NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 Notes and Entry List

SprintTRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length:
    1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
    Degree of Banking: Turns 1-2: 11 degrees; Turns 3-4: 9 degrees
    Front stretch: Length: 1,179 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
    Back stretch: Length: 1,551 feet, Banking: 9 degrees
    Pit Road: Length: 1,140
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Grandstand seating: 55,000 [was 76,812] Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Sprint Cup event was 1988)
    Last Repave: 2011
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Olympian and current UFC star Dan Henderson
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: TBA
    Flyover: TBA
  • 2014 March Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 109.229mph, started 13th
  • 2014 November Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 99.991mph, started 3rd
  • Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph
  • Slowest Race Record: Alan Kulwicki, 1988, 90.457mph
  • Oldest Race Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009
  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 5 months, 11 days, 11/13/2005
  • 2014 March Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 139.384mph, finished 3rd
  • 2014 November Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 142.113mph, finished 5th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Joey Logano, 11/7/2014, 142.141mph (set in round 1 of qualifying)
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 54 years, 1 month, 23 days, 3/1/2013
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006
  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Phoenix
    #48-Jimmie Johnson…………………… 114.0
    #4-Kevin Harvick………………………. 106.2
    #24-Jeff Gordon………………………… 100.5
    #19-Carl Edwards………………………… 99.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin……………………….. 96.6
    #14-Tony Stewart…………………………. 96.4
    #2-Brad Keselowski……………………. 91.5
    #16-Greg Biffle……………………………. 90.1
    #31-Ryan Newman……………………….. 87.9
    #20-Matt Kenseth………………………… 87.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Phoenix International Raceway.

Phoenix Notes & Facts – Thursday – 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 NASCAR Sprint 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):
· Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet
· Reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
· Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet
· Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
· 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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: FOX – 3:00pm/et
  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et
  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
  • Pit Reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little, Matt Yocum
  • Hollywood Hotel/Host: Chris Myers, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
  • Rules Analyst: Andy Petree
  • NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 12:00pm/et on FoxSports1 (FS1)

EVENT SCHEDULE
Times are local to the Track (Mountain Time)

Thursday, March 12
6:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 13
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN & INSPECTION BEGINS
11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 – 1:15 PM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
4:50 PM NSCS QUALIFYING (FoxSports 2)

Saturday, March 14
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPEN
8:30 – 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)

Sunday, March 15
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
12:30 PM NSCS RACE (Fox)
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series

TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 10 sets for the race;
  • Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4612; Right-side — D-4626
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.64 in. (2,226 mm);
    Right-side — 88.35 in (2,244 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 14 psi; Left Rear — 14 psi;
    Right Front — 34 psi; Right Rear — 32 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire set-up at Phoenix this week . . . while this is the first time these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4626), they have run this left-side code (D-4612) at this track since November 2013 . . . compared to what was run at Phoenix last year, this right-side tire features a compound change to enhance grip and help rubber-in the track, and a construction change to bring this track in line with what is run at Richmond . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Phoenix last October . . . drivers participating in that test were Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Michael McDowell . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Phoenix.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
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Phoenix International Raceway – 3/15/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2015 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy Cessna 28
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 18
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow 25
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Jimmy John’s 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Farmers Insurance 6
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare 27
7 7 Alex Bowman Chevy Toy State / Nikko 41
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Medallion Bank / Camping World 20
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevy GoDaddy.com 22
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 8
11 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 9
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 38
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 16
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ortho 12
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal 34
16 18 David Ragan Toyota Snickers Extreme 21
17 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Stanley 26
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 10
19 22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 3
20 23 J.J. Yeley (i) Toyota Dr. Pepper 40
21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Drive to End Hunger 32
22 26 Jeb Burton # Toyota Maxim.com 44
23 27 Paul Menard Chevy Menards / Serta 15
24 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Quicken Loans 14
25 32 Mike Bliss(i) Ford Draftdemons.com 36
26 33 Alex Kennedy Chevy TBA 24
27 34 Brett Moffitt Ford Dockside Logistics 29
28 35 Cole Whitt Ford Sprouts Farmer’s Market – Harvest Meats 33
29 38 David Gilliland Ford MDS Transport 19
30 40 Landon Cassill* (i) Chevy CRC 1 – Tank Renew 46
31 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation 13
32 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 23
33 43 Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich 17
34 44 Travis Kvapil (i) Chevy TBA 45
35 46 Michael Annett Chevy Pilot Flying J 35
36 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Kingsford Charcoal 5
37 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowes 7
38 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy Brandt 30
39 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 11
40 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Chevy TBA 42
41 66 Tanner Berryhill* (i) Chevy TBA 47
42 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furnitrue Row 4
43 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Burger King 39
44 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Nationwide 2
45 98 Josh Wise Ford Phil Parsons Racing 43

* – Required to qualify by speed
# – Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) – driver not running for 2015 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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