The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads west to Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona for this Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500, fresh off of Speedweeks at Daytona and the debut of the Gen-6 cars. These drivers have had good luck in the past at PIR, and are hoping it continues there this weekend.
- Jimmie Johnson – Johnson, the Daytona 500 winner last weekend, has four wins at PIR, the most among active drivers. In 19 races there, he has 15 top 10 finishes and an average finish of 6.7.
- Kevin Harvick – Harvick, who also had an impressive Speedweeks until disaster struck early in the 500, has three wins at the track plus seven additional top 10 finishes.
- Ryan Newman – Newman has one win at PIR, along with seven additional top five finishes in 21 races. He also has four poles at the track – all before the repave in 2011 – and is desperately seeking his 50th career pole (he earned his last pole in September 2011).
- Denny Hamlin – Hamlin is the defending champion of this event, and has seven additional top 10 finishes here, as well as a pole. Hamlin was the only Joe Gibbs Racing driver to survive the Daytona 500, and came away with a 14th-place finish.
- Dark horse: Danica Patrick – Before Patrick came home eighth in last weekend’s Daytona 500, her best finish in the Cup Series was at PIR last November (17th) – she also had a 10th-place finish that weekend in the Nationwide Series race. Will she look as good on a one-mile track as she did on the superspeedway at Daytona?
Qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 takes place Friday, March 1st at 4:10 MT, with the race going green on Sunday, March 3rd at 1 p.m. MT. Stay up-to-date at www.nascar.com.
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