Mike David Wins Jimmie Johnson Foundation 150
Ryan Newman turned in a lap of 26.975 seconds (133.457 mph) to win the 43rd pole of his career in Coors Light Pole Qualifying for PIR’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Friday, tying him for 10th in all-time Sprint Cup Series poles with Buck Baker. Newman’s lap in the No. 12 Dodge gave him the edge over Elliott Sadler by 0.009 seconds. “I’m happy to be competitive in qualifying,” said Newman. “We have been top five at times, so we’re happy to be on top of the charts. Everybody is doing a great job.” Carl Edwards will start third, followed by Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Busch. Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson will roll off in the seventh position, and he will be trailed by Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., and Scott Riggs. Defending race winner Jeff Gordon will start 11th. The entire lineup for Saturday’s race under the lights can be found here. Tickets to see all 43 stars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Saturday’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ are still available by visiting www.racetickets.com, or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Click here for more information on everything that’s happening at PIR during NASCAR Week.
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Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that Kristie Maggs has been promoted to Senior Director of Consumer Marketing and Partnership Activation. Since joining PIR in July 2007, Maggs has played an integral role in the marketing efforts of two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends and the upcoming Verizon Indy Car Series – growing the track’s fan base through promotional opportunities with track partners and elevating the PIR brand.
Phoenix International Raceway participated in the inaugural NASCAR West Coast Media day at the Peterson Automotive Museum in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. The event, which highlights the second season of back-to-back races at Las Vegas, Phoenix and Fontana, featured NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. In addition to the upcoming 2016 season, the drivers as well as track presidents discussed the return of “NASCAR Goes West” including the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 13.
NASCAR star Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Great Clips Chevy SS for Hendrick Motorsports, attended Wednesday’s Phoenix Suns home game versus the Charlotte Hornets at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Kahne was in the Phoenix area to promote the start of the 2016 NASCAR season, the Daytona 500, and the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 13.
For people looking for that perfect gift for the race fan in their life, Phoenix International Raceway has extended its Black Friday and Cyber Monday special offers through the end of the week.