March 11, 2018
Phoenix International Raceway
First race: 2005
The TicketGuardian 500 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The 312-lap event is one of only four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events measured in kilometers rather than miles or laps (joining the fall Phoenix race and both road course events). The 500-kilometer (312 mi) race currently starts at 3:30 p.m. EST and finishes during the day.
As part of the 2005 NASCAR Realignment, a second date was awarded to Phoenix with Subway sponsorship. As there was already a race sponsored by Subway on the schedule (the now Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville), the name "Subway Fresh 500" was devised to reduce confusion. Subway later added the word "Fit" to the sponsorship to promote its Fresh Fit combo choices.
This event swapped dates with the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway due to the three race west coast swing, this event used to be race 2 preceding Daytona and Las Vegas before Atlanta took Phoenix's former spot, the Food City 500 at Bristol used to be race 4 before the Food City 500 moved up four weeks due to bad weather, on April 19, 2015.
With the new 2010 NASCAR start time rule change that starts races only at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time, track officials were concerned that the new start time (45 minutes earlier than in the past) would put the majority of the race in the day instead of the planned night. At that time of year in Phoenix, sunset takes place at roughly 7:00 p.m. MST (because Arizona does not observe daylight saving time, this is the same as Pacific Daylight Time). As a result, the race was stretched to 600 kilometers (375 miles) so that the extra 100 kilometers (63 miles) would take place during the day, and most of the race would still take place at night as planned. However, in 2011, the race moved one week after the Daytona 500 in February. The race returned to 312 laps (500 kilometers) and was run on Sunday in the daytime for the first time. In 2015, Phoenix moved from the second to the fourth race of the season in mid-March.
2017 Camping World 500 Winner: Ryan Newman
2016 Good Sam 500 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2015 CampingWorld.com Winner: Kevin Harvick
2014 Profit on CNBC 500 Winner
Kevin Harvick wins the 2014 Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick survived a succession of late restarts at Phoenix.
2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Winner
Carl Edwards wins the 2013 Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway beating Jimmie Johnson to the checkered flag in a green-white-checkered-flag finish.
2012 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Winner
Denny Hamlin wins 2012 Phoenix Sprint Cup race Subway Fresh Fit 500. Kevin Harvick had Hamlin in his sights over the final few laps, but ran out of gas and finished second. Hamlin led the final 59 laps en route to his 18th career victory and his first at Phoenix.
2011 Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 Winner
Jeff Gordon, who qualified 20th, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 Subway Fresh Fit 500 held on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Gordon celebrated the win, snapping a 66-race winless streak,.
2010 Goodys Fast Pain Relief 500 Winner
A late caution flag was all Ryan Newman needed to pick up the checker flag in the 2010 Subway Fresh Fit 600 on Saturday night from Phoenix International Raceway. Capitalizing on a late caution that extended Saturday's Subway Fresh Fit 600 three laps past its scheduled distance of 375 laps, Ryan Newman and crew chief Tony Gibson snatched victory from Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch with a two-tire call under the final caution.
2009 Goodys Fast Pain Relief 500 Winner
Martin became the oldest driver to win in the series since Morgan Shepherd won at age 51 on March 20, 1993 at Atlanta. Martin's victory was his first since October 9, 2005 at Kansas Speedway and his first since joining Hendrick Motorsports to start the 2009 season. The 50-year-old polesitter streaked away from Tony Stewart after a restart with six laps remaining to win the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.