Taking place at Phoenix International Raceway on the 9th of November, the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 covers a distance of just over 500 km in 312 laps. Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in both 2012 and 2013. As the penultimate race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this event is going to be jampacked with action. For more information visit nascar.com
Date: 9 November 2014
Venue: Phoenix International Raceway
With only two more races to go – AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix and Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead – the competitive spirit in the Chase for the Sprint Cup is reaching fever pitch. Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway saw Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski fight to the finish, with Johnson taking the checkered flag and Keselowski hot on his heels. His first place finish in the AAA Texas 500 has Johnson in the lead for the Sprint Cup Championship with 2339 points. Kyle Busch took third place, with Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart taking fourth and fifth.
Although Johnson led for 168 laps in the 334 lap race, it was in the final restart of three in the race that Johnson made the move that put him in first place. Johnson and Keselowski were side-by-side on the restart in the second-last lap when Johnson pushed his #48 Chevrolet hard on the outside, clearing Keselowski on the backstretch and staying in the lead for the final one-and-a-half laps. This was the second week in a row that Johnson won from the pole and his win put him into the lead in the standings by 7 points.
Keselowski had fallen from first to ninth place in his #2 Dodge after being delayed in a pit stop when blocked by Danica Patrick’s car. He took only left-side tires when all other drivers took four tires and he restarted in the lead with 19 laps of the race to go and gained the ground he had lost. A second restart with eight laps to go saw the position between the two rivals unchanged, but the third restart left Keselowski in second place as Johnson streaked ahead.
The second restart was as a result of contact between Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle, all of whom continued to finish the race in 14th, 25th and 10th place respectively.
The current top ten in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings are as follows:
1. Jimmie Johnson – 2339 point
2. Brad Keselowski – 2332 points
3. Clint Bowyer – 2303 points
4. Kasey Kahne – 2281 points
5. Matt Kenseth – 2267 points
6. Jeff Gordon – 2267 points
7. Denny Hamlin – 2266 points
8. Tony Stewart – 2259 points
9. Martin Truex Jr – 2259 points
10. Greg Biffle – 2256 points
The AdvoCare 500: NASCAR Sprint Cup race will take place at Phoenix International Raceway on 11 November 2012. The tri-oval track at Phoenix International Raceway covers a distance of one mile. The Sprint Cup Race Record of 118.132 was set by Tony Stewart in November 1999, and the Sprint Cup Qualifying Record of 137.279 was set by Carl Edwards in 2011.
Date: 11 November 2012
Venue: Phoenix International Raceway
Country: United States
Due to the great success of the Phoenix Park Motor Races that were held in 2009, the latest edition of this event will be taking place from the 14th to the 15th of August 2010. Cars participating in this fast paced event will be bringing the Oldtown Circuit back to life, and changes have been made to the famed Mountjoy Corner. Additional facilities have been made available in the Paddock, for racing teams’ convenience, and it is gearing up to be a memorable occasion.
For more information, visit the Phoenix Park Raceway website at http://www.phoenixparkmotorraces.eu.
Date: 14 – 15 August 2010
Venue: Phoenix Park
Built in 1964, the Phoenix International Raceway was originally designed to be one of the best American open wheel racing tracks available. The raceway was carved out of the Estrella Mountains giving the racetrack an incredibly picturesque backdrop. This meant that the new track, which is located at Avondale in Arizona, not only replaced the old one at the Arizona State Fairgrounds but quickly became a favorite amongst racing greats at the time. What’s more, the development of the track further spurred on the developing tourism industry, which meant that it contributed to the economy of the local community in quite a significant way. However, things only really started to take off at the track in 1988 when the Phoenix International Raceway was chosen to host some NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. Suddenly racing legends could be found in every corner of the town and the whole of America discovered just what a great track the Phoenix International Raceway was.
The Phoenix International Raceway is one mile (1.6 km) in length and takes the form of a D-shaped tri-oval. It has a seating capacity of 76 800 and is currently owned by the International Speedway Corporation. Because the track was built right at the foot of a rocky mountain range, it had to be designed around its geographic location. Thus there is a curve in the middle of the backstretch which is situated between turns two and three. This curve is a rather unique feature and is commonly known as ‘the dogleg’. The ‘dogleg’ design allowed the designers to include an external road course and a drag strip into the overall design of the track. Turns 1 & 2 have an 11-degree bank while Turns 3 & 4 have a 9-degree bank. The front straight has a 3-degree bank while the back straight has a 9-degree bank.
Today things at the Phoenix International Raceway are somewhat different from what they originally were. The external road course gave way for an infield road circuit. The crossovers that were originally built to access this infield circuit were sealed off in 2005 after construction of a tunnel under turn four. The drag strip is also seldom used, but the raceway continues to be a popular venue for racing in general. Unfortunately, the raceway was unable to host the Indy Racing League in 2005 which brought to an end a long history of hosting this premier event. Still the raceway continues to enjoy its unmatched tradition of hosting 58 IndyCar events including the Fall NASCAR weekend, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the Busch Series, Craftsman Trucks Series and Featherlite Southwest Series.