The Subway Fresh Fit 500
The Cup Series moves its vans to the one-mile tri-oval of Phoenix International Raceway this weekend after a much needed weeks rest over Easter to recharge batteries and prepare mentally for the grind to come during the rest of the Cup Series season. It’s time to tune the engines and get the cars set up for a track that is unique as far as tracks go on the circuit. The Phoenix International Raceway is in disguise, it’s actually a short track dressed up as an intermediate oval.
The track designers have produced a track that has an irregular D shape and moderately flat banking in the corners while retained that short track feel in a one mile form. The statistical history of the Phoenix race can tell you quite a bit about the possible rankings at the end of the Phoenix race, but then you always have to figure in the driving history of teams and racers into the equations. These two variables have helped me in my calculated guesses for the final standings at Phoenix. The following is our race rankings for the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway which you can catch on Fox at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
•1. Kyle Busch
Kyle has consistency shown to have the fastest car, even though he hasn’t always driven as well as he can.
•2. Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie would probably like to race at this Arizona oval every week, considering he’s won the last three races at this venue, and he’s already won on a short track this season.
•3. Jeff Gordon
Expect Gordon to run fast and provide competition to Kyle through out the race, he’s always run pretty good here over the years and I think he’s ready to let his little devil loose.
•4. Mark Martin
Mark started pretty slow early in the season, but he got his race in order on the short tracks of Bristol and Martinsville, so expect him to be ready to rock and roll at Phoenix.
•5. Denny Hamlin
Hamlin has raced hard and fast on the circuit’s short tracks so far in 2009 and he’s finished in the top five four times before at Phoenix.
•6. Jeff Burton
•7. Kevin Harvick
•8. Tony Stewart
•9. Ryan Newman
•10. Clint Bowyer