Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona going into the United Rentals Work United 500 on Sunday, March 12 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
2023 NASCAR Cup Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 3RankDriversPointsStartsWinsStagesPlayoff PtsPoints From Cutoff1Kyle Busch923105In On Wins2Ricky Stenhouse Jr.8631053William Byron8531274Ross Chastain1293033605Alex Bowman1263000576Kevin Harvick1083000397Daniel Suarez1043000358Martin Truex Jr.1023000339Denny Hamlin9930003010Christopher Bell9430002511Joey Logano9230002312Chris Buescher9030002113Brad Keselowski8730111814Kyle Larson8530001615Ryan Blaney8130001216Bubba Wallace693000017Austin Cindric693000018Corey LaJoie683000-119AJ Allmendinger543000-1520Ty Gibbs #533000-1621Aric Almirola523000-1722Michael McDowell523000-1723Justin Haley503000-1924Harrison Burton463000-2325Austin Dillon423000-2726Todd Gilliland413000-2827Erik Jones373000-3228Cody Ware353000-3429Noah Gragson #353000-3430Ryan Preece293000-4031Chase Briscoe283000-4132Tyler Reddick263000-4333BJ McLeod253000-4434Ty Dillon103000-59Note: Must compete in every race of the season to be eligible for the Playoffs or be granted a waiver by NASCAR.
PHOENIX RACEWAY-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
(Driver stats below are from 2005 — Present)
Christopher Bell (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
Three top 10sAverage Finish of 15.833, 13th-bestAverage Running Position of 15.091, 15th-bestDriver Rating of 78.9, 13th-best37 Fastest Laps Run, 17th-best963 Laps in the Top 15 (51.3%), 19th-most233 Quality Passes, 18th-most
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)
Five top fives, nine top 10s, three polesAverage Finish of 12.643, seventh-bestAverage Running Position of 9.878, fourth-bestDriver Rating of 97.9, sixth-best194 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best3,546 Laps in the Top 15 (80.8%), 11th-most367 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Chase Briscoe (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
One win, two top fives, two top 10sAverage Finish of 15.500, 11th-bestAverage Running Position of 13.079, 11th-bestDriver Rating of 90.7, 10th-best67 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best789 Laps in the Top 15 (63.2%), 21st-most100 Quality Passes, 22nd-most
Kyle Busch (No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)
Three wins, 12 top fives, 25 top 10s, four polesAverage Finish of 10.629, fourth-bestAverage Running Position of 10.001, fifth-bestDriver Rating of 102.8, fourth-best629 Fastest Laps Run, third-best9,148 Laps in the Top 15 (83.7%), second-most1,159 Quality Passes, series-most
William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
Five top 10sAverage Finish of 13.000, ninth-bestAverage Running Position of 11.511, ninth-bestDriver Rating of 87.5, 12th-best69 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best2,375 Laps in the Top 15 (76.0%), 12th-most408 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
Two wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s, two polesAverage Finish of 10.543, third-bestAverage Running Position of 10.991, seventh-bestDriver Rating of 98.6, fifth-best568 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best8,071 Laps in the Top 15 (73.9%), third-most832 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
Nine wins, 19 top fives, 29 top 10s, two polesAverage Finish of 7.611, series-bestAverage Running Position of 8.073, series-bestDriver Rating of 110.3, series-best1,016 Fastest Laps Run, series-best9,641 Laps in the Top 15 (85.8%), series-most999 Quality Passes, second-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 6 RFK Racing Ford)
Eight top fives, 13 top 10s, one poleAverage Finish of 13.741, 10th-bestAverage Running Position of 12.523, 10th-bestDriver Rating of 91.8, ninth-best432 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best5,740 Laps in the Top 15 (68.1%), seventh-most686 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Kyle Larson (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
One win, six top fives, ten top 10s, one poleAverage Finish of 12.176, sixth-bestAverage Running Position of 11.257, eighth-bestDriver Rating of 95.3, eighth-best192 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best3,834 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), eighth-most491 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)
Three wins, eight top fives, 16 top 10s, two polesAverage Finish of 12.679, eighth-bestAverage Running Position of 10.951, sixth-bestDriver Rating of 96.5, seventh-best344 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best6,514 Laps in the Top 15 (74.5%), sixth-most703 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s, two polesAverage Finish of 15.559, 12th-bestAverage Running Position of 13.577, 12th-bestDriver Rating of 90.2, 11th-best429 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best7,421 Laps in the Top 15 (69.9%), fifth-most868 Quality Passes, fourth-most
The NASCAR Cup Series 2023 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Phoenix Raceway
DriverRacesPolesWinsTop FivesTop 10sDNFsAverage FinishDriver Rating1Ross Chastain90022018.662.12Alex Bowman151001323.868.23Kevin Harvick4029192908.6110.34Daniel Suárez120003119.560.55Martin Truex Jr3421614515.690.26Denny Hamlin35221621110.598.67Christopher Bell60003015.878.98Kyle Busch35431225110.6102.89Joey Logano2823816412.796.510Chris Buescher140001122.652.211Brad Keselowski2710813213.791.812Ricky Stenhouse Jr200012421.663.213William Byron100005013.087.514Kyle Larson1711610212.295.315Ryan Blaney143059212.697.916Bubba Wallace100001121.854.8
* — Based on last 36 races at Phoenix Raceway (2005 — 2022).
Phoenix Raceway – Track Data
Season Race #: 04 of 36 (03-12-23)
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: 60 laps
Stage 2 Length: 125 laps
Final Stage Length: 127 laps
Phoenix Raceway Qualifying & Race Data:
Track Qualifying Record:
Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 143.158 mph, 25.147 secs., November 13, 2015
2022 Pole Winner (Spring):
Ryan Blaney, Ford, 132.709 mph, 27.127 secs., March 12, 2022
2021 Pole Winner (Spring):
The 2021 Starting Lineups were set per Metric Qualifying; Brad Keselowski started from first.
Track Race Record:
Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 118.132 mph, (02:38:28), November 7, 1999
2022 Race Winner (Spring):
Chase Briscoe, Ford, 100.339 mph, (03:06:34), March 13, 2022
2021 Race Winner (Spring):
Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 103.808 mph, (03:00:20), March 14, 2021
Phoenix Raceway Stats & Tidbits:
Construction was completed on Phoenix Raceway in January of 1964. The facility consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course.NASCAR Hall of Famer Alan Kulwicki won the first NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway on November 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 Keselowski 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):
o Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet and 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 and tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
o 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. Then in 2019 the track was renamed from ISM Raceway back to Phoenix 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.There have been 53 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.
In total 238 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway; 184 have competed in more than one race at Phoenix.Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Phoenix Raceway with 40 starts from 2001-2022.A total of 25 different drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway (in descending chronological order).Pos.DriversDate of First StartPos.DriversDate of First Start1Bayley CurreySunday, March 10, 201914Jack SpragueSunday, October 27, 19962Quin HouffSunday, March 10, 201915Lance HooperSunday, October 27, 19963Tanner BerryhillSunday, November 11, 201816Ernie CopeSunday, October 29, 19954D.J. KenningtonSunday, November 13, 201617Rich Woodland JrSunday, October 31, 19935Ryan EllisSunday, November 15, 201518Wayne JacksSunday, October 31, 19936Matt DiBenedettoSunday, March 15, 201519Jeff DavisSunday, November 1, 19927Cole WhittSunday, November 13, 201120Mike WallaceSunday, November 3, 19918Sam Hornish JrSunday, November 11, 200721Brent KaedingSunday, November 4, 19909Brandon WhittSunday, November 12, 200622Mark ReedSunday, November 4, 199010Jerry RobertsonSunday, November 13, 200523Bill SedgwickSunday, November 5, 198911Clint BowyerSaturday, April 23, 200524Bobby HamiltonSunday, November 5, 198912Christian FittipaldiSunday, November 10, 200225Gary CollinsSunday, November 6, 198813Ryan NewmanSunday, November 5, 2000 Of the 25 different drivers to make their first NASCAR Cup Series career start at Phoenix Raceway, Clint Bowyer on April 23, 2005 posted the best finish in his series debut with a 22nd-place result.Ryan Blaney leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Phoenix Raceway with a 5.357 in 14 starts.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Phoenix Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg StartRacesRankActive DriversAvg StartRaces1Ryan Blaney5.357141Ryan Blaney5.357142Chase Elliott5.571142Chase Elliott5.571143Kyle Larson6.706173Kyle Larson6.706174Rusty Wallace8.053194Denny Hamlin9.800355Alan Kulwicki8.60055Joey Logano10.071286Denny Hamlin9.800356Kyle Busch10.714357Joey Logano10.071287Christopher Bell10.83368Kyle Busch10.714358Austin Cindric11.00029Jeff Gordon10.794349William Byron12.1001010Christopher Bell10.833610Martin Truex Jr12.14734
A total of 26 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the pole at Phoenix Raceway.Eleven of the 26 NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway pole winners are active.Active Pole WinnersPolesSeasonsKyle Busch42019, 2016, 2012, 2006Ryan Blaney32022, 2019, 2017Joey Logano22022, 2017Kevin Harvick22018, 2015Martin Truex Jr22018, 2009Denny Hamlin22014, 2005Kyle Larson12021Chase Elliott12020Alex Bowman12016Brad Keselowski12014AJ Allmendinger12010
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 pole 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).A total of 17 different organizations have won a pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway, led by Hendrick Motorsports with 13 poles among nine drivers: Geoff Bodine (1988), Ken Schrader (1989), Jeff Gordon (2005, 2006, 2007), Kyle Busch (2006), Jimmie Johnson (2008, 2013, 2015), Mark Martin (2009), Alex Bowman (2016), Chase Elliott (2020) and Kyle Larson (2021).Six active organizations have won poles in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway.Active OrganizationsPolesHendrick Motorsports13Team Penske11Joe Gibbs Racing6RFK Racing4Stewart-Haas Racing2Wood Brothers Racing1Five different manufacturers have won at least one pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway, led by Chevrolet with 19 poles; followed by Ford (17), Toyota (seven), Dodge (four) and Pontiac (four).
A total of 28 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Phoenix Raceway.Eight of the 28 NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner are active.Active DriversWinsSeasonsKevin Harvick92018, 2016, 2015, 2014 sweep, 2013, 2012, 2006 sweepKyle Busch32019, 2018, 2005Joey Logano32022, 2020, 2016Denny Hamlin22019, 2012Chase Briscoe12022Kyle Larson12021Martin Truex Jr12021Chase Elliott12020
Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup 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).A total of 13 drivers have multiple Cup 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), Joey Logano (three), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two), Mark Martin (two), Matt Kenseth (two), Ryan Newman (two), Denny Hamlin (two).Six drivers have won consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway:
o Davey Allison (1991,1992)
o Jeff Burton (2000, 2001)
o Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004)
o Kevin Harvick (swept 2006, 2013 Playoff race, swept 2014 and 2015 spring race)
o Jimmie Johnson (fall race of 2007, swept 2008)
o Kyle Busch (2018 Playoff race, 2019)
Alan Kulwicki (November 6, 1988), Bobby Hamilton (October 29, 1996) and Chase Briscoe (March 13, 2022) are the only three drivers to post their first NASCAR Cup Series career win at Phoenix Raceway.25 of the 28 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 28 winners.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).A total of 22 different positions on the starting grid have produced winners in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway.The first starting position is the most proficient starting position producing more winners (eight) than any other position on the starting grid.Eight of the 53 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have been won from the pole or first starting position (15.1%): 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), Chase Elliott (Championship finale 2020; started first due to Metric Qualifying), Kyle Larson (2021 Championship race) and Joey Logano (2022 Championship Race).11 of the 53 (20.7%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have been won from the front row: eight 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 PositionWinsWinning %Starting PositionWinsWinning %1815.09%1359.43%235.66%1423.77%3713.21%1535.66%423.77%1711.89%511.89%1811.89%647.55%1923.77%723.77%2011.89%923.77%2111.89%1023.77%2211.89%1123.77%2811.89%1211.89%2911.89%StatsWinning %WinsWinning from the Pole:15.09%8Winning from the Front Row:20.75%11Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:39.62%21Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:58.49%31Winning After Starting Outside the Top 10:41.51%22Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:7.55%4
Of the 13 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 win nine or more times at a single track in the NASCAR Cup Series when he won in 2018 at Phoenix Raceway — the only active driver with nine or more wins at a single track.This weekend, he can attempt to become just the sixth driver to win 10 or more races at a single track in the NASCAR Cup Series with a win this weekend.
Drivers with 10 or More NASCAR Cup Series Wins at a Single Track
Race WinnersNo. of TracksTracks With 10 or More WinsRichard Petty5Martinsville (15), North Wilkesboro (15), Richmond (13), Rockingham (11) Daytona (10)Darrell Waltrip3Bristol (12), Martinsville (11), North Wilkesboro (10)Jimmie Johnson1Dover (11)David Pearson1Darlington (10)Dale Earnhardt1Talladega (10)A total of 13 different organizations have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway; led by Hendrick Motorsports with 12 victories; including the season finale the last two years — Terry Labonte (1994), Kyle Busch (2005), Jeff Gordon (2007, 2011), Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep, 2009), Mark Martin (2009), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2015), Chase Elliott (2020), Kyle Larson (2021).RankOrganizationsWins1Hendrick Motorsports122Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing73Joe Gibbs Racing74Stewart-Haas Racing75Richard Childress Racing66Team Penske47Robert Yates Racing38Dale Earnhardt, Inc.29AK Racing110Melling Racing111Petty Enterprises112Red Bull Racing113Rudd Performance Motorsports1
Four different manufacturers have won at least one race in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix, led by Chevrolet with 25 victories; followed by Ford (19), Toyota (seven) and Pontiac (two).
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
A total of 32 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 NASCAR Cup Series drivers with four second-place finishes at Phoenix Raceway.
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Phoenix Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversRunner-UpsRankActive DriversRunner-Ups1Mark Martin51Kyle Busch42Kyle Busch42Kevin Harvick33Jimmie Johnson33Brad Keselowski2Kevin Harvick3Martin Truex Jr2Tony Stewart35Chase Elliott1Denny Hamlin1Joey Logano1Kyle Larson1Ross Chastain1Ryan Blaney1
A total of 54 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished inside the top-five at Phoenix Raceway.Kevin Harvick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-five finishes at Phoenix Raceway with 19 top fives.
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Phoenix Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop FivesRankActive DriversTop Fives1Kevin Harvick191Kevin Harvick192Denny Hamlin162Denny Hamlin16Jimmie Johnson163Kyle Busch124Jeff Gordon124Brad Keselowski8Kyle Busch12Joey Logano8Mark Martin12
A total of 91 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 29 top 10s.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Phoenix Raceway (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop 10sRankActive DriversTop 10s1Kevin Harvick291Kevin Harvick292Kyle Busch252Kyle Busch253Jeff Gordon243Denny Hamlin214Jimmie Johnson224Joey Logano165Denny Hamlin215Martin Truex Jr14Kurt Busch21Mark Martin21
Average Finishing Position
Alan Kulwicki (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Phoenix Raceway with a 5.200.Kevin Harvick (40 starts) leads all active drivers in average finishing position at Phoenix Raceway with an 8.650.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Phoenix (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg FinishRacesRankActive DriversAvg FinishRaces1Alan Kulwicki5.20051Kevin Harvick8.650402Kevin Harvick8.650402Denny Hamlin10.543353Dale Earnhardt9.538133Kyle Busch10.629354Mark Martin9.588344Chase Elliott11.929145Jimmie Johnson10.229355Kyle Larson12.176176Denny Hamlin10.543356Ryan Blaney12.643147Kyle Busch10.629357Joey Logano12.679288Jeff Gordon10.765348William Byron13.000109Davey Allison11.00059Brad Keselowski13.7412710Chase Elliott11.9291410Aric Almirola14.37525
A total of 96 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway.Kevin Harvick (40 starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Phoenix Raceway with 1,663.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
RankAll-Time DriversRacesLedCompleted% Led1Kevin Harvick401,66312,46613%2Kyle Busch351,19010,72111%3Jimmie Johnson3599810,6199%4Mark Martin3491110,4779%5Joey Logano289088,40311%6Rusty Wallace198675,40616%7Denny Hamlin3585410,8618%8Kurt Busch3981812,0947%9Dale Earnhardt Jr305698,7347%10Tony Stewart285558,6906%
Top 10 Active Lap Leaders at Phoenix Raceway
RankActive DriversRacesLedCompleted% Led1Kevin Harvick401,66312,46613%2Kyle Busch351,19010,72111%3Joey Logano289088,40311%4Denny Hamlin3585410,8618%5Chase Elliott145464,23513%6Ryan Blaney144294,06011%7Brad Keselowski272838,0484%8Martin Truex Jr342599,7883%9Alex Bowman151954,3504%10Kyle Larson171814,9474%
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-second.
Top Five Closest Cup Series Margins of Victory at Phoenix Raceway
Margin of VictoryRace WinnerRunner-UpDate0.010Kevin HarvickCarl EdwardsSunday, March 13, 20160.130Ryan NewmanJeff GordonSaturday, April 10, 20100.170Mark MartinErnie IrvanSunday, October 31, 19930.250Kevin HarvickJimmie JohnsonSunday, November 12, 20060.276Joey LoganoKevin HarvickSunday, March 8, 2020Nine of the 53 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have ended with NASCAR Overtime:DateScheduledActualOvertimeWinnerRunner-UpSunday, March 8, 20203123164Joey LoganoKevin HarvickSunday, March 19, 20173123142Ryan NewmanKyle LarsonSunday, November 13, 201631232412Joey LoganoKyle BuschSunday, March 13, 20163123131Kevin HarvickCarl EdwardsSunday, March 3, 20133123164Carl EdwardsJimmie JohnsonSunday, November 11, 20123123197Kevin HarvickDenny HamlinSaturday, April 10, 20103753783Ryan NewmanJeff GordonSunday, November 9, 20083123131Jimmie JohnsonKurt BuschSunday, November 7, 20043123153Dale Earnhardt JrRyan 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 due to pandemic restrictions.Only two of the 53 NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway have been shortened due to weather:DateScheduled LapsActual LapsFewer LapsWinnerRunner-UpSunday, November 15, 2015312219-93Dale Earnhardt JrKevin HarvickSunday, October 25, 1998312257-55Rusty WallaceMark Martin
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 13 NASCAR Cup Series Spring races at Phoenix Raceway have had a caution come out within the last 15 laps of regulation (see chart below):SeasonsLast Caution During RegulationRemaining Laps of RaceFinish Comments202226943Finished as Scheduled202128825Finished as Scheduled20203111Went to Overtime201923478Finished as Scheduled2018192120Finished as Scheduled20173084Went to Overtime20163084Went to Overtime201529715Finished as Scheduled201429814Finished as Scheduled20133111Went to Overtime201225755Finished as Scheduled201128725Finished as Scheduled20103735Finished as Scheduled
The most lead changes at Phoenix Raceway in a NASCAR Cup Series race were 28 on February 27, 2011.The fewest lead changes in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix was one lead change on November 4, 1990.
The most leaders in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway were 15 on March 4, 2012 andThe fewest leaders in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway was two on November 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 series career.
DateDriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDriver RatingSunday, November 12, 2017Danica Patrick242548.2Monday, March 13, 2017Danica Patrick262252.8Sunday, November 13, 2016Danica Patrick162948.9Sunday, March 13, 2016Danica Patrick361960.3Sunday, November 15, 2015Danica Patrick211666.4Sunday, March 15, 2015Danica Patrick232659.6Sunday, November 9, 2014Danica Patrick322260.5Sunday, March 2, 2014Danica Patrick333651.7Sunday, November 10, 2013Danica Patrick323333.2Sunday, March 3, 2013Danica Patrick403944.2Sunday, November 11, 2012Danica Patrick371758.0AVERAGES29.125.853.1
NASCAR IN ARIZONA
There have been 135 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in the state of Arizona dating as far back as 1951.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.Track NameCityCupXfinityTruckCombinedFirst YearPhoenix RacewayAvondale5342321271988Arizona State FairgroundsPhoenix40041951Tucson Raceway ParkTucson00331995Tucson Rodeo GroundsTucson10011955Totals584235135
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.DriverCupXfinityTruckCombinedAlex Bowman7108Michael McDowell1102Total82010
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