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Phoenix Raceway: History

Phoenix Raceway:

History

  • 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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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.
  • The track underwent its first repave in 2011. The construction began in March and concluded in September of that year.
  • The following changes were made during the construction period (March – Sept., 2011):

o   Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet

o   Reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls

o   Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet

o   Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet

o   Implemented variable banking to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves, including 10-11 degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11 degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9 degree banking in Turn 4

Starts

  • There have been 41 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
  • 209 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix; 153 in more than one.
  • Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead series in starts at Phoenix with 34 each; Ryan Newman leads all active drivers with 29 starts.
  • Kyle Larson leads the series at Phoenix in average starting position with a 7.167.

  

Poles

  • There have been 22 different Coors Light pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.
  • Geoffrey Bodine won the first MENCS pole at Phoenix in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.).
  • Youngest Phoenix pole winner: Kyle Busch (4/22/06 – 20 years, 11 months, 20 days).
  • Oldest Phoenix pole winner: Mark Martin (03/03/13 – 54 years, 1 month, 22 days).
  • Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win consecutive poles. Newman won three straight (2002-04), Gordon won the fall of 2006 and the spring of 2007. Edwards won the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.
  • Casey Atwood (October 2001), Denny Hamlin (November, 2005), AJ Allmendinger (April, 2010) and Alex Bowman (11/13/2016) won their first career MENCS poles at Phoenix Raceway.

 

Wins

  • There have been 24 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winners at Phoenix, eight have won more than once, led by Kevin Harvick, with eight – (’06 spring race and playoff race, ’12 playoff race, ‘13 playoff race, ’14 spring race and playoff race, ’15 spring race and ’16 spring race).
  • Eight drivers have multiple wins at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with eight followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two) and Mark Martin (two).
  • Of the eight drivers with multiple wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Mark Martin is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009).
  • Five drivers have won consecutive races at Phoenix: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006) and (2013 playoff race, swept 2014 and ’15 spring race); Jimmie Johnson (fall 2007, swept 2008).
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
  • Five of the 41 (12.1%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the Coors Light pole: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009), Carl Edwards (fall 2010) and Kevin Harvick (spring 2015).
  • Eight of the 41 (19.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
  • 21 of the 41 (51.2%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
  • 20 of the 41 (48.8%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
  • 3 of the 41 (7.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.

 

  • Ricky Rudd won the 1995 Phoenix race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
  • Matt Kenseth won the 2002 race from the 28th-place starting position, the furthest back an active race winner has started.
  • Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at Phoenix Raceway.
  • 21 of the 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Phoenix participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Tony Stewart (11/7/1999) are the only two drivers to win at Phoenix in their first appearance.
  • Jeff Gordon and Joey Logano competed at Phoenix Raceway 16 times before winning (4/21/2007); the longest span of any the 24 winners.
  • Six drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Phoenix: Jeff Gordon (16), Joey Logano (16), Ryan Newman (15), Kasey Kahne (14), Denny Hamlin (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Rusty Wallace (11).
  • Jamie McMurray leads the series (active drivers) with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 27.
  • Youngest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (11/13/2005 – 20 years, 6 months, 11 days).
  • Oldest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Mark Martin (04/18/2009 – 50 years, 3 months, 9 days).

 

Additional Finishing Positions

  • Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Phoenix with five; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart with three each.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 15; followed by Kevin Harvick (13), Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with 12 each.
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Phoenix with 24, followed by Mark Martin with 21. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 19.
  • Alan Kulwicki leads the series in average finishing position at Phoenix with a 5.200. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with a 8.963.
  • Jimmie Johnson (8.963), Chase Elliott (8.500) and Ryan Blaney (9.000) are the only three active drivers with average finishes inside the top 10.

 

Track / Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the MENCS at Phoenix was early last season (03/13/16) when Kevin Harvick beat Carl Edwards to the line by 0.010 seconds.
  • Three drivers have won at Phoenix and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009); Dale Earnhardt (1990); Kevin Harvick (2014).
  • Four perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006, November 2014 and March 2015.  
  • Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather at Phoenix International Raceway.
  • Of the 41 races at Phoenix seven have ended with NASCAR Overtime: 3/3/13 (312/316); 11/11/2012 (312/319); 4/10/10 (375/378); 11/9/08 (312/313); 11/7/04 (312/315); 03/13/16 (312/313); 11/13/2016 (312/324).
  • Only two of the 41 races at Phoenix have been shortened due to weather – 10/25/98 (Scheduled 312 / Completed 257); 11/15/2015 (Scheduled 312 / Completed 219)

 

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03/16/2017 - Posted by | ARCHIVES

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