March 11, 2018
Phoenix International Raceway
First race: 2005
The Good Sam 500, previosly called Subway Fresh Fit 500 and CampingWorld.com 500, is one of two races held at picturesque Phoenix International Raceway.
The Good Sam 500 (Subway Fresh Fit 500) had its inaugural race in 2005 and since then, has become a very important early Sprint Cup Series race. The Subway Fresh Fit 600 is unique in that it’s one of three races measured in kilometres and one of the few races held at night.
The race formerly known as the Subway Fresh Fit 500, Subway 500 and Subway Fresh Fit 600 and CampingWorld.com 500 is now known as the Good Sam 500. The now called Good Sam 500 is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The race, a 312 lap event that actually is one of only three NASCAR series events measured in kilometres rather than miles or laps. Phoenix International Raceway facilities have been used not only for NASCAR but also for events including IRL (Indy Racing League), Rolex Sports Car Series, and the prestigious 'Copper World Classic.
Although the track is new to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, Phoenix International Speedway is known for its unusual tri-oval shape and has been used by the Indy Racing League. At one mile, Phoenix is a mid-length track in a “D” shaped tri-oval. While Phoenix is a relatively flat track, with a mere 11 degree banking, the action is still very intense, and you will see drivers pushing their cars to the limits and getting sideways coming out of turns two and four. This lets you know that every driver means business, and every driver wants to get to that finish line quicker than the rest.
The past few years have been a who’s who of NASCAR, with Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Kevin Harvick all notching wins at Phoenix International.
2017 Good Sam 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.