Ford Performance – Phoenix Raceway 1 Advance

NASCAR will complete its three-race western swing this weekend at Phoenix Raceway with the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Cup Series racing on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang, will be looking to repeat his Cup win from a year ago.

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Kevin Harvick holds the record with nine career NASCAR Cup Series wins at Phoenix Raceway with his latest coming in 2018. That’s the most victories for Harvick on any track currently on the NASCAR schedule. Michigan International Speedway ranks second on his personal list for career wins with five while New Hampshire Motor Speedway is third with four. In addition, Harvick goes into Sunday’s scheduled race having posted 19 consecutive top-10 finishes. The streak started in 2013 when he won the next-to-last race of the season, igniting a six-race stretch that saw him win five times, including four straight, and finish second once.



Chase Briscoe had to hold on through two late-race restarts but did just that to score his first NASCAR Cup Series win one year ago at Phoenix Raceway. Briscoe held Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick at bay as all three drivers were searching for their first Cup wins, but Briscoe emerged to become the 200th different winner in Cup history. The Indiana native led all but one of the final 83 laps and 101 circuits on the day to become the 38th driver to score a win in all three national series in just his 40th Cup start.



Through three NASCAR Cup Series races this season, Ford has had a different driver post the manufacturer’s highest finish in each race. Joey Logano narrowly missed out on his second Daytona 500 victory, finishing runner-up last month while Kevin Harvick’s fifth-place finish topped Ford at Auto Club Speedway. This past weekend, Austin Cindric’s late-race overtime rally at Las Vegas ended up with a sixth-place showing. In addition, there have been seven different Ford drivers who have posted at least one Top 10 finish this season, including Logano, Harvick, Cindric, Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney and Riley Herbst.



Alan Kulwicki, driving the No. 7 Zerex Ford, won his first NASCAR Cup Series race in the debut event at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 6, 1988. Kulwicki, who celebrated by taking a Polish Victory Lap for which he is still remembered for today, passed leader Ricky Rudd with 16 laps to go and ended up taking the checkered flag in his 85th start by 18 seconds over runner-up Terry Labonte. Fellow Ford drivers Davey Allison and Bill Elliott finished third and fourth, respectively. Kulwicki, who ended up leading four times for 41 laps in taking the next-to-last event of the season, went on to win four more Cup races during his career.




Rusty Wallace had only three more chances to keep his streak of winning at least one race a season alive when he rolled into Phoenix Raceway in 1998. He had gone to Victory Lane in each of the previous 12 seasons and didn’t want to see it come to an end, so that’s why what he did on Oct. 25 was so impressive. 


Wallace, who started sixth, made a beeline to the front and pretty much stayed there all afternoon until rain came and halted the race after 257 laps. The event was eventually called, marking the first rain-shortened race in the track’s NASCAR history, but there was no doubt Wallace deserved the win. 


He led 196 of the 257 laps, including the final 73. Wallace’s streak eventually reached 16 seasons before it was snapped in 2002.




Kurt Busch made Phoenix Raceway history when he drove his No. 97 Irwin/Sharpie Ford Taurus to victory in the first NCS night race held at the track on Apr. 23, 2005. 


Busch dominated from the start as he led 132 of the first 133 laps, and while others like Brian Vickers and Michael Waltrip led multiple laps at different stages of the event, it was Busch who proved to be too strong down the stretch. He passed Waltrip with 44 laps to go and was never threatened again as he won by 2.315 seconds. 


Busch led 219 of the 312 laps as Phoenix hosted the first of two annual Cup dates each season for the first time.



When Ford went to victory lane at Phoenix in the second race of 2013, it snapped a 70-race winless drought for Carl Edwards, whose previous victory came in Las Vegas in 2011.


Edwards led 122 of 312 laps, including the final 78, to win the, but there were anxious moments, particularly at the end when a green-white-checker finish had most of the leaders wondering if they had enough gas in the tank to reach the end.


Edwards did and managed to beat Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the finish line.



Riley Herbst ran his streak of Top 10 finishes to three after his eighth-place run last Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Herbst started the year with a sixth-place finish at Daytona and then started the West Coast swing at Auto Club Speedway by running seventh. Herbst comes into this weekend’s event at Phoenix fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings with Stewart-Haas teammate Cole Custer in seventh.


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