THE RACE: Can-Am 500(k)
TRACK: Phoenix Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #35 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #9 of 10
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Avondale, AZ
Title Sponsor: Can-Am
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:37 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: TBA
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: TBA
Television Race Coverage: NBC, 2:30pm/et
Friday, November 10, 1:00 pm - 2:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 11, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Saturday, November 11, 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, November 10 at 6:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: TBA
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Friday, November 10
8:30 AM-6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM (6:45 PM/ET) MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM-4:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM-10:25 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
12:00 PM-12:50 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, November 12
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
11:50 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (2:30 PM/ET) MENCS RACE (312 LAPS, 312 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Track/Race Length: 1.0 mile oval, 312 laps, 312 miles/500km
Banking (variable): 10°-11° in Turns 1-2
10°-11° in Backstretch Dogleg
8°-9° in Turns 3-4
3° on the frontstretch
9° on the backstretch
Front stretch: Length: 1,179 feet
Back stretch: Length: 1,551 feet
Pit Road: Length: 1,140
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Fuel Window: 85-90 laps
Grandstand seating: 51,000 with 45 suites [was 55,000 and 76,812]
Opened: 1964 (first NASCAR Sprint Cup event was 1988)
Last Repave: 2011
Stages: 1 ends lap 75, 2 at lap 150, race finish is lap 312 (OT possible)
Grand Marshal: Actor Jaime Camil
Command to start engines: Actor Jaime Camil
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje
Color Guard: Luke Air Force Base
Invocation: Phoenix Raceway Chaplain Ken Bowers
National Anthem: Dr. Jesse McGuire
Flyover: F-35 fighter jets from Luke Air Force Base 61st Fighter Squadron
Sunday Phoenix Notebook: Payback from Martinsville knocks Denny Hamlin out of title race; Jimmie Johnson's title hopes explode with blown tire at Phoenix; Matt Kenseth's win sends Brad Keselowski into Championship 4.[More](11-12-2017)
Saturday Phoenix Notebook: Brad Keselowski isn't comfortable trying to protect points advantage; Chase Elliott's approach to Phoenix is simple-win or bust; Short Strokes.[More](11-11-2017)
Friday Phoenix Notebook: Jimmie Johnson needs another miracle in final Round of 8 race; There are certain moments Dale Earnhardt Jr. would rather forget; Wide-open XFINITY Playoff Round of 8 makes for more strategic choices.[More](11-10-2017)
What to Watch For: Phoenix: 5 Drivers Race for 1 Spot at Phoenix; Busch, Harvick, Truex Jr. are Sitting Pretty; Johnson on Shaky Ground; XFINITY, Truck Series Also Set Championship Fours; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Phoenix (Playoff Driver Edition).[More](11-9-2017)
Phoenix Weekend Preview: Elliott faces must-win situation at Phoenix; Custer ready to race way to Championship 4; Rhodes hopes to earn Championship 4 berth at Phoenix.[More](11-9-2017)
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Phoenix
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Phoenix, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Phoenix page
Matt Kenseth won the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway for his 1st win of 2017, 2nd win at Phoenix and 39th career win.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr. #77-Jones, #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Almriola, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#24-Elliott took the lead with 28 laps left in the race and looked like he could hold on to win and clinch a spot in the Championship race, but the tires went away and he was passed by Kenseth with 9 laps left.
The four drivers that will compete for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship next week at Homestead are #78-Martin Truex, Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #4-Kevin Harvick, and #2-Keselowski.
#11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, and #24-Johnson were eliminated from the playoffs.
Their points have been reset to 5000 each. They will not receive stage points at Homestead. The highest finishing driver will clinch the championship.
#48-Johnson cut at tire at the end of stage 2 and hit the wall. He finished 39th.
With 37 laps to go, #11-Hamlin had a tire go down following contact with #24-Elliott. He finished 35th. Hamlin had finished 2nd in the first stage, won the second stage and had gotten into position to make the Championship race before the accident.
Stage 1 was won by #42-Larson, but he lost an engine during stage 2 and finished 40th.
Stage 2 was won by #11-Hamlin, finished 35th.
There were 9 lead changes among 5 drivers and 7 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps. There was a short red flag for track cleanup with 58 laps remaining after a broken brake rotor off #37-Buescher's car flew into the SAFER barrier and caught it on fire.
The average speed of the race was: 105.534mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Matt Kenseth shuffles Championship 4 field with dramatic Phoenix win: The middle-aged man without a ride for 2018 drove a dagger through the heart of the youngster expected to shine in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for years to come.[More](11-12-2017)
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Finish Positions at Phoenix
[by standings before Phoenix (started)]
#78-Martin Truex Jr., (5) 3rd
#18-Kyle Busch, (8) 7th
#4-Kevin Harvick, (6) 5th
#2-Brad Keselowski, (16) 16th
#11-Denny Hamlin, (2) 35th
#21-Ryan Blaney, (1) 17th
#24-Chase Elliott, (4) 2nd
#48-Jimmie Johnson, (12) 39th
MENCS at Phoenix
- Matt Kenseth: 1st win of season (snaps 51-race winless streak); does not have a ride lined up for next season
- Kenseth: was eliminated from playoffs in Round of 12th after being disqualified from race for having too many men over wall
- Kenseth: 39th career win ties Hall-of-Famer Tim Flock for 19th all-time
- Kenseth: 2nd career win at Phoenix, other was in November 2002; Sunday's runner-up Chase Elliott's father Bill was in field
- Chase Elliott: finished 2nd; needed to win to make Championship 4
- Elliott: 7th career runner-up finish (0 wins); only 5 drivers have had at least that many before 1st win (including his father, Bill, who had 8)
- Brad Keselowski: finished 16th and earns final spot in Championship 4
- Denny Hamlin: finished 35th; entered final stage of race tied with Brad Keselowski for final playoff spot; led 193 laps
- Hamlin: other time he led more than 100 laps at Phoenix was 2010; led 190 and finished 12th after fuel miscalculation by crew chief, Jimmie Johnson closed the deficit and passed him next race in season finale to win his 5th straight championship
- Ryan Blaney: finished 17th; was 5th driver who came in with shot at final spot in Championship 4
(ESPN Stats & Info)
Race Fast Facts - Phnoenix
Matt Kenseth won the 30th Annual Can-Am 500, his 39th victory in 650 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 31 races at Phoenix Raceway.
Chase Elliott (P) (second) posted his third top-10 finish in five races at Phoenix Raceway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2017.
Martin Truex Jr. (P) (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix Raceway.
Erik Jones (fourth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. (P), Kyle Busch (P), Kevin Harvick (P) and Brad Keselowski (P) advance to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(11-12-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Leaderboard:
[after Phoenix, race 35 of 36 for the season, 9 of 10 in Playoffs]
1) #4-Kevin Harvick, (A) 5000
2) #18-Kyle Busch, (A) 5000
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 5000
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 5000
These drivers did not advance to the Championship Round
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, 4113
6) #21-Ryan Blaney, 4109
7) #24-Chase Elliott, 4107
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4062
(A) automatically advanced to Championship Race with a win in the Round of 8
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 150) of the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway (lap 150/312):
#78-Truex, Jr., 7pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 75) of the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway (lap 75/312):
#78-Truex, Jr., 3pts
#31-Newman, 2 pts
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #43-Almirola, 9th
Caution 2: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 8th
Caution 3: #19-Suarez, 18th
Caution 4: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 10th
Caution 5: #43-Almirola (2), 9th
Caution 6: #5-Kahne, 19th
Caution 7: #5-Kahne (2), 19th
Phoenix Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:50pm: Driver Introductions
2:22pm: Presentation of Colors by Luke Air Force Base
2:22pm: Invocation by Phoenix Raceway Chaplain Ken Bowers
2:23pm: National Anthem by Dr. Jesse McGuire
2:24pm: Flyover by F-35 fighter jets from Luke Air Force Base 61st Fighter Squadron
2:29pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by actor Jamie Camil, star of CW's "Jane the Virgin" and upcoming Disney/Pixar film "Coco"
2:37pm: Green flag for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am 500, NBC / MRN / SiriusXM
See the starting lineup for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: #17-Stenhouse, Jr. (tire change); #23-LaJoie (engine change)
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (1,11,15) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #21-Blaney chose pit stall 2, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 16, with an opening in front of it.
#42-Larson, who starts 3rd, took the 12th stall, also with an opening in front.
The final pit stall was taken by #24-Elliott, who starts 4th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(11-11-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr., 134.313
slowest: #00-Cope 127.533 & #51-Weatherman 126.613
All 8 playoff drivers were in the top 10: #48-Johnson 6th, #20-Kenseth 7th, #11-Hamlin 8th, #2-Keselowski 9th, #21-Blaney 10th.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 33 drivers): #48-Johnson 133.549
notes: no accidents or incidents.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (11-11-2017)
First Saturday practice for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr., 134.058
slowest: #00-Cope 125.975 & #51-Weatherman 123.563
Playoff drivers not in the top 5: #18-Busch 6th, #48-Johnson 14th, #21-Blaney 20th, #2-Keselowski 21st.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 22 drivers): #77-Jones 133.060
notes: #17-Stenhouse, Jr spun off turn 2 early in practice but did not hit anything. Daniel Hemric took a few laps in the #13. Ty Dillon is on baby watch and Hemric would fill in tomorrow if needed.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Practice 2 speeds page (pdf) (11-11-2017)
Ryan Blaney won the Coors Light pole for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway with speed of 137.942mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 1st at Phoenix and 2nd of his career. Blaney finished 4th after starting from the pole at Kansas earlier this year.
#11-Hamlin will start 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #24-Elliott, #78-Truex, Jr., #4-Harvick, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch, #22-Logano, #19-Suarez, #77-Jones, #48-Johnson.
#2-Keselowski was the only playoff driver that did not make it to the final round. He starts 16th.
#20-Kenseth was fastest in the second round with a speed of 138.106mph, will start 7th.
#42-Larson was quickest in the first round with a speed of 137.499mph, will start 3rd.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 40 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-10-2017)
2017 MENCS Playoff Drivers Starting Positions at Phoenix
[by standings before Phoenix]
#78-Martin Truex Jr., 5th
#18-Kyle Busch, 8th
#4-Kevin Harvick, 6th
#2-Brad Keselowski, 16th
#11-Denny Hamlin, 2nd
#21-Ryan Blaney, 1st
#24-Chase Elliott, 4th
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 12th
Ryan Blaney grabs the pole for NASCAR Playoff Round of 8 eliminator: Ryan Blaney got what he needed in knockout qualifying - but only by a thousandth of a second. Blaney covered the one-mile distance at Phoenix Raceway in 26.098 seconds to edge Denny Hamlin by .001 for the top starting spot in Sunday's Can-Am 500.[More](11-10-2017)
Phoenix Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Ryan Blaney (P) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual Can-Am 500 with a lap of 26.098 seconds, 137.942 mph.
This is his second pole in 89 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 21st top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in four races at Phoenix Raceway.
Denny Hamlin (P) (second) posted his 23rd top-10 start of 2017 and his 12th in 25 races at Phoenix Raceway.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Phoenix Raceway. It is his 22nd in 35 races this season.
Daniel Suarez (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 18 24 77 78 22 48 19;
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 1 88 41 2 5 31 27 14 3 43 47 10
First Round of Qualifying for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 24 20 88 11 48 2 77 41 14 18 78 5 27 19 3 43 47 31 10;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 6 38 17 95 13 32 37 34 23 72 7 66 15 33 51 00.
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 40 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is scheduled for Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:45pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #42-Larson.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #18-Kyle Busch.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(11-10-2017)
Friday practice for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex Jr 137.242
Other playoff drivers: #48-Johnson 8th, #4-Harvick 11th, #2-Keselowski 17th.
slowest: #33-JEarnhardt 128.370 & #00-Cope 127.173. No speed: #51-Weatherman.
most laps run: #22-Logano & #34-Cassill, 33 laps.
#11-Hamlin was the only driver to run 10 consecutive laps: 132.831mph.
notes: no accidents or incidents
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(11-10-2017)
Entry List for the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway is posted, 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #00-Cope*, #7-Gase*, #15-Kennington, #23-LaJoie, #33-JEarnhardt, #51Weatherman*, #66-Starr*.
#83-Gaulding has withdrawn. Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Leaderboard:
[after Texas, race 34 of 36 for the season, 8 of 10 in Playoffs, 21 of 3 in Round of 8]
1) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 WIN (A)
2) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 WIN (A)
3) #78-Martin Truex Jr., IN ON POINTS +76
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, +19
these drivers would not advance to the Championship Round
5) #11-Denny Hamlin, -19
6) #21-Ryan Blaney, -22
7) #24-Chase Elliott, -49
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, -51
(A) automatically advances to Championship Race
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 7 sets for race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event;
Camping World Truck: 5 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4664;
Right-side -- D-4666
Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 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
Storyline -- Teams Look to Keep Cool at Phoenix: Phoenix International Raceway is one of the more interesting tracks on the NASCAR circuit, with its unique configuration that features both speedway and short track characteristics. Being just a mile in length, with three distinct corners, braking is a key factor. That, combined with teams taping up the front end of the car to gain an aerodynamic advantage and the front of the NASCAR Cup cars being so tightly sealed up, brake heat often comes into play. Sustained brake heat over the course of a run can damage the rubber in the bead area of the tire that seats up against the wheel. If that area weakens as a result, the tire will suffer an air loss.
"While it is understandable that teams try to seal up the front of the car to increase front downforce, it is important to remember that Phoenix is still a short track when it comes to braking," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "When teams go to a true short track, like a Martinsville, aerodynamics are not much of a factor. As a result, teams don't feel the need to tape up the front end as much, thus getting more cooling to the brakes. At Phoenix, which has more speedway characteristics, teams look to gain aero by adding more tape, which, if not done correctly, can come at the expense of brake cooling. That can lead to what we commonly call a 'melted bead,' which is really a condition in which the rubber that encases the metal bead wires degrades due to sustained heat, eventually separating and resulting in air loss."
Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series in action at Phoenix this week will run the same tire set-up . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR teams have run at this track since the beginning of last season . . . Phoenix is the only track at which these teams run either of these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Phoenix.
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship