Son of Liberty
Phoenix International Raceway
PIR is streaky. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won consecutive races in 2003-2004. Busch brothers won back-to-back in 2005 (Kurt, then Kyle). Kevin Harvick won both events in 2006. Hendrick drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson swept the two races in 2007.
Past Results at Phoenix Int'l Raceway "Subway Fresh Fit 500"
Date.........Race Name...................Pole Winner....Race Winner....Car Make
04/21/07....Subway Fresh Fit 500....Jeff Gordon....Jeff Gordon......Chevrolet
04/22/06....Subway Fresh 500.........Kyle Busch....Kevin Harvick...Chevrolet
04/23/05....Subway Fresh 500.........Jeff Gordon....Kurt Busch......Ford
*does not include results from Novembers "Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil"
PIR By The Numbers
1: Number of races won from the pole.
3: Drivers that have raced every Phoenix race. Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin & Ken Schrader.
4: Back-to-back winners. Davey Allison (1991 & 1992), Jeff Burton (2000 & 2001), Dale Earnhardt Jr (2003 & 2004), Kevin Harvick (Spring & Fall 2006).
7: Average number of cautions.
12th: Average & Median start position of race winner.
14: Average number of lead changes.
21: Number of NASCAR Cup races run at Phoenix International.
29: Furthest starting position of race winner. Ricky Rudd on October 09, 1995.
44: Percentage that Dale Earnhardt Jr finishes in the Top 5.
81.25: Percentage that Jeff Gordon finishes in the Top 10.
90.547: Slowest average race speed (November 06, 1988).
118.132: Fastest average race speed (November 07, 1999).
135.854: Track qualifying speed record. Set by Dale Earnhardt Jr for the November 07, 2004 race.
6740: Days since Alan Kulwicki won his first NASCAR race at this track's first race and celebrated with his first Polish victory lap.
3,369,205: Dollars more the race purse was in the Fall 2006 race than in 1988.
Lots of spins and spills at Texas last week; McDowell flipping in Qualifying, Watrip spinning in Lap 28, Gordon wrecking in Lap 109, Yelley at lap 175 to name a few (or pretty much all of them). The Drivers like Edwards find the constant complaining about the handling of the new car a little hard to take. Of course, he hasn't dealt with aero issues that much, since he's been dominant in each of the three intermediate-track races this season. He led a race-high 123 laps on Sunday, including the final six. more from this article
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information gathered at nascar.com