenix International Raceway in November
    The first Pedigree paint scheme of 2009 kicks off the company’s “NASCAR’s Luckiest Dog” contest in which the winner of which will have his or her dog pictured on Busch’s #18 Toyota at the Checker Auto Parts 500k at Phoenix in November.(M&M's Racing PR)(4-23-2009)

  • USG returns on the #17 at Vegas: #17-Matt Kenseth will run the USG Sheetrock paint scheme on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first of three times this season. The other two USG Sheetrock races will be:
    Chicago in July and
    Phoenix in Nov.
    (Roush Fenway Racing PR)(2-26-2009)

  • 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 Sprint Cup event was 1988)

  • Carry-In Items:
    Coolers: Allowed (one soft-side bag/cooler — limit of 6"x6"x12"; one, clear plastic bag — limit of 18"x18"x4"; plastic bags can't contain ice).
    Glass containers: Not allowed.
    Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.
    Cameras/binoculars: Allowed; must be worn separately.

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Arizona Senator John McCain
    Command to start engines: John McCain
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Phoenix Intl Raceway Chaplin, Ken Bowers
    National Anthem: Actor-singer Tyrese Gibson
    Military Flyover: 4 F-16's 62nd Flight Squadron, Luke AFB, Glendale, AZ

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Website: phoenixraceway.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Phoenix International Raceway

  • November 2008: see my Phoenix Race Info page

  • April 2009: see the Phoenix Race Info page


  • "The King" To Lead Field At Phoenix In WWII Jeep: This weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and "The King" Richard Petty will honor our nation's veterans in a unique way. Petty, a long-time supporter of America's troops and veterans, will lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field on Sunday in a restored 1946 Willy's Jeep. This tribute will put a fitting final touch on Veterans Day weekend. In keeping with Petty tradition, fans will have the opportunity to win this "workhorse of World War II" after it leads the field around the one-mile oval. The vehicle will be raffled off in an effort to raise awareness and money to support America's Paralyzed Veterans. Prior to the parade laps, the Jeep will be on display outside of PIR where fans can purchase their raffle tickets for $20, or three tickets for $50. More info on the raffle and to order tickets, see my Racing Charities page. When longtime supporters of the Paralyzed Veterans donated the Jeep to the organization, at "The King's" leadership, Petty's Garage stepped up to help with the restorations.(MCG Sports/PVA.org)(11-13-2009)

  • WWE Hall of Famer named Honorary Race Official at PIR: Sgt. Slaughter, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend and the former United States Marine who earned his famous ring name during service to his country, has been named an Honorary Race Official for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway. The WWE Hall of Famer will attend the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 as part of a promotional partnership between Phoenix International Raceway and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for WrestleMania XXVI, which will be held in Arizona in March 2010. Sgt. Slaughter will appear on the pre-race ceremonies stage with PIR President Bryan R. Sperber to welcome NASCAR fans, drivers, and teams to the Valley of the Sun for the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In addition to his time on the pre-race stage, Slaughter will act as the honorary pace car driver before Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Able Body Labor 200. Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-13-2009)

  • Tyrese Gibson to perform national anthem at PIR Cup race: Actor, model, and R&B star Tyrese Gibson will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 15. Tyrese will replace Brian McKnight, who was previously scheduled for the performance, but had a last-minute scheduling conflict. In 1994, Tyrese Gibson's star was born when he was featured in a memorable Coca-Cola commercial. Riding the heat of the commercial, Tyrese landed guest appearances on the hit TV shows "Martin" and "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper," and became the face of Tommy Hilfiger at the age of 17. He signed a record deal with RCA Records and completed his first self-titled debut album in 1998, which featured the smash hit "Sweet Lady." His platinum-selling debut earned him a Grammy nomination and the American Music Award for "Best New Artist." Over the summer, Tyrese starred in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which brought back all of the key elements from the first film, including director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg. In 2010, Tyrese can be seen in "Legion," a Sony Screen Gems horror film co-starring Dennis Quaid. For tickets to the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway – with prices as low as $25 for Sunday's Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 – can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-11-2009)

  • Sen. McCain named Grand Marshal at Phoenix: Arizona Senator John McCain will act as the Grand Marshal for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, November 15. The role will mark a return to Phoenix International Raceway for the Grand Canyon State's senior senator, who also appeared as Grand Marshal before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track in April 2006. As Grand Marshal, McCain will appear on the pre-race ceremonies stage with Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber to welcome NASCAR fans, drivers, and teams to the Valley of the Sun for the Semi-Final Showdown in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Following driver introductions, McCain will deliver the familiar "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" command to the 43 starters in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field. Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway - with prices as low as $25 - can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(Phoenix Raceway PR)(10-30-3009)

  • Seats remain for Phoenix Sprint Cup race: The thrill of NASCAR action at Phoenix International Raceway is just three weeks away, and tickets are available for each night of racing in the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil event weekend. Great seats remain for select grandstand areas and can be purchased online at PhoenixRaceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). For added convenience, the Phoenix International Raceway Ticket Office will be open seven days a week leading up to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil event weekend, giving race fans more time to buy tickets in person in the days before the green flag. The PIR Ticket Office will open for special hours on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, and again on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Normal weekday ticket office hours in the weeks leading up to the event are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.(Phoenix International Raceway)(10-24-2009)

  • Phoenix teams with Richard Petty to create kart track: Phoenix International Raceway has teamed up with the legendary Richard Petty on a joint venture to create the first-ever high performance kart track within a NASCAR facility. This experiential innovation will put race fans behind the wheel and into the action at the brand new Richard Petty Raceway - located on PIR's Midway - beginning this November for the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 weekend. The 1/16th-mile Richard Petty Raceway will be located just inside Gate 4 at PIR, providing fans the chance to test their racing mettle for just $20 a session. The permanent one-of-a-kind venue will allow first-hand entertainment for fans 16 and older. The raceway's structure will include a pit and garage area, as well as grandstand seating where each driver's "fans" can gather and show support - just as they would for the Chase for the Sprint Cup competitors on PIR's one-mile oval. Each race at Richard Petty Raceway can include five competitors. At 20 feet wide and featuring a flagman's tower, tire barriers, and a layout quite similar to that of the main Phoenix International Raceway oval, Richard Petty Raceway is designed to give NASCAR fans yet another exciting racing surface - with the added thrill of participation in 9hp high-performance karts, provided by Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE). Competitors will put on firesuits and helmets and receive detailed instruction from RPDE professionals prior to racing.(PIR PR)(9-29-2009)

  • Texas and Phoenix swap Spring race dates:Texas Motor Speedway will have a slight shift in its 2010 NASCAR schedule as the Samsung 500 race week will be run April 15-18, moving the Sprint Cup Series race from the seventh to the eighth event of the season as a result of a date swap with Phoenix International Raceway.TMS officials agreed to the move to accommodate NASCAR and network television partner, FOX, because the Samsung 500 on its traditional April date would have been pitted directly against the final round of the The Masters on television. Phoenix transitions into that slot without a conflict since it will play host to a Saturday evening race.(Texas Motor Speedway PR)(8-27-2009)

  • Phoenix offers $25 Reserved seats for November Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway is offering a $25 reserved seat to fans for the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil on November 15 – an unprecedented value to watch the semifinal race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Beyond the hard-charging Sprint Cup action of the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, fans can secure three full nights of NASCAR action for a mere $47 by purchasing the NASCAR Extreme Value Ticket Package. PIR is offering a $15 reserved seat to its Nationwide Series race on Saturday, November 14 and a $7 reserved seat for the Lucas Oil 150 in the Camping World Truck Series on Friday, November 13. PIR kicks off the November race weekend with grassroots USAC racing as part of the famed Copper World Classic on Thursday, November 12. Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(7-13-2009)

  • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire:
    Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials (Sprint Cup & Nationwide);
    Goodyear Wrangler Superspeedway Radials (Camping World Truck)

    Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,325, Right-side – 1,325;
    Nationwide: Left-side – 575, Right-side – 575;
    Camping World Truck: Left-side – 325, Right-side – 325

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4238; Right-side -- D-4240

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this weekend, though the Sprint Cup and Nationwide tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle," while the Camping World Truck tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tire codes that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at this track in April . . . teams in those two series also ran this tire set-up at Richmond in 2009 . . . Camping World Truck teams have run this exact tire set-up at Milwaukee, Memphis and New Hampshire this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Conway to attempt Phoenix triple: Kevin Conway and ExtenZe Racing announced that they will attempt to run all three NASCAR national series races – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (no team named or mentioned), NASCAR Nationwide Series (#26 ExtenZe Chevy) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (#71 ExtenZe Chevy) – at Phoenix International Raceway next weekend. Conway has never raced at Phoenix International Raceway, much less competed in NASCAR’s top three divisions in one weekend, but he is set to attempt to qualify for his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series debut at the one-mile oval. “I’ve never been accused of doing things normally,” said Conway. “To make my Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series debut at a track that I have never even seen is pretty ambitious but I am excited to have this opportunity with ExtenZe. For ExtenZe Racing to pull this together in such a short amount of time is nothing short of a miracle. Everyone on this ExtenZe team is pumped to give it our best shot in Phoenix.” ExtenZe will appear as Conway’s primary sponsor in all three races. Together they will attempt to compete in 850 miles of racing at Phoenix International Raceway.(ExtenZe Racing PR)(11-6-2009)

  • See the 2009 Team Chart and 2010 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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