NASCAR Phoenix Sunday, November 5, 2017

NASCAR PHOENIX STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Phoenix races: 34 Jeff Gordon & Mark Martin
  • Most Phoenix wins: 8 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix 2nd-place finishes: 5 Mark Martin
  • Most Phoenix top 3 finishes: 10 Kevin Harvick & Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Phoenix top 5 finishes: 15 Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Phoenix top 10 finishes: 24 Jeff Gordon
  • Best Phoenix average finish: 5.2 Alan Kulwicki
  • Most Phoenix laps led: 1484 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix Playoff race wins: 4 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix Playoff race 2nd-place finishes: 2 Greg Biffle & Ryan Newman
  • Most Phoenix Playoff race top 3 finishes: 5 Kevin Harvick & Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Phoenix Playoff race top 5 finishes: 7 Kevin Harvick & Jimmie Johnson
  • Most Phoenix Playoff race top 10 finishes: 10 Kurt Busch & Kevin Harvick
  • Best Phoenix Playoff race average finish: 7.6 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track wins: 6 Kevin Harvick (Only driver to win more than once)
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track 2nd-place finishes: 2 Carl Edwards & Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track top 3 finishes: 8 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track top 5 finishes: 9 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track top 10 finishes: 10 Kevin Harvick
  • Best Phoenix reconfigured track average finish: 4.3 Kevin Harvick

  • #4 Stewart-Haas Racing
  • 3/22/17: Penalized 10 driver, 10 team owner points, crew chief Rodney Childers fined $25,000 and suspended 1 race
  • Phoenix 3/19/17: Track bar slider assembly not approved
  • #2 Team Penske
  • 3/22/17: Penalized 35 driver, 35 team owner points, crew chief Paul Wolfe fined $65,000 and suspended 3 races
  • Phoenix 3/19/17: Failed post-race rear wheel steer on the LIS
  • Ryan Newman
  • Phoenix March Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner (Started 22nd) – Ended career-long 127-race winless streak
  • Phoenix 4/10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner – Ended 77-race winless streak
  • 2 Phoenix wins – Both first win with each team (Stewart-Haas Racing 4/10 & Richard Childress Racing 3/17)
  • Won both Phoenix races in Overtime – Led only 4 laps including final 2 April 2010 & final 6 March 2017
  • Running 5th & restarted 2nd after taking 2 tires & led the final 2 laps passing leader Jeff Gordon April 2010
  • Did not pit final caution, led final 6 laps ending 127-race winless streak & 112-race winless streak for Richard Childress Racing
  • 2nd Phoenix win came 14 races after first win (4/10 & March) – First win came in 16th try
  • 2 Phoenix wins – Won on previous & current layouts
  • 24 Different Winners in 42 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Phoenix races
  • 7 of 8 Playoff drivers finished 12th or better at Phoenix March – Ryan Blaney finished 23rd
  • Phoenix March Stage 1 winner: Joey Logano (Finished 31st) – Started on pole & 82 laps led (Led all but 1 lap in Stage 1)
  • Phoenix March Stage 2 winner: Chase Elliott (Finished 12th) – Started 7th & 106 laps led
  • Joey Logano led 82 of first 84 laps at Phoenix March – No laps led final 230 laps
  • Kyle Busch: Phoenix March (Finished 3rd) most laps led (114) – Passed for final lead change after pitting during late-race caution
  • Kyle Busch: Led 113 of final 119 laps before Ryan Newman took lead for final 6 laps
  • Kevin Harvick won at Phoenix in 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15 & ’16 (Last 5 seasons) – Finished 6th in March
  • Kevin Harvick only repeat winner last 13 Phoenix races (6 Wins) – 7 Others 1 win each
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2015 Phoenix Playoff race win ended Kevin Harvick Phoenix win streak at 4 races
  • 7 Different winners in 12 races on reconfigured track – Kevin Harvick only driver to win more than once (6)
  • Earnhardt Jr., Edwards, Harvick & Newman won on previous & reconfigured layouts
  • 7 Different winners 13 Phoenix Playoff races
  • Kevin Harvick (4), Jimmie Johnson (3) & Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2) only drivers to win more than one Phoenix Playoff race
  • 4 Different teams won last 4 Phoenix races – Hendrick, Stewart-Haas, Penske & Childress
  • Phoenix March top 6 finishers from different teams – Childress, Ganassi, Gibbs, Roush, Penske & Stewart-Haas
  • 3 of 4 Gibbs drivers finished top 10 at Phoenix March – Matt Kenseth finished 37th (Crash)
  • Kevin Harvick won 6 of last 10 Phoenix races – Won 5 of last 8 races
  • Kevin Harvick won 1 of last 4 Phoenix races – 4 Wins previous 4 races
  • Ryan Newman won 2nd Phoenix race 14 races after first win
  • Ryan Newman: 2 Phoenix wins – Both first win with each team (Stewart-Haas Racing 4/10 & Richard Childress Racing 3/17)
  • Ryan Newman won both Phoenix races in Overtime – Led only 4 laps including final 2 April 2010 & final 6 March 2017
  • Hendrick Motorsports: 1 Win last 12 Phoenix races – 8 Wins previous 12 races with 4 different drivers
  • Jimmie Johnson winless last 15 Phoenix races – Won 4 of previous 5 races
  • Pit road speeding in March: Almirola, Blaney, Kurt Busch & Logano
  • Winner took lead for first time on lap 169 or after in 3 of last 4 Phoenix races
  • Jeff Gordon tied Dale Earnhardt with 76 wins 4/07 & Cale Yarborough with 83 wins 2/11
  • First win of season for 3 of last 7 Phoenix Playoff race winners
  • Jeff Gordon won first Phoenix race in 17th try – Most of all drivers
  • Joey Logano won last Phoenix Playoff race – First Phoenix win in 16th try
  • Alan Kulwicki & Tony Stewart only drivers to win Phoenix in first try
  • 7 Different pole winners last 7 Phoenix races
  • Only 5 Phoenix races won from pole
  • 1 Win from pole last 13 Phoenix races – Kevin Harvick 3/15
  • Joey Logano failed to finish Phoenix March after winning pole – Crash
  • Worst start position of Phoenix winner: 29th – Ricky Rudd 1995
  • Ryan Newman won Phoenix March from 22nd starting position
  • Kevin Harvick only driver to win 4 straight Phoenix races
  • Jimmie Johnson (2008) & Kevin Harvick (2014) only drivers to win both Phoenix races & win championship in same year
  • Kyle Busch only driver to miss a Phoenix race & win championship in same year (2015)
  • Jimmie Johnson only driver to finish outside top 10 both Phoenix races & win championship same year (2016)
  • Jimmie Johnson only driver to finish outside top 10 in Phoenix Playoff race & win championship in same year (2016)
  • Champion finished top 10 in 12 of 13 Phoenix Playoff race – 6th or better 11 of last 12 races
  • Phoenix Playoff race winner went on to win championship 4 times
  • Kyle Busch (‘05), Kasey Kahne (‘11) & Dale Earnhardt Jr. (‘15) only non-Playoff drivers to win Phoenix Playoff race
  • Kyle Larson best non-Playoff finisher last Phoenix Playoff race – Finished 3rd
  • Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick & Matt Kenseth eliminated from Playoff at Phoenix last season
  • Mid-Race leader failed to win last 5 Phoenix races
  • 10 To go leader failed to win last 2 Phoenix race – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt Kenseth & Kyle Busch
  • 8 Phoenix races finished in overtime including both races last season – Leader at scheduled distance won 6 times
  • Last 3 Phoenix races ended in Overtime
  • 2 Shortened Phoenix races – Rusty Wallace (1998) & Dale Earnhardt Jr. (11/15)
  • No rescheduled Phoenix races
  • Kevin Harvick led most laps 8 times at Phoenix – Led most laps 6 of last 8 races
  • Alex Bowman led most laps last Phoenix Playoff race (194) – Finished 6th
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 3 Phoenix races including March – Winless all 3 races
  • 19 Won first race of the season at Phoenix
  • Kevin Harvick won his first race of the season at Phoenix 4 times
  • 2 Won first career race at Phoenix – Alan Kulwicki 1988 & Bobby Hamilton 1996
  • 2 Rookie of the Year contenders won Phoenix – Tony Stewart 1999 & Kyle Busch 11/05
  • Daniel Suarez best Rookie finisher last Phoenix race – Finished 7th
  • Chevrolet won 7 of last 8 Phoenix races
  • 2 Toyota wins – Kahne 11/11 & Hamlin 3/12
  • 15 Lead changes last Phoenix race – Most in last 6 races
  • 9 of last 17 Phoenix winners ended winless streaks of 22 races or longer – 8 Ended streaks of 44 races or longer
  • Ryan Newman ended winless streaks of 77-races & 127-races at Phoenix
  • Hottest temperature Phoenix race day: 93 degrees (3/19/17)
  • Hendrick Motorsports: 10 Phoenix wins – Most all-time
  • Roush Fenway Racing: 7 Phoenix wins
  • Richard Childress Racing: 6 Phoenix wins – 4 Kevin Harvick, 1 Dale Earnhardt & 1 Ryan Newman
  • Stewart-Haas Racing: 5 Phoenix wins – 4 Kevin Harvick & 1 Ryan Newman (Most of all tracks)
  • Joe Gibbs Racing: 2 Phoenix wins – 1999 Tony Stewart & 3/12 Denny Hamlin
  • Team Penske: 2 Phoenix wins – 1998 Rusty Wallace & 11/16 Joey Logano

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES PHOENIX STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Most Phoenix races: 23 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix wins: 10 Kyle Busch
  • Most Phoenix 2nd-place finishes: 6 Kevin Harvick (1 Win)
  • Most Phoenix top 3 finishes: 12 Kyle Busch
  • Most Phoenix top 5 finishes: 17 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix top 10 finishes: 19 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Phoenix laps led: 2001 Kyle Busch (Carl Edwards 2nd with 568)
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track races: 12 Blake Koch & Elliott Sadler
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track wins: 6 Kyle Busch
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track 2nd-place finishes: 4 Brad Keselowski (1 Win)
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track top 3 finishes: 7 Kyle Busch
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track top 5 finishes: 8 Kyle Busch
  • Most Phoenix reconfigured track top 10 finishes: 9 Brad Keselowski
  • Best Phoenix reconfigured track average finish: 2.6 Kyle Busch
  • 16 Different Winners in 31 NASCAR Xfinity Series Phoenix Races
  • Erik Jones: Phoenix March Stage 1 winner – 65 Laps led & finished 3rd
  • Ryan Blaney: Phoenix March Stage 2 winner – 15 Laps led & finished 2nd
  • Kyle Busch (6) & Joey Logano (2) only drivers to win more than once on reconfigured Phoenix track
  • Kyle Busch only repeat winner last 9 Phoenix races (6 Wins) – 3 Others 1 win each
  • 3 Swept Phoenix NXS & MENCS races same weekend – Burton (2000), Harvick (4/06) & Edwards (11/10)
  • 23 of last 26 Phoenix Xfinity Series winners competed in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race same weekend
  • Winner started front row 16 of last 24 Phoenix races – 6 of last 10 won from pole
  • Last 10 Phoenix winners started top 5
  • 1 Chevrolet win last 10 races – Justin Allgaier (March)
  • Erik Jones passed for final lead change last Phoenix race – Finished 3rd
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 7 of last 10 Phoenix races
  • 1 Won first career race at Phoenix – Sam Hornish Jr. 11/11
  • Brad Keselowski won first Phoenix race in 16th try – Most of all drivers
  • Justin Allgaier won first Phoenix race in 14th try in March
  • Greg Biffle & Jeff Gordon only drivers to win Phoenix in first try
  • 10 of 31 won Phoenix from pole – All 10 in last 24 races
  • Worst start position of Phoenix winner: 20th – Greg Biffle 4/05
  • Only 3 of 31 Phoenix races won by drivers starting outside top 10
  • Only 1 driver won a Phoenix race & championship in same season – Kevin Harvick 4/06 winner & 2006 champion
  • Mid-race leader failed to win 14 Phoenix races including 4 of last 6
  • Ty Dillon led Phoenix at mid-race both races last season – Winless
  • Leader at 10 to go mark failed to win 2 Phoenix races – Joey Logano 4/10 & Kyle Busch 11/14
  • Kyle Busch only driver to win 3 straight Phoenix races – Won 3 straight races twice
  • Kyle Busch only driver to win consecutive Phoenix races – 3 Different streaks
  • 9 Phoenix races finished in overtime – Leader at scheduled distance won 8
  • Leader of most laps failed to win 7 Phoenix races
  • Kyle Busch led most laps 12 Phoenix races – 10 Wins
  • 10 Won first race of the season at Phoenix
  • Phoenix first win of season for Kyle Busch 3 times
  • 2 Rookie of the Year candidates won Phoenix – Greg Biffle 2001 & Carl Edwards 11/05
  • William Byron best Rookie finisher last Phoenix race – Finished 4th
  • Justin Allgaier best finisher eligible for championship points last 2 Phoenix races – Winner in March
  • 3 Eligible for championship points won – Sam Hornish Jr. (11/11), Elliott Sadler (3/12) & Justin Allgaier (3/17)