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By the Numbers: Many have shone bright at Phoenix

February 24, 2011, ,

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Phoenix International Raceway is a 1-mile tri-oval with 11 degrees banking in Turns 1 and 2 and 9 degrees in Turns 3 and 4. The frontstretch is 1,179 feet with 3 degrees banking; the backstretch is 1,551 feet with 9 degrees banking.

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2 -- Times in the 20-race history at Phoenix the winner has not started in the top 10: Mike Skinner (16th) in 1995; Greg Biffle (11th) in 2001. In fact, 11 races have been won from a top three starting position and 14 from the top five (five from the pole).

2 -- Times in the 20-race history at Phoenix the driver leading with 10 laps to go has won, including the past 13 in a row. Furthermore, 13 races at PIR have been won by the driver who led the most laps.

5 -- Victories at Phoenix for Kevin Harvick Racing, including the past three in a row: four by Kevin Harvick (who is not entered in this week's race) and most recently Clint Bowyer (who is entered in this week's race) this past November. In 13 starts at PIR, KHI has 10 top-fivess, 10 top-10s.

8.2 -- Average start and average finish at Phoenix for Ron Hornaday, who has two victories, nine top-fives and 12 top-10s in 16 starts. However, he has finished 25th or worse in two of the past three races there, including crashing out this past November (29th).

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2 -- Drivers entered in this week's race who competed in the first race at Phoenix in 1995: Ron Hornaday and Mike Skinner. Hornaday started on the pole that year; Skinner won that 80-lap race, passing Terry Labonte on the final lap (the only last-lap pass at PIR).

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5 -- Runner-up finishes at Phoenix for Kevin Harvick, including the past three races. He has finished in the top 10 in his past 12 starts at PIR, and overall has one victory, 13 top-fives and 14 top-10s in 17 races there.

7 -- Races in the 18 held at Phoenix that have ended with a green-white-checkered finish, the most of all tracks.

9 -- Currently, consecutive races at Phoenix that have been won from the first two rows, including seven from the front row. In all, 15 of the 18 races at PIR have been won from the first two rows, but only three from the pole.

61 -- Percentage of laps led by Carl Edwards (457) and Kyle Busch (277) combined in the past six races at Phoenix. They have won six of the past seven races.

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4 -- Victories at Phoenix for Carl Edwards, most of all drivers. Each win was with a different crew chief -- he won with current crew chief Mike Beam this past November.

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0 -- Laps led at Phoenix by Kasey Kahne, in 13 races. It's one of two active tracks at which Kahne has never led (Watkins Glen).

4 -- Times Phoenix has been won from the pole, all in the past eight races and in three of the past five. Eight of the past nine races at PIR have been won from a top-seven spot; before that, 13 of the first 20 races there were won from outside the top 10.

6 -- Times in the past nine races at Phoenix the margin of victory has been less than 1 second. Ryan Newman won by .130 seconds last spring, the closest race in PIR history.

349 -- Laps led at Phoenix by Greg Biffle, most of any driver who has not won there. Biffle is seventh on the list of the 10 drivers who have led 300 or more laps at PIR. Biffle is one of nine drivers who has finished second there without winning.

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2 -- Times in the past three spring races the leader with 10 laps to go has not won, both times involving Ryan Newman: In 2009, Newman was leading, Mark Martin won; last year, both Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch led within the final 10 laps, Newman won. He led only four laps, fewest of any winner in track history (three drivers led more than 100 laps in that race: Busch and Jimmie Johnson with 113 each and Juan Montoya with 104.

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2 -- Drivers who have won in all three series at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.

2 -- Drivers who have won Truck and Nationwide races in the same weekend at Phoenix: Greg Biffle (2001) and Kyle Busch (2007).

16 -- Victories in all three series combined at Phoenix for Roush Fenway Racing: Nationwide (8), Cup (6), Truck (2).

77 -- Winless streak snapped by Ryan Newman with his victory at Phoenix last spring. Carl Edwards ended a 70-race drought with his victory at PIR in the fall race.

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Off the charts

Jimmie Johnson at Phoenix (past 10 races)
CategoryNo.Rank SecondNo.
Wins 41Kevin Harvick2
Top-Fives 9 1C. Edwards, D. Hamlin5
Top-Tens 10 1C. Edwards7
Laps Led 7721Mark Martin362
Average Finish 2.91Mark Martin7.2 (nine races)

4 -- Victories at Phoenix for Chevolet in the Nationwide Series, none in the past six races. In contrast, Chevy has 14 victories in Cup, including 12 of the past 14 races, and 14 wins in Truck, including the past four in a row and seven of the past nine.

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