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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Phoenix Race Info

THE RACE: Camping World 500(k)
TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #4 of 36

Sections on page:
Schedule | TV Info | Radio | Prac/Qual Times | Track/Race Info | Race Results
Entry/Prac/Qual Info | Local Info | Weather | Tire Notes | Odds


Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Avondale, AZ
Title Sponsor: Camping World
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:44pm/et


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FoxSports2
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 3:00pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 3:30pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, March 19 at 10:00pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 20 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 20 at 9:30am/et on FS2

TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
NBCSN
CNBC
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
TV Racer
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
mrn.com
siriusxm.com


ONLINE STREAMING

FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports - stream.nbcsports.com
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, March 16
5:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, March 17
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM (7:45 PM) MENCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, March 18
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 19
7:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:30 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
11:50 AM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
12:30 PM (3:30 PM) MENCS RACE

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)

Practices:
Friday, March 17, 2:00 - 3:25 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, March 18, 12:00 - 12:55 pm/et, TV-FS2;
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 18, 2:30 - 3:20 pm/et, TV-FS2

Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 17 at 7:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, March 18 at 8:00am/et on FS1


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Track Specifications:
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

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Tamara Ward, Chief Marketing Officer for Camping World
Command to start engines: Tamara Ward
Honorary Pace Car Driver: UFC flyweight Henry "The Messenger" Cejudo
Color Guard: Luke Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: PIR Chaplain, Ken Bowers
National Anthem: Dr. Jessie McGuire
Flyover: (2) F-35's - 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base

Track Websites & Social Media:
Phoenix International Raceway
ISC Motorsports
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Instagram
YouTube
PIR mobile app
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

March 2016: see the Phoenix Race Info page
November 2016: see the Phoenix Race Info page

2016 March Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 113.312mph, started 18th
2016 November Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 102.866mph, started 4th
Race Record: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 118.132mph
Slowest Race Record: Al 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

2016 March Pole Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 138.387mph, finished 4th
2016 November Pole Winner: #88-Alex Bowman, 140.521mph, finished 6th
Track Qualifying Record: Jimmie Johnson, 11/15/2015, 143.158mph
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

a look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on March 19, 2017, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Camping World 500 page

Jayski.com's Phoenix International Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Newman wins at Phoenix: #31-Ryan Newman won the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Phoenix, his first for Richard Childress Racing and 18th career win. Newman's last win was at Indianapolis in July 2013.
#42-Larson finished second (for the 4th time in the last five races) followed by #18-Busch, $17-Stenhouse Jr., #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez(career best), #77-Jones(career best), #48-Johnson and $11-Hamlin.
Pole winner, #22-Logano, led 82 laps but had a pit road speeding penalty mid-way in the race and then with 6 laps to go in the race had a tire explode and hit the wall, finishing 31st.
#18-Kyle Busch led the most laps at 114 and had a commanding lead with 6 laps to go before Logano hit the wall and brought out the caution.
There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 45 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 104.271mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, March 19 at 10:00pm/et on FS1; Monday, March 20 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, March 20 at 9:30am/et on FS2
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf).
Cumulative Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-19-2017)

Race recap: Newman wins at Phoenix; Larson 2nd...again When the winner of Sunday's Camping World 500 was announced, officials might have thought for a moment that they got the wrong envelope, a la Warren Beatty at the Oscars. But, no, there was no mistake. Ryan Newman was the unexpected winner of the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after a late caution gave his #31 Richard Childress Racing team the chance to break a drought dating to 2013. Staying out on old tires for a two-lap overtime run at Phoenix International Raceway, Newman pulled away when eventual fourth-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who stayed out during the final caution) and runner-up Kyle Larson (who pitted for two tires) got together in the first corner after the final restart on Lap 313. Newman's 18th career victory was his second at Phoenix but his first since he won the Brickyard 400 on July 28, 2013, driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win was RCR's first since Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Nov. 10, 2013 at Phoenix before departing for Stewart-Haas the following year.[More](3-19-2017)

Phoenix winning driver, Ryan Newman's comments
Q) IN THE DESERT, THE DROUGHT COMES TO AN END FOR RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING AND RYAN NEWMAN. HOW GOOD DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK HERE IN VICTORY LANE?
Newman: "I've lost count; that's how long it's been. I've got to thank Grainger, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, for supporting our series, and Chevrolet. The list goes on and on. What a gutsy call by (crew chief) Luke (Lambert). I called for two tires and he called for none. I've won more races no tires than I have with four. I'm just proud of these guys. We had a good car all day. We kept it out of trouble and collected in the end."
Q) A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO YOU USED UP KYLE LARSON TO MAKE THE CHASE. WERE YOU THINKING ABOUT THAT AT ALL AS HE WAS CHASING YOU DOWN?
Newman: "Trust me, I went into (Turn) 3 looking at my mirror. I knew he was down there; but it took my car forever to get going. I'm spent, man. I had the chills on lap 150. I'm done."(Team Chevy)(3-19-2017)

MENCS at Phoenix
- Ryan Newman: 1st win since July 2013 at Indianapolis; snaps 127-race winless streak
- Newman: 18th career NASCAR Cup Series win; 1st with Richard Childress Racing
- Newman: also snapped 77-race winless streak at Phoenix in April 2010
- 6th straight MENCS race that the final lead change came in the final 10 laps
- Richard Childress Racing: 106th NASCAR Cup Series win, first since Kevin Harvick left team following 2013 season (Harvick won 4 races that season)
- Kyle Larson: finished 2nd for 4th time in last 5 races; has 5 runner-up finishes since only Cup Series win last season
- Larson: 1 win, 9 2nd-place finishes, 7 3rd-place finishes in MENCS career
- Daniel Suarez (7th), Erik Jones (8th): both get 1st career Cup Series top-10 finish

Race Fast Facts - Phoenix:
#31-Ryan Newman won the 13th Annual Camping World 500, his 18th victory in 552 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2017.
With the victory, Newman ends a 127 race winlless drought. His last win came at Indianapolis in 2013.
This is his second victory and 12th top-10 finish in 30 races at Phoenix Raceway.
With the victory, Richard Childress Racing ends a 112 race winless drought. Its last win came at Phoenix in November of 2013 (Kevin Harvick).
#42-Kyle Larson (second) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Phoenix Raceway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2017.
#18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his 16th top-10 finish in 24 races at Phoenix Raceway.
#19-Daniel Suarez (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie.
#42-Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 6 points over #2-Brad Keselowski.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-19-2017)

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 150) of the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (lap 150/312):
#24-Elliott, 10pts
#42-Larson, 9pts
#18-Busch, 8pts
#48-Johnson, 7pts
#2-Keselowski, 6pts
#1-McMurray, 5pts
#77-Jones, 4pts
#21-Blaney, 3pts
#11-Hamlin, 2pts
#4-Harvick, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 75) of the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway (lap 75/312):
#22-Logano, 10pts
#42-Larson, 9pts
#2-Keselowski, 8pts
#24-Elliott, 7pts
#1-McMurray, 6pts
#18-Busch, 5pts
#21-Blaney, 4pts
#48-Johnson, 3pts
#31-Newman, 2pts
#88-Earnhardt Jr., 1pt

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Phoenix, race 4 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson, 184
2) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 178, -6
3) #24-Chase Elliott, 171, -13
4) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1 win], 153, -31
5) #22-Joey Logano, 135, -49
6) #21-Ryan Blaney, 127, -57
7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 123, -61
8) #1-Jamie McMurray, 119, -65
9) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 105, -79
10) #5-Kasey Kahne, 105, -79
11) #31-Ryan Newman [1 win], 101, -83
12) #6-Trevor Bayne, 100, -84
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 97, -87
14) #11-Denny Hamlin, 97, -87
15) #14-Clint Bowyer, 97, -87
16) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 93, -91
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Winless Streaks of At Least 70 Races - Snapped Since 2009 at Phoenix
March 2017 Ryan Newman 127
March 2013 Carl Edwards 70
Nov. 2011 Kasey Kahne 81
Nov. 2010 Carl Edwards 70
April 2010 Ryan Newman 77
April 2009 Mark Martin 97

Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Phoenix: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #23-Gaulding, 36th
Caution 2: #32-DiBenedetto, 29th
Caution 3: #32-DiBenedetto(2), 29th
Caution 4: #15-Sorenson, 30th
Caution 5: #15-Sorenson(2), 30th
Caution 6: #41-Busch, 25th
Caution 7: #37-Buescher, 27th
Caution 8: #47-Allmendinger, 26th
(3-19-2017)

See the starting lineup for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on the Camping World 500(k) Starting Lineup Page (pdf)

To the back: #11-Hamlin (tire change during qualifying); #43-Almiora (engine change)

Race Coverage of the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2016.
Television (TV): FOX at 3:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 1:30pm/et on FS2 and 3:00pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 3:44pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Sunday, March 19 at 10:00pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 20 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 20 at 9:30am/et on FS2

Phoenix Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, March 19: (eastern time)
1:30pm: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
3:00pm: Driver Introductions
3:30pm: Intro Presentation of Colors: Luke Air Force Base Color Guard
3:30:20pm: Invocation by PIR Chaplain, Ken Bowers
3:31pm: National Anthem: Dr. Jessie McGuire
3:32:30pm: Flyover by two F-35's, 62nd Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base
3:37:30pm: Command to Start Engines: Tamara Ward, Chief Marketing Officer for Camping World
3:44:30pm: Scheduled Green Flag - Camping World 500
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

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 Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International 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 #22-Logano chose pit stall 2, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #21-Blaney took pit stall 16, with an opening in front of it.
#88-Earnhardt Jr., who starts 3rd, took pit stall 33, just before the start-finish line
The final pit stall (#43) was taken by #24-Elliott, who starts 7th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(3-18-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Practice 1 Speeds
Qualifying Order
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#22-Logano 134.736
#20-Kenseth 134.519
#18-Busch 134.399
#2-Keselowski 134.384
#48-Johnson 134.368
slowest: #51-Hill 127.592 & #33-JEarnhardt 128.650
no laps run: #55-Cope
best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 32 cars) #18-Busch 134.094
notes: #17-Stenhouse Jr. smacked the wall but continued with practice. #19-Suarez spun in turn 2, but didn't hit anything and came back to practice a bit later
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Phoenix Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-18-2017)

1st Saturday practice for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#24-Elliott 135.977
#22-Logano 135.466
#42-Larson 135.323
#78-Truex Jr. 135.206
#2-Keselowski 135.171
slowest: #51-Ware 128.778 & #33-JEarnhardt 129.334
best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 27 drivers) #78-Truex Jr. 134.525
most laps ran: four with 43 laps: 88, 11, 31, 47
notes: #17-Stenhouse Jr. smacked the wall when he had brake issues, but the car was fixed and continued to practice
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Phoenix practice speeds page (pdf) (3-18-2017)

Logano wins Phoenix pole: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with speed of 137.321mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 1st at Phoenix and 18th of his career. Logano has won three races from the pole.
#21-Blaney will start 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr. #42-Larson, #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #24-Elliott, #77-Jones, #18-Busch, #5-Kahne, #41-Busch and #20-Kenseth.
#22-Logano was fastest in the second round with a speed of 137.065mph, will start 1st
#42-Larson was fastest in the first round with a speed of 136.695mph, will start 4th
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Las Vegas qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Phoenix Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-17-2017)

Joey Logano edges Ryan Blaney for pole position at Phoenix Apparently unfazed by last week's controversy at Las Vegas, Joey Logano put his No. 22 Team Penske Ford on the pole for Sunday's Camping World 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International raceway. In winning his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his first at Phoenix and the 18th of his career, Logano saved his best lap for the third and decisive round, streaking around the one-mile track in the Sonoran Desert in 26.216 seconds (137.321 mph). Ryan Blaney (136.877 mph) was second fastest in the money round in his No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, posting the best qualifying effort of his young career in Friday's time trials.

"I woke up this morning thinking about my race car, and how we could end up sitting here (as the pole winner) at the end of the day," said Logano, whose day at the track started with a meeting with NASCAR officials and Kyle Busch after last Sunday's last-lap collision between the drivers spilled over into a fistfight on pit road. In between, do I have to think about other things? Yeah, obviously, we had a meeting today. There's a lot of, I guess, distractions that we don't typically have. So it's a matter of managing those distractions and keeping your head back in the right spot for when it's game time."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified third and was on top of the board late in the third round until Blaney and Logano bettered his speed of 136.783 mph. Kyle Larson claimed the fourth starting spot, followed by Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jamie McMurray. A major point of emphasis for Blaney during the offseason was qualifying, which the driver felt wasn't as strong as it needed to be. Last week Blaney was third in Las Vegas time trials. On Friday, he was one spot better. "The last two weekends, we've shown really good speed in qualifying trim," Blaney said. "It's nice to have fast race cars. You've seen it the past two weeks. Our Wood Brothers car and the Penske group have been fast in qualifying trim. That's something to be proud of as the two organizations work well together. We just needed a little more to get there, but we were close."

Notes: The pole was the second straight for Team Penske, with Brad Keselowski having secured the top starting spot at Las Vegas. Keselowski will roll off sixth on Sunday. ... Kevin Harvick's mastery of Phoenix didn't extend to Friday's qualifying session. The eight-time Phoenix winner will start 23rd after posting his worst qualifying effort since the fall race of 2011.(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-17-2017)

Career best start for Blaney: Ryan Blaney and the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team turned in another strong qualifying performance on Friday at the Phoenix International Raceway as Blaney posted a career-high second-place effort to complete an all-Ford front row for the start of Sunday's Camping World 500k. Just a week after qualifying third at Las Vegas, Blaney took the second spot at Phoenix, which was the best starting spot for the Motorcraft/Quick Lane team since Trevor Bayne started on the outside pole at Daytona International Speedway in July, 2011. "We sat down, my team and I, and tried to figure out what we need and what is more important, going from round to round, and what really helps our car," Blaney said. "The last two weekends we have shown really good speed in qualifying trim. It is nice to have fast race cars. You have seen it the past two weeks."(Wood Brothers Racing)(3-18-2017)

Phoenix International Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
#22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 13th Annual Camping World 500 with a lap of 26.216 seconds, 137.321 mph.
This is his 18th pole in 295 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2017.
This is his first pole in 17 races at Phoenix Raceway.
#21-Ryan Blaney (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2017 and his second in three races at Phoenix Raceway.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Phoenix Raceway. It is his second in four races this season.
#77-Erik Jones (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(3-17-2016)

LOGANO POLE WINNING NOTES
· Joey Logano claimed his first Coors Light Pole Award of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on Friday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway.
· The pole was the 18th of Logano's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, coming in what will be his 295th career start.
· The pole is Logano's first at Phoenix International Raceway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
· The pole was the second consecutive for Team Penske, as teammate Brad Keselowski claimed the top starting position last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
· The pole is the eighth for team owner Roger Penske at Phoenix International Raceway, the first since Brad Keselowski in the 2014 spring race.
· The pole is the 121st for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
· Logano has now scored at least one pole position in the last eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seasons.
· The pole is the 12th for Logano in the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford.
(Team Penske)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#22-Logano 137.065
#21-Blaney 136.731
#24-Elliott 136.565
#1-McMurray 136.297
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 136.199
the rest of the top 12: 77 42 41 5 2 18
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 14 48 13 78 3 27 11 47 17 31 4 6
(3-17-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#42-Larson 136.695
#1-McMurray 136.467
#21-Blaney 1353731
#22-Logano 135.583
#88-Earnhardt Jr 135.542
the rest of the top 24: 31 2 24 4 48 17 11 5 20 78 41 27 3 18 47 6 77 13 14
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 95 10 19 43 34 32 83 72 37 38 15 23 55 33 51
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
(3-17-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:45pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 18 at 8:00am/et on FS1

  • 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 Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #14-Bowyer.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #95-McDowell.
    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).(3-17-2016)

    Friday practice for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
    #24-Elliott 137.101
    #42-Larson 136.472
    #22-Logano 136.441
    #78-Truex Jr. 136.168
    #21-Blaney 136.157
    slowest: #55-Cope 128.714 & #33-JEarnhardt 129.739
    no laps run: #51-Hill
    most laps run: #18-Busch & #22-Logano, 28
    Only three drivers ran 10 consecutive laps during this practice.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Phoenix Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(3-17-2017)

    Entry List for the Camping World 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is posted, 39 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: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*
    Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #51-Hill*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*.
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
    Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    See the full entry list on the Entry List (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 Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


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    TIRE NOTES & FACTS

    Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -- Race #4 - Camping World 500
    NASCAR Xfinity Series -- Race #4 - DC Solar 200
    Phoenix International Raceway (1.0-mile oval) - Avondale, Ariz.
    Fast Facts for March 17-19, 2017

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Set limits:
    Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 7 sets for race;
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4664; Right-side -- D-4666

    Tire Circumference: 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 - Goodyear Brings a Unique Tire Set-up to Tackle a Unique Track: The tire combination for Phoenix is unique to this track, just as the track itself is unique with its three distinct corners, relatively flat-banking and speedway characteristics. With Phoenix having been repaved in 2011, Goodyear's tire combination has continuously evolved as the track weathers-in and ages in the desert sun. As a result, both the left- and right-side tire codes and compounds are run only at Phoenix. This tire set-up was confirmed at a NASCAR organizational test and worked well with the 2017 rules package. The only other change from last year falls under the NASCAR tire set allocation reduction for the season, as Cup teams will have two less race sets than they had at Phoenix in 2016.

    Notes: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams will run the same tire set-up at Phoenix this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at this track twice each in 2016 . . . NASCAR held an organizational test at Phoenix in late January . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Phoenix.


    RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS


    Vegas Insider
    Race and Championship odds
    Phoenix Race Preview by Micah Roberts
    NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

    Bovada Sportsbook:
    Race and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

    Don Best:
    Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race