Thursday, April 19, 2007

By the Numbers: Phoenix

Thanks to Bristol and M'ville, we also present ... BTN: COT

This week's historical and factual look at the Cup Series as it pertains to Phoenix International Raceway cannot solely be depicted on the 21 races held at NASCAR's oasis.

Not with the Car of Tomorrow returning and, for the first time, running on a 1-mile oval. The aerodynamic uncertainties change the dynamics of the Subway Fresh Fit 500, just as the COT's introduction at Bristol and then, to a lesser extent, Martinsville brought uneasiness.

So, before we delve into the numbers that have given Phoenix its track record, let us reflect upon the first two COT races, By the Numbers-style:

Interesting Fact

1-2Denny Hamlin (1) and Kyle Busch (2) had the best Driver Rating and Average Running Position in the first two COT races. Jeff Gordon was the only other driver in the top five in both categories.

Fun Fact

1951Year the Car of Tomorrow officially debuted, as in the cartoon of the same name by the legendary animator Tex Avery, who as only he can envisions what the future holds for the automobile.


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