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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Can-Am 500

Top 10 Active Driver Ratings at Phoenix

Jimmie Johnson........................ 111.0
Kevin Harvick........................... 110.3
Chase Elliott............................. 107.9
Kyle Busch................................. 99.7
Kurt Busch................................. 97.0
Denny Hamlin............................. 95.1
Brad Keselowski......................... 94.1
Kyle Larson................................ 92.7
Joey Logano............................... 92.0
Erik Jones.................................. 91.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2017 races (25 total) among active drivers at Phoenix Raceway.

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 Monster Energy NASCAR 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):
o Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet
o 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
o Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
o 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.
· There have been 42 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.

Starts

· 211 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix; 156 in more than one.
· Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon lead the Monster Enerdy NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Phoenix with 34 each.
· Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the MENCS with 29 starts at Phoenix.
· Kyle Larson (seven starts) leads the series in average starting position with a 6.714 at Phoenix.

Poles

· There have been 23 different MENCS Coors Light pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.
· Geoffrey Bodine won the first MENCS pole at Phoenix in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.) in a Chevrolet.
· Youngest Phoenix pole winner: Kyle Busch (4/22/06 - 20 years, 11 months, 20 days).
· Oldest Phoenix pole winner: Mark Martin (03/03/13 - 54 years, 1 month, 22 days).
· Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win consecutive poles at Phoenix. Newman won three straight (2002-04), Gordon won the fall of 2006 and the spring of 2007. Edwards won the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.
· Four drivers have won their first career MENCS pole at Phoenix Raceway: Casey Atwood (October 2001), Denny Hamlin (November, 2005), AJ Allmendinger (April, 2010) and Alex Bowman (November, 2016).

Wins

· 24 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Phoenix Raceway.
· Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins at Phoenix with eight victories ('06 spring race and Playoff race, '12 Playoff race, '13 Playoff race, '14 spring race and Playoff race, '15 spring race and '16 spring race).
· This weekend at Phoenix Raceway, Kevin Harvick can become the ninth driver to have won nine or more times at a single track.
· Nine drivers have multiple wins at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with eight followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two), Mark Martin (two) and Ryan Newman (two).
· Of the nine drivers with multiple wins at Phoenix Raceway, Mark Martin is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009).
· Five drivers have won consecutive races at Phoenix: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006) and (2013 playoff race, swept 2014 and '15 spring race); Jimmie Johnson (fall 2007, swept 2008).
· Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with 10, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven.
· Five of the 42 (11.9%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the Coors Light pole: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (Playoff 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009), Carl Edwards (Playoff 2010) and Kevin Harvick (spring 2015).
· Eight of the 42 (19%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: five from the pole and three from second-place.
· 21 of the 42 (50%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
· 21 of the 42 (50%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
· 4 of the 42 (7.3%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 20 - most recent: earlier this season, Ryan Newman started 22nd.
· Ricky Rudd won the 1995 Phoenix race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
· Matt Kenseth won the 2002 race from the 28th-place starting position, the furthest back an active race winner has started.
· Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career win at Phoenix Raceway.
· 22 of the 24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers who have won at Phoenix 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 24 winners.
· Six drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Phoenix: Jeff Gordon (16), Joey Logano (16), Ryan Newman (15), Kasey Kahne (14), Denny Hamlin (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Rusty Wallace (11).
· Jamie McMurray leads the series (active drivers) with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 28.
· Youngest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (11/13/2005 - 20 years, 6 months, 11 days).
· Oldest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix Raceway winner: Mark Martin (04/18/2009 - 50 years, 3 months, 9 days).

Additional Finishing Positions

· Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Phoenix with five; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart with three each.
· Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 15; followed by Kevin Harvick (13), Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with 12 each.
· Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-10 finishes at Phoenix with 24, followed by Mark Martin with 21. Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 20; followed by Kevin Harvick with 18.
· Alan Kulwicki (five starts) leads the series in average finishing position at Phoenix with a 5.200.
· Jimmie Johnson (28 starts) leads all active drivers in average finishing position at Phoenix with a 8.964.
· Jimmie Johnson (8.964), Chase Elliott (9.667) and Kevin Harvick (9.879) are the only three active drivers with average finishes inside the top 10.

Track / Event Specific Stats

· Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993), the closest margin of victory in the MENCS at Phoenix was early last season (03/13/16) when Kevin Harvick beat Carl Edwards to the line by 0.010 seconds.
· Three drivers have won at Phoenix and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season: Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009); Dale Earnhardt (1990); Kevin Harvick (2014).
· Four perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006, November 2014 and March 2015.
· Qualifying has never been cancelled due to weather at Phoenix International Raceway.
· Of the 42 races at Phoenix seven have ended with NASCAR Overtime.
· Only two of the 42 MENCS races at Phoenix have been shortened due to weather.

Female Competitors

· Danica Patrick is the only female driver who has made a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Phoenix Raceway.

NASCAR in Arizona

· There have been 107 NASCAR national series races among four tracks in Arizona.
· 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 - Michael McDowell (Phoenix) won the NXS race at Road America in 2016 and Alex Bowman (Tucson) won the NXS race at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this season.

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