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THE RACE: Subway Fit Fresh 500k

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2009 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Avondale, AZ

  • Title Sponsor: Subway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 8:46pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Coverage: 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:
    Wednesday, April 21 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, April 17, 1:10 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 17, 3:30 - 5:00pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 17, 12:10pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, April 17 at 7:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, no scheduled re-air;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Mark Martin wins at Phoenix: #5-Mark Martin won the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway for his first win in 97 races [Kansas in 2005] for his first win in 2009 and 36th win of his career [16th all-time]. Former owner Jack Roush came to victory lane to shake Martin's hand along with many other drivers. #14-Stewart finished 2nd, followed by #2-Busch, #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #1-Truex Jr., #00-Reutimann, #77-Hornish Jr. and #99-Edwards. Points leader, #24-Jeff Gordon had a bad pitstop late and finished 25th and his point lead dwindles to 85 over #48-Johnson. There were 6 cautions for 29 laps and there were 14 lead changes among 10 drivers.(4-18-2009)

    For race results, awards and more on the Phoenix Race Results Page.(4-18-2009)

  • UNOFFICAL Driver Points Standings [after Phoenix, race 8 of 36]:
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1242 [1 win]
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1157, -85 [1 win]
    3) #2-Kurt Busch, 1144, -98 [1 win]
    4) #14-Tony Stewart, 1138, -104
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1088, -154
    6) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1052, -190
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 1026,-216 [2 wins]
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 1023, -219
    9) #00-David Reutimann, 992, -250
    10) #9-Kasey Kahne, 975, -267
    11) #31-Jeff Burton, 953, -289
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 946, -296 [2 wins]
    Contenders for the top-12/chase:
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 9 points out of 12th [1 win]
    14) #16-Greg Biffle, -16
    15) #42-Juan Montoya, -36
    For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(4-18-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
    no changes in who is in and who is out, #71-Gilliland dropped 3 more points behind 35th
    32) #98-Menard/Yates: 637, +86
    33) #20-Logano/Gibbs: 610, +59
    34) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 589, +38
    35) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 577, 26 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 551, 26 points out of 35th
    37) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 475, -102
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-18-2009)

  • Racing Resources Says …Sprint Cup Series
    * Mark Martin won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway after starting from the pole. His victory was the fifth straight win by Hendrick Motorsports at Phoenix. Martin led five times for 157 laps, including the final six.
    * Martin scored his 400th top-10 finish and became the fourth driver in NASCAR history to score 400 or more top-10 finishes. He scored his second victory in 25 races at Phoenix and is the oldest driver to win at Phoenix at 50 years, three months and nine days. Martin is just the fourth driver to win over the age of 50, joining Harry Gant, Bobby Allison and Morgan Shepherd. Shepherd was the last driver over 50 to score a victory, doing so at Atlanta in March 1993.
    * Martin is the 15th different driver to win for Hendrick Motorsports, and is the ninth driver to win in the #5 car, which has won 35 times.
    * This was Martin's 36th career victory in 730 races and he remained 18th on NASCAR's all-time wins list.
    * This was Martin's first victory with Hendrick Motorsports and first with an owner other than Jack Roush. It was his first victory with crew chief Alan Gustafson. This is the 178th victory for Hendrick Motorsports; third in 2009 and third straight (Jimmie Johnson won at Martinsville, Jeff Gordon won at Texas).
    * Tony Stewart finished second, posting his sixth top-10 finish in 2009. It marked his best finish of the season and best with his new team.
    * This is the third victory for Chevrolet in 2009, all in the last three races.
    * Gordon leads the points standings, by 85 over second-place Johnson.
    * Kurt Busch, third, posted his fifth top-10 finish in 2009.
    * Jimmie Johnson, fourth, scored his sixth top-10 of 2009 and fourth consecutive top-4 finish.
    * Sam Hornish Jr. (ninth) scored his career-best finish.
    * Clint Bowyer (26th) extended an 81-race streak of running at the finish that began at Homestead in November 2006. Bowyer's last DNF came at Phoenix on Nov. 12, 2006, where he finished 33rd because of an oil pump failure. This ties him for the most consecutive races running at the finish with Kevin Harvick. Herman Beam had a streak of 84 races in which he competed without a DNF, but those races were not consecutive.
    * The top 10 consisted of four Chevrolets, two Toyotas, two Dodges and two Fords.(ESPN Monday Rundown)(4-20-2009)

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix International Raceway
    Mark Martin won the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, his 36th victory in 730 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The last over-50 driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race was Morgan Shepherd, 51, March 20, 1993 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Martin becomes the fourth different over-50 driver to win a NSCS event.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2009.
    This is his second victory and 16th top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Tony Stewart (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2009.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Joey Logano (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 85 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-18-2009)

  • Infraction Sheet - Phoenix International Raceway
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #09 55, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #88 55, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #7 166, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #55 166, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #09 166, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #44 167, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #36 227, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #24 233, Lug nut(s) not installed, Must Come In
    #83 244, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
    #42 244, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
    #71 302, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #18 302, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-18-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #36-Riggs,36th
    Caution 2: #98-Menard, 23rd
    Caution 3: #20-Logano, 21st
    Caution 4: #29-Harvick, 30th
    Caution 5: #19-Sadler, 32nd
    Caution 6: NONE awarded when there are 10 laps or less left
    (4-18-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Phoenix: The selections for pit stalls of the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #5-Mark Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], while outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 13, the next with an opening in front of it and #2-Busch, who starts 3rd, took pit stall 21, which is the next stall with an opening in front of it. #78-Smith who starts 9th, chose the final pit stall. See the pit selection chart on the Phoenix International Raceway Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-18-2009)

  • Race Coverage of the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009.
    TV: FOX at 8:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 8:00 pm/et; green flag approx 8:46pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, April 21 at 12:00pm/et;


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

  • Martin wins pole at Phoenix: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway with a lap of 133.814mph for his 3rd pole of 2009, 1st ever at Phoenix and 44th of his career [10th all time]. Martin has won 7 races from the pole in his career. #18-Busch qualified 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #24-Gordon, #83-Vickers, #14-Stewart, #98-Menard, #00-Reutimann, #78-Smith and #48-Johnson.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #78-Smith, #82-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #71-Gilliland, #36-Riggs, #09-Marlin and #73-Raines.
    The five drivers who failed to qualify: #64-Todd Bodine, #41-Mayfield, #51-Bean, #02-Ash and #06-Boys.
    For qualifying order, results and starting lineup see my Phoenix Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(4-17-209)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix International Raceway:
    Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 with a lap of 26.903 seconds, 133.814 mph.
    This is his 44th pole in 730 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and fifth top-10 start in 2009.
    This is his first pole in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2009 and his fourth in nine races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his fifth in eight races this season.
    Scott Speed (18th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-17-2009)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #47-Ambrose, 1st out to qualify, 132.402mph, starts 29th
    #9-Kahne, 2nd out, 132.626, starts 21st
    #16-Biffle, 8th out, 133.240, starts 13th
    #5-Martin, 9th out, 133.814, starts 1st

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is posted. 48 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 #47-Ambrose, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #18-Busch. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #71-Gilliland, and the final driver scheduled to qualify is #66-Blaney. See the full qualifying order on the Phoenix Qualifying Page.(4-17-2009)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top five:
    #48-Johnson 132.236
    #42-Montoya 131.912
    #24-Gordon 131.844
    #14-Stewart 131.392
    #2-Busch 131.329
    slowest: #06-Boys 122.088 and #02-Ash 123.191
    See best speeds, times, ave speeds and laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-17-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice in Happy Hour at Phoenix International Raceway:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #78-Regan Smith, 40th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 26th
    #36-Scott Riggs, 35th
    #82-Scott Speed, 43rd
    #66-Dave Blaney, 21st fastest
    #71-David Gilliland, 32nd
    #64-Todd Bodine, 42nd
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 44th
    these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #73-Tony Raines, 29th
    #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 39th
    #51-Dexter Bean, 46th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 47th
    #06-Trevor Boys, 48th
    See best speeds, times, ave speeds and laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-17-2009)

  • First Friday practice for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is over, the top 5:
    #48-Johnson, 130.392
    #1-Truex Jr., 130.317
    #14-Stewart, 130.265
    #16-Biffle, 130.237
    #17-Kenseth, 130.161
    slowest: #06-Boys 117.867 and #02-Ash 123.512
    incidents: #26-McMurray smacked the wall early and pancaked the side of his Ford.
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled to run from 3:30 - 5:00pm/et.
    See best speeds, times, ave speeds and laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-17-2009)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Phoenix International Raceway:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 21st fastest
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 26th
    #73-Tony Raines, 29th
    #71-David Gilliland, 32nd
    #36-Scott Riggs, 35th
    #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 39th
    #78-Regan Smith, 40th
    #64-Todd Bodine, 42nd
    these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #82-Scott Speed, 43rd
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 44th
    #51-Dexter Bean, 46th
    #02-Brandon Ash, 47th
    #06-Trevor Boys, 48th
    See best speeds, times, ave speeds and laps run on my Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(4-17-2009)

  • The Entry List for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points (which now count after race five):
    #02-Brandon Ash, (none/0 attempts)
    #06-Trevor Boys (none, 0)
    #09-Sterling Marlin (46/7)
    #36-Scott Riggs (40/7)
    #41-Jeremy Mayfield (44/7)
    #51-Dexter Bean, (52/3)
    #64-Todd Bodine (47/7)
    #66-Dave Blaney (41/7)
    #71-David Gilliland (36/7)
    #73-Tony Raines (51, 4)
    #78-Regan Smith (42/3)
    #82-Scott Speed (38/7)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (43/7)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 71,82,36,66,87,41,09,64
    missing the race would be [5]: #'s 78,73,51,02,06
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List.(4-9-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Phoenix:
    no changes in who is in and who is out, but #71-Gilliland lost 20 points to 35th for the locked position
    31) #77-Hornish/Penske: 571, +84
    32) #98-Menard/Yates: 543, +56
    33) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 540, +53
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 531 +44
    35) #20-Logano/Gibbs: 510, 23 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #71-Gilliland/TRG 487, 23 points out of 35th
    37) #8-Almirola/Earnhardt Ganassi: 451, -59
    38) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 414, -96
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-5-2009)

  • 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

  • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

  • Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009) Comment here

  • 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: 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.
    See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, 3

  • Most Wins - All Time: Jimmie Johnson, 3

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, 4

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 9

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin & Jeff Gordon, 15
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 42 years, 2 months, 11 days, 10/25/98

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

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - 11/5/2000

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

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

  • Fewest Leaders: 2 - 11/4/1990

  • Most Cautions: 11 - 11/7/2004

  • Most Caution Laps: 66, 11/2/2003

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 11/7/1999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 12 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 2 [of 25] 8.0%

  • 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: 8 of 25 - 32.0%

  • Races won from the top 10: 12 of 25 - 48.0%

  • 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 Craftsman Truck Series debuted at Phoenix on Feb. 5, 1995. Mike Skinner becomes the series’ first winner.

    • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race was on Nov. 11, 1999.

    • The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005. Also the first night race, it was won by Kurt Busch.

    • There have been 25 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 15 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 who has won the last three. Johnson was the last driver to win four consecutive races at a track – Lowe’s Motor Speedway from 2004-05.

    • The race has been won from the pole twice: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007) and Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008).

    • The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in 12 of 25 races.

    • Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.

    • There has been one green-white-checkered race at Phoenix: November 2004 (315 laps).

    • Mark Martin has nine top-five finishes at Phoenix, more than any other driver. He has one victory and five second-place finishes in his 24 races and has just one DNF, that coming in his first race there.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Mark Martin Carquest/Kelloggs #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon MAPEI/Menards none...yet
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office - March of Dimes #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman Haas Automation #39 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Reed Sorenson Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper #43 Team Schemes Page
    #44-AJ Allmendinger Charter Communications #44 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard #88 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Subway #99 Team Schemes Page


  • PEAK on the #98 at Phoenix: PEAK will make its debut on the hood of the #98 PEAK / Menards Ford for this weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 500.(Yates Racing PR)(4-16-2009)

  • Ask.com employee on the #96: Ask.com will honor employee Eve Chaurand-Fraser in Phoenix this weekend by placing her name on the hood of the #96 Ask.com Ford. Chaurand-Fraser is Ask.com's associate general counsel. She keeps the Ask legal engine finely tuned, revved up, and race-ready. Whether it's focusing on syndication deals, privacy policies, or partner contracts, Chaurand-Fraser is always poised and focused on doing whatever she can to help grow the business.(Yates Racing PR)(4-16-2009)

  • Subway on the #99: The Sprint Cup race at Phoenix will mark the first time Subway appears on the #99 Ford of Carl Edwards. See an image of the scheme on the #99 Team Schemes page.(4-14-2009)

  • Haas Automation back on the #39: In 267 Sprint Cup starts, Newman has collected 43 pole positions and 13 wins. He returns to Phoenix this weekend with his new Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team and the #39 Haas Automation Chevy.(Stewart-Haas Racing PR) See an image of the scheme on the #39 Team Schemes page.(4-14-2009)

  • Hamlin on TV Thursday UPDATE: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEX Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, is scheduled to appear on Fox and Friends Wednesday morning [March 25th] at 8:25am on the Fox News Channel to help promote FedEx's involvement in the March of Dimes.(JGR), will run a March of Dimes scheme at Phoenix in April.(3-25-2009)
    UPDATE: the announcement was: Join me, Denny Hamlin, in the driver?s seat as FedEx and its racing team champion a healthy start for All babies. While you are walking for March of Dimes, I will be racing for the March of Dimes at the Phoenix NASCAR race! You can help FedEx by donating at least $11 today. Your donation will be in support of my #11 car as we dedicate the April 18th Phoenix NASCAR race to March for Babies...the same day you will be walking at the Phoenix March for Babies event! Together we can make a difference for all babies. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality (FedEx Racing).See the video at Fox News, see images of the car on the #11 Team Scheme page.(3-25-2009)

  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper to sponsor Sorenson: Moving into their fifth season of NASCAR sponsorship, Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper has contracted with Richard Petty Motorsports (formerly Gillett Evernham Motorsports) as the primary sponsor for four 2009 races. The Auto Value logo will decorate the Dodge race car for two races during the season while the other two races will showcase the Bumper to Bumper logo on the renowned Petty racecars. Reed Sorenson will drive the #43 Auto Value Dodge on April 18 at the Phoenix and the #43 Bumper to Bumper Dodge at Michigan in August. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be making their first Nationwide Series race start of 2009 with the #9 Auto Value Dodge on the track at the New Hampshire in June with Elliott Sadler taking the wheel. Kasey Kahne returns to the Bumper to Bumper cockpit in the #9 Dodge in October at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper will be an associate sponsor of the Richard Petty Motorsports Dodges for all other Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races in 2009 and will receive branding on Petty team uniforms, team haulers and pit equipment.(800autotalk.com), see an image of the scheme on my #43 Team Schemes page.(2-18-2009) Comment here.

  • 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: Michael Strahan
    Command to start engines: Michael Strahan
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Ken Bowers, PIR Chaplin
    National Anthem: Kate and Kacey Coppola
    Military Flyover: 4 F-16's, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, 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

  • Last April: see my Phoenix Race Info page

  • Last November: see the Phoenix Race Info page


  • Phoenix & Coca-Cola Enhance Recycling for race weekend: Phoenix International Raceway will continue its long-standing recycling program for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend April 16-18, taking the program to new levels with an enhanced effort in collaboration with Coca-Cola Recycling. PIR will get an early start celebrating Earth Day (April 22) during the upcoming NASCAR weekend in the Valley of the Sun by accepting all recyclable materials from race fans and campers, including glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, and cardboard. Each campsite in reserved and infield areas will receive a recycling bag upon move-in and - once filled with recyclable materials - Coca-Cola Recycling will pick up those bags daily and replace them. Recyclables will also be collected in suites, grandstands, fan and corporate hospitality areas, the media center, on the fan Midway, and within the infield. With the help of Coca-Cola Recycling, PIR's recycling initiative includes almost 1000 recycling barrels around the grounds. Material collected at the track will be picked up by Environmental Events Management Group (EEMG), a California-based event cleaning and recycling company.(PIR PR)(4-16-2009)

  • Arizona Governor Proclaims PIR "Zoomtown USA": Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has officially declared Phoenix International Raceway as "Zoomtown U.S.A." for the NASCAR event weekend of April 16-18. The NASCAR event weekend at "Zoomtown U.S.A." will be highlighted by the first official night race of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season, the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Saturday, April 18. In an official proclamation dated April 3, 2009 from the Office of the Governor, Brewer made mention of the rich tradition of NASCAR racing within the Valley of the Sun and the State of Arizona, celebrated NASCAR and Phoenix International Raceway's impact on Arizona's economy, and gave an advance welcome to several hundred thousand guests and millions of television viewers who will witness the thrilling NASCAR action at "Zoomtown U.S.A." this month.(PIR PR)(4-14-2009)

  • Park 'n Ride Program Available at Phoenix Phoenix International Raceway is encouraging race fans to make their trip to the track a smooth one on Saturday, April 18. Following its success for previous PIR events, the Subway Fresh Fit 500 Park 'N Ride will be available for fans to make an easy trip to the feature event of the track's April NASCAR event weekend, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500. After much success in recent years, the Park 'N Ride program returns to Cricket Pavilion, located just two blocks north of I-10 on 83rd Avenue (Exit 135). All NASCAR fans heading to PIR are welcome to enter at the 83rd Avenue entrance and park on Pavilion grounds, from where shuttle bus service from First Student Charter of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Parking and shuttle services to PIR will total just $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at 5:30 p.m., "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. - on Saturday, giving all NASCAR fans an easy way both to and from the track, before and after the race.(Phoenix Raceway PR)(4-12-2009)

  • Kate and Kacey Coppola to perform national anthem at Phoenix: Big Machine Records recording artists Kate and Kacey Coppola will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18. Now residents of Nashville after a shared childhood in Denver, the identical twins first charmed country music listeners with their fresh harmonies and engaging spirit by reaching the semi-final round on CMT's reality contest, "Can You Duet?" Named as artists "to watch in 2009" by Country Weekly and featured in People Magazine's Country Special, Kate and Kacey will tour with country superstar Kenny Chesney for 11 shows this summer. Also gifted songwriters, Kate and Kacey - with Jamey Johnson - wrote the single "House with No Doors" for George Strait's latest album, Troubador.(PIR PR)(4-11-2009)

  • Phoenix International Raceway unveils new website: With the green flag of its Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR event weekend on the horizon, Phoenix International Raceway launched this week its newly-designed home on the Web at www.phoenixraceway.com. Phoenix International Raceway's fresh look online features an emphasis on sharp, sweeping imagery and enhanced distribution of key information for NASCAR fans. A wide range of elements featuring the true NASCAR experience at Phoenix International Raceway will allow viewers to immerse themselves in all things NASCAR throughout the year, at or away from the track. The new PhoenixRaceway.com is part of a redesign initiative by all International Speedway Corporation tracks with the intent of providing the latest and best in cutting-edge online technology.(Phoenix Raceway PR)(4-10-2009)

  • Tickets Remain for Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix: The high-speed intensity of NASCAR action at Phoenix International Raceway is merely one week away, and tickets remain on sale for each night of racing in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 event weekend. Select grandstand seats and pre-race pit passes are available, and can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Tickets are available for PIR’s newest hospitality offering, Budweiser ROLL-BAR. Featuring live music and NASCAR-themed entertainment, the innovative hospitality environment will include a special VIP section for guests and a beer garden area to house the #9 Budweiser Dodge of Kasey Kahne. Guests of Budweiser ROLL-BAR will be treated to driver appearances throughout the weekend, including an appearance by Kahne at the Grand Opening party on Friday, April 17. Phoenix International Raceway has teamed with three-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson to create a ticketing option that provides unique, once-in-a-lifetime interactive opportunities, as well as a charitable donation. For $148, fans purchasing the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Experience Package will receive a grandstand ticket to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 and admission to a special question-and-answer session with Johnson, along with a pre-race pit pass and a special gift. $48 of every package purchased will be donated to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and its partner programs. For added convenience, the PIR Ticket Office will open from 9am to 3:30pm on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, giving race fans more time to buy tickets in person in the days before the green flag. Normal weekday ticket office hours in the days leading up to the event are 8am to 5pm. The Phoenix International Raceway Ticket Office is located at 125 S. Avondale Boulevard, just south of I-10 at Exit 131 in Avondale.(PIR PR)(4-9-2009)

  • New Menu at Phoenix: NASCAR fans at Phoenix International Raceway can now order items reflective of their favorite on-air personalities from SPEED, with menu offerings created by on-air stalwarts such as Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace and Larry MacReynolds available from SPEED Cantina’s brand new menu. The new food selections will make their debut during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend, scheduled for April 16-18, and will represent 11 members of the NASCAR on SPEED on-air talent roster. Split into sections celebrating two of NASCAR on SPEED’s top weekly programs, the menu features lists of “Trackside Appetizers” and “Raceday Entrées,” leaving NASCAR fans able to make an appetizing selection based on both their preferred taste and favorite television personality. Fans at SPEED Cantina can prepare their palate with an appetizing array of Jimmy Spencer’s Na-cho Average Salad or John Roberts Jalapeño Poppers, and truly fulfill their hunger with a Hermanator Hot Dog – in honor of Kenny “Herman” Wallace – or an order of Larry Mac Tacos. Those in the mood for chicken wings have two options: bone-in Michael Waltrip Wings, or Wendy Wings, the boneless variety celebrating intrepid SPEED reporter Wendy Venturini. Rutledge Rings and Hermie Chips and Salsa pay homage to the zany SPEED duo of Wood and Sadler, respectively, and fans can also purchase entrées like a Steve Byrnes Burrito, a Krista Voda Chicken Wrap, or a Jeff Hammond Hamburger. Tickets for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(4-8-2009)

  • Arizona Attorney General named PIR honorary race official: Arizona Attorney General Samuel “Terry” Goddard has been selected as an Honorary Race Official for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18, PIR President Bryan R. Sperber announced. As an Honorary Race Official, Goddard will participate in pre-race ceremonies for the first official night race of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Goodard will welcome the drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Phoenix International Raceway on behalf of the State of Arizona at the start/finish line, just before the fifth running of the annual spring Sprint Cup Series event at Phoenix International Raceway. Tickets for the April 18 Subway Fresh Fit 500 and all other events throughout the NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are still available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR PR)(4-6-2009)

  • Michael Strahan named grand marshal of Phoenix Cup race: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan – who holds the NFL’s record for most sacks in a single season – has been named Grand Marshal for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 18. Strahan, a Subway national spokesperson and a NFL analyst for FOX will utter the most famous words in racing, giving the command of: “Gentlemen, start your engines!”
    “I really appreciate the opportunity to be part of such an exciting event with my friends at Subway,” said Strahan. “My old team won the big game in Phoenix back in 2008, so I am happy to be headed back to the desert for another great experience. I look forward to cheering on my new Subway teammate, Carl Edwards, at the Subway Fresh Fit 500.” Tickets for the April NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR)(4-4-2009)

  • Phoenix to offer "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 for a high-speed ride around the track at $50 per person, with the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. The annual promotion, Hot Laps for the Troops, will take place on Wednesday, April 15 and Saturday, April 18. 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. Tickets are currently available online at phoenixraceway.com, by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223), or by visiting the Gate 3 ticket office at the track (for Saturday session laps only). To pay additional honor to the many current and past members of the American military forces, PIR has unveiled a limited edition “Stars and Stripes” logo hat in time for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500, while supplies last. Each special edition hat - navy and embroidered with a red, white, and blue Phoenix International Raceway logo - costs $30 and can be purchased online at www.phoenixraceway.com/starsandstripes or during the event weekend at PIR souvenir locations or the PIR Midway display. In addition, the Stars and Stripes hat will serve as the “Official Uniform Hat” at PIR for the event weekend. To top the American celebration off, one lucky fan wearing the Stars and Stripes hat will be spotted by a PIR representative and given the opportunity to ride in the patriotic-themed Phoenix International Raceway pace car to open the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 on Saturday, April 18. All proceeds from the special edition hat will support the Salute to Military Families program.(PIR PR)(3-27-2009)

  • Hotel Room deal at Phoenix: Race fans visiting the Phoenix-area to watch the Subway Fresh Fit 500 – or locals looking for an engine-revving weekend getaway – can book a hotel room now through the Greater Phoenix CVB’s “Spring Stimulus” package starting at just $69 a night. Combine that with a $25 ticket for a reserved seat to NASCAR’s first official night race of the Sprint Cup season and PIR patrons will be hard-pressed to find a better deal. Fans may choose from a list of nearly 50 hotel specials offered by the Greater Phoenix CVB through April 30 as part of their Spring Stimulus package. Starting at just $69 per night, and with hotel offerings ranging from luxury resorts to more basic service options, there are accommodations to fit any fan’s tastes and budget. Local hotel and restaurant specials offered by the Greater Phoenix CVB can be found online at VisitPhoenix.com/SpringStimulus. Tickets for the April NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(PIR PR)(3-26-2009)

    Daytona & Phoenix decrease grandstand seating: Daytona International Speedway and Phoenix International Speedway have decreased their seating capacity by 9,000 in the last year. Spokesmen for both tracks said the changes were the result of improvements made to certain grandstand sections. Daytona’s seating capacity shrank from 168,000 to 159,000, the result of a frontstretch grandstand project that began in August, according to DIS spokesman Andrew Booth. The renovation project replaced lower aluminum seating in the DePalma and Oldfield grandstands (located near Turn 4) as well as the Seagrave, Keech and Lockhart grandstands (located near Turn 1) with chair seats with arm rests.
    Phoenix’s capacity shrank from 76,000 to 67,000. The Phoenix changes, according to PIR spokesman Paul Corliss, came from the track’s replacing of temporary bleacher limited-view seating on the backstretch with high-end recreational vehicle and hospitality spots. “You’ll continue to see us evolve and expand or contract as necessary,” ISC spokesman Wes Harris said. “The nice thing is you can do other things that can make a lot of sense.” The changes were not announced, but track operator International Speedway Corp.’s annual financial filing lists the capacity for each of its tracks. None of ISC’s other tracks had seating capacity that changed by more than 2,000 seats.(SceneDaily)(1-31-2009)

  • Phoenix offers $25 Ticket: Want to see a first-rate concert in the Phoenix area anytime soon? Prepare to shell out at least $25 – several times over. Looking for an old-fashioned night out … say, dinner and a movie? Again, you'll pay at least $25. Care to park the car at either event? Rarely does such a luxury come cheap – or without cost. With sights firmly set on giving race fans the “best value in NASCAR,” Phoenix International Raceway is offering a $25 Sprint Cup Series reserved seat and a $7 Nationwide Series reserved seat for the NASCAR event weekend scheduled for April 16-18. Combine the two and fans can attend the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™, Bashas' Supermarkets 200, and Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Gatorade Pole Day for just $32. Throw in free daily on-site parking with regular tram service – not to mention a wide array of musical entertainment and interactive fun from PIR's Midway – and fans in the Valley of the Sun have one of sports and entertainment's best deals at their fingertips. Tickets for the April NASCAR event weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available now by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or visiting www.phoenixraceway.com.(1-26-2009)

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

  • 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: 1,400, Right-side: 1,400;
    Nationwide: Left-side: 575, Right-side: 575

    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.

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Phoenix this week . . . this left-side tire (D-4240) is slightly different than the one run at Phoenix last season . . . this year's left-side features a compound change to offer more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test at Phoenix in mid-January . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger (Dodge), Joey Logano (Toyota), Jamie McMurray (Ford) and Martin Truex Jr. (Chevrolet) . . . teams in these two series will also run this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Richmond in two weeks . . . 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

  • EGR's #8 car parked UPDATE: The #8 Sprint Cup Chevy, the centerpiece of Dale Earnhardt Inc. before its merger with Chip Ganassi Racing, is the latest casualty of the economy. Sources close to the situation said officials at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates are parking the car driven by Aric Almirola until sponsorship is found. An announcement could come in the next 24 hours. EGR officials were not available for comment, but sources said a handful of employees have been let go, and that number could grow to 40 to 50 before all is said and done. Almirola ranks 37th in owner points heading into next week's race at Phoenix International Raceway. He is 59 points behind rookie Joey Logano, who occupies the final spot for the top 35 guaranteed a position in each race. Almirola has an average finish of 32.9 this season, finishing no better than 21st in seven races and no better than 33rd the past three. Parking that car leaves EGR with two full-time drivers in Martin Truex Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya. Sources deny a report that Truex has a clause in his contract that would free him and primary sponsor Bass Pro Shops if he doesn't have at least two fulltime teammates.(ESPN.com)(4-7-2009)
    UPDATE: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing president Steve Lauletta is optimistic the #8 car made famous by Dale Earnhardt Jr. will return to the track one day, but not until sponsorship is found. Lauletta confirmed on Wednesday an ESPN.com report that operations for the car driven by Aric Almirola has been suspended until sponsorship is found. Lauletta would not confirm how many employees were released, but sources said the total would be between 40 and 50. "The plan was to run the 8 all season," Lauletta said. "We worked really hard to get a few sponsors. We're working really hard to continue to get it back on the track. But when you're in the position we're in where you don't know what sponsor goes on a car a couple of weeks out, how the team is going to progress in order to race two and three weeks out, it takes a lot of focus away from everybody at the shop."(ESPN)(4-9-2009) Comment here

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


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