NASCAR - Sprint Cup - The Profit on CNBC 500 Preview

The Sports NetworkFebruary 25, 2014 

Date: Sunday, March 2

Start Time: 3 p.m. ET

Site: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Ariz.

Track: 1-mile oval

Laps: 312

Miles: 312 (500 kilometers)

Capacity: 50,000 (grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 10th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Tony Stewart, 1999 (118.132 mph)

Qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson, 2013 (139.222 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Carl Edwards

Runner up: Jimmie Johnson

Pole winner: Mark Martin (138.074 mph)

Top 10:

1. Carl Edwards (Start: 15)

2. Jimmie Johnson (3)

3. Denny Hamlin (8)

4. Brad Keselowski (11)

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr (21)

6. Clint Bowyer (13)

7. Matt Kenseth (9)

8. Tony Stewart (6)

9. Jeff Gordon (5)

10. Jeff Burton (20)

Average speed: 105.187 mph

Time of race: 3 hrs., 15 secs.

Margin of victory: 1.024 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 43 laps

Lead changes: 12 among 9 drivers

Past winners

2013 Carl Edwards, Ford, 105.187 mph

2012 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 110.085 mph

2011 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 102.961 mph

2010 Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 99.372 mph

2009 Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 108.042 mph

2008 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 103.292 mph

2007 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 107.710 mph

2006 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 107.063 mph

2005 Kurt Busch, Ford, 102.707 mph

Last race

Race: Daytona 500 (Feb. 23)

Site: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.

Miles: 500

Laps: 200

Finish line order: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson

Time of Race: 3 hrs., 26 mins., 29 secs.

Average speed: 145.290 mph

Margin of victory: Caution.

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; 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.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad 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

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Accell Construction

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Mac Tools

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Office

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/NOS

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Skittles

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot Husky

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Pepsi Max

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Swan Energy

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paints

#30 Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) Toyota/Lending Tree

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Ask More-Get More

#33 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Whitetail

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Farm Rich

#35 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Ford/MDS Transport

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Stops

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/K&W Fiberlock

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Clorox

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Farmland

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Clorox Fraganzia

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt Professional

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Borla Exhaust

#87 Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC) Toyota/TBA

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/LFR

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/Curb Records

#99 * Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Subway

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Carl Edwards 7 4 11 4 10 7 28 17 Won
Jimmie Johnson 15 7 4 Won 4 3 3 4 2
Denny Hamlin 34 3 3 6 30 11 Won 3
Brad Keselowski 16 15 5 4
Dale Earnhardt Jr 4 23 19 7 31 12 10 14 5
Clint Bowyer 22 5 22 2 26 9 27 30 6
Matt Kenseth 42 3 5 38 27 6 12 13 7
Tony Stewart 33 2 2 14 2 23 7 22 8
Jeff Gordon 12 10 Won 13 25 2 Won 8 9
Kevin Harvick 19 Won 10 19 30 13 4 2 13
Greg Biffle 41 15 17 9 5 22 20 3 17
Kasey Kahne 17 6 31 36 13 39 6 34 19
Kyle Busch 8 36 7 10 17 8 2 6 23
Joey Logano 21 10 33 10 26
Kurt Busch Won 24 18 23 3 35 8 15 27
Martin Truex Jr. 22 20 8 7 17 14 7 36
Ryan Newman 14 39 38 43 16 Won 5 21 40

Notes

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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