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Keselowski's No. 2 Ford fails post-race inspection at Phoenix Raceway
RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings " Detailed breakdown Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Team Penske Ford team could face penalties this week after his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ride failed post-race inspection at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday night. The No. 2 failed weights and measures after Keselowski piloted it to a fifth-place finish. No other cars failed post-race tech inspection. Ryan Newman's No. 31 race-winning Chevrolet, Kyle Larson's runner-up No. 42 entry and Kevin Harvick's No. 4 Ford will all head back to NASCAR's R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina, for further routine inspection.
Drivers, teams react to big Phoenix Raceway news
Phoenix Raceway , along with parent company International Speedway Corporation, announced on Monday a massive, $178 million modernization project designed to make the fan and race experience even better. The project is set to debut in the fall of 2018, but drivers, teams and other tracks were already talking about it. Here's what was said on social media. Interesting changes. Hoping for a little extra elbow room in that Cup garage. https://t.co/HHjnS2nUhT — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) January 30, 2017 https://t.co/WJN2nVm4er — Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) January 30, 2017 Huge announcement from @PhoenixRaceway ! https://t.co/Jsstu1XoV6 — Watkins Glen Int'l (@WGI) January 30, 2017 This is awesome! https://t.co/oFHxnqADrh — Auto Club Speedway (@ACSupdates) January 30, 2017 Super Excited for @PhoenixRaceway Can't Wait to See Those Checkered Flags in the Desert!!! https://t.co/Qc577OOZLf — Martinsville Spdway (@MartinsvilleSwy) January 30, 2017 https://t.co/jBiS1ZdTBN — Richmond Raceway (@RIRInsider) January 30, 2017 There are major upgrades coming to @PhoenixRaceway in the next 2 yrs! The S/F line will also be repositioned. #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/pvUMdERdHK — Red Horse Racing (@RedHorseRacing) January 30, 2017 We're loving this @PhoenixRaceway ! #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/ItYd7jvxXJ — Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) January 30, 2017 #NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton: "We're very honored to be a part of this and are excited about what it holds." #PhoenixRacewayProject — Phoenix Raceway (@PhoenixRaceway) January 30, 2017 . @joeylogano On The New Start/Finish Line: Turn 3 will get very interesting...You'll see a lot of slide jobs + excitement on the racetrack! — Phoenix Raceway (@PhoenixRaceway) January 30, 2017 Lots of changes coming at PIR! Check 'em out: https://t.co/nptsujOCDs : @PhoenixRaceway pic.twitter.com/BGEwZyeT9v — Furniture Row Racing (@FRRacingTeam) January 30, 2017 We're beyond excited for the changes that are coming to @PhoenixRaceway ! #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/StUAopGVOI — Toyota Racing (@ToyotaRacing) January 30, 2017 . @Daniel_SuarezG "The big investment will be amazing for the fans...They will get to interact more with the drivers." #PhoenixRacewayProject — Phoenix Raceway (@PhoenixRaceway) January 30, 2017 Have you seen these newly announced changes coming to @PhoenixRaceway ? Looks awesome!! #NASCAR https://t.co/zyfrl3bBfS — LeavineFamilyRacing (@LFR95) January 30, 2017 " Phoenix has been a great place for me with amazing fans; this investment by @PhoenixRaceway is going to be great for the fans!" pic.twitter.com/W6HW3mEiJl — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) January 30, 2017 Class photo with everyone in attendance at today's announcement. @PhoenixRaceway pic.twitter.com/8T2cahqe8I — Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) January 30, 2017 Big news from our friends @DCSolar and @PhoenixRaceway ! See below #PhoenixRacewayProject https://t.co/BLHWGSMe3c — Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) January 30, 2017
Phoenix Raceway unveils details for $178 million modernization project
MORE: Buy tickets for the March race RELATED: Fast facts on Phoenix project PHOENIX , Ariz. -- Officials with International Speedway Corp., and Phoenix Raceway jointly announced plans for a $178 million facelift for the 1-mile facility on Monday that focuses on improving the fan experience while also including a competition twist that will see the relocation of the track’s start/finish line. The facility, located in Avondale, Arizona, annually hosts two NASCAR race weekends, and has hosted what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since 1988. The track's first 2017 race weekend is scheduled for March 17-19 and will feature the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as well as the NASCAR XFINITY Series .
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Pole winner Logano leads final Phoenix practice
BUY TICKETS: See the races in Phoenix RELATED: Final practice results " Best 10-lap averages Coors Light Pole winner Joey Logano continued to show speed at Phoenix International Raceway as he led Saturday's final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, turning a lap at the 1-mile track at 134.736 mph in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Matt Kenseth was second in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 134.519 mph. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Busch in the No. 18 JGR Toyota at 134.399 mph, Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 134.384 and Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at 134.368 mph, respectively. Daniel Suarez's car spun early in the final practice session, and the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota skidded toward the inside wall before stopping short of it. He returned to practice with about nine minutes remaining in the session. RELATED: Suarez spins in final practice SECOND PRACTICE " Results Earlier in the day, Chase Elliott led the opening practice Saturday, traveling around the 1-mile track in his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet at 135.977 mph. This came on the heels of Elliott topping Friday's only practice in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at 137.101 mph. Logano was second at 135.446 mph in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Kyle Larson (Chevrolet), Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota) and Keselowski (Ford) rounded out the top five. RELATED: Stenhouse hits the wall in practice Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hit the wall early in practice, bringing out the red flag and doing minimal damage to the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Stenhouse indicated it was a brake problem that caused him to lose control of the car. He came back out on track with the same vehicle (i.e. not a backup car). Three teams served 15-minute penalties at the start of practice for issues during pre-qualifying inspection: The No. 3 of Austin Dillon, the No. 13 of Ty Dillon and the No. 38 of David Ragan. Monster Energy Cup Series returns to the track Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET for the Camping World 500 (FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). &lt;/p&gt;
Darlington Raceway to host expansive open test
At least 10 teams expected at track Wednesday RELATED: Buy tickets for Darlington At least 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are expected to participate in a one-day open team test Wednesday at Darlington Raceway . The historic 1.366-mile track, the first paved speedway to feature NASCAR competition, will host the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race Sunday, Sept. 6. Drivers scheduled to take part in this week's test are: Aric Almirola ( Richard Petty Motorsports ), Greg Biffle ( Roush Fenway Racing ), Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing ), Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ), Kyle Busch ( Joe Gibbs Racing ), Jimmie Johnson ( Hendrick Motorsports ), Joey Logano ( Team Penske ), Jamie McMurray ( Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Ryan Newman ( Richard Childress Racing ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ). The test is scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. ( UPDATE: End time pushed up to 4:45 p.m. ET because of expected showers.) Biffle, Bowyer, McMurray and Newman will also be on hand Tuesday for a single-day Goodyear tire test. "This is a great, free opportunity for fans to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams race around our famed oval for the first time in nearly 14 months," track president Chip Wile said. "This will be the only time the teams and drivers will be able to see Darlington before the series returns on Labor Day weekend." The Sprint Cup Series hasn't visited Darlington since April of 2014. An offseason schedule change moved the event back to the holiday weekend, a spot it held on the schedule for more than 50 years. The open test will be the seventh of the season. Future single-day tests are scheduled for Richmond International Raceway , Chicagoland Speedway , Bristol Motor Speedway , Homestead-Miami Speedway , Kansas Speedway , Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway . Nearly all of the tests follow one- or two-day Goodyear tire tests at the individual tracks. The Richmond team test, scheduled for June 17, is a recent addition. Meanwhile, a two-day Goodyear tire test at Bristol was changed to a single-day open team test (July 30). NASCAR banned private team testing for 2015, developing the National Series Master Unified Test Schedule instead to provide teams an opportunity to work with this season's new rules package. Only one team from each Sprint Cup organization is allowed to participate in the open team tests. The four teams taking part in the Goodyear portion are the only ones from their organizations allowed to participate in the open test, if they choose. "With the Bojangles' Southern 500 being the second-to-last race before the Chase cutoff, I'm sure the teams will be looking for a little something extra to get to … Victory Lane and potentially secure a Chase berth before times runs out," Wile said. Two sections of the Colvin Grandstands, located on the backstretch, will be open to fans. Kevin Harvick , 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, is the defending winner of the Bojangles' Southern 500 . In addition to the Sprint Cup race, Darlington Raceway will also host the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday, Sept. 5. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Allgaier triumphs at Phoenix , wins Dash 4 Cash prize
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Detailed breakdown AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Justin Allgaier popped a tire during his celebratory burnout after Saturday's DC Solar 200 at Phoenix International Raceway . But you can forgive the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet if he was a trifle rusty with his donuts -- Allgaier hadn't been to Victory Lane in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since August in 2012 at the road course in Montreal. On a blistering afternoon that brought emotions to a boil at the 1-mile race track in the Sonoran Desert, Allgaier sailed away with a magnificent restart with four laps left and finished .741 seconds ahead of runner-up Ryan Blaney, who started 33rd after inspection issues kept him off the grid during qualifying earlier in the day. "You have no idea how proud I am of you," Allgaier radioed to his team after he crossed the finish line and broke an 80-race drought.
Zalenski survives Phoenix melee for first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series win
RELATED: See the complete iRacing schedule Rookie NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series driver Bobby Zalenski scored his first victory at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday night, holding off Ray Alfalla and Ryan Luza on two late-race restarts. Zalenski took the lead on a restart with ten laps to go when leader Andrew Fayash missed a shift. Logan Clampitt, who was restarting second, also moved alongside Fayash as the three raced door-to-door into Turn 1. Zalenski had such a sharp angle into the corner he could not keep his car on the bottom which led him to hit Clampitt, spinning the erstwhile series leader out of contention. Zalenski escaped with minimal damage and had the race lead, but he would need to execute on one more restart with the two strongest drivers in 2017 thus far right behind him. The green flew with five laps left but before Alfalla and Luza could challenge for the win, Michael Conti spun Fayash entering Turn One leading to a race-ending caution. Alfalla finished runner-up, right in front of Luza as both rebounded from their problems at Texas. Dylan Duval finished fourth and Zack Novak was fifth, the first time either driver has finished in the top five this season. Matt Bussa started on pole and led the race to the green flag, building a comfortable lead on Luza during the opening laps. Bussa led the entirety of the first run, only relinquishing the lead to pit for tires and fuel on Lap 53. However, Bussa would not return to the front after the stops as several sim racers short-pitted including Michael Conti, who assumed the lead. A caution on Lap 59 brought nearly all the lead lap cars back into the pits for tires with Conti leading the pack off pit road. Conti would restart third but only took one lap to pass Adam Gilliland and Marcus Richardson to retake the lead. Unlike the first run when Luza kept in touch with Bussa, nobody came close to matching Conti's speed on the long run as the No. 5 drove off and left the field. Like Bussa, Conti led until pitting for routine service on Lap 106 and just like the first round of stops, a caution interrupted the pit cycle before it was complete, costing Conti and other frontrunners some track position. The final 40 laps were quite the wreckfest as drivers tried to gain positions after restarts. Chris Overland held the lead briefly but Fayash got by shortly after the restart. Despite not showing speed early in the race, Fayash looked quite strong out front and led until his unfortunate missed shift and subsequent crash one restart later. Luza is back on top of the standings thanks to his third-place effort and Clampitt's troubles. He leads Zalenski by five points while Clampitt slips to third, seven points adrift. Alfalla sits fourth, but is within striking distance as he is only 13 points out of the lead. Darik Bourdeau rounds out the top five, 32 points back. Next up is a date with Richmond International Raceway , the second-consecutive short track on the schedule. Look for many of the same faces to be up front as Luza, Alfalla, Clampitt and Zalenski look to break away from the field. With 2017 looking like one of the most competitive NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series seasons ever, can anyone break away and become the favorite for the sim racing title? Find out in two weeks on iRacingLive!
Newman gamble pays off with Phoenix victory
RELATED: Full race results " Updated standings " Detailed breakdown MORE: Buy Ryan Newman gear AVONDALE, Ariz. -- When the winner of Sunday's Camping World 500 was announced, officials might have thought for a moment that they got the wrong envelope, a la Warren Beatty at the Oscars. But, no, there was no mistake. Ryan Newman was the unexpected winner of the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after a late caution gave his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team the chance to break a drought dating to 2013. Staying out on old tires for a two-lap overtime run at Phoenix Raceway , Newman pulled away when eventual fourth-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who stayed out during the final caution) and runner-up Kyle Larson (who pitted for two tires) got together in the first corner after the final restart on Lap 313. Newman's 18th career victory was his second at Phoenix but his first since he won the Brickyard 400 on July 28, 2013, driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win was RCR's first since Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Nov. 10, 2013 at Phoenix before departing for Stewart-Haas the following year. RELATED: See all of Newman's wins "I've lost count -- that's how long it's been," Newman said of a winless streak that had reached 127 races. "What a gutsy call by (crew chief) Luke (Lambert). I called for two tires, and he called for none. "I've won more races with no tires than I have with four. I'm just proud of these guys. We had a good car all day. We kept it out of trouble and collected in the end." Lambert entered the media center for his post-race interview with the words, "I'm a relieved individual," a sentiment Newman clearly shared. "It's sweet for so many reasons,” Newman said. "This is the longest drought I've ever had. A hard-fought battle, a hard-fought race, a hard-fought four years." Newman led a trio who stayed on the track after polesitter Joey Logano's blown right front tire sent his No. 22 Ford into the Turn 1 wall to cause the eighth and final restart of the afternoon. Stenhouse and Martin Truex Jr. restarted on old tires in second and third, respectively, with Larson in fourth place in the outside lane with fresh rubber on the right side of his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Larson liked his position -- until he and Stenhouse collided in Turn 1. "I knew we were in the best spot," said Larson, who finished second for the third straight race and for the fourth time in five events, dating back to last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Just, yeah, turned across Ricky's nose and got sideways, killed both of our runs off of (Turn) 2, and allowed Newman to get out on us. ... "Hindsight is always 20/20, but I should have went a lane up in (Turns) 1 and 2. I should have known to just stay close to Newman. That's what I wish I would have done." RELATED: Larson holds points lead post- Phoenix Larson, who took over the series lead, crossed the finish line .312 seconds behind Newman. Kyle Busch ran third, followed by Stenhouse, Brad Keselowski, and Harvick. Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones came home seventh and eighth, respectively, each scoring a career-first top 10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The caution for Logano's blown tire, the result of a melted bead, stopped Busch's march to Victory Lane. The driver of the No. 18 Toyota had a lead of nearly three seconds over Larson when Logano hit the wall. "Right on time," Busch said sarcastically, after the yellow flag was displayed with five laps left. Told it was for Logano -- with whom Busch came to blows last week after a last-lap wreck at Las Vegas -- Busch said, "Trust me -- I know." RELATED: Busch scores first top-five finish of 2017 Busch restarted fifth (from the inside lane) for the final two-lap run and got bottled up behind Larson and Stenhouse. "We really needed the outside like Larson had," Busch said after the race. "Overall, we should be proud of our run today and we will move on."
ISC approves redevelopment project for Phoenix
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- International Speedway Corporation announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors has approved a multi-year redevelopment project to elevate the fan and spectator experience at Phoenix International Raceway , the company's 52-year-old motorsports venue. The redevelopment is expected to focus on new and upgraded seating areas, vertical transportation options, new concourses, enhanced hospitality offerings and an intimate infield experience with greater accessibility to pre-race activities. The redevelopment of PIR was previously discussed as part of ISC's capital allocation plan during its third quarter fiscal 2016 earnings conference call. The capital allocation plan, which covers fiscal years 2017 through 2021, includes $500 million of capital reinvestment in the company's 13 existing facilities, including PIR. The redevelopment project at PIR is expected to cost approximately $178 million, including maintenance capital and before capitalized interest. The project will contribute between approximately $8.5 million and $9.0 million in incremental EBITDA to ISC's profitability in its first full year of opening. The project is expected to commence in early 2017 and be complete in late 2018. Specifics concerning the PIR redevelopment project scope, capital investment and returns will be released at a later date, as details are finalized, and further discussed on ISC's fourth quarter fiscal 2016 earnings call in January 2017. " Phoenix Raceway provides a one-of-a-kind setting for some of the most exciting and thrilling races that the sport has to offer," said ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. "This project will further enhance that experience and ensure that the venue continues to be a treasured destination for race fans." In addition to fan and spectator areas, PIR is exploring improvements for competitors and industry personnel, particularly key structures located throughout the infield. "We are energized about the changes that we are bringing to Phoenix Raceway and we think the fans will be too," said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. "The race track itself will remain unchanged as one of the most exciting circuits in motorsports, but we will modernize much of the venue and provide our fans with a high-quality, leading-edge experience." Additional details on the redevelopment are scheduled to be announced in January.