NASCAR - Sprint Cup - The Profit on CNBC 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, March 2
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Ariz.
TRACK: 1-mile oval
CAPACITY: 50,000 (grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 10th
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Feb. 28/6:40 p.m. ET
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (finished 21)
LAPS: 312
MILES: 312 (500 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jimmie Johnson, 2013 (139.222 mph)
RACE RECORD: Tony Stewart, 1999 (118.132 mph)
2013 Finish
1Carl Edwards156Clint Bowyer13
2Jimmie Johnson37Matt Kenseth9
3Denny Hamlin88Tony Stewart6
4Brad Keselowski119Jeff Gordon5
5Dale Earnhardt Jr2110Jeff Burton20
2013 The Profit on CNBC 500 Facts and Figures
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 15 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 105.187 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.024 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 43 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (138.074 mph)
Past The Profit on CNBC 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Carl Edwards (15) -- Ford -- 105.187 mph
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (13) -- Toyota -- 110.085 mph
2011 -- Jeff Gordon (20) -- Chevrolet -- 102.961 mph
2010 -- Ryan Newman (14) -- Chevrolet -- 99.372 mph
2009 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 108.042 mph
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (7) -- Chevrolet -- 103.292 mph
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 107.710 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (15) -- Chevrolet -- 107.063 mph
2005 -- Kurt Busch (2) -- Ford -- 102.707 mph
NOTE: Previously called Subway Fresh 500 (2005-08), Subway Fresh Fit 500
(2009-13). Race changed from 500 kilometers to 600 (2010), and then from
600 kilometers to 500 (2011).
Past The Profit on CNBC 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Mark Martin -- 21
2012 -- Mark Martin -- 9
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 28
2010 -- AJ Allmendinger -- 15
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 1
2008 -- Ryan Newman -- 43
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
2006 -- Kyle Busch -- 36
2005 -- Jeff Gordon -- 12
Last Race Results
RACE: Daytona 500 (Feb. 23)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
MILES: 500
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Jeff Gordon
FIFTH: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (finished 9)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 26 mins., 29 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 145.290 mph
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 39 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 42 among 18 drivers
LAP LEADERS: A. Dillon 1; D. Hamlin 2-10; Kurt Busch 11-25; P. Menard 26-30;
D. Hamlin 31; Kyle Busch 32-45; K. Kahne 46; Kyle Busch 47; K.
Kahne 48; Kyle Busch 49; D. Hamlin 50-55; Kyle Busch 56; B.
Keselowski 57; Kyle Busch 58-59; B. Keselowski 60-63; P. Menard
64-70; J. Logano 71-72; B. Keselowski 73-75; T. Bayne 76-77; A.
Almirola 78-82; A. Allmendinger 83; J. Allgaier 84; D. Patrick
85-86; J. Allgaier 87; M. Waltrip 88-89; P. Menard 90-106; J.
Johnson 107-115; B. Keselowski 116-120; J. Johnson 121-126; J.
Allgaier 127-128; M. Waltrip 129-130; D. Earnhardt. Jr. 131-143;
C. Edwards 144; D. Earnhardt. Jr. 145-150; G. Biffle 151-153; D.
Earnhardt. Jr. 154-155; G. Biffle 156-158; D. Earnhardt. Jr.
159-172; G. Biffle 173-174; C. Edwards 175-177; D. Earnhardt. Jr.
178; C. Edwards 179-182; D. Earnhardt. Jr. 183-200.
The Profit on CNBC 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Mac Tools
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Office
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/NOS
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Skittles
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot Husky
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Pepsi Max
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Swan Energy
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paints
30Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Lending Tree
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Ask More-Get More
33Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Whitetail
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Farm Rich
35Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/MDS Transport
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/K&W Fiberlock
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Farmland
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox Fraganzia
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
77Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Ford/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Borla Exhaust
87Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/LFR
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Curb Records
99 *Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Carl Edwards741141072817Won
Jimmie Johnson1574Won43342
Denny Hamlin---343363011Won3
Brad Keselowski---------------161554
Dale Earnhardt Jr423197311210145
Clint Bowyer22522226927306
Matt Kenseth42353827612137
Tony Stewart3322142237228
Jeff Gordon1210Won13252Won89
Kevin Harvick19Won101930134213
Greg Biffle411517952220317
Kasey Kahne1763136133963419
Kyle Busch8367101782623
Joey Logano------------2110331026
Kurt BuschWon24182333581527
Martin Truex Jr.---2220871714736
Ryan Newman1439384316Won52140
Mover of the Week
Brad Keselowski - started 33 and finished 3
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Denny Hamlin
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) - finished 1

The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is the second race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Construction of this racetrack was completed in January 1964. The facility consists a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course. The track underwent its first repave in 2011. In addition to the new surface, variable banking was implemented throughout the oval to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves. It included 10-11 degrees of banking between turns 1 and 2 as well as the same amount of degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg. Turns 3 and 4 feature 8-9 degrees of banking.

There have been 35 Sprint Cup races held at Phoenix, including one event per season from 1988-2004 and two each year since. The series will return there the second weekend of November for the penultimate race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Mark Martin holds the record for most starts at Phoenix with 34. The only race that Martin did not compete in there was in the fall of 2007. He also leads all drivers with the most top-10 finishes at this track with 21. He is not entered in this weekend's race.

Alan Kulwicki won the inaugural race at Phoenix, the Checker 500, on Nov. 6 1988.

Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson, who is the six-time and defending Sprint Cup champion, share the record for most victories at Phoenix with four each. Harvick won the 2012 and '13 fall races as well as scored a season-sweep in 2006 at this track. Johnson won the fall event there consecutively from 2007-09. He also scored the victory in the spring 2008 race.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Phoenix with nine. Jack Roush is next in line with seven victories.

Ryan Newman has won the most poles at Phoenix with four, but Newman has not started first there since the spring event in 2008.

The race winner at Phoenix has started from the pole position four times: Jeff Gordon (April 2007), Johnson (November 2008), Martin (April 2009) and Edwards (November 2010).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup event at Phoenix occurred in April 2010 when Newman beat Gordon to the finish line by just 0.13 seconds.

Three drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race made their first career starts in Sprint Cup at Phoenix: Newman (Nov. 5, 2000), Clint Bowyer (April 23, 2005) and Cole Whitt (Nov. 13, 2011).

Denny Hamlin and A.J. Allmendinger are those drivers entered that claimed their maiden poles in the series at Phoenix. Hamlin accomplished the feat in November 2005, and Allmendinger did it in April 2010.

No active driver has scored his or her first Cup win at Phoenix.

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Phoenix. He won there on Nov. 13, 2005 when he was 20 years, 6 months and 11 days old. When Martin was 50 years, 6 months and 11 days old, he became the oldest to win at Phoenix on April 18, 2009.

The next race in the series is the March 10 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.

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