Phoenix Raceway Data
Season Race #: 05 of 36 (03-14-21)
Track Size: 1-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 9 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 11 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 3 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees
Race Length: 312 laps / 500 Kilometers
Stage 1 Length: 75 laps
Stage 2 Length: 115 laps
Final Stage Length: 122 laps
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Phoenix
Kevin Harvick………………………. 110.6
Chase Elliott……………………….. 108.4
Kyle Busch…………………………. 104.7
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 98.4
Brad Keselowski……………………. 95.0
Kurt Busch……………………………. 94.5
Joey Logano…………………………. 93.1
Kyle Larson………………………….. 93.0
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 89.4
Martin Truex Jr………………………. 88.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2020 races (32 total) among active drivers at Phoenix Raceway.
Phoenix Raceway NASCAR Cup Series Pole Winners
|All-Time Pole Winners||Poles|
|Martin Truex Jr||2|
Phoenix Raceway Qualifying Data:
Track Qualifying record:
Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
143.158 mph, 25.147 secs. 11-13-15
2020 Pole winner:
Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
138.116 mph, 26.065 secs. 03-07-20
Phoenix Raceway NASCAR Cup Series Winners
|Dale Earnhardt Jr||3|
Phoenix Raceway Race Data:
Track race record:
Tony Stewart, Pontiac
118.132 mph, (02:38:28), 11-07-99
2020 race winner:
Joey Logano, Ford
94.407 mph, (03:20:50), 03-08-20
The NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Phoenix Raceway
|Driver||Races||Poles||Wins||Top Fives||Top 10s||DNFs||Average Finish||Driver Rating|
|8||Martin Truex Jr||30||2||0||4||12||4||15.9||88.5|
* — Based on last 32 races at Phoenix Raceway (2005 — 2020).
- 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 Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 6, 1988.
- The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and was also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch driving for Roush Fenway Racing.
- 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):
- Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet and reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
- Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet and tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
- Implemented banking, including 11-degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11-degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 9-degree banking in Turns 3 and 4.
- Following the 2017 season, the track was renamed from Phoenix Raceway to ISM Raceway.
- Phoenix Raceway underwent reconstruction following the Spring race of 2018, with many new fan amenities added to the track, as well as the track itself being reconfigured so that the start/finish line is now just before the dog leg.
- Following the 2019 season, the track was renamed from ISM Raceway back to Phoenix Raceway.
- There have been 49 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
- In total 230 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway; 173 have competed in more than one race at Phoenix.
- Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman lead the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Phoenix Raceway with 36 starts each.
- A total of 25 different drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway. Three of the 25 are entered this weekend at Phoenix — Quinn Houff (3/10/2019), Matt DiBenedetto (3/15/2015) and Ryan Newman (11/5/2000).
- Chase Elliott leads the series in average starting position at Phoenix Raceway with a 4.6 in 10 starts.
|Top 10 In Average Starting Position at Phoenix|
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Start||Races|
- There have been 25 different NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award winners at Phoenix Raceway; 10 are active this weekend.
- Ryan Newman (2002, 2003, 2004, 2008) and Kyle Busch (2006, 2012, 2016, 2019) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Phoenix Raceway with four each.
- Geoffrey Bodine won the first NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award at Phoenix Raceway in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 secs.) in a Chevrolet.
- Youngest Phoenix Raceway pole winner: Kyle Busch (April 22, 2006 — 20 years, 11 months, 20 days).
- Oldest Phoenix Raceway pole winner: Mark Martin (March 3, 2013 — 54 years, 1 month, 22 days).
- Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win consecutive poles at Phoenix Raceway. Newman won three-straight (2002-04), Gordon won in the Fall of 2006 and the Spring of 2007. Edwards won in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011.
- Four drivers have won their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Phoenix Raceway: Casey Atwood (October 2001), Denny Hamlin (November 2005), AJ Allmendinger (April 2010) and Alex Bowman (November 2016).
- Five different manufacturers have won at least one Busch pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway, led by Chevrolet with 18 poles; followed by Ford (15), Toyota (seven), Dodge (four) and Pontiac (four).
- A total of 25 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Phoenix Raceway; seven are active this weekend.
- Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins at Phoenix Raceway with nine victories (2006 sweep, 2012 Playoff race, 2013 Playoff race, 2014 sweep, 2015 Spring race, 2016 Spring race, 2018 Spring race).
- 12 drivers have multiple wins at Phoenix Raceway: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with nine followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (three), Kyle Busch (three), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two), Mark Martin (two), Matt Kenseth (two), Ryan Newman (two) and Denny Hamlin (two).
- Six drivers have won consecutive races at Phoenix Raceway:
- Davey Allison (1991,1992)
- Jeff Burton (2000, 2001)
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004)
- Kevin Harvick (swept 2006, 2013 Playoff race, swept 2014 and 2015 spring race)
- Jimmie Johnson (fall race of 2007, swept 2008)
- Kyle Busch (2018 Playoff race, 2019)
- Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first NASCAR Cup Series career win at Phoenix Raceway.
- 23 of the 25 NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Phoenix Raceway 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; the longest span of any the 25 winners.
- Clint Bowyer leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix Raceway without visiting Victory Lane in 29 starts; followed by Martin Truex Jr. with 28 starts.
- Youngest NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (November 13, 2005 — 20 years, 6 months, 11 days).
- Oldest NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Mark Martin (April 18, 2009 — 50 years, 3 months, 9 days).
- Six of the 49 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have been won from the pole or first starting position (12.2%): Jeff Gordon (Spring race of 2007), Jimmie Johnson (Playoff race of 2008), Mark Martin (Spring race of 2009), Carl Edwards (Playoff race of 2010), Kevin Harvick (Spring race of 2015) and Chase Elliott (Championship finale 2020; started in first due to Metric Qualifying).
- Nine of the 49 (18.3%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have been won from the front row: six from the pole or first starting position and three from the second starting position.
- Ricky Rudd won the 1995 Phoenix Raceway race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a NASCAR Cup Series race winner has started at the 1-mile raceway.
- Kevin Harvick won the 2012 Phoenix Raceway race from the 19th-place starting position, the furthest back an active NASCAR Cup Series race winner has started at Phoenix.
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Phoenix Raceway
|Starting Position||Wins||Winning %||Starting Position||Wins||Winning %|
|Winning from the Pole:||12.24%||6|
|Winning from the Front Row:||18.37%||9|
|Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:||36.73%||18|
|Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:||55.10%||27|
|Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:||44.90%||22|
|Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:||8.16%||4|
- Of the 12 drivers with multiple Cup wins at Phoenix Raceway, four drivers have won in multiple manufacturers:
o Mark Martin – Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009).
o Kevin Harvick — Chevrolet (2006 sweep, 2012, 2013, 2014 sweep, 2015, 2016) and Ford (2018)
o Kyle Busch — Chevrolet (2005) and Toyota (2018, 2019)
o Matt Kenseth — Ford (2002) and Toyota (2017)
- Kevin Harvick became the ninth different driver to have won nine or more times at a single track when he won in 2018 at Phoenix Raceway. Now he can attempt to become just the sixth driver to win 10 or more races at a single track with a win this weekend:
Drivers with 10 or More NASCAR Cup Series Wins at a Single Track
|Race Winners||No. of Tracks||Tracks With 10 or More Wins|
|Richard Petty||5||Martinsville (15), North Wilkesboro (15), Richmond (13), Rockingham (11) Daytona (10)|
|Darrell Waltrip||3||Bristol (12), Martinsville (11), North Wilkesboro (10)|
|Jimmie Johnson||1||Dover (11)|
|David Pearson||1||Darlington (10)|
|Dale Earnhardt||1||Talladega (10)|
- A total of 13 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway; led by Hendrick Motorsports with 11 victories; including the season finale last year.
|2||Roush Fenway Racing||7|
|3||Joe Gibbs Racing||6|
|4||Richard Childress Racing||6|
|6||Robert Yates Racing||3|
|8||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||2|
|12||Red Bull Racing||1|
|13||Rudd Performance Motorsports||1|
- Four different manufacturers have won at least one race in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix, led by Chevrolet with 24 victories; followed by Ford (17), Toyota (six) and Pontiac (two).
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
- A total of 29 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Phoenix Raceway.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Phoenix Raceway with five second-place finishes.
- Kyle Busch leads all active series drivers with four second-place finishes at Phoenix Raceway.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Phoenix Raceway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Runner-Up Finishes||Rank||Active Drivers||Runner-Up Finishes|
|1||Mark Martin||5||1||Kyle Busch||4|
|2||Kyle Busch||4||2||Kevin Harvick||3|
|3||Jimmie Johnson||3||3||Brad Keselowski||2|
|4||Kevin Harvick||3||4||Ryan Newman||2|
|5||Tony Stewart||3||5||Chase Elliott||1|
|Martin Truex Jr||1|
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
- A total of 51 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished inside the top-five at Phoenix Raceway.
- Kevin Harvick leads the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix Raceway with 18 top fives.
Top 10 in Top-Five Finishes at Phoenix Raceway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Top Fives||Rank||Active Drivers||Top Fives|
|1||Kevin Harvick||18||1||Kevin Harvick||18|
|2||Jimmie Johnson||16||2||Denny Hamlin||14|
|3||Denny Hamlin||14||3||Kyle Busch||12|
|4||Jeff Gordon||12||4||Ryan Newman||10|
|5||Kyle Busch||12||5||Brad Keselowski||7|
|6||Mark Martin||12||6||Kurt Busch||7|
|7||Ryan Newman||10||7||Joey Logano||6|
|8||Dale Earnhardt Jr||9||8||Kyle Larson||5|
|9||Carl Edwards||8||9||Martin Truex Jr||4|
|10||Tony Stewart||8||10||Chase Elliott||3|
- A total of 85 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished inside the top-10 at Phoenix Raceway.
- Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Phoenix Raceway with 25.
Top 10 in Top-10 Finishes at Phoenix Raceway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Top 10s||Rank||Active Drivers||Top 10s|
|1||Kevin Harvick||25||1||Kevin Harvick||25|
|2||Jeff Gordon||24||2||Kyle Busch||22|
|3||Jimmie Johnson||22||3||Kurt Busch||20|
|4||Kyle Busch||22||4||Denny Hamlin||18|
|5||Mark Martin||21||5||Joey Logano||13|
|6||Kurt Busch||20||6||Martin Truex Jr||12|
|7||Denny Hamlin||18||7||Ryan Newman||12|
|8||Dale Earnhardt Jr||15||8||Brad Keselowski||11|
|9||Jeff Burton||14||9||Kyle Larson||7|
|10||Carl Edwards||13||10||Aric Almirola||6|
|Joey Logano||13||Chase Elliott||6|
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
Average Finishing Position
- Alan Kulwicki (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Phoenix Raceway with a 5.200.
- Kevin Harvick (36 starts) leads all active drivers in average finishing position at Phoenix Raceway with a 8.917.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Phoenix (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Finish||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Finish||Races|
|1||Alan Kulwicki||5.200||5||1||Kevin Harvick||8.917||36|
|2||Kevin Harvick||8.917||36||2||Kyle Busch||10.516||31|
|3||Dale Earnhardt||9.538||13||3||Denny Hamlin||11.032||31|
|4||Mark Martin||9.588||34||4||Chase Elliott||11.800||10|
|5||Jimmie Johnson||10.229||35||5||Kyle Larson||12.000||13|
|6||Kyle Busch||10.516||31||6||Brad Keselowski||13.000||23|
|7||Jeff Gordon||10.765||34||7||William Byron||13.500||6|
|8||Davey Allison||11.000||5||8||Kurt Busch||13.611||36|
|9||Denny Hamlin||11.032||31||9||Joey Logano||13.875||24|
|10||Chase Elliott||11.800||10||10||Aric Almirola||14.800||20|
- A total of 91 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway.
- Kevin Harvick (36 starts) leads the series in laps led at Phoenix Raceway with 1,662.
- The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway was 264 of the scheduled 312 laps (84.6%) by Kevin Harvick in November of 2014. He started third and won the event.
- The most laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway by a driver that did not win was 237 of the scheduled 319 laps (74.3%) by Kyle Busch in November of 2012. He started first and finished third in the event.
- The fewest laps led in a single NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway by the race winning driver was four laps of the scheduled 378 laps (1.05%) by Ryan Newman in April of 2010. He started 14th and won the event.
Top 10 All-Time Lap Leaders at Phoenix Raceway
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Races||Led||Completed||% Led|
|9||Dale Earnhardt Jr||30||569||8,734||6.5%|
Top 10 Active Lap Leaders at Phoenix Raceway
|Rank||Active Drivers||Races||Led||Completed||% Led|
|10||Martin Truex Jr||30||123||8,633||1.4%|
TRACK & EVENT STATS
- Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway was the Spring race of 2016 (03/13/16) when Kevin Harvick beat Carl Edwards to the line by 0.010 seconds.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory at Phoenix Raceway
|Margin of Victory||Race Winner||Runner-Up||Date|
|0.010||Kevin Harvick||Carl Edwards||Sunday, March 13, 2016|
|0.130||Ryan Newman||Jeff Gordon||Saturday, April 10, 2010|
|0.170||Mark Martin||Ernie Irvan||Sunday, October 31, 1993|
|0.250||Kevin Harvick||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, November 12, 2006|
|0.276||Joey Logano||Kevin Harvick||Sunday, March 8, 2020|
- Nine of the 49 races at Phoenix Raceway have ended with NASCAR Overtime:
|Date||Scheduled Laps||Actual Laps||Overtime Laps||Winner||Runner-Up|
|3/8/2020||312||316||4||Joey Logano||Kevin Harvick|
|3/19/2017||312||314||2||Ryan Newman||Kyle Larson|
|11/13/2016||312||324||12||Joey Logano||Kyle Busch|
|3/13/2016||312||313||1||Kevin Harvick||Carl Edwards|
|3/3/2013||312||316||4||Carl Edwards||Jimmie Johnson|
|11/11/2012||312||319||7||Kevin Harvick||Denny Hamlin|
|4/10/2010||375||378||3||Ryan Newman||Jeff Gordon|
|11/9/2008||312||313||1||Jimmie Johnson||Kurt Busch|
|11/7/2004||312||315||3||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Ryan Newman|
- Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather at Phoenix Raceway.
- The 2020 season finale and the 2021 Spring race at Phoenix Raceway had the starting lineups decided by Metric Qualifying.
- Only two of the 49 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been shortened due to weather:
|Date||Scheduled Laps||Actual Laps||Fewer Laps||Winner||Runner-Up|
|Sunday, November 15, 2015||312||219||-93||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Kevin Harvick|
|Sunday, October 25, 1998||312||257||-55||Rusty Wallace||Mark Martin|
- The 49 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have produced an average of 7.3 cautions per race and an average of 40.7 laps of caution per race.
- The most cautions in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix was 12 – twice on Nov. 9, 2014 and March 8, 2020.
- The fewest cautions in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix was two — twice on Nov. 7, 1999 and Nov. 15, 2015.
- Seven of the last 11 NASCAR Cup Series Spring races at Phoenix Raceway have had a caution come out within the last 15 laps of regulation (see chart below):
|Seasons||Last Caution During Regulation Came Out On Lap||Remaining Laps of Race||Finish Comments|
|2020||311||1||Went to Overtime|
|2019||234||78||Finished as Scheduled|
|2018||192||120||Finished as Scheduled|
|2017||308||4||Went to Overtime|
|2016||308||4||Went to Overtime|
|2015||297||15||Finished as Scheduled|
|2014||298||14||Finished as Scheduled|
|2013||311||1||Went to Overtime|
|2012||257||55||Finished as Scheduled|
|2011||287||25||Finished as Scheduled|
|2010||373||5||Finished as Scheduled|
- The 49 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have produced an average of 13.6 lead changes per race. The most lead changes at Phoenix were 28 on Feb. 27, 2011; the fewest was one on Nov. 4, 1990.
- The 49 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have produced an average of 7.8 different leaders per race. The most leaders at Phoenix were 15 on March 4, 2012 and the fewest was 2 on Nov. 4, 1990.
- Danica Patrick is the only female driver in the NASCAR Cup Series to compete at Phoenix Raceway. She made 11 starts at Phoenix Raceway in her career.
|Date||Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Driver Rating|
|Sunday, November 12, 2017||Danica Patrick||24||25||48.2|
|Monday, March 13, 2017||Danica Patrick||26||22||52.8|
|Sunday, November 13, 2016||Danica Patrick||16||29||48.9|
|Sunday, March 13, 2016||Danica Patrick||36||19||60.3|
|Sunday, November 15, 2015||Danica Patrick||21||16||66.4|
|Sunday, March 15, 2015||Danica Patrick||23||26||59.6|
|Sunday, November 9, 2014||Danica Patrick||32||22||60.5|
|Sunday, March 2, 2014||Danica Patrick||33||36||51.7|
|Sunday, November 10, 2013||Danica Patrick||32||33||33.2|
|Sunday, March 3, 2013||Danica Patrick||40||39||44.2|
|Sunday, November 11, 2012||Danica Patrick||37||17||58.0|
NASCAR IN ARIZONA
- There have been 125 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in the state of Arizona.
- The first NASCAR national series race held in the state of Arizona was a NASCAR Cup Series race at Arizona State Fairgrounds in 1951. Arizona State Fairgrounds is a 1-mile dirt track. The race was 150 laps and had 33 entries. Marshall Teague won the race in a 1951 Hudson.
|Arizona State Fairgrounds||Phoenix||4||0||0||4||1951|
|Tucson Raceway Park||Tucson||0||0||3||3||1995|
|Tucson Rodeo Grounds||Tucson||1||0||0||1||1955|
ARIZONA DRIVERS IN NASCAR
- A total of 33 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Arizona.
- Of the 33 Arizona drivers, only two have won a NASCAR national series race; including Michael McDowell‘s 2021 Daytona 500 victory.
|Alex Bowman (Tucson)||2||1||0||3|
|Michael McDowell (Glendale)||1||1||0||2|
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