Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Ryan Newman and Phoenix International Speedway

NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series and Ryan Newman are headed to Phoenix International Speedway where Newman and 42 other drivers will compete in the SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500.

Phoenix International Speedway is located in Avondale, AZ. It was completed in 1964 and is a 1-mile short track that holds 76,800 spectators. The front stretch is 1,179 ft and the backstretch is 1,551 ft. There is 11 degree banking in turns 1 and 2 and 9 degree banking in turns 3 and 4. The front stretch has 3 degree banking while the backstretch has 9 degree banking.

Phoenix International Speedway has a Nextel Cup track record of 118.132 set by Tony Stewart on 11/7/1999. Rusty Wallace holds the record for the qualifying speed of 134.718 in 2000.

Out of the last 9 races at Phoenix International Speedwaym Chevrolet has won the most with 5, followed by Ford with 4.

Ryan Newman’s record at Phoenix International Speedway is mixed both good and bad. He has raced here 9 times with 3 poles, 0 wins, 2 top 5’s and 2 top 10’s. Newman has an average start here or 8.4 with an average finish of 20.4. His best finishes include 2nd, 3rd and 12th and worst include 39th, 40th, and 41st with 2 of thouse due to accidents and 1 to engine problems.

Newman has an average start of 7.3 on short tracks and an average finish of 16.2. He has 1 wins, 9 top 5’s and 16 top 10 finishes on short tracks out of 32 races. So on short tracks, Ryan Newman and his #12 Alltel Dodge have a top 10 ten finish or better in 50% of their short track finishes.

Good luck to Ryan Newman and his #12 Alltel Dodge Nextel Cup Team!!

Mike Pratt

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