Kyle Busch returns as fastest in All-Star Race practice

cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptuwymvhzme0zmu4otnkmju1yjk5nda0ytc4ntlkogqy-e1431718248384Friday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it was NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver, Kyle Busch – returning to action since being injured at Daytona, and with a lap speed of 188.884 MPH – posting the quickest speed during the only Sprint All-Star practice session.

Jamie McMurray was second quickest in the session with a lap speed of 188.396 MPH, and he was followed by Kevin Harvick (188.258 MPH) who was third, Kurt Busch (188.121) fourth and Denny Hamlin (187.696) was fifth.

Team Penske teammates, Joey Logano (187.467 MPH) and Brad Keselowski (187.240 MPH) were sixth and seventh quickest respectively, while Kasey Kahne (187.143) was eighth, Tony Stewart (186.606) ninth and 186.445) posting the 10th quickest lap speed.

Qualifying to determine the starting lineup will be held tomorrow (Saturday) night prior to the race at 7:15 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and the session will consist of three laps including a pit stop with a four tire change.

Saturday night’s race will be the 31st running of the Sprint All-Star Race, and it’s scheduled to get started around 9:30 p.m. (ET) with television coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.

The Sprint All-Star Race Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 18 Kyle Busch 188.884 28.589 Leader 45
2 1 Jamie McMurray 188.396 28.663 -0.074 39
3 4 Kevin Harvick 188.258 28.684 -0.095 34
4 41 Kurt Busch 188.121 28.705 -0.116 41
5 11 Denny Hamlin 187.696 28.770 -0.181 48
6 22 Joey Logano 187.467 28.805 -0.216 53
7 2 Brad Keselowski 167.240 28.840 -0.251 45
8 5 Kasey Kahne 187.143 28.855 -0.266 56
9 14 Tony Stewart 186.606 28.938 -0.349 47
10 20 Matt Kenseth 186.445 28.963 -0.374 40
11 43 Aric Almirola 186.380 28.973 -0.384 25
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 185.880 29.051 -0.462 42
13 19 Carl Edwards 185.835 29.058 -0.469 30
14 48 Jimmie Johnson 185.829 29.059 -0.470 50
15 47 AJ Allmendinger 185.675 29.083 -0.494 36
16 24 Jeff Gordon 185.510 29.109 -0.520 52
17 31 Ryan Newman 185.433 29.121 -0.532 43

 

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 41 Kurt Busch 28 37 185.338 Leader Leader
2 22 Joey Logano 40 49 184.178 -1.160 -1.160
3 24 Jeff Gordon 5 14 183.621 -1.717 -0.557
4 5 Kasey Kahne 40 49 183.490 -1.848 -0.131
5 1 Jamie McMurray 22 31 183.477 -1.861 -0.013
6 4 Kevin Harvick 13 22 183.447 -1.891 -0.030
7 18 Kyle Busch 26 35 183.307 -2.031 -0.140
8 31 Ryan Newman 22 31 182.415 -0.892 -0.892
9 11 Denny Hamlin 26 35 181.533 -0.882 -0.882
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

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Greg Biffle leads final Sprint Cup practice at Talladega

032715-nascar-Greg-Biffle-pi-mp_vresize_1200_675_high_57Greg Biffle, with a lap speed of 197.929 MPH, was the fastest Friday in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).

Second fastest in the session with a lap speed of 197.859 MPH was Tony Stewart, and he was followed by Aric Almirola (197.696 MPH) who was third, Jimmie Johnson (197.175) fourth and Austin Dillon (197.122) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 fastest drivers in the “Happy Hour” (final) practice were Matt Kenseth (196.839 MPH) who was sixth, David Ragan (196.669) seventh, Sam Hornish Jr. (194.603) eighth, Casey Mears (194.456) ninth and Brian Scott (193.881) posting the 10th fastest lap speed.

Usually held on Fridays, qualifying to determine the starting lineup for this weekend’s race will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (ET – On FOX) in the afternoon. Bill Elliott currently holds, and will probably always hold, the series qualifying track record at ‘Dega with a lap speed of 212.809 MPH, which he set on April 30th, 1987.

The 46th annual GEICO 500 is slated to get started around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the race.

GEICO 500 Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 16 Greg Biffle 197.929 48.381 Leader 22
2 14 Tony Stewart 197.859 48.398 -0.017 20
3 43 Aric Almirola 197.696 48.438 -0.057 10
4 48 Jimmie Johnson 197.175 48.566 -0.185 18
5 3 Austin Dillon 197.122 48.579 -0.198 18
6 20 Matt Kenseth 196.839 48.649 -0.268 18
7 18 David Ragan 196.669 48.691 -0.310 14
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 194.603 49.208 -0.827 11
9 13 Casey Mears 194.456 49.245 -0.864 8
10 33 Brian Scott (i) 193.881 49.391 -1.010 8
11 21 Ryan Blaney* (i) 193.541 49.478 -1.097 14
12 24 Jeff Gordon 193.322 49.534 -1.153 2
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 193.135 49.582 -1.201 13
14 2 Brad Keselowski 192.858 49.653 -1.272 17
15 1 Jamie McMurray 192.796 49.669 -1.288 7
16 4 Kevin Harvick 192.719 49.689 -1.308 11
17 42 Kyle Larson 192.502 49.745 -1.364 8
18 10 Danica Patrick 192.440 49.761 -1.380 14
19 41 Kurt Busch 192.085 49.853 -1.472 17
20 27 Paul Menard 192.027 49.868 -1.487 10
21 6 Trevor Bayne 191.965 49.884 -1.503 8
22 22 Joey Logano 191.631 49.971 -1.590 7
23 40 Landon Cassill (i) 191.290 50.060 -1.679 5
24 38 David Gilliland 191.210 50.081 -1.700 8
25 5 Kasey Kahne 190.974 50.143 -1.762 2
26 34 Chris Buescher (i) 190.666 50.224 -1.843 8
27 46 Michael Annett 190.393 50.296 -1.915 11
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 190.249 50.334 -1.953 13
29 35 Cole Whitt 190.196 50.348 -1.967 5
30 95 Michael McDowell 190.008 50.398 -2.017 8
31 51 Justin Allgaier 189.815 50.449 -2.068 8
32 98 Josh Wise 189.597 50.507 -2.126 8
33 32 Bobby Labonte 189.567 50.515 -2.134 11
34 7 Alex Bowman 189.522 50.527 -2.146 2
35 62 Brendan Gaughan* (i) 189.185 50.617 -2.236 5
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 189.081 50.645 -2.264 5
37 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 188.500 50.801 -2.420 5
38 26 Jeb Burton # 187.335 51.117 -2.736 5
39 11 Denny Hamlin 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
40 15 Clint Bowyer 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
41 19 Carl Edwards 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
42 31 Ryan Newman 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
43 47 AJ Allmendinger 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
44 55 Michael Waltrip 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0
45 78 Martin Truex Jr. 0.000 0.000 -48.381 0

# – Rookie
* – Required to qualify by speed
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average
Pos Car Driver From Lap To Lap Avg. Speed Behind Gap
1 16 Greg Biffle 3 12 195.312 Leader Leader
2 14 Tony Stewart 3 12 195.259 -0.053 -0.053
3 20 Matt Kenseth 2 11 195.098 -0.214 -0.161
4 3 Austin Dillon 3 12 195.051 -0.261 -0.047
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 2 11 195.045 -0.267 -0.006
6 18 David Ragan 1 10 182.432 -12.880 -12.613
7 43 Aric Almirola 1 10 176.804 -18.508 -5.628
Car must run 10 consecutive laps on track to be included in the above chart.

 

 

 

Joey Logano wins pole at Martinsville for first time in his career

CBJBnsVUgAAiJKfFriday evening at Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver Joey Logano, with a qualifying lap speed of 98.461 MPH, captured the pole for Sunday’s STP 500.

This was Logano’s second series pole of the 2015 season, his 10th series career pole and his first series pole at the “paperclip” shaped short-track.

Starting on the outside pole in second with a qualifying lap speed of 98.328 MPH will be Ryan Newman; followed by Martin Truex Jr. (98.048 MPH) starting third, and the Hendrick Motorsports teammates, Jeff Gordon (97.613) and Jimmie Johnson (97.583) claiming the fourth and fifth starting positions respectively.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Tony Stewart (97.468 MPH) starting sixth, Kyle Larson (97.463) seventh, Matt Kenseth (97.392) eighth, Kasey Kahne (97.282) ninth and AJ Allmendinger (97.262) starts 10th.

Failing to make the 43-car field starting lineup were Ron Hornaday Jr., and Brendan Gaughan.

The qualified teams return on Saturday for two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 10:00 a.m – 10:55 am (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their final (“Happy Hour”) practice from 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m (ET – On FOX Sports 2).

The 66th annual STP 500 is scheduled to get underway around 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX Sports 1 will provide television coverage of the event.

STP 500 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 22 Joey Logano 19.345 19.395 19.232 Leader
2 31 Ryan Newman 19.395 19.337 19.258 -0.026
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 19.408 19.426 19.313 -0.055
4 24 Jeff Gordon 19.453 19.369 19.399 -0.086
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 19.377 19.384 19.405 -0.006
6 14 Tony Stewart 19.484 19.362 19.428 -0.023
7 42 Kyle Larson 19.446 19.389 19.429 -0.001
8 20 Matt Kenseth 19.322 19.419 19.443 -0.014
9 5 Kasey Kahne 19.411 19.418 19.465 -0.022
10 47 AJ Allmendinger 19.424 19.381 19.469 -0.004
11 19 Carl Edwards 19.444 19.428 19.486 -0.017
12 2 Brad Keselowski 19.447 19.394 19.514 -0.028
Eliminated From Round 2
13 27 Paul Menard 19.458 19.444 Eliminated -0.050
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 19.464 19.461 Eliminated -0.017
15 11 Denny Hamlin 19.443 19.468 Eliminated -0.007
16 10 Danica Patrick 19.454 19.468 Eliminated 0.000
17 4 Kevin Harvick 19.487 19.470 Eliminated -0.002
18 43 Aric Almirola 19.476 19.474 Eliminated -0.004
19 1 Jamie McMurray 19.480 19.477 Eliminated -0.003
20 18 David Ragan 19.484 19.562 Eliminated -0.085
21 51 Justin Allgaier 19.473 19.564 Eliminated -0.002
22 3 Austin Dillon 19.515 19.570 Eliminated -0.006
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 19.436 19.611 Eliminated -0.041
24 13 Casey Mears 19.459 0.000 Eliminated 19.611
Eliminated From Round 1
25 16 Greg Biffle 19.525 Eliminated -0.066
26 41 Kurt Busch 19.533 Eliminated -0.008
27 25 Chase Elliott (i) 19.538 Eliminated -0.005
28 46 Michael Annett 19.542 Eliminated -0.004
29 38 David Gilliland 19.589 Eliminated -0.047
30 15 Clint Bowyer 19.599 Eliminated -0.010
31 98 Josh Wise 19.601 Eliminated -0.002
32 26 Jeb Burton # 19.624 Eliminated -0.023
33 55 Brett Moffitt # 19.652 Eliminated -0.028
34 40 Landon Cassill (i) 19.664 Eliminated -0.012
35 34 Chris Buescher (i) 19.672 Eliminated -0.008
36 6 Trevor Bayne 19.673 Eliminated -0.001
37 35 Cole Whitt 19.713 Eliminated -0.040
38 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 19.720 Eliminated -0.007
39 7 Alex Bowman 19.744 Eliminated -0.024
40 32 Mike Bliss(i) 19.788 Eliminated -0.044
41 33 Alex Kennedy # 19.871 Eliminated -0.083
42 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 19.890 Eliminated -0.019
43 83 Matt Dibenedetto 20.025 Eliminated -0.135
Did Not Qualify
44 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 19.801 Eliminated 0.224
45 30 Ron Hornaday 19.850 Eliminated -0.049

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series
 

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt 400 Notes and Entry List

SprintRule change allows Kenseth and Newman to be eligible for All-Star Race:

A rule change for the Sprint All-Star Race will allow #20-Matt Kenseth and #31-Ryan Newman to compete in the event, NASCAR confirmed to NASCAR Talk on Thursday. NASCAR stated that it changed the eligibility requirements so that any full-time driver who is a former Cup champion or former All-Star winner is eligible for the non-points event. Previously, a driver had to have won a Cup title within the past 10 years or won the All-Star event within the past 10 years to be eligible. Eliminating the limit on when a driver won a Cup title or the All-Star race is important for Kenseth and Newman. Neither driver meets the criterial of a race win either this year or the preceding year to be eligible. Both were winless last year and have not won this year. Kenseth’s title came in 2003. Newman’s All-Star win came in 2002.

TRACK NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 200 laps, 400 miles
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14°; front stretch 11°; backstretch 3°
    Front Stretch: 3,100feet
    Back Stretch: 2,500feet
    Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pace Car Speed: 60mph
    Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
    Grandstand seating capacity: 84,000
    Opened: 1997
  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: TBA
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Dwight Yoakam
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Eric Stonestreet
    Color Guard: TBA
    Invocation: TBA
    National Anthem: TBA
    Flyover: TBA
  • March 2014 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 132.987mph, started 14th
  • The Final October 2010 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 131.953, started 22nd
  • Track Race Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 3/25/2012, 160.166mph
  • Slowest Race Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Sept 2004, 128.324mph
  • Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001
  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 4 months, 2 days, 9/4/2005
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st
  • March 2014 Pole Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 187.315, finished 4th
  • The Final October 2010 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 185.285, finished 17th
  • Track Qualifying Record: #5-Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner, 42 years, 10 months, 2 days, 4/30/2000
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 19 years, 9 months, 25 days, 2/27/2005
  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Auto Club Speedway
    #48-Jimmie Johnson……………………….120.1
    #18-Kyle Busch……………………….110.0
    #20-Matt Kenseth……………………….106.2
    #14-Tony Stewart……………………….100.7
    #99-Carl Edwards……………………….97.8
    #24-Jeff Gordon……………………….97.3
    #4-Kevin Harvick……………………….94.7
    #16-Greg Biffle……………………….93.7
    #15-Clint Bowyer……………………….92.1
    #5-Kasey Kahne……………………….91.5

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 2:00pm/et on FoxSports1(FS1)

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

Thursday, March 19
7:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 20
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 1)

Saturday, March 21
7:00 AM – 3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
8:30 – 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE (FoxSports 1)
11:30 AM – 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE (FoxSports 2)

Sunday, March 22
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM NSCS RACE (Fox)
NSCS – Sprint Cup Series

TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side — D-4636; Right-side — D-4408
  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side — 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side — 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)
  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front — 22 psi; Left Rear — 20 psi;
    Right Front — 45 psi; Right Rear — 42 psi
  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Fontana this week . . . while this is the first time these teams have run this left-side tire code (D-4636), they have run this right-side code (D-4408) at this track since 2011 . . . compared to what was run at Fontana last year, this left-side tire features a slight construction change, and a compound change to enhance grip . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Fontana last October 28-29 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford with Trevor Bayne, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Kyle Larson, No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Brian Vickers and No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Martin Truex Jr. . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Fontana . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Entry List
Auto Club 400
Auto Club Speedway – 3/22/2015
Entry Car # Driver Make Sponsor 2015 Owner Points Rank
1 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy McDonalds 19
2 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Wurth 10
3 3 Austin Dillon Chevy Dow 23
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy Jimmy John’s / Budweiser 1
5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy Time Warner Cable 4
6 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare 28
7 7 Alex Bowman Chevy Toy State / Nikko 37
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford Medallion Bank / Mercury Marine 26
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevy Aspen Dental 25
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota Sport Clips 14
11 13 Casey Mears Chevy GEICO 13
12 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Rush Truck Centers / Mobil 1 41
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota PEAK BlueDEF 16
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Clean Harbors 17
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford NOS Energy Drink 29
16 18 David Ragan Toyota Interstate Batteries 20
17 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Subway 22
18 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota DeWalt 11
19 22 Joey Logano Ford AAA So. California 2
20 23 J.J. Yeley (i) Toyota Dr. Pepper 38
21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy Axalta 27
22 26 Jeb Burton # Toyota Maxim.com 45
23 27 Paul Menard Chevy FVP / Menards 12
24 29 Reed Sorenson* Toyota TBA 49
25 31 Ryan Newman Chevy Caterpilla 8
26 32 Mike Bliss(i) Ford King Taco 34
27 33 Brian Scott (i) Chevy Whitetail 31
28 34 Brett Moffitt Ford Dockside Logistics 33
29 35 Cole Whitt Ford Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters 32
30 38 David Gilliland Ford Love’s Trabel Stops 21
31 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy TBA 40
32 41 Kurt Busch Chevy Haas Automation 9
33 42 Kyle Larson Chevy Target 18
34 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 15
35 44 Travis Kvapil* (i) Chevy TBA 46
36 46 Michael Annett Chevy Cypress 36
37 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevy Scott Products 5
38 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe’s Pro Services 7
39 51 Justin Allgaier Chevy Brandt 30
40 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Janssen 24
41 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) Chevy South Point Hotel & Casino 44
42 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy Furnitrue Row / Visser Precision 3
43 83 Matt Dibenedetto Toyota Burger King 39
44 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy Nationwide 6
45 98 Josh Wise Ford Curb Records / LEE BRICE 43

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larson, Harvick, Ragan fastest in Sprint Cup practice

kyle-larson-atl-practice-2-27-gettyKyle Larson, with a lap speed of 192.989 MPH, was the quickest Friday afternoon during the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) practice session for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).

The 2014 series defending champion, Kevin Harvick, with a lap speed of 192.607 MPH was second quickest, and he was followed by David Ragan (192.547 MPH) who was third, Joey Logano (192.373) fourth and Denny Hamlin (192.366) was fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 quickest drivers in the session were Tony Stewart (192.000 MPH) who was sixth, Justin Allgaier (191.914) seventh, Brad Keselowski (191.827) eighth, Matt Kenseth (191.622) ninth and Jamie McMurray (191.556) posting the 10th quickest lap speed.

Qualifying will be later this evening at 5:45 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1) to determine the starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s event. The current series qualifying track record speed at AMS is 197.478 MPH, set by Geoff Bodine on November 16th, 1997.

On Saturday, the teams will have their final (“Happy Hour”) practice session from 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm (ET – On FOX Sports 1) that afternoon.

The 56th annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is schedulted to get underway around 1:20 pm (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX continues to provide television coverage.

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Speed Best Time Behind # Laps
1 42 Kyle Larson 192.989 28.727 Leader 20
2 4 Kevin Harvick 192.607 28.784 -0.057 3
3 18 David Ragan 192.547 28.793 -0.066 5
4 22 Joey Logano 192.373 28.819 -0.092 9
5 11 Denny Hamlin 192.366 28.820 -0.093 7
6 14 Tony Stewart 192.000 28.875 -0.148 11
7 51 Justin Allgaier 191.914 28.888 -0.161 10
8 2 Brad Keselowski 191.827 28.901 -0.174 21
9 20 Matt Kenseth 191.622 28.932 -0.205 5
10 1 Jamie McMurray 191.556 28.942 -0.215 9
11 31 Ryan Newman 191.516 28.948 -0.221 7
12 5 Kasey Kahne 191.225 28.992 -0.265 20
13 19 Carl Edwards* 191.166 19.001 9.726 7
14 24 Jeff Gordon 190.935 29.036 -0.309 9
15 27 Paul Menard 190.889 29.043 -0.316 17
16 41 Regan Smith (i) 190.876 29.045 -0.318 7
17 48 Jimmie Johnson 190.502 29.102 -0.375 9
18 3 Austin Dillon 190.345 29.126 -0.399 13
19 16 Greg Biffle 190.339 29.127 -0.400 11
20 13 Casey Mears 190.228 29.144 -0.417 5
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 190.182 29.151 -0.424 9
22 55 Brett Moffitt 190.123 29.160 -0.433 17
23 40 Landon Cassill (i) 190.078 29.167 -0.440 8
24 78 Martin Truex Jr. 190.019 29.176 -0.449 9
25 47 AJ Allmendinger 189.837 29.204 -0.477 22
26 15 Clint Bowyer 189.798 29.210 -0.483 14
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 189.545 29.249 -0.522 11
28 10 Danica Patrick 189.305 29.286 -0.559 20
29 43 Aric Almirola 189.267 29.292 -0.565 8
30 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 189.202 29.302 -0.575 8
31 7 Alex Bowman 189.176 29.306 -0.579 7
32 46 Michael Annett* 188.931 29.344 -0.617 8
33 35 Cole Whitt 188.899 29.349 -0.622 13
34 6 Trevor Bayne 188.462 29.417 -0.690 11
35 95 Michael McDowell 187.862 29.511 -0.784 10
36 33 Brian Scott (i) 187.684 29.539 -0.812 10
37 29 Reed Sorenson* 187.563 29.558 -0.831 15
38 38 David Gilliland 187.443 29.577 -0.850 9
39 34 Joe Nemechek* (i) 187.405 29.583 -0.856 14
40 32 Mike Bliss(i) 187.152 29.623 -0.896 7
41 98 Josh Wise 186.566 29.716 -0.989 13
42 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 186.265 29.764 -1.037 15
43 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 185.940 29.816 -1.089 7
44 26 Jeb Burton # 183.686 30.182 -1.455 16
45 83 Matt Dibenedetto 180.258 30.756 -2.029 1
46 66 Mike Wallace 179.394 30.904 -2.177 6
47 30 Ron Hornaday* 178.689 31.026 -2.299 5

# – Rookie
* – Required to qualify by speed
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

 

 

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. rallies to win first Budweiser Duel 150

B-QDLniCcAAbNURFrom starting last to finishing first, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver Dale Earnhard Jr. holds off his fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jeff Gordon, to win the first Budweiser Duel qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night.

Following Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon to the drop of the checkered flag were Joey Logano finishing third, Tony Stewart fourth and Clint Bowyer finished fifth.

The series defending champion, Kevin Harvick, claimed sixth-place, while Kasey Kahne finished seventh, Jamie McMurray eighth, Landon Cassill ninth and Cole Whitt brought home 10th-place.

Ty Dillon raced his way into the “Great American Race” by finishing 16th in the transfer postion.

RACE NOTES:
Average Speed: 144.462 MPH
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 02 Mins, 18 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.165 Seconds
Lead Changes: 9 among 5 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 13 laps

Budweiser Duel Race 1 Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 60 Running 21
2 24 Jeff Gordon 60 Running 5
3 22 Joey Logano 60 Running 0
4 14 Tony Stewart 60 Running 0
5 15 Clint Bowyer 60 Running 0
6 4 Kevin Harvick 60 Running 0
7 5 Kasey Kahne 60 Running 0
8 1 Jamie McMurray 60 Running 1
9 40 Landon Cassill 60 Running 0
10 35 Cole Whitt 60 Running 0
11 27 Paul Menard 60 Running 0
12 95 Michael McDowell 60 Running 0
13 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 60 Running 0
14 46 Michael Annett 60 Running 0
15 42 Kyle Larson 60 Running 0
16 33 Ty Dillon(i) 60 Running 0
17 20 Matt Kenseth 60 Running 32
18 29 Justin Marks(i) 60 Running 0
19 2 Brad Keselowski 60 Running 0
20 43 Aric Almirola 60 Running 0
21 30 Ron Hornaday 60 Running 0
22 6 Trevor Bayne# 60 Running 1
23 47 AJ Allmendinger 27 Accident 0
24 83 Johnny Sauter (i) 27 Accident 0
25 13 Casey Mears 17 Engine 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

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