NSCS: Subway Fresh Fit 500 preview- Phoenix International Raceway

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Information 

Date: Sunday— March 4, 2012

Location: Phoenix International Raceway

Distance: 312 laps — 500 kilometers

Time: 2:30 p.m. ET — Green flag: 3:00 p.m. ET

Broadcast: TV- FOX

Radio: MRN/ Sirius XM Channel 90

Weather: 

High: 80°F — Low: 60°F

Chance of Rain: 0%

Winds: From the East at 6 mph. Wind gust in the upwards of 13 mph

Notes and Analysis 

- The Subway Fresh Fit 500 is the second stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 36 race campaign in 2012

-This is the eighth spring race date for Phoenix International Raceway. The inaugural coming in 2005, run as a night race. The race was run under the lights from 2005-2010 in April. In 2011, NASCAR moved PIR’s spring race to the second race of the season, and now run in the heat of the Phoenix sun.

-Last year’s race featured a late race duel with two of the sport’s most recognizable figures. Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch battled for the win in the closing stages. Gordon was able to claim his 83rd NSCS victory after ousting Busch on a pass in turn one in the closing laps.

- Chevrolet has won 6 of the 7 NSCS spring races held on the desert oval. The lone victory for any of the other manufacturer came in the inaugural running when Kurt Busch took the checkers in his Roush-Fenway Racing Ford.

-Only on one occasion has this race been extended by a green-white-checker finish. That came in 2010 when Ryan Newman took home the win.

-Jeff Gordon is the only driver to score multiple victories in PIR’s spring race, with two victories coming in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

Story lines

- Coming off his second Daytona 500 triumph, Matt Kenseth is looking to equal his feat of 2009 when he won the opening two races of the season at Daytona and Auto Club Speedway.

-Five-time NSCS champion, Jimmie Johnson, finds himself in unfamiliar territory heading into Phoenix. Johnson’s No.48 team was docked 25 points, and crew chief, Chad Knaus, as well as car chief, Ron Malec, were each suspended for the next six NSCS races. Both Knaus and Malec will be in Phoenix this weekend as Hendrick Motorsports is appealing the penalty. With Phoenix being one of Johnson’s best tracks, this could be a pivotal weekend for him and his team.

-After a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking to end his career long 130 race win-less streak. Last year, Jr. finished tenth in this race.

Fantasy Racing Guide 

Group A:  Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson

Group B: A.J. Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman

Group C: Aric Almirola, Casey Mears

Grand Marshall: Detroit Lions defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh

Next Race: Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Past Winners 

2011: Jeff Gordon, 102.961 mph

2010: Ryan Newman, 99.372 mph

2009: Mark Martin, 108.042 mph

2008: Jimmie Johnson, 103,292 mph

2007: Jeff Gordon, 107.710 mph

2006: Kevin Harvick, 107.063 mph

2005: Kurt Busch, 102.707 mph

Entry List for the Subway Fresh Fit 500

1: Jamie McMurray/ Bass Pro Shops-Tracker Boats/ Chevrolet

2: Brad Keselowski/ Miller Lite/ Dodge

5: Kasey Kahne/ Farmer’s Insurance/ Chevrolet

7: Robby Gordon/ SPEED Energy/ Dodge

9: Marcos Ambrose/ Stanley Tools/ Ford

10: David Reutimann/ Accell Construction Chevrolet

11: Denny Hamlin/ FedEx Office/ Toyota

13: Casey Mears/ GEICO/ Ford

14: Tony Stewart/ Office Depot-Mobil 1/ Chevrolet

15: Clint Bowyer/ 5-Hour Energy/ Toyota

16: Greg Biffle/ 3MWraps.com/ Ford

17: Matt Kenseth/ Best Buy/ Ford

18: Kyle Busch/ M&M’s Brown/ Toyota

20: Joey Logano/ Home Depot/ Toyota

22: A.J. Allmendinger/ Shell Pennzoil/ Dodge

23: Scott Riggs/ North Texas Pipe/ Chevrolet

24: Jeff Gordon/ Drive To End Hunger/ Chevrolet

26: Josh Wise/ Morristown Drivers Service/ Ford

27: Paul Menard/ Menards-Tarkett/ Chevrolet

29: Kevin Harvick/ Rheem/ Chevrolet

30: David Stremme/ Inception Motorsports/ Toyota

31: Jeff Burton/ Wheaties/ Chevrolet

32: Mike Bliss/ Southern Pride Trucking-US Chrome/ Ford

33: Brendan Gaughan/ South Point Hotel & Casino/ Chevrolet

34: David Ragan/ Barrett-Jackson/ Ford

36: Dave Blaney/ Ollie’s Bargain Outlet/ Chevrolet

37: Timmy Hill/ Poynt.com/ Ford

38: David Gilliland/ Rick Santorum For President/ Ford

39: Ryan Newman/ WIX Filters/ Chevrolet

42: Juan Pablo Montoya/ Target/ Chevrolet

43: Aric Almirola/ Smithfield-Allez Cuisine/ Ford

47: Bobby Labonte/ Kingsford-Scott’s/ Toyota

48: Jimmie Johnson/ Kobalt Tools/ Chevrolet

49: J.J. Yeley/ America Israel Racing/ Toyota

51: Kurt Busch/ Phoenix Construction Services/ Chevrolet

55: Mark Matin/ Aaron’s / Toyota

56: Martin Truex Jr. / NAPA Filters/ Toyota

78: Regan Smith/ Furniture Row-Farm American/ Chevrolet

83: Landon Cassill/ Burger King-Dr. Pepper/ Toyota

87: Joe Nemechek/ AM-FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves/ Toyota

88: Dale Earnhardt Jr. / National Guard/ Chevrolet

93: Travis Kvapil/ Burger King- Dr. Pepper/ Toyota

98: Michael McDowell/ Curb Records/ Ford

99: Carl Edwards/ SUBWAY/ Ford

 

 

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