The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)

Phoenix Raceway

3:30 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX


• 1-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona, near Phoenix. PHOENIX: A TIMELINE JANUARY 1964 - Constructi­on on Phoenix Raceway is completed. Scottsdale, Arizona builder Richard Hogue, an amateur sports car racer, designs the track at the foothills of the Estrella Mountains to be known as the “Indianapol­is of the West” as it is the only one of its kind outside of Daytona Beach and the only road racing course between the Mississipp­i and California. The new track includes a uniquely-shaped one-mile oval, a quarter-mile drag strip and a meandering 2.5-mile road course. JANUARY 1968 - Don White wins the first stock car race staged at Phoenix, a 250-mile chase on the road course. OCTOBER 1970 - Hollywood giant Steve Mcqueen wins the 17 lap ‘Winter Sprint’ sports car race on the track’s road course in Porsche 908 from pole position, setting a new lap record of 1:41.09. NOV. 27, 1977 - Cale Yarborough drives to Victory Lane in the first NASCAR Winston West Series race at Phoenix. OCTOBER 1988 - Constructi­on of a three-story suite building is completed outside Turn 1. Reserved seating capacity is increased to 30,000. FEB. 5, 1995 - The Supertruck Series (now Camping World Truck Series) debuts. Mike Skinner is the series’ first winner, taking the Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic. OCT. 25, 1998 - A race at Phoenix is shortened due to rain for the first time in history, giving Rusty Wallace his first Winston Cup Series win at Phoenix after 10 years of attempts. APRIL 20, 2006 - The new Bobby Allison Grandstand debuts, giving fans a sweeping view of the track from outside of Turns 1 and 2. The next day, Phoenix Raceway unveils Octane, the unique and exclusive lounge positioned six stories above Turn 1. APRIL 21, 2007 - Jeff Gordon opens the 20th season of Cup Series action at Phoenix with a thrilling victory over Tony Stewart in the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500. The victory is Gordon’s first in 17 tries in the desert and the first by a driver from the pole position. It is Gordon’s 76th win, tying him for sixth all-time with Dale Earnhardt on the NEXTEL Cup Series career wins list. Gordon celebrates his win by holding a “3” flag out of his driver’s side window to commemorat­e the late Earnhardt’s great career. NOV. 9, 2014 - Needing a win to advance to the Championsh­ip Round of new Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kevin Harvick did just that, leading 264 of 312 laps en route to a dominant victory in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500. The win was Harvick’s third in a row at Phoenix Raceway, matching him with Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers to “three-peat” at the track, and making Harvick the only driver to sweep both Cup races in a season on two separate occasions – he also swept in 2006. A week later at Homestead-miami Speedway, Harvick won again to capture his first Sprint Cup Series Championsh­ip.

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