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Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup

Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup
·        Phoenix International Raceway has been a part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since the playoff’s inception in 2004. This weekend the track will host its 10th Chase event.
·        The winner of the Chase race at Phoenix International Raceway has gone on to win the championship three times: Jimmie Johnson (2007-2009).
·        Jimmie Johnson leadsthe series in Chase race wins at Phoenix with three (2007-2009); followed by Kevin Harvick with two (2006, 2012).
·        The worst finish in a Chase race by the eventual series champion at Phoenix International Raceway is 10th, by Kurt Busch in 2004. Busch was in the Chase standings lead following the 2004 Phoenix Chase race.
·        Chase Contenders have won seven of the nine previous Chase races at Phoenix International Raceway. The only non-Chase contenders to win a Phoenix Chase race were Kyle Busch (2005) and Kasey Kahne (2011).
·        Six of the 2013 Chase Contenders are former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase race winners at Phoenix: Jimmie Johnson (three), Kevin Harvick (two), Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch (one each).
·        The average Chase race finish by the eventual series champion at Phoenix International Raceway is 3.7.
·        Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in Chase race wins at Phoenix with four: Kyle Busch (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2007-2009).
·        Chevrolet leads the series in Chase wins at Phoenix with seven; followed by Ford and Toyota with one each.
·        The most dominant performance by a Chase race winner at Phoenix International Raceway is Kevin Harvick’s victory in 2006. He posted a Perfect Driver Rating of 150.0 and led 252 of the 312 laps (80.7% of his laps completed) – most by a Chase race winner at Phoenix.
·        The Phoenix Chase race has been won from the Coors Light pole twice: Jimmie Johnson (2008) and Carl Edwards (2010).
Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup
·        Since the inception of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2004, the eventual champion has not held the No. 1 point standings position twice following the Chase race at Phoenix:
o   2010Jimmie Johnson was 15 points behind Denny Hamlin heading into Homestead-Miami.
o   2011Tony Stewart was three points behind Carl Edwards heading into Homestead-Miami.
·        There have been four Chase race Perfect Driver Rating performances since the inception of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2004: Kevin Harvick (Phoenix, 2006), Clint Bowyer (New Hampshire, 2007), Carl Edwards (Homestead, 2010) and Jimmie Johnson (Texas, 2013).
Eventual champion’s points position and point deficit to the standings leader following the eighth Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race:
Season
Champion
Points Behind Leader
Points Position Following 8th Chase Race
2004
Kurt Busch
0
1st
2005
Tony Stewart
0
1st
2006
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2007
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2008
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2009
Jimmie Johnson
0
1st
2010
Jimmie Johnson
-33
2nd
2011
Tony Stewart
-3
2nd
2012
Brad Keselowski
-7
2nd
Note: 2011 and 2012 are under the current points per finish system.
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