Statistical Advance: Analyzing Subway Fresh Fit 500

 
DAYTONA BEACH (Feb. 28, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Phoenix International Raceway going into the Subway Fresh Fit 500 on March 4.

PHOENIX-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Commer Graphics Ford

  • Four top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 14.7, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.1, 10th-best
  • 273 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • 554 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.841 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 2,629 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), 12th-most
  • 291 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), ninth-most
Jeff Burton (No. 31 WHEATIES Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 13 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.0
  • Driver Rating of 85.6, 13th-best
  • Series-high 704 Green Flag Passes
  • 2,653 Laps in the Top 15 (59.8%), 11th-most
  • 357 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.4
  • Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.4, fourth-best
  • 257 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.912 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 3,211 Laps in the Top 15 (77.9%), fifth-most
  • 271 Quality Passes, 13th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Brown Toyota)

  • One win, two top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.6
  • Average Running Position of 11.9, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.5, eighth-best
  • 164 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 578 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.883 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 3,601 Laps in the Top 15 (81.2%), second-most
  • Series-high 400 Quality Passes
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Subway Ford)

  • One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Average Running Position of 12.8, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 101.3, second-best
  • 284 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 124.059 mph, second-fastest
  • 3,139 Laps in the Top 15 (70.8%), eighth-most
  • 308 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 10.9
  • Average Running Position of 10.7, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.8, fifth-best
  • 173 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.809 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 3,494 Laps in the Top 15 (78.8%), third-most
  • 277 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota)

  • Five top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.6
  • Average Running Position of 12.2, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.3, seventh-best
  • 192 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.944 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 2,955 Laps in the Top 15 (71.7%), ninth-most
  • 307 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 RHEEM Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, four top fives, eight top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.1
  • Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 94.8, ninth-best
  • 565 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.886 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 3,157 Laps in the Top 15 (71.2%), seventh-most
  • 292 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)

  • Four wins, 11 top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 5.4
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.3
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 118.2
  • Series-high 435 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 124.357 mph
  • Series-high 3,994 Laps in the Top 15 (90.1%)
  • 358 Quality Passes, third-most
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota)

  • Two wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 9.0
  • Average Running Position of 12.2, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.8, sixth-best
  • 244 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.911 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 2,753 Laps in the Top 15 (66.8%), 10th-most
Ryan Newman (No. 39 WIX Chevrolet)

  • One win, seven top fives, seven top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 18.6
  • Average Running Position of 14.3, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.1, 11th-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.721 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 3,194 Laps in the Top 15 (72.0%), sixth-most
  • 391 Quality Passes, second-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • One win, eight top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.3
  • Average Running Position of 9.8, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.9, third-best
  • 206 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 584 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 124.048 mph, third-fastest
  • 3,434 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), fourth-most
  • 356 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Filters Toyota)

  • One top five, four top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.8
  • Average Running Position of 13.9, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.9, 12th-best
  • 122 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 123.866 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 2,599 Laps in the Top 15 (68.2%), 13th-most
  • 272 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Chase Contenders
  The Top 12
  Following Race 1 of 36
     

Driver
Pts
Wins
Poles
Rank
Last
Week 
Driver
Season
Rating
1. Matt Kenseth 47 1 0 100.9
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  42  0 0 99.5
3. Greg Biffle 42 0  0 126.2
4. Denny Hamlin  42  0  0  124.7
5. Jeff Burton  40  0  0  117.7
6. Paul Menard  39  0  0  90.4
7. Kevin Harvick  37  0  0  83.0
8. Carl Edwards  36  0  1  81.1
9. Joey Logano  36  0  0  –  104.4
10. Mark Martin  35  0  0  –  90.5
11. Clint Bowyer  33  0  0  –  91.6
12. Martin Truex Jr.  0  0  0  –  106.7

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

 

13. Marcos Ambrose             31           32. Juan Pablo Montoya      8

14. Bobby Labonte                30           33. David Stremme             7

15. Dave Blaney                   30           34. Kurt Busch                   5

16. Tony Stewart                  29           35. Jeff Gordon                  5

17. Kyle Busch                     27           36. Robby Gordon               3

18. Terry Labonte                  27           37. Jimmie Johnson            2

19. Tony Raines                   25           38. David Ragan                 1

20. Ryan Newman                23           39. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    (i)

21. Landon Cassill                22           40. Elliott Sadler               (i)

22. David Gilliland                 21           41. Joe Nemechek            (i)

23. Regan Smith                   21           42. Trevor Bayne              (i)

24. Casey Mears                  19           43. Danica Patrick            (i)

25. David Reutimann             18

26. Kasey Kahne                  15

27. Michael McDowell           14

28. Jamie McMurray             13

29. Brad Keselowski              12

30. Aric Almirola                   11

31. AJ Allmendinger              10

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

(i) – ineligible for points in this series

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Phoenix International Raceway

  Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Matt Kenseth

19

1

1

5

8

3

18.1

84.9

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

19

0

2

4

8

3

18.3

82.9

3

Greg Biffle

16

0

0

4

5

1

14.8

93.1

4

Denny Hamlin

13

1

0

5

6

0

11.6

96.3

5

Jeff Burton

25

0

2

7

13

0

12.0

85.6

6

Paul Menard

10

0

0

0

1

0

23.0

59.6

7

Kevin Harvick

18

0

2

4

8

0

14.1

94.8

8

Carl Edwards

15

3

1

6

10

1

12.3

101.3

9

Joey Logano

6

0

0

1

2

1

16.5

73.7

10

Mark Martin

30

1

2

12

19

1

9.0

97.8

11

Clint Bowyer

13

0

0

2

5

1

15.9

81.8

12

Martin Truex Jr.

12

1

0

1

4

1

15.8

88.9

* – Based on last 14 Phoenix International Raceway races.
 
At Phoenix International Raceway History

  • 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.
  • The track underwent its first repave last year. The construction began in March and concluded in September of 2011.
  •  The following changes were made during the construction period (March – Sept., 2011):
    • Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet
    • Reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls
    • Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet
    • Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet
    • Implemented variable banking to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves, including 10-11 degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11 degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9 degree banking in Turn 4

Notebook

  • There have been 31 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 19 different pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four.
  • Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards 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, and Edwards won the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011.
  • There have been 22 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 16 of 31 events.
  • Denny Hamlin (November, 2005) and AJ Allmendinger (April, 2010) won their first career poles at Phoenix International Raceway.
  • Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started.
  • Matt Kenseth won the 2002 race from the 28th-place starting position, the furthest back an active race winner has started.
  • Mark Martin has 12 top-five finishes, more than any other driver. Martin (9.0 average finish) is one of two active drivers who average a top-10 finish. Jimmie Johnson (5.3) is the other.
  • Jeff Gordon has the lowest average start amongst active drivers with a 10.4; followed by AJ Allmendinger (10.5) and Carl Edwards (10.8).
  • Two perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix. Kurt Busch did it with his win in April of 2005, and Kevin Harvick did it in November of 2006.
  • Five drivers have won consecutive races at Phoenix: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006); Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the five to win three consecutive races (fall 2007, swept 2008).
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Phoenix International Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (11/13/2005 – 20 years, 6 months, 11 days)
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Phoenix International Raceway winner: Mark Martin (04/18/2009 – 50 years, 3 months, 9 days)
  • Of the seven drivers with multiple wins at Phoenix International Raceway, Mark Martin is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009).

Phoenix International Raceway Data
Race: 2 of 36 (3-4-12)
Track Size: 1 mile

  • Banking/1 and 2: 10 – 11 degrees
  • Banking/3 and 4: 8 – 9 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 3 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch:9 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 1,179 feet
  • Backstretch: 1,551 feet

Driver Rating at Phoenix 

Jimmie Johnson 118.6
Carl Edwards 101.3
Tony Stewart 100.9
Kurt Busch 100.4
Jeff Gordon 99.8
Mark Martin 97.8
Denny Hamlin 96.3
Kyle Busch 95.5
Kevin Harvick 94.8
Greg Biffle 93.1
Ryan Newman 90.1
Martin Truex Jr. 88.9

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Phoenix.
 
Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Carl Edwards (137.279 mph, 26.244 seconds)
  • 2011 race winner: Jeff Gordon (102.961 mph, 2-27-11)
  • Track qualifying record: Carl Edwards (137.279 mph, 26.244 seconds, 2-26-11)
  • Track race record: Tony Stewart (118.132 mph, 11-7-99)

Driver Ratings for Winners  

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Jeff Gordon

2011

98.3

5th

Ryan Newman

2010

78.5

19th

Mark Martin

2009

98.1

8th

Jimmie Johnson

2008

104.3

4th

Jeff Gordon

2007

115.2

1st

Kevin Harvick

2006

91.2

8th

* Pre-Race Subway Fresh Fit 500 Driver Ratings of the year the driver won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (the past 6 spring races).
NASCAR in Arizona

  • There have been 36 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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