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2022 NASCAR Cup Series Spring Phoenix Race Page

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Phoenix Raceway
Time: 3:30pm/et
TV: FOX -  Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR

Race-Specific News

Race Information

Chase Briscoe captures first-career Cup Series win at Phoenix: There was no shortage of motivation as three drivers all vying for their first-career victory in the marquee NASCAR Cup Series decided the dramatic outcome at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Chase Briscoe had to hold off the field on not one, not two, but three late race restarts on the one-mile desert oval, including the final restart with three laps remaining to earn his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in the Ruoff Mortgage 500.[Read More](3-13-2022)

#14-Chase Briscoe won the Ruoff Mortgage 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway for his first career win. He is the 200th different race winner in NASCAR Cup Series history.
#1-Chastain finished 2nd followed by #8-Reddick, pole sitter #12-Blaney, #45-Busch, #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #22-Logano, #99-Suarez, and #17-Buecher.
Briscoe led 101 laps on the day and held off a late charge by Chastain after a restart with 3 laps remaining to win by .771 second.
Stage 1 was won by #24-Byron. Stage 2 was won by #12-Blaney.
There were 14 lead changes among 6 drivers and 8 cautions for 52 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 100.339mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Infraction Report.

Race Fast Facts – Phoenix:
Chase Briscoe won the 18th Annual Ruoff Mortgage 500, his first victory in 40 Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2022.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in three races at Phoenix Raceway.
Ross Chastain (second) posted his first top-10 finish in eight races at Phoenix Raceway. It is his second top-five finish in 2022.
Tyler Reddick (third) posted his first top-10 finish in five races at Phoenix Raceway.
Todd Gilliland (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Briscoe becomes the third Cup Series driver to earn their first-career win at Phoenix (Alan Kulwicki in 1988 and Bobby Hamilton in 1996).
(NASCAR)

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Phoenix:
Race 4 of 26 in the regular season
1) #5-Kyle Larson [1 win], 126
2) #14-Chase Briscoe [1 win], 126
3) #2-Austin Cindric [1 win], 116
4) #48-Alex Bowman [1 win], 109
5) #22-Joey Logano, 136
6) #18-Kyle Busch, 132
7) #9-Chase Elliott, 131
8) #10-Aric Almirola, 122
9) #12-Ryan Blaney, 118
10) #8-Tyler Reddick, 114
11) #4-Kevin Harvick, 111
12) #45-Kurt Busch, 109
13) #19-Martin Truex Jr., 109
14) #1-Ross Chastain, 101
15) #24-William Byron, 98
16) #3-Austin Dillon, 97
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.

Paint Schemes

Cars to the rear: #5-Larson (unapproved adjustments), #21-Burton (unapproved adjustments), #47-Stenhouse, Jr. (engine change)

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Ruoff Mortgage 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway have been made.
Pole winner #12-Blaney chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took the fourth stall, with an opening behind it.
See all pit choices on the Phoenix Raceway Pit Stall page.

#12-Ryan Blaney won the Busch pole for the Ruoff Mortgage 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway with speed of 132.709mph for his 1st pole of the year, 3rd at Phoenix and 7th of his career.
#11-Hamlin will start second followed by #24-Byron, #20-Bell, #10-Almirola, #14-Briscoe, #5-Larson#2-Cindric , #48-Bowman, and #22-Logano.
36 teams were entered so everyone made the race.
See the complete qualifying results and the Ruoff Mortgage 500 Starting Lineup.

Phoenix Raceway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Ryan Blaney won the Pole Award for the 18th Annual Ruoff Mortgage 500 with a lap of 27.127 seconds, 132.709 mph.
This is his seventh pole in 238 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2022.
This is his third pole in 13 races at Phoenix Raceway.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2022 and his 21st in 34 races at Phoenix Raceway.
William Byron (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Phoenix Raceway. It is his second in four races this season.
Austin Cindric (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR)

Practice for the Ruoff Mortgage 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is over. The top 5:
#2-Cindric 131.090
#12-Blaney 131.047
#8-Reddick 131.018
#24-Byron 131.013
#5-Larson 130.738
Slowest: #15-Smithley 124.775
Most laps run: #10-Almirola, 16 laps
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 26 drivers): #24-Byron 130.050mph
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Ruoff Mortgage 500 Practice speeds page.

Crew Rosters

The entry list for the Ruoff Mortgage 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is posted, 36 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Smithley, #16-Allmendinger, #77-Bilicki.
Since 36 cars are entered, no one will miss the race.
See the full entry list on the Ruoff Mortgage 500 Entry List page.

Goodyear Fast Facts — Phoenix

Cup Series TandemDraft Stats: Ruoff Mortgage 500k at Phoenix


Weekend on-track schedule

Times are local to the track – Mountain Standard time.

Friday, March 11
3:00 PM-5:00 PM NCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOADING)
4:00 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (VIRTUAL)
4:30 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (VIRTUAL)

Saturday, March 12
6:30 AM-2:00 PM NCS GARAGE OPEN
6:30 AM-11:00 AM NCS INSPECTION IN PROGRESS
11:30 AM-12:05 PM NCS PRACTICE (GROUP A & B)
12:05 PM-1:30 PM NCS QUALIFYING (IMPOUND) (GROUP A & B / SINGLE VEHICLE, 1 LAP, 2 ROUNDS)

Sunday, March 13
9:30 AM NCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM NCS GRID ACCESS OPEN TO PROPERLY CREDENTIALED GUESTS (PIT ROAD)
11:55 AM NCS DRIVERS REPORT FOR PRE-RACE (STAGE)
12:00 PM NCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (3:30 PM/ET) NCS RACE (STAGES 60/185/312 LAPS = 312 MILES)
4:30 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT