Race Review: Subway Fresh Fit 500

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Welcome, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race fans, to the eighth race of the season. This week’s race is at the “Desert Jewel”, Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ. This is a quirky one mile flat track in the dessert. Officials have to round up the rattle snakes before the teams come to town! The first race here was in 1988 and four drivers attempting to qualify, were there that day. Mark Martin, who is on the pole for this race, Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin and Trevor Boys, who failed to make the race. Also failing to qualify were 64 Todd Bodine from the Camping World Truck Series, 41 Jeremy Mayfield, 51  Dexter Bean and 02 Brandon Ash. By the way, Alan Kulwicki won that first race and made famous his “Polish Victory Lap” by going around the track in the wrong direction to wave to the fans.

48 Jimmy Johnson is trying for four in a row here. 24 Jeff Gordon won the last race in Texas, ending a long loosing streak. Traditionally, when Jeff breaks a long loosing streak, he wins the next race also. 16 Greg Biffle won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at PIR on friday night. Can he make it a weekend sweap? And 5 Mark Martin is on the pole with a speed of 133.814. Can he finally win in his Hendrick Motorsports car from the pole?

Here we go! 5 Martin leads from the pole. 00 David Reutimann and 83 Brian Vickers battle for position. 00 gets by for fifth. 11 Denny Hamlin gets by team mate 18 Kyle Busch for seventh. 24 Gordon and 14 Tony Stewart battle with 19 Elliott Sadler on the outside. 14 threads the needle to take the position. 2 Kurt Busch is catching leader 5 in traffic. 96 Bobby Labonte gets by 29 Kevin Harvick for thirty-first. 16 Biffle and 48 Johnson battle for thirteenth.

The first caution comes out on lap 54 when 09 Sterling Marlin gets into the wall. Everyone pits. 36 Scott Riggs is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back. There is a fuel fire in the 48 pit box after he leaves. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has trouble in the pits and makes another pit stop. 5 comes back out first, but 55 Michael Waltrip stays out to lead, then pits the second time around. 48 pins 18 behind 34 John Andretti to get by. 14 slides ahead of 11.

88 bumps 82 rookie Scott Speed to get by. 48 gets by 00 for seventh. 29 Harvick fights to stay on the lead lap. 2 and 14 battle for second. 2 gets by, but 14 gets back by 2. The second caution comes out on lap 103 for debris. 96 Labonte stays out to lead, then pits. 07 Casey Mears is the Lucky Dog. Back to racing, 2 Kurt Busch is leading. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya, 9 Kasey Kahne and 1 Martin Truex, Jr. are three-wide. 1 and 83 batle for tenth.

The third caution comes out when 12 David Stremme looses it off turn two and spins. 20 rookie Joey Logano is the Lucky Dog. 1 changes two tires and comes out second. The 48 team drops a lug nut twice and so has a long pit stop. 24 is smoking with a tire rub after contact with 11. The fourth caution comes out when 44 AJ Almendinger tries to get under 88 and locks up the tires and spins. 24 pits for tires and repairs. 29 Kevin Harvick is the Lucky Dog. 48, 11 and 24 get together.

2 is leading. 16 gets by 1 for fifth. 99 Carl Edwards and 11 battle for twelfth, and 99 gets by. 11 has a tire going down. 48 moves 1 out of the way to take the spot. The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 55 Michael Waltrip gets loose and into 7 Robby Gordon, sending him into the wall. 24 barely gets by. 88 stays out to lead, along with 47 Marcos Ambrose, 24, 12, and 96. 2 gets into the concrete wall (not a safer barrier there). 19 Elliott Sadler may be the Lucky Dog.

14 gets by 2 and 31 Jeff Burton through the middle. 88 has a four second lead on 18 Kyle Busch. 14 and 18 battle for second. 14 gets by. 5 drives by 18 on the outside. 14 is catching leader 88. 14 takes the lead during the commercial. 88 pits after loosing the lead. 44 is getting loose all over the track. 36 Scott Riggs pits and misses a lug nut, so he has to come back in under Green. 24 misses a lug nut and has to come back in, and goes two laps down. 5 battles 14 for the lead, and takes it. Green Flag Pitting is going on and 00 Reutimann leads and then pits. 48 leads and pits. 83 leads, then pits. After all the pitting, 88 is once again back in the lead.

5 and 88 batle for the lead and 5 takes the lead, with 14 coming. 88 is falling back. 48 and 88 battle for seventh. 31 and 77  Sam Hornish, Jr. battle for twelfth. 78 Regan Smith gets by 71 David Gilliland. 00 gets by 16. The sixth caution comes out with eleven to go. 88 gets loose and spins after 07 Casey Mears got into 88. 18, trying to be first out of the pits, is caught speeding. 39 Ryan Newman stays out to lead. They restart with six to go. 5 takes the lead. 48 gets by 11 for fourth. 16 gets by 11 for fifth. 2 won’t let 48 get by for third.

And Mark Martin wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from starting on the pole. He also led the most laps. The 51 year old driver hasn’t won a race in years. Since he retired several years ago. Mark does the Polish Victory lap with the Checkered Flag. He becomes the third oldest winner. 88 bumps 07 after the race to show he didn’t appreciate the tap that spun him. 07 taps 88 back.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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