2011 Kobalt Tools 500

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2011 Kobalt Tools 500
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 35 of 36 in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
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Date November 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
Location Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (502.115 km)
Weather Rain showers with a high temperature around 62.
Average speed 112.909 miles per hour (181.709 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing
Time 26.258
Most laps led
Driver Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing
Laps 160
Winner
No. 4
Kasey Kahne
Red Bull Racing Team
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree

The 2011 Kobalt Tools 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on November 13, 2011 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Contested over 312 laps, it was the thirty-fifth as well as the ninth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The race was won by Kasey Kahne for the Red Bull Racing Team. Carl Edwards finished second, and Tony Stewart clinched third.


Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Phoenix International Raceway, where the race was held.

The track, Phoenix International Raceway, is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races, the others being Richmond International Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway.[4] The standard track at Phoenix International Raceway is a four-turn short track oval that is 1 mile (1.6 km) long.[5] After the February race, PIR was significantly reconfigured. The first two turns are now banked from 10 to 11 degrees, while the final two turns are banked from 8 to 9 degrees.[6] The front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at three degrees. The back stretch, nicknamed the 'dogleg', varies from 10 to 11 degree banking.[6] The racetrack has seats for 76,800 spectators.[5]

Before the race, Carl Edwards led the Drivers' Championship with 2,316 points, and Tony Stewart stood in second with 2,313 points. Kevin Harvick followed in third with 2,283 points, five ahead of Matt Kenseth and 16 ahead of Brad Keselowski in fourth and fifth. Jimmie Johnson, with 2,261 was 24 points ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., as Jeff Gordon with 2,235 points, was six ahead of Kurt Busch, and 18 in front of Denny Hamlin.[7] Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman was eleventh and twelfth with 2,216 and 2,213 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 235 points, 52 ahead of Ford. Toyota, with 174 points, was 18 points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[8] Edwards is the race's defending champion, after winning the race in 2010.[9]

Matt Kenseth earned his third pole position of the season with a time of 26.258 seconds

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Two 120 minute practice sessions were held before the race on Friday.[10] Jeff Burton was quickest with a time of 25.702 seconds in the first session, more than two-hundredths of a second faster than Kenseth.[11] David Ragan was just off Kenseth's pace, followed by Paul Menard, Newman, and David Reutimann. A. J. Allmendinger was seventh, still within a second of Burton's time.[11] Also in the session, Kyle Busch's team changed his car's engine after engine problems.[12] In the second practice session, Menard was fastest with a time of 25.510 seconds, seven-hundredths of a second quicker than second-placed Edwards.[13] Regan Smith took third place, ahead of Brian Vickers, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray. Stewart could only manage 36th place.[13]

Afterward, during qualifying, forty-six cars were entered, but only forty-three were able to race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[14] Kenseth clinched his third pole position during the season, with a time of 26.258 seconds.[3][15] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Allmendinger.[15] Marcos Ambrose qualified third, Mark Martin took fourth, and Martin Truex, Jr. started fifth.[15] Stewart, one of the drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, qualified eighth, while Edwards was scored ninth.[15] The three drivers that failed to qualify for the race were Scott Riggs, David Stremme, and Andy Lally.[15] Once the qualifying session completed, Kenseth commented, "Jimmy Fennig, had a strategy to go fast in the first practice to go out late. Even though we knew the temperature would be hotter he thought the track could be faster with more cars having run on it. A lot of people chose the opposite strategy and worked on race set-up in the first practice and did their qualifying stuff in the second practice to go out early."[3]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed Grid
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.258 137.101 1
43 A. J. Allmendinger Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 26.384 136.446 2
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 26.411 136.307 3
5 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.455 136.080 4
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 26.455 136.080 5
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.469 136.008 6
00 David Reutimann Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 26.473 135.988 7
14 Tony Stewart Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 26.488 135.911 8
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.529 135.701 9
4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 26.534 135.675 10
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.547 135.609 11
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 26.585 135.415 12
6 David Ragan Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.588 135.399 13
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.608 135.298 14
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 26.613 135.272 15
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.618 135.247 16
22 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 26.622 135.227 17
83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 26.624 135.216 18
84 Cole Whitt Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 26.625 135.211 19
7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Dodge 26.630 135.186 20
51 Landon Cassill Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 26.631 135.181 21
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.634 135.166 22
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.689 134.887 23
46 Scott Speed Whitney Motorsports Ford 26.694 134.862 24
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.696 134.852 25
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.704 134.811 26
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.715 134.756 27
33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.751 134.574 28
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.756 134.549 29
39 Ryan Newman Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet 26.764 134.509 30
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 26.793 134.363 31
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 26.837 134.143 32
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.850 134.078 33
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.936 133.650 34
66 Michael McDowell HP Racing Toyota 26.979 133.437 35
37 Mike Skinner Max Q Motorsports Ford 27.023 133.220 36
55 Travis Kvapil Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.040 133.136 37
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Toyota 27.062 133.028 38
32 Mike Bliss FAS Lane Racing Ford 27.184 132.431 39
36 Geoffrey Bodine Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.417 131.305 40
38 J. J. Yeley Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.911 128.981 41
34 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.252 123.068 42
35 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.157 132.562 43
Failed to Qualify
23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Toyota 27.336 131.695
30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Chevrolet 27.355 131.603
71 Andy Lally TRG Motorsports Ford 28.215 127.592


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
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  3. ^ a b c "Kenseth takes pole at Phoenix". inRacingNews.com. November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tracks". NASCAR. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Phoenix International Raceway". NASCAR. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "PIR To Be Repaved after February Race". Phoenix International Raceway. February 9, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Pre-race Drivers' Championship Standings". NASCAR. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site – 2011 Manufacturers Championship Standings". Jayski.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2009 Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500". Racing-Reference.info. November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
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  11. ^ a b "Practice One Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "NASCAR — CUP: Burton Tops First Practice At Phoenix". Speedtv.com. November 11, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Practice Two Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Qualifying Entry List". NASCAR. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Race Official Lineup". NASCAR. November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lineup Statistics". MotorRacingNetwork.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site — Phoenix Sprint Cup Qualifying Order/Results, Lineup". Jayski.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 


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