The Profit on CNBC 500

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The Profit on CNBC 500
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Venue Phoenix International Raceway
Sponsor CNBC
First race 2005
Distance 312 miles (502.115 km)
Laps 312
Previous names Subway Fresh 500
(2005–2006)
Subway Fresh Fit 500
(2007–2009, 2011–2013)
Subway Fresh Fit 600
(2010)

The The Profit on CNBC 500 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The 312-lap event is one of only four 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 3:00 p.m. EST and finishes during the day.

Race history[edit]

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.

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 kilometres (370 mi) so that the extra 100 kilometers (63 mi) would take place during the day, and most of the race would still take place at night as planned.[1] However, in 2011, the race moved one week after the Daytona 500 in February. The race returned to 312 laps (500 kilometers) and was ran on Sunday in the daytime for the first time. In 2015, Phoenix will move from the second to the fourth race of the season in mid-March.[2]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
2005 April 23 Kurt Busch Roush Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 3:02:16 102.707 Report
2006 April 22 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:54:51 107.063 Report
2007 April 21 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:53:48 107.71 Report
2008 April 12 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:01:14 103.292 Report
2009 April 18 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:53:16 108.042 Report
2010 April 10 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 378* 378 (608.332) 3:48:14 99.372 Report
2011 February 27 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:01:49 102.961 Report
2012 March 4 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 312 (502.115) 2:50:35 110.085 Report
2013 March 3 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 316* 316 (508.553) 3:00:15 105.187 Report
2014 March 2 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:51:23 109.229 Report

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
2 Jeff Gordon 2007, 2011
Kevin Harvick 2006, 2014

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
4 Hendrick Motorsports 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
2 Roush Fenway Racing 2005, 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing 2010, 2014

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
7 Chevrolet 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
2 Ford 2005, 2013
1 Toyota 2012

Notable moments[edit]

  • 2007: Jeff Gordon wins for the first time at Phoenix from the pole (the first winner from the pole at Phoenix), scoring his 76th NSCS win (tying Dale Earnhardt). After the race, Gordon celebrated with a black flag with the #3 of Earnhardt emblazoned on it.[3]
  • 2011: Jeff Gordon snaps a 66 race winless streak (longest of his career) and ties Cale Yarborough with his 83rd career win.
  • 2013: Carl Edwards wins in a Subway-sponsored car in the Subway-sponsored race and snaps a 70-race winless streak.

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2005 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "News & Media". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ "NASCAR reveals 2015 schedules for national series". NASCAR. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Memorable Moments: Phoenix". NASCAR. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 

External links[edit]


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