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DATE: Sunday, March 3
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway (1964) -- Avondale, Ariz.
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,179 feet (Frontstretch); 1,551 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 50,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 9th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, March 1/6:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (finished 9)
LAPS: 312
MILES: 312 (500 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2012 (138.766 mph)
RACE RECORD: Tony Stewart, 1999 (118.132 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin136Kyle Busch12
2Kevin Harvick87Martin Truex Jr.25
3Greg Biffle78Jeff Gordon30
4Jimmie Johnson49Mark Martin1
5Brad Keselowski2810Joey Logano9
2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Facts and Figures
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 50 mins., 35 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 110.085 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 7.315 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 25 among 15 drivers
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (136.815 mph)
Past Subway Fresh Fit 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (13) -- Toyota -- 110.085 mph
2011 -- Jeff Gordon (20) -- Chevrolet -- 102.961 mph
2010 -- Ryan Newman (14) -- Chevrolet -- 99.372 mph (600-kilometer race)
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 (2005-06), Subway Fresh Fit 500
(2007-09). Race changed from 500 kilometers to 600 (2010), and then from
600 kilometers to 500 (2011).
 
Past Subway Fresh Fit 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
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. 24)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
MILES: 500
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
THIRD: Mark Martin
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Danica Patrick (finished 8)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 8 mins., 23 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 159.250 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.129 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 28 among 14 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Patrick-pole, J. Gordon 1-31, Johnson 32-36, Kenseth 37-39,
Bowyer 40, Kenseth 41-71, Menard 72, Newman 73-74, Waltrip 75,
Newman 76, Hamlin 77-85, Kvapil 86, Waltrip 87-89, Patrick 90-91,
Hamlin 92, Kenseth 93-126, Patrick 127-129, Logano 130-131,
Kenseth 132-149, Hamlin 150-172, Smith 173, Keselowski 174-176,
Speed 177-178, Keselowski 179-185, Johnson 186, Keselowski 187,
Johnson 188, Keselowski 189-190, Johnson 191-200.
Subway Fresh Fit 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's Chevrolet
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Quakers
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Sany
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
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/Novec
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Pepsi Max
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Serta
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Racing
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Cheerios
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Safe Skies Locks
33Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Blockbuster
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Farmland
44Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Ford/No Label Watches
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Glad
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Filters
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last eight years)
Driver20052006200720082009201020112012
Denny Hamlin---343363011Won
Kevin Harvick19Won1019301342
Greg Biffle4115179522203
Jimmie Johnson1574Won4334
Brad Keselowski---------------16155
Kyle Busch83671017826
Martin Truex Jr.---22208717147
Jeff Gordon1210Won13252Won8
Mark Martin1611125Won4139
Joey Logano------------21103310
Matt Kenseth4235382761213
Dale Earnhardt Jr42319731121014
Carl Edwards741141072817
Ryan Newman1439384316Won521
Tony Stewart332214223722
Clint Bowyer2252222692730
Kasey Kahne17631361339634
Danica Patrick------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Regan Smith - started 40 and finished 7
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jimmie Johnson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tony Stewart) - finished 41
 
NOTES:

The Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is the second race on the 2013 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.

PIR has been on the Sprint Cup schedule each year since 1988. Alan Kulwicki won the inaugural race there on Nov. 6 1988.

There have been 33 Sprint Cup races held at Phoenix, including one event per season from 1988-2004 and two each year since then. The series will return here the second weekend of November for the penultimate race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Jimmie Johnson, the winner of the Daytona 500 this past Sunday, holds the record for most victories at Phoenix with four. Johnson won three straight fall races at this track from 2007-09. He won the spring event there in 2006 as well.

Johnson and Mark Martin have the most top-five finishes at Phoenix with 12 each. Martin's 21 top-10 finishes there is tops among all drivers.

Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup race at Phoenix one year ago, and Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag for the most recent event there in November.

Ryan Newman has won the most poles at Phoenix, but Newman has not started first there since the spring event in 2008. Four races have been won from the pole at Phoenix. Carl Edwards in the most recent one to do it in November 2010.

Kyle Busch currently holds the track qualifying record at Phoenix. Busch won the pole there four months ago with a lap at 138.766 mph.

The quickest a Sprint Cup race at Phoenix has been completed occurred in 1999 when then rookie Tony Stewart finished it in 2 hours, 38 minutes and 28 seconds and at an average speed of 118.132 mph.

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 Ryan Newman beat Jeff Gordon to the finish line by just 0.13 seconds.

Two drivers who are competing in this weekend's race made their first career Cup starts at Phoenix: Ryan Newman (November 2000) and Clint Bowyer (April 2005).

Hamlin is the only driver entered in this event that claimed his first career pole in the series (November 2005).

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 Mark 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. Tony Stewart won last year's event there.

02/26 12:52:10 ET

As of February 26, 2013, at 12:52 PM ET