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• 2014 Season In Review Also Features Year In Photos, Video Highlights Package FORT WORTH, Texas (December 16, 2014) - The year at Texas Motor Speedway opened with pyrotechnics celebrating the unveiling of the world's largest, high-definition LED video board in March and culminated in November with additional fireworks courtesy of the post-race melee involving combatants Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 Eliminator 8 Chase race. There also was plenty of action and excitement in between as Texas Motor Speedway played host to its annual Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader in April, Firestone 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR twin bill in June and played host to its inaugural Red Bull Air Race World Championship event in September. The Texas Motor Speedway 2014 Season In Review recaps those major event weekends, in addition to the momentous "Big Hoss TV" unveiling, while the accompanying Texas Motor Speedway Year in Photos captures all those key moments in addition to other noteworthy speedway-related events throughout the year. The Texas Motor Speedway Year in Photos features 90 images - primarily from the speedway's official photo agency Getty Images - that were chosen for their significance and/or artistic value and are presented in chronological order. A three-minute video recap of the top on-track moments, including the AAA Texas 500 post-race skirmish, also is available in HD by clicking here. All photos and video are free for media outlets to utilize, especially for their year-end, wrap-ups and can be previewed by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com or downloaded by visiting www.image.net/tmsinreview2014 . Let's take a look back: "Big Hoss TV" Unveiling / Wednesday, March 19 The Skinny: The world's largest, high-definition LED video board is unveiled amid fanfare and will be one of the most impactful fan enhancements in the history of Texas Motor Speedway and the world of motorsports. The Recap: Texas Motor Speedway unveiled the world's largest, high-definition LED video board in grand fashion as the evening featured fireworks, motorsports stars, reality television celebrities, dignitaries and the showing of an episode from A&E's hit reality show "Duck Dynasty" for more than 8,000 fans situated in the infield of the world-class sports facility. The official debut of the Panasonic-built "Big Hoss TV" was part of a star-studded evening that included appearances by Duck Commander CEO and "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, along with the heralded racing duo of NASCAR's Kyle Busch and INDYCAR's Helio Castroneves. Also in attendance were dignitaries such as NASCAR President Mike Helton, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America Vice President Richard Ballard, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith, SMI President and COO Marcus Smith and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Positioned in the middle of the backstretch and stretching 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall, "Big Hoss TV" features 20,633.64 square feet of HD LED imagery that contains 281 trillion colors. The video board, constructed in just four months, surpassed fellow Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facility Charlotte Motor Speedway (16,000 square feet) as the Guinness World Record holder for the world's largest HD LED video board. The size of "Big Hoss TV" is staggering as it is 79 percent larger than the video board at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, which is 11,520 square feet. "It is the ultimate fan amenity," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "To have the biggest one in the world, that's just one of those 'Everything is Bigger in Texas' stories that we are really proud to be a part of." NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 / Monday, April 7 The Skinny: Rain forces a Monday matinee for only the third time in speedway history and Joey Logano wins the Duck Commander 500 for an automatic berth in the reformatted Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The Recap: With Duck Commander on board as the title sponsor and the "Duck Dynasty" stars on hand en masse, the weather was more conducive for duck hunting that NASCAR racing. The Duck Commander 500 , moved from its Saturday night slot to Sunday afternoon to avoid a conflict with the NCAA Final Four men's college basketball tourney being in Arlington, was washed out due to continual rain showers and rescheduled for a Monday matinee. It was just the third time in Texas Motor Speedway 's 18-year history that a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was run on Monday due to inclement weather, the most recent coming in 2010 when both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races were run on the same day. Penske Racing's Joey Logano punched his ticket for a berth in the restructured Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format after surviving a green/white-checkered finish to win the Duck Commander 500 . Logano was cruising to victory with a two-second lead over teammate Brad Keselowski with just over one lap remaining in the scheduled 334-lap event, but a caution for debris forced a two-lap overtime shootout. Logano restarted third after pitting for four tires while Jeff Gordon and Brian Vickers opted for two tires and restarted first and second, respectively. Gordon held off Logano on the first lap, but Logano got a strong run inside on the frontstretch and was able to overtake him in Turn 1 and pull away to a 0.476 of a second margin of victory in the race that was extended to 340 laps. The victory was Logano's first since August of 2013 at Michigan and the fourth of his career. It also was his first Sprint Cup win at Texas Motor Speedway , which was highlighted by him becoming the youngest Cup winner in TMS history at 23 years, 10 months and 14 days. NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 / Friday, April 4 The Skinny: Rookie Chase Elliott , the 18-year-old son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott , lands his first career Nationwide Series victory in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 to become the second-youngest winner in series history. The Recap: Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 provided a historic milestone for a second-generation NASCAR driver and a glimpse into the talent that would flourish and lead to a series championship. Rookie Chase Elliott , the 18-year-old high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott , needed just six starts in the Nationwide Series for his first career win that came in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 . Elliott made a bold move on the high side of Kevin Harvick in the elbow of the frontstretch to take the lead on Lap 185 and then held on for a 2.251-second victory over Kyle Busch in the 200-lap event. Elliott became the second-youngest winner in series history at 18 years, 4 months and 8 days. Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600 / Saturday, June 7 The Skinny: Will Power's late pit lane penalty opens the door for Ed Carpenter to capture the Firestone 600 and become the first American winner at TMS since Sam Hornish Jr . in 2007. The Recap: The annual INDYCAR/NASCAR summer doubleheader yielded two first-time Texas Motor Speedway winners as Matt Crafton won the Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 and Ed Carpenter was victorious in the Verizon IndyCar Series Firestone 600. Carpenter took advantage of a strong second-half race performance and a critical late pit lane penalty by Will Power to record his first series victory since 2012 in the Firestone 600. The victory was the third of Carpenter's career and his first since winning the 2012 season finale at Fontana. In his previous 12 starts at Texas Motor Speedway , he had just one top-five finish and led one lap (2009) before breaking through to become the first American to win at Texas since Sam Hornish Jr . in 2007. Carpenter led 66 of the final 67 laps of the 248-lap event and avoided a potential shootout for the win with Power, who was running second when he was caught speeding in pit lane on his final green-flag pit stop. With 36 to go, Carpenter and Power pitted together and came out 1-2, but Power received a drive-thru penalty for speeding and fell a lap down. Carpenter suddenly had a nine-plus second cushion over second-place Tony Kanaan and was coasting to victory with an 18.5-second lead before a final caution came out with seven laps remaining. The race became a two-lap shootout and Carpenter was able to stave off Juan Pablo Montoya and the hard-charging Power, who moved from sixth to second and finished 0.52 of a second behind Carpenter. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 / Friday, June 6 The Skinny: Defending Camping World Truck Series champ Matt Crafton snaps a 26-race winless streak at TMS with a dominant victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400. The Recap: Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton had it easy compared to Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter in earning his first career win at Texas Motor Speedway . He led a career-best 118 laps en route to the victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 400 that snapped a 26-race winless streak at the speedway. Crafton led 118 of the 167 laps - the most he led in a single race in his 14-year career - and cruised to a 13.302-second victory over runner-up Justin Lofton . It was the fifth win of Crafton's career and second of the season, marking the first time in his career that he had recorded multiple wins in a season. His dominant performance established a track record for largest margin of victory in that series, eclipsing the previous mark of 11.817 seconds set by Dennis Setzer in this event in 2004. Red Bull Air Race World Championship / Saturday, Sept. 6, & Sunday, Sept. 7 The Skinny: Texas Motor Speedway plays host to the first race in the United States since 2010 for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, which returned to competition after a three-year hiatus. The Recap: The Red Bull Air Race World Championship made its return to the United States for the first time since 2010 as Texas Motor Speedway played host to the sixth stage of the eight-event international plane racing series. Before a crowd of more than 20,000 for the first of two U.S. stops, Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff captured his first victory of the season in the elite Master Class on the challenging, seven air gate, 3.7-mile course that was built in the infield of the motorsports venue. Ivanoff posted an individual two-lap run of 54.118 seconds to defeat Great Britain's Nigel Lamb, Canada's Pete McLeod and Germany's Matthias Dolderer in the Final 4 showdown on Sunday. Ivanoff gave his country a sweep of the weekend competition as fellow Frenchman Mikael Brageot won the Challenger Cup race the day prior. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 / Sunday, Nov. 2 The Skinny: A post-race confrontation between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski and ensuing melee steals national headlines from six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson winning the AAA Texas 500 for a third year in a row. The Recap : With the remaining eight Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers looking to win the AAA Texas 500 and automatically advance to the championship round, six-time series champion Jimmie Johnson played the role of spoiler as he won the Eliminator 8 race in a dramatic second green/white-checkered overtime finish. Johnson, eliminated from championship contention in the previous round, won the AAA Texas 500 for a record third consecutive year, but it was the post-race scuffle that made national headlines the following day. While Johnson was celebrating his track-record fourth Cup win with burnouts on the frontstretch, chaos ensued on pit lane after an angry Jeff Gordon confronted Brad Keselowski and a fray quickly developed between the Chase contenders. Fellow Chase competitor Kevin Harvick pushed Keselowski while Gordon was jawing with him and the situation quickly escalated as the crews got involved and transformed into a melee. The disagreement stemmed from the first GWC finish, where Gordon took the restart with the lead and Johnson beside him on the front row. Johnson grabbed the lead when a bold move by Keselowski resulted in contact with Gordon, which ultimately led to a flat tire, contact with the wall and a 29th-place finish that would derail his title aspirations. The caution flew for Gordon that set up the second GWC finish, where Keselowski found himself lining up front against the leader Johnson on the restart. Johnson, on the inside, maintained the lead on the restart while Keselowski found himself also trying to fend off a charging Harvick. Harvick got past Keselowski on that lap but didn't have enough time to chase down Johnson, who won by 0.513 of a second for his fourth victory of the season and 70th of his career. Johnson led nine times for 191 laps, but a record 13 cautions continually bunched the field as well as changed race strategies to give a number of drivers a shot at the victory.Johnson, Harvick and Keselowski took the top three positions, respectively, while Kyle Busch , who was looking to sweep all three NASCAR races after truck and Nationwide wins earlier, finished fourth. NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge / Saturday, Nov. 1 The Skinny: Kyle Busch gives Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th career Nationwide Series win and sets his sights on rare NASCAR tripleheader weekend sweep after winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge . The Recap: Kyle Busch added to the weekend drama and intrigue when he secured the second leg of a rare NASCAR tripleheader weekend sweep with a win in the Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge . Busch completed the Nationwide Series/ Camping World Truck Series sweep for the second time in his career at Texas Motor Speedway , with the first coming in the fall of 2009. That only left Sunday's AAA Texas 500 as the missing prize for the triple, which had only been accomplished by Busch (Bristol 2010) in the history of NASCAR. Busch extended his record for career Nationwide Series victories at Texas Motor Speedway by adding his seventh with a 1.562-second win over Joey Logano . Busch, who led six times for a race-high 116 laps, and Logano, who led five times for 59 laps, exchanged the lead six times over the final 85 laps in the 200-lap event before Busch took control late. It also was his seventh NNS victory of the season, 70th in his career and a milestone 100th for Joe Gibbs Racing . NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 / Friday, Oct. 31 The Skinny: Kyle Busch wins the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 as Kyle Busch Motorsports ties the Camping World Truck Series record for most victories in a season. The Recap: Kyle Busch , competing in all three NASCAR races during the weekend and chasing a rare sweep, endured a green/white-checkered overtime finish to secure the first leg with a victory in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350. Busch, who led a race-high 80 of 152 laps, was cruising to victory when two late cautions put a scare into his bid to secure his seventh win in just nine NCWTS starts this season. Following the final caution that led to the two-lap shootout, Busch got a strong restart on the outside of leader German Quiroga and took command of the lead coming out of Turn 2. He was pulling away with one lap to go when Quiroga hit the wall in Turn 2 to force the conclusion of the final lap to finish under caution. Busch's series-leading seventh win was his third truck victory at Texas Motor Speedway that pushed his career total in the series to 42. It also was the 12th victory overall for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 20 starts this season, tying the series record for season victories set by Ultra Motorsports in 2001. MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
A statistical look ahead the final race of the Eliminator Round RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --Below is a look at the Eliminator 8 – and beyond – at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona going into the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on November 9. ESPN’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET and the race is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. PHOENIX-SPECIFIC STATISTICS 1 - Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 106.8 2014 Rundown · Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.4 · Led 21 races for 976 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Two top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 15.9 in 11 races · Average Running Position of 15.1, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 83.7, 15th-best 2 - Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.8 2014 Rundown · One win, six top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 14.8 · Led 16 races for 289 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · One win, eight top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.3 in 18 races · Average Running Position of 11.7, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 97.1, seventh-best · 237 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 4,134 Laps in the Top 15 (72.6%), seventh-most 3 - Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 85.9 2014 Rundown · Four top fives, 15 top 10s · Average finish of 13.0 · Led 7 races for 41 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · One win, eight top fives, 10 top 10s; four poles · Average finish of 18.2 in 24 races · Average Running Position of 15.1, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 87.7, 11th-best · 821 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most · 4,031 Laps in the Top 15 (67.1%), ninth-most · 539 Quality Passes, second-most 4 - Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 109.3 2014 Rundown · Four wins, 13 top fives, 21 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 10.6 · Led 25 races for 922 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Two wins, 11 top fives, 21 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 11.3 in 31 races · Average Running Position of 10.3, third-best · Driver Rating of 99.9, third-best · 237 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.692 mph, eighth-fastest · 4,874 Laps in the Top 15 (81.2%), second-most · 450 Quality Passes, sixth-most 5 - Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 92.1 2014 Rundown · 12 top fives, 20 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 13.7 · Led 20 races for 529 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · One win, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 17.2 in 24 races · Average Running Position of 15.9, 15th-best · Driver Rating of 86.3, 12th-best · 173 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most · 835 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.506 mph, 11th-fastest · 3,616 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), 10th-most · 449 Quality Passes, seventh-most 6 - Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.3 2014 Rundown · Two wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s · Average finish of 14.5 · Led 11 races for 135 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Two wins, seven top fives, 12 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 12.1 in 20 races · Average Running Position of 12.6, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 99.9, fourth-best · 367 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.784 mph, fourth-fastest · 4,124 Laps in the Top 15 (68.7%), eighth-most · 435 Quality Passes, ninth-most 7 - Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.2 2014 Rundown · Six wins, 15 top fives, 18 top 10s; five poles · Average finish of 13.2 · Led 27 races for 1,540 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Three top fives, four top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 15.7 in 10 races · Average Running Position of 14.9, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 88.9, 10th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.711 mph, fifth-fastest 8 - Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 108.7 2014 Rundown · Three wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; eight poles · Average finish of 13.6 · Led 25 races for 1,819 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Five wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 11.8 in 23 races · Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best · Driver Rating of 103.9, second-best · 386 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · 771 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.868 mph, second-fastest · 4,646 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), fourth-most · 446 Quality Passes, eighth-most 9 - Kyle Busch (No. 18 Petcare Toyota) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 90.1 2014 Rundown · One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 16.5 · Led 15 races for 453 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · One win, three top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 13.3 in 19 races · Average Running Position of 11.8, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 97.7, sixth-best · 253 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · 835 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.704 mph, seventh-fastest · 4,802 Laps in the Top 15 (80.0%), third-most · Series-high 562 Quality Passes 10 - Dale Earnhardt Jr . (No. 88 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.7 2014 Rundown · Four wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s · Average finish of 12.3 · Led 16 races for 379 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 16.4 in 24 races · Average Running Position of 16.3, 16th-best · Driver Rating of 86.0, 13th-best · 822 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.500 mph, 12th-fastest 11 - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Patriotic Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 99.9 2014 Rundown · Four wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.8 · Led 17 races for 1,310 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Four wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 6.3 in 22 races · Series-best Average Running Position of 6.9 · Series-best Driver Rating of 116.5 · Series-high 609 Fastest Laps Run · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 126.185 mph · Series-high 5,319 Laps in the Top 15 (88.6%) · 533 Quality Passes, third-most 12 - AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 GLAD Trash Bags Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 70.8 2014 Rundown · One win, two top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 19.7 · Led 5 races for 68 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Two top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 16.7 in 10 races · Average Running Position of 16.9, 18th-best · Driver Rating of 80.4, 19th-best 13 - Greg Biffle (No. 16 Sherwin Williams Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 78.6 2014 Rundown · Three top fives, 10 top 10s · Average finish of 15.9 · Led 7 races for 110 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Five top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 14.0 in 21 races · Average Running Position of 14.7, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 91.0, ninth-best · 288 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 825 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.564 mph, 10th-fastest · 3,395 Laps in the Top 15 (56.5%), 11th-most · 408 Quality Passes, 11th-most 14 - Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.1 2014 Rundown · One win, six top fives, 10 top 10s · Average finish of 19.5 · Led 14 races for 219 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · One win, five top fives, 12 top 10s · Average finish of 14.6 in 23 races · Average Running Position of 10.9, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 96.7, eighth-best · 290 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 125.644 mph, ninth-fastest · 4,174 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), sixth-most · 411 Quality Passes, 10th-most 15 - Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 87.7 2014 Rundown · One win, three top fives, 11 top 10s · Average finish of 17.7 · Led 12 races for 218 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · One win, four top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 17.8 in 20 races · Average Running Position of 18.8, 22nd-best · Driver Rating of 79.9, 20th-best · 160 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most 16 - Aric Almirola (No. 43 Farmland Ford) · Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 72.2 2014 Rundown · One win, two top fives, seven top 10s · Average finish of 21.6 · Led 5 races for 23 laps Phoenix International Raceway Outlook: · Average finish of 18.6 in seven races · Average Running Position of 17.5, 21st-best · Driver Rating of 74.2, 24th-best The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2014 Eliminator 8 at Phoenix International Raceway Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating 1 Joey Logano 11 0 0 2 5 2 15.9 83.7 2 Denny Hamlin 18 1 1 8 9 0 11.3 97.1 3 Ryan Newman 24 4 1 8 10 4 18.2 87.7 4 Jeff Gordon 31 3 2 11 21 3 11.3 99.9 5 Matt Kenseth 24 1 1 5 9 3 17.2 86.3 6 Carl Edwards 20 3 2 7 12 1 12.1 99.9 7 Brad Keselowski 10 1 0 3 4 1 15.7 88.9 8 Kevin Harvick 23 0 5 8 12 0 11.8 103.9 * – Based on last 19 races at Phoenix International Raceway (2005 – 2014). If two or more Eliminator 8 drivers are tied after Phoenix, the tie-breaker will go to the driver with the best finish in the three Eliminator Round races. Here is how the Eliminator 8 drivers have fared in each of the first two races in this round: Points Pos. Driver Martinsville Texas 1 Joey Logano 5 12 2 Denny Hamlin 8 10 3 Ryan Newman 3 15 4 Jeff Gordon 2 29 5 Matt Kenseth 6 25 6 Carl Edwards 20 9 7 Brad Keselowski 31 3 8 Kevin Harvick 33 2 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 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix International Raceway , one per season from 1988-2004 and two each season since. · 194 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix; 139 in more than one. · Mark Martin leads series in starts at Phoenix with 34; followed by Jeff Gordon with 31. · 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), while 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 Eliminator Eight driver Kevin Harvick , with five – (’06 spring race and Chase race, ’12 Chase race, ‘13 Chase race and ’14 spring race). · The eight drivers have won more than once at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick leads the series in wins with five 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 – Spring race 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 36 (11.1%) 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 36 (19.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from the front row: four from the pole and three from second-place. · 17 of the 36 (47.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position inside the top 10. · 19 of the 36 (52.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Phoenix have been won from a starting position outside the top 10. · 3 of the 36 (8.3%) 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 6.273; 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. · Two perfect Driver Ratings of 150.0 have been recorded at Phoenix, Kurt Busch in April of 2005 and Kevin Harvick in November of 2006. · 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 lead the series in top-five finishes at Phoenix with 14; followed by Mark Martin with 12 and Jeff Gordon with 11. · 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). · Joe Nemechek leads the series (active drivers) with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Phoenix without visiting Victory Lane with 28. · 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 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) NASCAR in Arizona · There have been 41 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among three tracks in Arizona. Track Name City NSCS Phoenix International Raceway Avondale 36 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. 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Gillian Zucker leaving Auto Club Speedway for Los Angeles Clippers RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today The NBA's Los Angeles Clippers named Gillian Zucker, former president of Auto Club Speedway , as the club's new president of business operations. Zucker, who has led the speedway's business since 2005, was the first female president of the track, and MSN and FOX once named her one of the five most powerful women in motorsports. "What an exciting time to be part of the L.A. Clippers," Zucker said. "There's something special happening in this organization that has captured the attention of Los Angeles, the NBA and the nation. (Owner) Steve Ballmer's energy and enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring. We are just getting started." Before her tenure as track president, Zucker served as Daytona International Speedway 's vice president of business operations and development. Zucker joined International Speedway Corporation in 1998 as director of business development for Kansas Speedway . Prior to joining ISC, Zucker worked in professional baseball, where she was assistant general manager for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club. She graduated from Hamilton College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing. "I am extremely happy to add a leader like Gillian to our team," Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. "Her clear and creative business vision, innovative approach to marketing and experience working in the Los Angeles sports market make her the perfect fit to lead the Clippers during this transcendent time." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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