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Subway Fresh 500 - Phoenix International Raceway

Kurt Busch Dominates in the Desert Under the Lights
Desert domination, those two words would accurately describe Saturday night’s Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway for defending NEXTEL CUP champion Kurt Busch. Busch, starting from the outside pole, took the lead from the very start of the race and led all but four of the next 166 laps. The only times he gave up the lead was on caution periods, on two occasions, when cars stayed out an extra lap to get five bonus points for leading a lap and when teammate Greg Biffle got around on a restart on lap 146 to get his five bonus points as well. But, for the most part, a little over half of the race was the Busch and Biffle show as they steadily ran 1 – 2 and ran away from the field, proving that one of them would be the car to beat in the end. But Biffle’s hot streak would come to an end in the pits. During the caution period on lap 167, Biffle and Mike Bliss would make contact on pit road as Biffle was leaving and Bliss was entering his pit. The contact punctured the radiator on Biffle’s No. 16 car forcing it to overheat and out of the race. At this point in the night, teams started trying to use pit strategy as a way to beat Busch, it was their only hope. After every caution, Busch would work his way through the field and back to the lead, as a matter of fact, he led the event six times for a total of 219 of the race’s 312 laps. Busch won by a margin of 2.315 seconds to score his 12th victory in his 158th career start. With the win Busch climbed from fourth to second in the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP point standings. The win for Busch was his first at PIR but the fifth victory for car owner Jack Roush. Michael Waltrip posted his season’s best effort, with a second-place finish, his third top ten this season. Jeff Burton, who has won twice at Phoenix, came home in third place, giving him his sixth top ten at PIR. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brian Vickers rounded out the top five in the finishing order.

Subway Fresh 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Ford Thursday Quotes
· Dodge Thursday Quotes
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Race Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes

Jeff Gordon Scores First Phoenix Pole Position
Up until Friday, four-time-champion Jeff Gordon had never won a race or a pole position at Phoenix International Raceway. Now that the NASCAR Bud Pole qualifying session is over, you can cross one of those off of the list, as Gordon won the pole for Saturday night’s inaugural Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Gordon won the top starting spot with a qualifying lap in 26.931 seconds, at an average speed of 133.675 mph, to score his 53rd career pole position and his first this season. Defending Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch will join Gordon on the front row, starting second, after turning in a lap of 27.016 seconds, at an average speed of 133.254 mph. Greg Biffle, last week’s winner in Texas, will roll off third, while Bobby Labonte looks to turn around his bad luck with a solid fourth-place qualifying run. Brian Vickers will round out the top-five starting positions.


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