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THE RACE: Kobalt Tools 500k

TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2010 season
Chase for the Sprint Cup race #9 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Sunday, November 14, 2010 in Avondale, AZ

  • Title Sponsor: Lowe's/Kobalt Tools

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:15pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ESPN - 2:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 3:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
    On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Monday, November 15 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Wednesday, November 17 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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  • This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio



    • Co-Anchors: Barry Hall, Joe Moore

    • Garage/Pit Reporters: Winston Kelley, Steve Post, Woody Cain, Preston Root

    • Turn Announcers: Dave Moody, Mike Bagley, Jeff Striegle, Kyle Rickey, Alex Hayden

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  • Practices:
    Friday, November 12, 2:00 - 3:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2
    Saturday, November 13, 1:30 - 2:15 pm, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, November 13, 2:50-3:50 pm/et, TV-ESPN2

Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 12, 1:00 pm/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, November 12 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on

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  • Edwards wins at Phoenix: #99-Carl Edwards won the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway from the pole for his 1st win of 2010, 1st win in 70 races and 17th win of his career. #39-Newman finished second followed by #20-Logano, #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #5-Martin, #2-Busch and #1-McMurray (who was the Lucky Dog twice). Points leader, #11-Hamlin, led the most laps but had to pit for gas late in the race and finished 12th and holds on to the points lead by 15 points over four-time champ #48-Johnson.
    There were 13 lead changes among 6 drivers and 5 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 75,000 down from last year's 90,000. The purse was $4,998,285 down from $5,136,375 in 2009
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs are on ESPN2, Monday, November 15 at 2:30am/et and on SPEED, Wednesday, November 17 at 12:00pm/et
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Phoenix Race Results/Awards page.(11-14-2010)

  • Finishing Positions for the Chase drivers at Phoenix:
    [by points standings before the race]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 12th [15pt lead]
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 6th [down 46 pts]
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, WON
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 7th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 13th
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 17th
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 4th
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer, 21st
    11) #2-Kurt Busch, 9th
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 19th

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36, Chase Race 9 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin [8 wins], 6462
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6447, -15
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 6416, -46
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 6198, -264
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 6151, -311
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 6124, -338
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 6115, -347
    8) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 6113, -349
    9) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 6074, -388
    10) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 6033, -429
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 6028, -434
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 5958, -504
    (Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 6178, -284 would be 5th)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-14-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Phoenix, race 35 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1)#29-Kevin Harvick, 5109
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4814, -295
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4744, -365
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 4625, -484
    5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 4617, -492
    6) #18-Kyle Busch, 4580, -529
    7) #17-Matt Kenseth, 4497, -612
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 4481, -628
    9) #2-Kurt Busch, 4350, -759
    10) #31-Jeff Burton, 4348, -761
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 4280, -829
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 4249, -860
    13) #5-Mark Martin, 4249, -860
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray, 4225, -884
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-14-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Homestead:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The spread from 35th to 36th is down to 74 points with ONE race to go.
    32) #7-Gordon/RGM, 2514, +115
    33) #34-Kvapil/Front Row, 2503, +104
    34) #37-Blaney/Front Row, 2491, +92
    35) #71-Gaughan/TRG: 2473, 74 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 2399, -74 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-TBA/Latitude43: 2301, -172
    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 Owners Points Standings page.(11-14-2010)

  • Phoenix Notes and Facts:
    • Carl Edwards won the Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. He earned his 17th series victory in his 228th start. It was his first win in 2010, ending a 70-race winless streak that dated to Homestead in November 2008. He became the sixth driver in 2010 to end a winless streak in excess of 63 races. in three of past four races at Phoenix, a driver ended a winless streak of 70 or more races. Edwards became the 13th different race winner in 2010. It was Edwards' 18th top-10 finish in 35 races in 2010. He led five times for 93 laps, including the final 47, the most laps he has led in 13 races at Phoenix.
    • This was the 119th series win for Roush Fenway Racing, ranking fourth all-time. It was the third win in 2010 for the team. Greg Biffle has won twice. Ford scored its milestone 600th series victory and 13th at Phoenix.
    • Ryan Newman (finished second) finished first and second at Phoenix in 2010.
    • Joey Logano (third) posted his fifth straight top-10 finish in 2010 and third straight top-5.
    • Biffle (fourth) has finished 14th or better in six of the past seven Phoenix races.
    • Jimmie Johnson (fifth) scored his sixth top-5 finish in nine Chase races, the most by any driver. • Mark Martin (eighth) has finished 14th or better in the past 10 Phoenix races.
    • Kurt Busch (ninth) has been running at the finish in his 16 races at Phoenix.(ESPN)(11-16-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the Kobalt Tools 500, his 17th victory in 228 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He breaks a 70-race winless streak dating to Nov. 16, 2008 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    This is his first victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He does the Sprint Cup/Nationwide double for the first time this season since Kyle Busch swept all three national series races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #39-Ryan Newman (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 17 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2010.
    #20-Joey Logano (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin leads the point standings by 15 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson. This is the smallest margin in Chase history (2004, Kurt Busch over Jimmie Johnson, 18 points)(NASCAR Statistics)(11-14-2010)

  • Pit Road Times
    Phoenix International Raceway
    Kobalt Tools 500k
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics

    Car# Pit Stops Driver Laps Time Total Seconds Avg Seconds
    48 4 Jimmie Johnson 312 02:50.2 170.246 42.562
    99 4 Carl Edwards 312 02:50.5 170.512 42.628
    39 4 Ryan Newman 312 02:53.2 173.241 43.310
    5 4 Mark Martin 312 02:54.3 174.333 43.583
    14 4 Tony Stewart 312 03:00.9 180.945 45.236
    18 5 Kyle Busch 312 03:24.0 203.976 40.795
    31 5 Jeff Burton 312 03:28.4 208.440 41.688
    11 5 Denny Hamlin 312 03:29.0 209.003 41.801
    42 5 Juan Pablo Montoya 312 03:30.9 210.912 42.182
    43 5 A J Allmendinger 312 03:31.6 211.591 42.318
    16 5 Greg Biffle 312 03:33.5 213.461 42.692
    2 5 Kurt Busch 312 03:35.5 215.507 43.101
    20 5 Joey Logano 312 03:43.6 223.640 44.728
    24 5 Jeff Gordon 312 03:43.9 223.926 44.785
    88 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 312 04:05.1 245.073 49.015
    17 6 Matt Kenseth 312 04:09.7 249.733 41.622
    29 6 Kevin Harvick 312 04:12.3 252.283 42.047
    56 7 Martin Truex Jr. 312 04:37.4 277.380 39.626
    1 5 Jamie McMurray 312 04:55.6 295.561 59.112
    78 5 Regan Smith 311 03:40.9 220.882 44.176
    47 5 Marcos Ambrose 311 03:50.8 230.806 46.161
    09 5 Bobby Labonte 311 04:00.9 240.927 48.185
    33 8 Clint Bowyer 311 07:17.5 437.532 54.692
    13 7 Casey Mears 311 07:43.1 463.111 66.159
    98 5 Paul Menard 310 03:37.7 217.725 43.545
    6 5 David Ragan 310 03:38.6 218.629 43.726
    9 5 Aric Almirola 310 03:43.5 223.493 44.699
    19 5 Elliott Sadler 310 03:48.8 228.776 45.755
    00 6 David Reutimann 310 04:38.9 278.862 46.477
    83 7 Kasey Kahne 310 05:33.6 333.563 47.652
    26 5 JJ Yeley 309 04:06.9 246.874 49.375
    77 6 Sam Hornish Jr. 309 04:43.1 283.088 47.181
    38 4 Travis Kvapil 308 03:25.8 205.821 51.455
    7 8 Robby Gordon 308 06:28.2 388.151 48.519
    82 6 Scott Speed 307 05:22.1 322.134 53.689
    34 5 Tony Raines 306 04:03.8 243.797 48.759
    36 7 Dave Blaney 306 05:15.5 315.499 45.071
    37 4 David Gilliland 274 03:07.2 187.212 46.803
    55 3* Mike Bliss 193 12:10.1 730.070 243.357
    64 4* Landon Cassill 191 19:13.8 1153.750 288.438
    81 5* Terry Labonte 190 05:09.2 309.216 61.843

  • Penalty Report - Phoenix:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #81, 150, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, pass thru
    #83, 170, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, pass thru
    #13, 224, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
    #29, 224, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
    #17, 235, Lug nut(s) not installed, pit
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-14-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #55-Bliss, 39th
    Caution 3: #1-McMurray, 10th
    Caution 4: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 14th
    Caution 5: #1-McMurray(2), 10th

  • Race Coverage of the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, November 14, 2010.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 3:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 2:00 pm/et; green flag approx 3:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2, Monday, November 15 at 2:30am/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, November 17 at 12:00pm/et

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Phoenix: With only two races left, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Nov. 14, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the Kobalt Tools 500 at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR Countdown kicks off ESPN's telecast at 2:00pm/et with the race telecast at 3:00pm/et. The green flag is scheduled for 3:15 pm/et. Also from Phoenix, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will air on ESPN2 on Friday, Nov. 12, at 5:30pm/et. Practice sessions air Friday at 2:00pm/et and Saturday at 3:00pm/et. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race. motorsports writer David Newton will be on-site at Phoenix to report on the weekend's action and news.

  • Offers RacingLive! During Phoenix Race: NASCAR fans looking for an online gathering during ESPN’s telecasts of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now have a place to go on RacingLive! on is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Sunday, Nov. 7, RacingLive! Phoenix will kick off at 3:00 pm/et to coincide with ESPN’s telecast of the race at Phoenix International Raceway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at

  • ESPN Radio Raceday Airs Saturday, Sunday: Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio's RaceDay starts its engines at 6:00 am/et with host Pat Patterson anchored from Daytona Beach, Fla. Patterson also originates the broadcast from several racetracks with key races during the season. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio's RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR's biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails. A list of ESPN Radio affiliates can be found at

  • Pit Stall Selections - Phoenix: The selections of pit stalls for the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #99-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #43-Allmendinger took pit stall 13, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
    #2-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 34th pit stall, the third stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #17-Kenseth, who starts 15th.
    Thre top Chase drivers:
    #11-Hamlin, starts 17th, took stall 18
    #48-Johnson, starts 21st, took stall, 39
    #29-Harvick, starts 29th, took stall 37
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-13-2010)

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: 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)

  • Jayski's - 2010 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)

news, notes and links

  • Happy Hour Practice: for the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest, notes:
    #99-Edwards 132.343
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 131.733
    #24-Gordon 131.690
    #11-Hamlin 131.128
    #29-Harvick 131.105
    the top three with best 10-lap average
    #99-Edwards 129.745
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 129.442
    #24-Gordon 129.314
    slowest: #55-Bliss 126.538 and #71-Gaughan 126.640
    no speed listed: #81-TLabonte
    Ron Hornaday took a few laps in the #39 Chevy, Hornaday is standing by for Ryan Newman, whose wife is expecting there first child within the next two weeks.
    See fastest laps, most laps, average speeds on the Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-13-2010)

  • Happy Hour rank for the Chase drivers at Phoenix:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 5th
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 1st
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 24th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 32nd
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 28th
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 10th
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer, 29th
    11) #2-Kurt Busch, 34th
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 19th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-13-2010)

  • Saturday First Practice: for the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes:
    #99-Edwards 132.033
    #24-Gordon 131.989
    #2-Busch 131.989
    #17-Kenseth 131.738
    #31-Burton 131.670
    slowest: #81-TLabonte 124.961 and #26-Yeley 126.971
    the top three with best 10-lap average
    #42-Montoya 129.912
    #43-Allmendinger 129.846
    #99-Edwards 129.593
    See fastest laps, most laps, average speeds on the Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-13-2010)

  • Edwards wins pole at Phoenix: #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Pole for the Kobalt Tools 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with a TRACK RECORD speed of 136.389mph for his 3rd pole of 2010 and 7th of his career. #43-Allmendinger will start 2nd followed by #2-Busch, #16-Biffle, #1-McMurray, #00-Reutimann, #18-Busch, #78-Smith, #9-Almirola and #20-Logano.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #13-Mears, #09-BLabonte, #36-Blaney, #26-Yeley, #55-Bliss, #38-Kvapil, #64-Cassill and #81-TLabonte who used a past champions provisional to make the race.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #66-Leffler, #87-Nemechek and #46-McDowell.
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Phoenix Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page. (11-12-2010)

  • Starting Spots for the Chase drivers at Phoenix:
    Only four of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10 for the Kobalt Tools 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, the starting spots for the 12 chasers:
    [by current points standings]:
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin, 17th
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 21st
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick, 29th
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 1st
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 15th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 22nd
    7) #18-Kyle Busch, 7th
    8) #14-Tony Stewart, 20th
    9) #16-Greg Biffle, 4th
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer, 14th
    11) #2-Kurt Busch, 3rd
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 40th
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-12-2010)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #1-McMurray, 135.665, starts 5th
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 136.240, starts 3rd
    Ford: #99-Edwards, 136.389, starts 1st
    Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 135.547, starts 6th

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kobalt Tools 500 with a lap of 26.395 seconds, 136.389 mph. This is a track record (old Ryan Newman, Nov. 7, 2004, 26.499 seconds/135.854 mph)
    This is his seventh pole in 228 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third pole and 14th top-10 start in 2010.
    This is his second pole in 13 races at Phoenix International Raceway. His last pole came in this event in 2008. This is his fifth top-five finish here.
    #43-A J Allmendinger (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2010 and his second in five races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #2-Kurt Busch (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his 17th in 35 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(11-12-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, November 12, 2010 at 5:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 at 5:30pm/et Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race 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 #24-Gordon.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #1-McMurray.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #09-BLabonte with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #13-Mears.
    See the full qualifying order on the Phoenix Qualifying Page.(11-12-2010)

  • Friday Practice: for the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes:
    #99-Edwards 135.130
    #78-Smith 134.645
    #14-Stewart 134.469
    #18-Busch 134.263
    #12-Keselowski 134.183
    slowest: #81-TLabonte 128.875 and #37-Gilliland 130.232
    incidents: #47-Ambrose spun off turn 2 early in practice, but didn't hit anything; 20 minutes into practice, #16-Biffle scraped the wall, did some cosmetic damage.
    See fastest laps, most laps, average speeds on the Phoenix Practice Speeds Page.(11-12-2010)

  • Phoenix practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 23rd fastest overall
    #13-Casey Mears, 24th
    #38-Travis Kvapil, 30th
    #36-Dave Blaney, 36th
    #46-Michael McDowell, 37th
    #66-Jason Leffler, 38th
    #26-J.J. Yeley, 39th
    #81-Terry Labonte [PC2] 46th, would use a past champ prov to make race
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 40th
    #64-Landon Cassill, 41st
    #55-Mike Bliss, 42nd
    [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

  • Some Chassis selections for Phoenix International Raceway:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 McDonald’s team will bring chassis #1008 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This chassis was used at both 2010 New Hampshire events where McMurray has a best finish of third just last month. The chassis was also used in April at Phoenix International Raceway where McMurray battled handling issues after an on track altercation forced a 24th-place finish.
    #2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington and crew will be racing their “PRS-715” Miller Lite Dodge Charger at Phoenix this weekend. This chassis debuted in winning fashion in the March 7 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta. Busch led six times for 129 laps in his winning effort. In Penske Racing South tradition, Busch named his winning mount “Charger” as a tribute to his Dodge race car and because he was able to charge back to the front on numerous occasions during the race. It was Busch’s second consecutive spring AMS victory and was a monumental win for him personally as it extended his winning streak to nine consecutive seasons. Busch, Addington and crew have raced “Charger” only one time since; in the April 19 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas where Busch started 11th and finished a strong fourth.
    #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-588 for Sunday's race. This chassis finished fourth in its debut in the April Phoenix race. Since then, Martin also raced the car twice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
    #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-613 last ran New Hampshire – finished 22nd; Backup: RK-633 last ran Michigan in the fall of 2009 – finished 30th. Estrella Center (SLIC 8531) has been selected as the Maximum Center for the November 14 race at Phoenix as part of UPS’s Center Recognition Program. The Estrella Center will have its number on the C-post of David Ragan’s UPS Ford throughout the weekend.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx Racing team will unload Chassis JGR 276 this weekend in Phoenix. 276 last ran at Richmond in September when Hamlin led 251 laps on his way his sixth win of the season. Chassis 288 will serve in backup duty. The #11 FedEx Ground Toyota will carry the letters PLNS on the b-post this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway in recognition of the FedEx Ground Plains district’s excellence in package care.
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-737 during Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This is a brand-new chassis to the #12 team.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-535 debuted at Phoenix in April 2009. After only being tested in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 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 No. 14-535 returned to another flat track in June via New Hampshire, 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 marked the car’s third career start, where it qualified eighth and went from a possible top-10 performance to a disappointing 25th-place result when it was caught up in a multi-car accident on lap 171 of the 312-lap race. With a new body, Chassis No. 14-535 returned to Phoenix this past April for its first start of 2010 and fourth overall. It had a quiet outing, qualifying 11th and finishing 23rd. The car was quickly turned around and tested April 26 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., but it has sat idle since.
    #16-Greg Biffle: crew chief Greg Erwin on Phoenix: “We’re taking the same car to Phoenix that we won with at Kansas so if we can just get the setup right this time, we should have a good race.” The #16 3M Ford will have a special Scotch Brand paint scheme for this weekend’s race in Phoenix.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-698 was last run at Kansas, this weekend at Phoenix, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Valvoline Ford.
    #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 286 will make its second-ever start in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500k at Phoenix. In its first start last month at Charlotte, Busch started sixth and led a race-high 217 laps before settling for a solid second-place finish.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: is scheduled to pilot Chassis No. 322 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Chevy made its debut at New Hampshire in September, where Harvick finished fifth. Additionally, Harvick piloted this chassis at Martinsville three weeks ago, where he led six times for 97 laps and scored his career-first Martinsville top five and finished third.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 319 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, this Caterpillar Chevy was put through its first paces at New Hampshire in September where the 17-year veteran was credited with a 15th-place result after running out of fuel with two laps remaining in the 300 miler and coasting to the finish.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: will race Chassis No. 327 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix. Built new in 2010, this Chevy made its debut last month at Martinsville where Bowyer finished 37th after being involved in an accident on lap 194.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Brian Pattie and the #42 Target team is bringing chassis #907 to Phoenix this weekend. The team has used this chassis four times, twice in 2010 (Loudon) and twice in 2009 (Loudon and Martinsville), qualifying in the top-five three out of the four events including two pole awards. Montoya has a best finish of third in both events last season.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will pilot chassis No. 540 in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix. He last drove that car to a fifth-place result at Martinsville Speedway in October. Back up chassis No. 520 has collected four wins in five starts – the most recent coming at Martinsville Speedway in March 2009.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-589 for this weekend's race at Phoenix. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.
    #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 Aflac team will unload RK-695 at Phoenix. Edwards raced this car at Kansas in October where he finished sixth. It also raced at MIS in August and Indy in July. This car has not finished outside the top seven in its three starts.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(11-11-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Kobalt Tools 500k Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Brendan Gaughan is in the #71; Robby Gordon in the #7;
    Not in top 35 of owners points:
    #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(39/34)
    #13-Casey Mears (38/34)
    #26-J.J. Yeley (2009 race winner as owner)(37/34)
    #36-Dave Blaney (40/34)
    #38-Travis Kvapil (36/34)
    #46-Michael McDowell (42/34)
    #55-Mike Bliss (43/33)
    #64-Landon Cassill (46/22)
    #66-Jason Leffler (44/34)
    #81-Terry Labonte (1996 Champ)(52/3)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41/34)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 26,09,81,38,13,36,87,46
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 66,55,64
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Phoenix Entry List.(11-8/12-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Texas:
    No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The spread from 35th to 36th is 101 points with two races to go.
    33) #34-Raines/Front Row, 2448, +110
    34) #37-Kvapil/Front Row, 2442, +104
    35) #71-Gaughan/TRG: 2439, 101 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 2338, -101 points out of the top 35
    37) #26-BElliott/Latitude43: 2231, -208
    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 Owners Points Standings page.(11-7-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36, Chase Race 8 of 10]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #11-Denny Hamlin [8 wins], 6325
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [6 wins], 6288, -37
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 6266, -59
    4) #99-Carl Edwards, 6008, -317
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 6000, -325
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5994, -331
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5986, -339
    8) #14-Tony Stewart [2 wins], 5959, -366
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [2 wins], 5953, -372
    10) #33-Clint Bowyer [1 win], 5928, -397
    11) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5887, -438
    12) #31-Jeff Burton, 5852, -473
    (Bowyer without 150 pt penalty 6078, -274 would be 4th)
    See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(11-7-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 34 of 36....the OLD way]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick 4959
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson 4659 -300
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 4607 -352
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon 4487 -472
    5) #18-Kyle Busch 4451 -508
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 4435 -524
    7) #14-Tony Stewart 4369 -590
    8) #17-Matt Kenseth 4346 -613
    9) #31-Jeff Burton 4242 -717
    10) #2-Kurt Busch 4207 -752
    11) #33-Clint Bowyer 4149 -868
    12) #16-Greg Biffle 4120 -810
    13) #5-Mark Martin 4107 -839
    14) #1-Jamie McMurray 4091 -852
    15) #39-Ryan Newman 3986 -985
    16) #20-Joey Logano 3974 -973

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

  • 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 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


  • How the Chase drivers have performed at Phoenix:
    1 - Denny Hamlin (#11 FedEx Toyota)
    · Five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 11.6 in 10 races
    2 - Jimmie Johnson (#48 Kobalt Toolss Chevy)
    · Four wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 4.9 in 14 races
    3 - Kevin Harvick (#29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevy)
    · Two wins, three top fives, six top 10s
    · Average finish of 15.0 in 15 races
    4 - Carl Edwards (#99 Aflac Ford)
    · Four top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 12.8 in 12 races
    5 - Matt Kenseth (#17 Crown Royal Ford)
    · One win, five top fives, seven top 10s
    · Average finish of 18.2 in 16 races
    6 - Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevy)
    · One win, nine top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles
    · Average finish of 10.4 in 23 races
    7 - Kyle Busch (#18 M&M's Toyota)
    · One win, one top five, seven top 10s; one pole
    · Average finish of 13.9 in 11 races
    8 - Tony Stewart (#14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy)
    · One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s
    · Average finish of 11.7 in 17 races
    9 - Greg Biffle (#16 Scotch Ford)
    · Three top fives, four top 10s
    · Average finish of 15.4 in 13 races
    10 - Clint Bowyer (#33 Cheerios Chevy)
    · Two top fives, four top 10s
    · Average finish of 14.9 in 10 races
    11 - Kurt Busch (#2 Miller Lite Dodge)
    · One win, four top fives, eight top 10s
    · Average finish of 13.5 in 15 races
    12 - Jeff Burton (#31 Caterpillar Chevy)
    · Two wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s
    · Average finish of 11.4 in 22 races

  • 2010 April Pole Sitter: #43-A.J. Allmendinger, 134.675mph, finished 15th

  • 2009 November Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 134.725mph, 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

  • 2010 April Race Winner: #39-Ryan Newman, 99.372mph, started 14th

  • 2009 November Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 110.486mph, finished 3rd

  • 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, 4

  • Most Wins - All Time: Jimmie Johnson, 4

  • Most Poles: Ryan Newman, 4

  • Most Top 5s: Mark Martin, 12; Jeff Gordon 9

  • Most Top 10s: Mark Martin, 18; Jeff Gordon, 17

  • Most Lead Changes: 23 - 11/5/2000

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

  • Most Leaders: 13 - four times, last 4/10/2010

  • 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 28]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 4
  • 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: 2
  • 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: 10 of 28
  • Races won from the top 10: 14 of 28

  • 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 first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch.
    · There have been 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
    · Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole in 1988.
    · There have been 18 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 20 different race winners, led by Jimmie Johnson, with four. Johnson has won four of the last six races. Mark Martin (spring 2009) and Ryan Newman (spring 2010) won the other races in that span.
    · 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 14 of 28 events.
    · Denny Hamlin won his first career pole in November 2005. AJ Allmendinger won his first career pole earlier this season.
    · Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
    · Mark Martin has 12 top-five finishes, more than any other driver. Martin (8.7) and Jimmie Johnson (4.9) are the only active drivers who average a top-10 finish.
    · Three of the last four races have ended with a margin of victory under one second.
    · Two perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix. Kurt Busch did it with his win in April of 2005, and Kevin Harvick did it in November of 2006.

  • Chase Stats & Past Chase Notes after eight races: #11-Denny Hamlin's late charge to the win at Texas unseated leader #48-Jimmie Johnson, only the second time the lead has changed hands this late in the Chase. In Johnson's dramatic comeback bid in 2006 to win his first Chase, he took second to #17-Matt Kenseth's 12th at Texas and grabbed the lead for good. The lead has not changed hands after race #9 or #10 in six previous Chases. Even though regaining the lead at Phoenix would be a Chase first, Johnson has bested Hamlin at Phoenix eight of nine times, including winning the last three Chase races at PIR.
    How the Chase standings looked with two races to go since it started in 2004:
    2009 (After 8 Races)
    1-JOHNSON 6297/+73
    2-Martin 6224/-73
    3-Jeff Gordon 6185/-112
    2008 (After 8 Races)
    1-JOHNSON 6366/+106
    2-Edwards 6260/-106
    3-Biffle 6223/-143
    2007 (After 8 Races)
    1-JOHNSON 6382/+30
    2-J Gordon 6352/-30
    3-Bowyer 6201/-181
    2006 (After 8 Races)
    1-JOHNSON 6157/+17
    2-Kenseth 6140/-17
    3-Dale Jr. 6079/-78
    4-Hamlin 6077/-80
    2005 (After 8 Races)
    1-STEWART 6255/+38
    2-Johnson 6217/-38
    3-Edwards 6178/-77
    2004 (After 8 Races)
    1-KU BUSCH 6191/+41
    2-J Gordon 6150/-41
    3-Dale Jr 6144/-47
    4-Johnson 6143/-48
    See more stats and notes on the Chase Stats after Texas and my 2010 Chase Notes and History page.(11-11-2010)


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Tums #00 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Polaris #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Scotch #16 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Valvoline #17 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman U.S. Army Military Photos #39 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Menards / Peak #98 Team Schemes Page

  • Contest winner designed Dale Jr.'s PIR scheme: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 Chevy will have a different look this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The Diet Mountain Dew Paint the 88 contest gave fans the chance to design and submit their own original paint schemes online during a five-week period. Earnhardt chose the winning paint scheme, which was a green-and-white design created by fan Jason Corino, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Earnhardt made the selection from almost 10,000 submissions. Earnhardt will unveil his special paint scheme at Diet Dew Race Night on Friday, when the Phoenix Coyotes face off against the Calgary Flames in Glendale, AZ. Earnhardt, McGrew and the #88 team will make a special appearance on the ice with the car during the first intermission of the game. Prior to the game, Earnhardt will answer questions from fans during a special Race Night Town Hall for 100 lucky fans who purchase a special $88 VIP ticket. For more information call 480-563-PUCK or visit, see images of the scheme on the #88 Team Schemes page.(11-11-2010)

  • Tums scheme for Reutimann at Phoenix: Tums Racing and the #00 TumsUMS Toyota return to the track at Phoenix International Raceway for the Kobalt Tools 500. This will mark the final time in the 2010 NSCS season that TUMS will appear as a primary paint scheme. The TUMS scheme previously appeared at Las Vegas, Martinsville in March, Chicago (Win) and New Hampshire in September (MWR), see images of the scheme on the #00 Team Schemes page.(11-11-2010)

  • Newman's Army Car to Feature Faces of More Than 500 Veterans at PRI: More than 500 faces of military veterans will grace Ryan Newman's #39 U.S. Army Chevy in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. The special paint scheme serves as an extension of Veterans Day (Nov. 11), an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. The 500 plus faces on Newman's Veterans Day car represent multiple generations of men and women who embraced the call of duty, dating back to the World War I era. Among the photos submitted through was from World War II veteran and Arizona resident Luis Rodriguez Jr. who will attend Sunday's race as a guest of the U.S. Army race team. Rodriguez, 85, served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 118th General Hospital, a U.S. Army military hospital located in New South Wales, Australia. He is a resident of Sahuarita, Ariz. (15 miles south of Tucson).(U.S. Army Racing), see images of the car on my #39 Team Schemes page.(11-8-2010)

  • Special scheme for Dale Jr. at PIR: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run at Diet Mountain Dew scheme at Phoenix in November. See an image of the scheme on the #88 Team Schemes page.(10-30-2010)

  • Newman to run Veterans Day scheme at Phoenix: The U.S. Army and Stewart-Haas Racing announced a special paint scheme for Ryan Newman’s #39 U.S. Army Chevy which gives veterans the opportunity to put their faces on the Soldiers’ car running in the Kobalt Tools 500 Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 14. Veterans, along with their families, friends and loved ones, can go online and submit photos of the men and women who have embraced the call of duty and helped build and protect our country at
    All veterans are eligible for inclusion among the photos in the special paint scheme. Images of Soldiers will be collected through Sept. 24. Those selected will be featured on the hood, trunk, side panels and bumpers when Newman gets behind the wheel of the #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet in Phoenix.
    “What a cool way for us to say ‘thank you’ and honor the Army Strong Soldiers who have served our country,” said Newman. “This is the Soldiers’ car and having the faces of the brave men and women of the U.S. Army represented will be a great inspiration and a powerful reminder of what it means to be Army Strong.”
    The special paint scheme will serve as an extension of Veterans Day (Nov. 11) when, as a country, we honor and remember the heroism, courage and dedication displayed by our veterans. While the nation remembers the service of its veterans, the millions watching the Kobalt Tools 500 at home and the tens of thousands more at the track will get a chance to see some of the faces who represent the true heroes of the Army.
    "Every time Ryan Newman drives the #39 Chevrolet with the Army colors, he represents the more than one million men and women who proudly serve our Nation,” said Col. Derik Crotts, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command. “For this race, with this paint scheme, we pay tribute to our heroes past and present and their families. Each picture, each face, is a reminder of the sacrifice and service of the millions who have made our Army strong and our nation free."(U.S. Army)(9-21-2010)

  • Valvoline to sponsor Kenseth UPDATE: hearing and seeing that Valvoline will sponsor #17-Matt Kenseth in a few 2010 Sprint Cup races. Supposedly for three races. See an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(12-12-2009)
    UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing announced that Valvoline, the leading innovator and supplier of quality, high-performing automotive products, will sponsor the #17 entry and driver Matt Kenseth for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races during the 2010 season. The #17 Valvoline Ford Fusion will debut this weekend at:
    Atlanta Motor Speedway and then will also serve as the primary sponsor for:
    April’s Talladega race weekend as well as the:
    November Cup Series race in Phoenix [11/21]. Valvoline first teamed up with Roush Fenway Racing in 1990, and together the duo has brought home 44 wins in the Sprint Cup series [many with #6-Mark Martin]. Valvoline is the official motor oil at Roush Fenway Racing, and has been providing Americans with the best motor oil and automotive products longer than any other motor oil company.(RFR), see images of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(3-3-2010)

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


  • Track Specifications:
    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)

  • Attendence:
    Navember 2010: 75,000
    April 2010: 70,000
    November 2009: 90,000
    April 2009: 80,000
    November 2008: 100,000
    April 2008: 100,000 November 2007: 105,000
    April 2007: 105,000 (as reported on NASCAR Race Results pages)

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Steve Schultz, Lowe's Regional VP, Chuck Andrews & Kevin Wood, Lowe's Store Managers
    Command to start engines: Steve Schultz
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: PIR chaplain Ken Bowers
    National Anthem: trumpeter Dr. Jesse McGuire
    Military Flyover: F-16s, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB

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

  • Websites:
    Phoenix International Raceway
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Phoenix International Raceway
    Phoenix International Raceway - Facebook
    Phoenix International Raceway - Twitter

  • November 2009: see my Phoenix Race Info page

  • April 2010: see my Phoenix Race Info page

  • New carry-in policy at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced NASCAR fans can look forward to a new carry-in policy beginning with the upcoming Kobalt Tools 500 Weekend Nov. 11-14. The new policy is part of PIR’s ongoing effort to enhance the race day experience for fans by allowing food and non-alcoholic beverages to be brought into the race. Providing a safe and secure environment while maintaining of level of convenience fans have grown have accustomed to is a top priority of Phoenix International Raceway. Fans carrying items onto the property should plan for extra time to allow for a thorough and complete search by security personnel prior to entering the ticket gates. Express lanes will be available for fans that are not carrying items requiring search. In addition, there will be sufficient personnel on hand to ensure guests can proceed through the gate quickly and to their seats in a reasonable amount of time. As part of Phoenix International Raceway’s standard policy for NASCAR events, hard-sided coolers will not be allowed into the grandstand area. In addition, Styrofoam coolers are also not permitted. Key changes to the policy to note:
    * Soft-sided coolers that measure no greater than 14 x 14 x 14 inches or 2,700 cubic inches will be permitted – six times the size previously permitted. To ensure these items fit underneath grandstand seats and do not block walkways, coolers with telescoping handles and wheels will not be permitted.
    * Lightweight backpacks or daypacks will be permitted
    Tickets to the November 11-14 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR event weekend are still available with prices starting at just $25. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call 866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(11-9-2010)

  • Traffic Patterns for Phoenix: Track officials with Phoenix International Raceway are making preparations to ensure a safe and efficient travel route for the thousands of race fans who will arrive for the November NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend on Nov. 12-14. Phoenix International Raceway will host four races in three days with a doubleheader on Saturday and NASCAR’s semi-final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. A multi-agency collaboration with the Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County’s Department of Transportation and Sheriff’s Office, and the cities of Avondale and Goodyear will ease travel for fans as they travel through numerous communities and jurisdictions on their way to and from the raceway. During the this month’s event weekend at PIR, “Road Safe” deploys more than 4,000 traffic cones, 600 barricades, approximately 75 people, and numerous special signs and vehicles to help ensure safe travel for the nearly 100,000 fans heading to the Kobalt Tools 500. More information about the traffic patterns on my Phoenix Track News page or

  • GEICO partners with ISC tracks on camping areas: International Speedway Corporation announced an unprecedented partnership with GEICO Insurance at seven of its premier racing facilities nationwide. Beginning in 2011, the five year deal will provide GEICO with promotional and entitlement rights for camping areas at: Daytona International Speedway; Darlington Raceway; Chicagoland Speedway; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Phoenix International Raceway; Talladega Superspeedway; and Watkins Glen International. Under the terms of the agreement, GEICO will receive on-site signage and branding.(ICS)(11-2-2010)

  • Phoenix to help fans celebrate Veteran's Day: To help NASCAR fans celebrate Veteran's Day, Phoenix International Raceway will pay tribute to the generations of men and women who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show beginning at 12:30 pm on Nov. 14. The patriotic festivities will include a special unveiling of the #39 Chevy's new paint scheme by The U.S. Army and Stewart-Haas Racing. Ryan Newman teamed up with Phoenix International Raceway to create a special military ticketing program designed to honor Veteran's Day and provide tickets for military families. The program - titled "Troop Newman" - is part of PIR's Salute to Military Families initiative. The Kobalt Tools 500 pre-race show will feature more than 60,000 American Flags waving in the Grandstands donated by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The spectacular pre-race show will also include: A "Welcome Home" ceremony for 150 guardsmen from the Arizona National Guard; Recognition of Arizona selections for the U.S. Army All American Bowl; A performance by The U.S. Army Band; An aerial entrance to the track by skydivers carrying the American Flag; Display of a 200-foot American Flag by Arizona Project ChalleNGe; National anthem by acclaimed trumpeter Dr. Jesse McGuire; F-16 fly-over by Luke Air Force Base; Luke Air Force Base Honor Guard.(PIR)(11-1-2010)

  • NASCAR and NASA team up at Phoenix: NASCAR driver Michael McDowell - a product of Glendale, Ariz. - and former NASA astronaut William Gregory will meet fans and answer questions about the thrills and challenges of their respective fields at "Gears and Galaxies" Night on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Challenger Space Center in Peoria. The family-oriented event runs from 4-8 p.m., with Gregory and McDowell hosting a joint Q&A session for ticketed guests from 6-7 p.m. Valley TV and radio motorsports personality Wally Cahill will serve as emcee for the evening. "Gears and Galaxies" also features the unveiling of a new, on-loan NASA exhibit showing a real Space Shuttle tire, a NASCAR tire, and a replica lunar rover tire, along with items flown in space from Mr. Gregory's personal collection. Phoenix International Raceway's Official Pace Car will be on display in the parking lot. Challenger Space Center rounds out the evening with fun family activities including space-themed movies, an Extreme Space Weather demonstration, arts and crafts projects, prize giveaways and more. Among the prizes is a pair of reserved grandstand seats for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Feb. 27, 2011, including two pre-race pit passes, courtesy of Phoenix International Raceway. Tickets for "Gears and Galaxies" are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and include admission to the Q&A session and an autographed photo from both the astronaut and the race car driver. As part of the event, Challenger also has a special ticketing option for NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway as part of the Nov. 11-14 Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend. To purchase tickets, contact Jonathan Stone at 623-463-5672.(PIR)(10-30-2010)

  • Phoenix offers Park 'N Ride for Cup race: Phoenix International Raceway has announced its operating schedule for its Park 'N Ride program - encouraging race fans to take advantage of the shuttle service when traveling to and from the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race on Sunday, Nov. 14. 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, and board a shuttle from First Student Charter of Phoenix will be provided to the Gate 7 area at the track. Cost for parking and shuttle services to PIR will remain at $7 per car. With the green flag dropping on the Kobalt Tools 500 at 1 p.m., "Park 'N Ride" services will be available for 12 hours - from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. - on Nov. 14, providing NASCAR fans with an alternate transportation option, before and after the race. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30 a.m. The raceway opens to the public at 8 a.m. Guests with PIR-issued parking passes can park and ride at no charge. Shuttle buses will escort guests to PIR via preferential traffic routes, offering guests an earlier arrival to the facility.(PIR)(10-28-2010)

  • Phoenix announces 2011 race dates: Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced that the track has been awarded two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekends in 2011, marking seven consecutive seasons for PIR to host a pair of nationally-televised event weekends featuring the brightest stars in NASCAR. Phoenix will maintain two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends in the face of widespread schedule realignment that saw multiple race dates moved amongst multiple facilities. As part of the NASCAR's schedule realignment, Phoenix International Raceway's SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 will move from April to February 27 - just one week after NASCAR's largest event, the Daytona 500. PIR will look to capitalize on the season-opening excitement of Daytona with a new Sunday day-race format, allowing fans to take in the 500 km race in Phoenix with a more traditional local start time of 1 p.m. The SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 will be televised nationally on FOX. Phoenix will continue to host the semi-final race in NASCAR's playoffs - the Chase for the Sprint Cup - on November 13. The Kobalt Tools 500, a race in which fans have come to expect heavy championship implications, also starts at 1 p.m. locally and will be televised nationally on ESPN. NASCAR will conclude its season the following week at Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida.(PIR)(8-10-2010)

  • Fall Phoenix Race to be Kobalt Tools 500k: Phoenix International Raceway announced that Lowe's and Kobalt Tools have joined the track's team of corporate partners. As part of this new relationship, Kobalt will act as the official title sponsor for the track's November 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event: The Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Although this is Lowe's first time sponsoring a Phoenix race, it has been supporting the Phoenix community for years. Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) have given more than $2 million in donations to education and community improvement projects in Arizona. Most recently, the LCEF gave a $50,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix to renovate its teen center.(PIR)(4-10-2010)

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


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

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,300, Right-side – 1,300;
    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 in action at Phoenix this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes, 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 tires that Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Phoenix this past April and teams in all three series ran here in 2009 . . . this is also the same tire set-up that Cup and Nationwide teams ran at Richmond over the past two seasons, Nationwide and Truck teams ran at Gateway this season, and Truck teams ran at 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.


  • Gaughan in the #71 at Phoenix: Brendan Gaughan will make his Sprint Cup Series return behind the wheel of the #71 TRG Chevy at Phoenix on Nov. 14th. Gaughan, who currently races for Rusty Wallace in the Nationwide Series, last raced in Cup for Jasper Motorsports in 2004. In 36 Cup starts, his career-best finish of fourth came in the fall race at Talladega. Gaughan finished 28th in the points his rookie year.(Fox Sports)(10-31-2010)

  • See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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