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A few facts about the upcoming Phoenix cup race


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Below are a few facts about the Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway this Sunday, February 27.


Track Size: 1 mile

• Banking/1 and 2: 11 degrees

• Banking/3 and 4: 9 degrees

• Banking/Frontstretch: 3 degrees

• Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees

• Frontstretch: 1,179 feet

• Backstretch: 1,551 feet


Qualifying/Race Data

2010 pole winner: AJ Allmendinger (134.675 mph, 26.731 seconds)

2010 race winner: Ryan Newman (99.372 mph, 4-10-10)

Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman (135.854 mph, 26.499 seconds, 11-5-04)

Track race record: Tony Stewart (118.132 mph, 11-7-99)


At Phoenix International Raceway:



• 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 NASCAR Sprint 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.


• There have been 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway, one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since.

• Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole in 1988.

• There have been 18 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.

• Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon are the only drivers to win consecutive poles. Newman won three straight (2002-04), while Gordon won the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007.

• There have been 21 different race winners, led by Jimmie Johnson, with four.

• The race has been won from the pole four times: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009) and Carl Edwards (fall 2010).

• The race has been won from a top-10 starting position in 15 of 29 events.

• Denny Hamlin won his first career pole at Phoenix in November 2005. AJ Allmendinger won his first career pole there last April.

• Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.

• Mark Martin has 12 top-five finishes, more than any other driver. Martin (8.6 average finish) is one of two active drivers who averaged a top-10 finish. Jimmie Johnson (4.9).


NASCAR in Arizona

• There have been 34 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Arizona.

• 30 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Arizona.

• There have been no race winners from Arizona in NASCAR’s three national series.

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