Season Finale 500
Sunday, November 8, 2020 - Phoenix Raceway
Laps: 312 - Stages: Stages: 75/190/312
TV: NBC - Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Race #10 of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs - The Championship Race
Race Specific News
Weekend on-track schedule
Saturday, November 7
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
12:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
1:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
Sunday, November 8
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
6:00 AM-12:00 PM NCS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
6:00 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
12:20 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT FOR PRE-RACE (PLAYOFF DRIVER RIDE-AROUND/ALL OTHERS GRID)
12:25 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM(3:00 PM/ET) NCS RACE (STAGES 75/190/312 LAPS = 312 MILES)
5:30 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT
Chase Elliott wins at Phoenix, takes 2020 Cup championship and adds to family legacy: Chase Elliott won the biggest race of his life – rallying from a last place starting position to cross the Phoenix Raceway finish line first in the Series Finale 500 – earning his first career NASCAR Cup Series championship at the age of 24 – the youngest champion in NASCAR’s premier series in 25 years. Ultimately Elliott won by 2.74-seconds over former fellow title contenders, Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. The fourth championship-eligible driver, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, finished fourth. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, 45, was fifth in his final race as a fulltime driver, congratulating his young Hendrick Motorsports teammate Elliott on-track and later on pit lane – a fitting symbol of the sport’s ‘passing of the guard’.[Read More](11-8-2020)
#9-Chase Elliott won the Season Finale 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The win is his 5th win of the year, 1st at Phoenix, and 11th career win. Elliott was to start from the pole, but failed pre-race inspection and had to fall to the rear of the field for the start of the race. He first took the lead 120 laps into the race and ended up leading a total of 153. After the final green flag pit stops with 50 laps remaining he was second. He passed Joey Logano for the lead with 42 laps to go and pulled away to win by nearly 3 seconds.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson making his final start, #12-Blaney, #4-Harvick, #21-DiBenedetto, #24-Byron, and #19-Truex, .Jr.
Other notable finishes were #14-Bowyer in 14th, and #42-Kenseth in 25th. Bowyer is retiring and Kenseth is expected to.
Stage 1 was won by #22-Logano. Stage 2 was won by #2-Keselowski.
There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers and 4 cautions for 27 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 112.096mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.
Where the 2020 Cup Series Playoff drivers finished at Phoenix:
#9-Chase Elliott, 1st
#2-Brad Keselowski, 2nd
#22-Joey Logano, 3rd
#11-Denny Hamlin, 4th
Race Fast Facts – Phoenix:
Chase Elliott (P) won the 33rd Annual Season Finale 500, his 11th victory in 185 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fifth victory and 22nd top-10 finish in 2020.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 10 races at Phoenix Raceway.
Brad Keselowski (P) (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 23 races at Phoenix Raceway. It is his 24th top-10 finish in 2020.
Joey Logano (P) (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 24 races at Phoenix Raceway.
Christopher Bell (17th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott wins the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Cole Custer wins the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
Ford wins the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series manufacturers championship.
Cars to the rear: #9-Elliott (failed pre-race inspection twice), #15-Poole (failed pre-race inspection twice)
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Season Finale 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway have been made. Selections were made based on the starting lineup process.
Pole sitter #9-Elliott chose pit stall 1.
2nd place starter #22-Logano took the 6th stall, with an opening in front of it.
#2-Keselowski, starting 3rd, will be in pit stall 10, with an opening in front of it.
4th place #11-Hamlin pits in the 16th stall, also with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on the Pit Stall chart.(11-4-2020)
#9-Chase Elliott will start from the pole for the Season Finale 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway.
#22-Logano will start second, followed by #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #12-Blaney, #88-Bowman, #1-Busch, #18-Busch, #14-Bowyer, and #10-Almirola.
The lineup was set by the qualifying procedure, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete Season Finale 500 Starting Lineup.(11-4-2020)
The Entry List for the Season Finale 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Smithley, #27-Yeley, #51-Gase, #53-Davison, #77-Bilicki.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).
Rules package: Teams will run the 750 hp package without aero ducts.
Fans: Phoenix will allow 8500 fans each day of Championship weekend.
Grand Marshal: None
Command: NASCAR fans
Honorary Starter: None
Honorary Pace Car Driver: None
Color Guard: Luke Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Adam Roe, Luke Air Force Base Chaplain
National Anthem: Steven Powell, US Navy Retired Petty Officer
Flyover: 4 F-35s, 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base