NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race

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NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race
Phoenix Raceway (updated).png
NASCAR Cup Series
VenuePhoenix Raceway
LocationAvondale, Arizona, United States
Corporate sponsorNone
First race1988
Distance318.864 mi (513.162 km)
Laps312
Stage 1: 75
Stage 2: 115
Final stage: 122
Previous namesChecker 500 (1988, 1990)
Autoworks 500 (1989)
Pyroil 500 (1991)
Pyroil 500K (1992)
Slick 50 500 (1993–1994)
Dura Lube 500 (1995–1996)
Dura Lube 500 Presented by Kmart (1997)
Dura Lube/Kmart 500 (1998)
Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 (1999–2000)
Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil (2001–2002, 2006–2007)
Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Havoline (2003)
Checker Auto Parts 500 (2004–2005)
Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil (2008)
Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 (2009)
Kobalt Tools 500 (2010–2011)
AdvoCare 500 (2012–2013)
Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 (2014–2015)
Can-Am 500 (2016–2018)
Bluegreen Vacations 500 (2019)
Season Finale 500 (2020)
Most wins (driver)Kevin Harvick (4)
Most wins (team)Hendrick Motorsports (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (15)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.022 mi (1.645 km)
Turns4

The NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race is a NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

It is one of five NASCAR races run with a length measured in kilometers; the Ruoff Mortgage 500 (the other Cup Series race at Phoenix which is held in the spring) and three of the Cup Series' road course events (the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Go Bowling at The Glen and Bank of America Roval 400) are the others.

History[edit]

The race logo in 2020 when it was called the Season Finale 500

After previously being the second-to-last race of the NASCAR Cup Series season for several years, the event became the last race of the season for the Cup Series starting in 2020, replacing the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the fall race at Martinsville replaced this race as the second-to-last race of the season.[1] In 2020, the race did not have a title sponsor and was named the Season Finale 500. NASCAR did not use that name again in 2021 and instead called it the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race.[citation needed]

In its two years as the last race of the Cup Series season, the driver who won the championship also won the race: Chase Elliott in 2020 and Kyle Larson in 2021.

Past winners[edit]

Race years[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1988 November 6 7 Alan Kulwicki AK Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 3:26:57 90.457 Report
1989 November 5 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 2:57:08 105.683 Report
1990 November 4 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:13:25 96.786 Report
1991 November 3 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 3:15:31 95.746 Report
1992 November 1 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 3:00:12 103.885 Report
1993 October 31 6 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 3:06:30 100.375 Report
1994 October 30 5 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:54:12 107.463 Report
1995 October 29 10 Ricky Rudd Rudd Performance
Motorsports
Ford 312 312 (502.115) 3:03:18 102.128 Report
1996 October 27 43 Bobby Hamilton Petty Enterprises Pontiac 312 312 (502.115) 2:50:38 109.709 Report
1997 November 2 88 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 2:48:55 110.824 Report
1998 October 25 2 Rusty Wallace Penske Racing Ford 257 257 (413.601) 2:22:30 108.211 Report
1999 November 7 20 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 312 312 (502.115) 2:38:28 118.132 Report
2000 November 5 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 2:58:13 105.041 Report
2001 October 28 99 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 3:02:26 102.613 Report
2002 November 10 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 2:44:25 113.857 Report
2003 November 2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:19:11 93.984 Report
2004 November 7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 315 315 (506.943) 3:19:16 94.848 Report
2005 November 13 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:02:23 102.641 Report
2006 November 12 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:14:44 96.131 Report
2007 November 11 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:01:46 102.989 Report
2008 November 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 313 313 (503.724) 3:12:01 97.804 Report
2009 November 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:49:26 110.486 Report
2010 November 14 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 312 312 (502.115) 2:49:01 110.754 Report
2011 November 13 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Racing Team Toyota 312 312 (502.115) 2:45:47 112.918 Report
2012 November 11 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 319 319 (513.381) 2:52:09 111.182 Report
2013 November 10 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:57:03 105.733 Report
2014 November 9 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:07:13 99.991 Report
2015 November 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 219 219 (352.446) 2:03:22 106.512 Report
2016 November 13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 324 324 (521.427) 3:08:59 102.866 Report
2017 November 12 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 312 (502.115) 2:57:23 105.534 Report
2018 November 11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 312 (502.115) 3:10:20 98.354 Report
2019 November 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 312 (502.115) 2:48:00 111.429 Report
2020 November 8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 2:47:00 112.096 Report
2021 November 7 5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 312 (502.115) 3:06:33 100.348 Report
2022 November 6 Report
   Race shortened due to rain
1998▪2015
   Race extended due to NASCAR overtime
2004▪2008▪2012▪2016

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
4 Kevin Harvick 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014
3 Jimmie Johnson 2007, 2008, 2009
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2003, 2004, 2015
2 Davey Allison 1991, 1992
Jeff Burton 2000, 2001
Matt Kenseth 2002, 2017
Kyle Busch 2005, 2018

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
8 Hendrick Motorsports 1994, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2020, 2021
5 Roush Fenway Racing 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010
4 Richard Childress Racing 1990, 2006, 2012, 2013
Joe Gibbs Racing 1999, 2017, 2018, 2019
3 Robert Yates Racing 1991, 1992, 1997
2 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 2003, 2004
Team Penske 1998, 2016

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
15 Chevrolet 1990, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020, 2021
13 Ford 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2016
4 Toyota 2011, 2017, 2018, 2019
2 Pontiac 1996, 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rebuilt Playoffs schedule to heighten drama, beating-and-banging". NASCAR. March 26, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2020.

External links[edit]


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