Last weeks race was worth the wait as Dale Earnhardt Jr put on a text-book clinic on holding off the field to win his second Daytona 500. No coincidence he was number one in last weeks Power Rankings.’s
For those of you joining me for the first time, my Power Rankings is not based on who’s hot. It’s based on track history for the upcoming NASCAR race.
Phoenix is a track that suits experience drivers in the series so don’t expect rookies to win here. Tony Stewart was the last rookie to win at Phoenix in 1999 and that was under the old configuration with the strong dog leg kink on the track.
During the past five years at Phoenix, Carl Edwards has the most poles with 2 followed by Jimmie Johnson, A.J. Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch with one pole a piece. Seven winners have come from the pole position since the Sprint Cup racing began at Phoenix while most winners come with a starting position of inside the top ten qualifying spots.
Active drivers with the most wins are led by Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick with four wins a piece.
Manufacturer wins has Chevy winning three of the last five races at Phoenix and both Ford and Toyota with one win a piece.
Dave Blaney and Cole Whitt are the only two drivers that need to qualify on time to race on Sunday.
Here’s the top ten for Phoenix during the last five years:
10 Jeff Gordon: 1 win, 2 top 5s and 4 top 10s.
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr: 0 wins, 2 top 4s and 2 top 10s.
8 A.J. Allmendinger: 0 wins, 0 top 5s and 2 top 10s.
7 Greg Biffle: 0 wins, 2 top 5s and 3 top 10s.
6 Denny Hamlin: 1 win, 2 top 5s and 3 top 10s.
5 Kyle Busch: 0 wins, 2 top 5s and 5 top 10s.
4 Ryan Newman: 1 win, 5 top 5s and 6 top 10s.
3 Carl Edwards: 2 wins, 3 top 5s and 4 top 10s.
2 Jimmie Johnson: 0 wins, 6 top 5’s and 6 top 10s.
1 Kevin Harvick: 2 wins, 4 top 5s and 5 top 10s.
Join me for my RP=M fantasy picks after qualifying.
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Tags: A.J. Allmendinger Carl Edwards Cole Whitt Dale Earnhardt Jr Dave Blaney Denny Hamlin Greg Biffle Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch NASCAR Phoenix International Raceway Ryan Newman Tony Stewart