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Fortune 500 company leverages partnership to continue driving business Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 23, 2015) — NASCAR® and Sherwin-Williams, the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and paint supplies, announced a three-year extension to their Official Partnership. The newly signed extension will designate Sherwin-Williams as the "Official Paint of NASCAR" through 2017. Sherwin-Williams, a FORTUNE 500 company, will continue to leverage its designation for architectural paint and the power of NASCAR’s intellectual property at its more than 4,000 stores nationwide and ignite the passion of its customers – many of whom are fiercely brand-loyal fans of the sport. "Our continued partnership with Sherwin-Williams is another example of FORTUNE 500 brands successfully using NASCAR as an integral part of their marketing mix," said Norris Scott, NASCAR vice president, Partnership Marketing. "Sherwin-Williams' integrated approach using our intellectual property, both at track and at retail has proven highly effective. We look forward to expanding the Sherwin-Williams relationship across its multiple business divisions." By continuing as an Official NASCAR Partner, Sherwin-Williams will also retain its designation in the 'Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR" and the "Official Transportation Finishes of NASCAR" categories. Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes division will further expand its visibility as one of the leading product innovators and servicers to the collision repair and original equipment industries. Sherwin-Williams is the only direct distribution automotive refinish manufacturer and provides service to its collision repair and OEM customers through nearly 200 company stores in the U.S. and Canada. "We're extremely excited and honored to continue and expand our role as the 'Official Automotive Paint of NASCAR,' " said Adam Chafe, vice president of Marketing for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes. "Since 2000, some of the biggest names in motorsports have trusted their vehicles’ finish to Sherwin-Williams. We aim to help teams cross the finish line and ensure that their cars and sponsors always look their best on the track; that also holds true with every repair and repaint our collision repair center customers provide for their end customers." The designation as the "Official Transportation Finishes of NASCAR" will also help Sherwin-Williams further expand its visibility as one of the leading product innovators and servicers to the fleet refinishing, heavy truck and bus, aerospace and commercial manufacturing industries. "Today, more than a dozen NASCAR teams currently use Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes," said Bobby Moody, Director of Motorsports for Sherwin-Williams. "The 30-plus drivers who now use Sherwin-Williams have more than 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories between them and make up a virtual 'who's who' of NASCAR’s finest finishers." Through its renewal, Sherwin-Williams maintains its role as a Contingency Sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ and NASCAR Touring & Weekly Series. The NASCAR Contingency Program fosters strong relationships between competitors and the high quality, performance-driven brands that are leaders in their respective categories, and awards money to teams for each race and at the end of each racing season. As part of the Contingency Program, Sherwin-Williams will be title sponsor of the Fastest Lap Award in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In addition, Sherwin-Williams continues as a Proud Partner of the International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®), extending a partnership that began in 2013. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, or the brand’s motorsports program, visit www.sherwin-automotive.com or call 1-800-798-5872. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
A stats-based look ahead to the fourth race of the 2015 Sprint Cup season Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona going into the CampingWorld.com 500 on March 15. Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ortho Ford) · Five top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 13.8 · Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best · 288 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 873 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.818 mph, 12th-fastest · 3,508 Laps in the Top 15 (55.5%), 11th-most · 432 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 10th-most Carl Edwards (No. 19 Stanley Toyota) · Two wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 12.2 · Average Running Position of 12.7, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 99.2, fourth-best · 368 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 126.048 mph, sixth-fastest · 4,325 Laps in the Top 15 (68.5%), seventh-most · 462 Quality Passes, seventh-most Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet) · Two wins, 12 top fives, 22 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 11.0 · Average Running Position of 10.1, third-best · Driver Rating of 100.5, third-best · 250 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 786 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 126.021 mph, seventh-fastest · 5,173 Laps in the Top 15 (81.9%), second-most · 476 Quality Passes, fourth-most Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) · One win, nine top fives, 10 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 11.0 · Average Running Position of 12.0, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 96.6, sixth-best · 241 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.959 mph, ninth-fastest · 4,261 Laps in the Top 15 (70.9%), eighth-most · 419 Quality Passes, 11th-most Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet) · Six wins, nine top fives, 13 top 10s · Average finish of 11.4 · Average Running Position of 9.8, second-best · Driver Rating of 106.2, second-best · 523 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 126.232 mph, third-fastest · 4,958 Laps in the Top 15 (78.5%), fourth-most · 452 Quality Passes, eighth-most Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) · Four wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 7.7 · Series-best Average Running Position of 7.4 · Series-best Driver Rating of 114.0 · Series-high 609 Fastest Laps Run · 796 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 126.428 mph · Series-high 5,403 Laps in the Top 15 (85.5%) · 541 Quality Passes, third-most Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 16.6 · Driver Rating of 87.9, 12th-best · 178 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most · 857 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.837 mph, 11th-fastest · 3,924 Laps in the Top 15 (62.1%), 10th-most · 471 Quality Passes, fifth-most Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford) · Four top fives, five top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.6 · Average Running Position of 14.0, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best · 169 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 126.089 mph, fourth-fastest Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet) · One win, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 17.9 · Average Running Position of 15.0, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 87.9, 11th-best · 870 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · 4,258 Laps in the Top 15 (67.4%), ninth-most · 569 Quality Passes, second-most Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet) · One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 12.4 · Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 96.4, eighth-best · 220 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 818 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 126.052 mph, fifth-fastest · 4,359 Laps in the Top 15 (72.6%), sixth-most · 465 Quality Passes, sixth-most The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Top 16 at Phoenix International Raceway Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Kevin Harvick 24 0 6 9 13 0 11.4 106.2 2 Dale Earnhardt Jr . 25 0 2 7 12 3 16.1 86.5 3 Joey Logano 12 0 0 2 6 2 15.1 85.5 4 Martin Truex Jr . 18 1 0 1 6 2 17.7 83.7 5 AJ Allmendinger 11 1 0 0 2 0 16.6 80.4 6 Kasey Kahne 21 0 1 4 7 1 18.0 79.6 7 Jimmie Johnson 23 2 4 14 18 1 7.7 114.0 8 Denny Hamlin 19 2 1 9 10 0 11.0 96.6 9 Casey Mears 21 0 0 0 0 4 26.0 61.7 10 Matt Kenseth 25 1 1 6 10 3 16.6 87.9 11 Greg Biffle 22 0 0 5 8 1 13.8 90.1 12 Ryan Newman 25 4 1 8 10 4 17.9 87.9 13 Paul Menard 16 0 0 0 2 0 22.0 66.2 14 Clint Bowyer 19 0 0 2 6 3 18.1 80.2 15 Aric Almirola 8 0 0 0 0 0 18.5 73.7 16 Brad Keselowski 11 1 0 4 5 1 14.6 91.5 * – Based on last 20 races at Phoenix International Raceway (2005 – 2014). Phoenix International Raceway Data Season Race #: 4 of 36 (03-15-15) Track Size : 1-mile Banking/Turn 1 & 2 : 10-11 degrees Banking/Turn 3 & 4 : 8-9 degrees Banking/Frontstretch : 3 degrees Banking/Backstretch : 8-9 degrees Frontstretch Length : 1,179 feet Backstretch Length : 1,551 feet Race Length : 312 laps / 500 Kilometers Top 10 Driver Ratings at Phoenix Jimmie Johnson ........................ 114.0 Kevin Harvick ............................ 106.2 Jeff Gordon .............................. 100.5 Carl Edwards .............................. 99.2 Denny Hamlin ............................. 96.6 Tony Stewart ............................... 96.4 Brad Keselowski ......................... 91.5 Greg Biffle .................................. 90.1 Ryan Newman ............................. 87.9 Matt Kenseth .............................. 87.9 Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 total) among active drivers at Phoenix International Raceway . Qualifying/Race Data 2014 pole winner : Brad Keselowski , Ford 139.384 mph, 25.828 secs. 02-28-14 2014 race winner : Kevin Harvick , Chevrolet 109.229 mph, (02:51:23), 03-02-14 Track qualifying record: Denny Hamlin , Toyota 142.113 mph, 25.332 secs. 11-07-14 Track race record: Tony Stewart , Pontiac 118.132 mph, (2:38:28), 11-07-99 Phoenix International Raceway : History · Construction was completed in January 1964. The facility consisted of a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course. · Alan Kulwicki won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix on Nov. 6, 1988. · The first spring race was held on April 23, 2005 and also the first night race, which was won by Kurt Busch . · The track underwent its first repave in 2011. The construction began in March and concluded in September of that year. · The following changes were made during the construction period (March – Sept., 2011): o Widened the frontstretch from 52 to 62 feet o Reconfigured pit road with the installation of concrete pit stalls o Pushed the dog-leg curve between Turn 2 and Turn 3 out 95 feet o Tightened the turn radius of the dog-leg from 800 to 500 feet o Implemented variable banking to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves, including 10-11 degree banking between Turn 1 and Turn 2; 10-11 degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg; and 8-9 degree banking in Turn 4 Notebook · There have been 37 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway , one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since. · 196 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix; 143 in more than one. · Mark Martin leads series in starts at Phoenix with 34; Jeff Gordon (second all-time) leads all active drivers with 32. · Geoffrey Bodine won the first pole in 1988 at a speed of 123.203 mph (29.220 sec.). · There have been 20 different Coors Light pole winners, led by Ryan Newman with four. · Youngest Phoenix pole winner: Kyle Busch (4/22/06 – 20 years, 11 months, 20 days). · Oldest Phoenix pole winner: Mark Martin (03/03/13 – 54 years, 1 month, 22 days). · Ryan Newman , Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards are the only drivers to win consecutive poles. Newman won three straight (2002-04), Gordon won the fall of 2006 and the spring of 2007. Edwards won the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011. · Denny Hamlin (November, 2005) and AJ Allmendinger (April, 2010) won their first career Coors Light poles at Phoenix International Raceway . · There have been 23 different NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners at Phoenix, eight have won more than once, led by Kevin Harvick , with six – (’06 spring race and Chase race, ’12 Chase race, ‘13 Chase race, ’14 spring race and Chase race). · The eight drivers have won more than once at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with six followed by Jimmie Johnson (four), Davey Allison (two), Jeff Burton (two), Dale Earnhardt Jr . (two), Jeff Gordon (two) Carl Edwards (two) and Mark Martin (two). · Of the eight drivers with multiple wins at Phoenix International Raceway , Mark Martin is the only driver to win in two different manufacturers: Ford (1993) and Chevrolet (2009). · Five drivers have won consecutive races at Phoenix: Davey Allison (1991,1992); Jeff Burton (2000, 2001); Dale Earnhardt Jr . (2003, 2004); Kevin Harvick (swept 2006) and (2013 Chase race and swept 2014); Jimmie Johnson is the only one of the five to win three consecutive races (fall 2007, swept 2008). · Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Phoenix with nine, followed by Roush Fenway Racing with seven. · Four of the 37 (10.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the Coors Light pole: Jeff Gordon (spring 2007), Jimmie Johnson (fall 2008), Mark Martin (spring 2009) and Carl Edwards (fall 2010). · Seven of the 37 (18.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: four from the pole and three from second-place. · 18 of the 37 (48.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10. · 19 of the 37 (51.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. · 3 of the 37 (8.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 20. · Jimmie Johnson leads the series in average finish at Phoenix with a 7.696; he is the only active driver with an average finish inside the top 10. · Ricky Rudd won the 1995 race from the 29th-place starting position, the furthest back a race winner has started. · Matt Kenseth won the 2002 race from the 28th-place starting position, the furthest back an active race winner has started. · Three perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006 and November 2014. · Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Phoenix International Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (11/13/2005 – 20 years, 6 months, 11 days). · Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Phoenix International Raceway winner: Mark Martin (04/18/2009 – 50 years, 3 months, 9 days). · Mark Martin leads the series in runner-up finishes at Phoenix with five; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart with three each. · Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 14; followed by Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon with 12 each. · Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Bobby Hamilton (10/27/1996) are the only two drivers to post their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career win at Phoenix International Raceway . · 21 of the 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who have won at Phoenix participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Alan Kulwicki (11/6/1988) and Tony Stewart (11/7/1999) are the only two drivers to win at Phoenix in their first appearance. · Jeff Gordon competed at Phoenix International Raceway 16 times before winning (4/21/2007); the longest span of any the 23 winners. · Six drivers have made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Phoenix: Jeff Gordon (16), Ryan Newman (15), Kasey Kahne (14), Denny Hamlin (13), Carl Edwards (12) and Rusty Wallace (11). · Jamie McMurray leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 23. · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix was the (4/10/2010) race won by Ryan Newman with a MOV of 0.13 seconds. · Two drivers have won at Phoenix and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season: Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009); Dale Earnhardt (1990). · Danica Patrick is the only female driver that has made a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway . Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Danica Patrick 32 22 11/9/2014 Danica Patrick 33 36 3/2/2014 Danica Patrick 32 33 11/10/2013 Danica Patrick 40 39 3/3/2013 Danica Patrick 37 17 11/11/2012 · Car numbers that have produced three or more Phoenix wins: Car Number – Drivers – (Years) o No. 48 – Jimmie Johnson (2007, 2008 sweep and 2009) o No. 99 – Carl Edwards (2010 and 2013) and Jeff Burton (2000, 2001) o No. 29 – Kevin Harvick (2006 sweep, 2012 and 2013) o No. 5 – Mark Martin (2009), Kyle Busch (2005) and Terry Labonte (1994) o No. 4 – Kevin Harvick (2014 sweep) and Kasey Kahne (2011) NASCAR in Arizona · There have been 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in Arizona. Track Name City NSCS Phoenix International Raceway Avondale 37 Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix 4 Tucson Rodeo Grounds Tucson 1 · 32 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Arizona. · None of the drivers from Arizona have won a race in NASCAR’s three national series. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Get caught up before Sunday's Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live What : 18th annual Kobalt 400 Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway , 1.5-mile oval in Las Vegas When : Sunday, March 8, 3:30 p.m. ET. TV/Radio: FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Distance: 267 laps; 400.5 miles. Competition caution: Lap 25 so teams can check wear on Goodyear tires (No Sunoco Green E-15 refueling prior to competition caution) Fuel window: 54 laps Pit road speed: 45 mph. Caution car speed : 55 mph. On the front row " Starting lineup 1. Jeff Gordon , Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet. 2. Joey Logano , Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Fastest in practice First practice: Kyle Larson , Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet (191.646 mph). " Full results Second practice: Jimmie Johnson , Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (191.891 mph). " Full results Final practice: Jimmie Johnson , Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet (187.637 mph). " Full results To the rear: Jeff Gordon , Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet (backup car); David Ragan , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (backup car) Last year's winner: Brad Keselowski , Team Penske No. 2 Ford. Driver rating (Best driver rating average at Las Vegas based in the past 10 years): Jimmie Johnson , 113.6 Jeff Gordon , 103.7 Kyle Busch , 103.4 Matt Kenseth , 98.1 Greg Biffle , 97.9 V for Vickers Brian Vickers will make his first start this year after missing the opening two races of 2015 following offseason heart surgery. The driver of the No. 55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota will start 28th in Sunday's race. This weekend was the first time Vickers had been in a race car since the 2014 season finale in November. Feels like the first time Given the nature of his illustrious 23-year premier series NASCAR career, it's hard to believe Jeff Gordon is still accomplishing things for the first time. But that's the case at Las Vegas Motor Speedway , where he won his first career Coors Light Pole Award at the 1.5-mile track in the desert. Of the 23 tracks currently on the Sprint Cup Series circuit, Gordon now has won a pole at 21 of them -- only Kansas and Kentucky remain. The feeling of that accomplishment may have been somewhat blunted on Saturday, however, when Gordon was forced to a backup car. He'll still get credit for the pole, but will start in the back. In Gordon's honor, the track has given white towels to fans to wave at Lap 24. Mr. 200 Sunday will be Brad Keselowski 's 200th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Three drivers have won in their 200th Cup start -- Bobby Allison in 1970, Terry Labonte in 1985 and Kevin Harvick in 2006. Show of power Hendrick Motorsports (four cars), Team Penske (two cars) and Chip Ganassi Racing (two cars) sent every one of their respective rides to the final round of group qualifying Friday. Hendrick cars comprised three of the top four spots on the leaderboard in Jeff Gordon (first), Kasey Kahne (third) and Dale Earnhardt Jr . (fourth). Magic number: 2 Following Joey Logano 's win in the Daytona 500 , his primary sponsor Pennzoil donated $22,222 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The number represented Logano's car (22) winning the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 (2/22). If Logano wins Sunday's race, Pennzoil will donate an additional $222,222 to the organization. He said it: "I've learned that my love for racing has only increased -- my love for what I do and how much I appreciate it -- but I've also learned that it's not who I am. It's something I do." -- Brian Vickers , on how his mindset changed following another health scare. He said it II: "I used to play a lot of blackjack and I still play a little bit of blackjack. Then I really started playing a lot of poker. I realized, like most things that I do outside of racing, that I don't get near enough time to practice them and build a real skill for it. I'm a better gambler on the race track." -- Jeff Gordon , after being presented with a personalized blackjack table from Las Vegas Motor Speedway . He said it III: "I'm just really, really happy, man. It's two weeks in a row we have done great on the 1.5-miles. I hope it's a sign of things to come." -- Dale Earnhardt Jr . He said it IV: "Who wouldn't? And I don't just mean the track." -- Clint Bowyer , when asked if he liked going to Las Vegas. Former Las Vegas winners in the field: Jimmie Johnson (4), Matt Kenseth (3), Carl Edwards (2), Jeff Gordon (1), Brad Keselowski (1), Tony Stewart (1). MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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