Camping World 500
|Venue||Phoenix International Raceway|
|Distance||312 miles (502.115 km)|
|Previous names||Subway Fresh 500
Subway Fresh Fit 500
Subway Fresh Fit 600
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The Camping World 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.
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. 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.
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|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|
- 2010 and 2013: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|2||Jeff Gordon||2007, 2011|
|Kevin Harvick||2006, 2014|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|4||Hendrick Motorsports||2007, 2008, 2009, 2011|
|2||Roush Fenway Racing||2005, 2013|
|Stewart-Haas Racing||2010, 2014|
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|7||Chevrolet||2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014|
- 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.
- 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.
|2005||Fox||Mike Joy||Darrell Waltrip
- "News & Media". NASCAR.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
- "NASCAR reveals 2015 schedules for national series". NASCAR. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- "Memorable Moments: Phoenix". NASCAR. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
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