NASCAR Drivers Hope to Survive the Duel in the Desert at Phoenix Raceway

Chase Elliott sliding sideways in the #9 car at Phoenix Raceway 3-13-22
Chase Elliott sliding sideways in the #9 car at Phoenix Raceway 3-13-22 (Photo credit: YouTube)

The NASCAR Cup Series drivers will be hoping to at least survive at Phoenix Raceway with a decent finish in the United Rentals Work United 500.

Of course, they really want to win the race. However, that is easier said than done at the track that has such minimal banking that it is essentially a one-mile flat track. Handling is always a struggle at Phoenix for the drivers and teams to find. You can cross that razor’s edge between too loose to too tight very quickly.

Here’s the data for the track and the race this weekend.

Phoenix Raceway Data
Track Size: 1-mile
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 9 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 11 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 3 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 9 degrees
Race Length: 312 laps / 500 Kilometers

United Rentals Work United 500 Data
Season Race #: 04 of 36 (03-12-23)
Stage 1 Length: 60 laps
Stage 2 Length: 125 laps
Final Stage Length: 127 laps

Kevin Harvick is the Phenom of Phoenix. He has an all-time leading nine victories at Phoenix Raceway. Here are all of the active drivers that have won at Phoenix Raceway in the Cup Series.

Kevin Harvick9 Wins2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 sweep, 2013, 2012, 2006 sweep
Kyle Busch3 Wins2019, 2018, 2005
Joey Logano3 Wins2022, 2020, 2016
Denny Hamlin2 Wins2019, 2012
Chase Briscoe1 Win2022
Kyle Larson1 Win2021
Martin Truex Jr1 Win2021
Chase Elliott1 Win2020

This is Kevin Harvick’s last full-time season in the Cup Series. Some might say it would be poetic for him to get his tenth win at Phoenix Raceway in his final season.

Of course, all the other drivers will be doing everything they can to prevent that from happening, no offence toward Kevin.

We will see what happens when the green flag waives to start the United Rentals Work United 500 at 2:30 p.m. central time (3:30 p.m. eastern time) Sunday, March 12th from Phoenix Raceway.

By: Buck Stevens

Buck Stevens