The 312-lap event is one of only four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events measured in kilometers rather than miles or laps (joining the fall Phoenix race and both road course events). The 500-kilometer (312 mi) race currently starts at 3:30 p.m. EST and finishes during the day.
As part of the 2005 NASCAR Realignment, a second date was awarded to Phoenix with Subway sponsorship. As there was already a race sponsored by Subway on the schedule (the now Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville), the name "Subway Fresh 500" was devised to reduce confusion. Subway later added the word "Fit" to the sponsorship to promote its Fresh Fit combo choices.
This event swapped dates with the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway due to the three race west coast swing, this event used to be race 2 preceding Daytona and Las Vegas before Atlanta took Phoenix's former spot, the Food City 500 at Bristol used to be race 4 before the Food City 500 moved up four weeks due to bad weather, on April 19, 2015.
Phoenix International Speedway
Phoenix International Speedway is known for its unusual tri-oval shape and has been used by the Indy Racing League. At one mile, Phoenix is a mid-length track in a “D” shaped tri-oval. While Phoenix is a relatively flat track, with a mere 11 degree banking, the action is still very intense, and you will see drivers pushing their cars to the limits and getting sideways coming out of turns two and four. This lets you know that every driver means business, and every driver wants to get to that finish line quicker than the rest.
The past few years have been a who’s who of NASCAR, with Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Kevin Harvick all notching wins at Phoenix International.
With the new 2010 NASCAR start time rule change that starts races only at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, track officials were concerned that the new start time (45 minutes earlier than in the past) would put the majority of the race in the day instead of the planned night. At that time of year in Phoenix, sunset takes place at roughly 7:00 p.m. MST (because Arizona does not observe daylight saving time, this is the same as Pacific Daylight Time). As a result, the race was stretched to 600 kilometers (375 miles) so that the extra 100 kilometers (63 miles) would take place during the day, and most of the race would still take place at night as planned. However, in 2011, the race moved one week after the Daytona 500 in February. The race returned to 312 laps (500 kilometers) and was run on Sunday in the daytime for the first time. In 2015, Phoenix moved from the second to the fourth race of the season in mid-March.
2017 Camping World 500 Winner
Ryan Newman scored a shocking surprise win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camping World 500 Sunday
2016 Good Sam 500 WINNER
Kevin Harvick led 224 of the 312 laps at the one-mile track, including the final 24, leaving Earnhardt to battle with front row starters Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, who finished third and fourth, respectively, for Team Penske.
2015 CampingWorld.com 500 Winner
Kevin Michael Harvick is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently drives the No. 4 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time.
2014 Profit on CNBC 500 Winner
Kevin Harvick got his fifth career win at Phoenix with the 2017 Profit on CNBC 500 victory. The win all but assures Harvick a spot in the Chase along with Daytona 500 winner Earnhardt Jr.
2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Winner
Carl Edwards won the 2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Following Edwards and Johnson, Denny Hamlin ran third, followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series reigning champion Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Winner
Denny Hamlin wins 2012 SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hamlin holds off Kevin Harvick and leads the last 59 laps of the 312-lap race to earn his 18th Sprint Cup Series victory.
2011 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Winner
Jeff Gordon, who led the most laps despite also being involved in the Busch/Edwards tangle, gradually tracked the No. 18 Toyota down, Exiting the fourth turn on lap 304, Gordon put the bumper to Busch and drew along side as they raced down the front stretch. The two banged doors in turn one as Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet slid wide, but both drivers kept their machines under control. From there, Gordon pulled away to his 83rd career victory
2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 Winner
Ryan Newman scored his 12th victory in 204 races on superspeedways. Saturday marks Ryan Newman's first Cup victory at Phoenix in 16 races. Newman finished 16th or worse in the last four Phoenix races.
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