Event: Subway Fresh Fit 500k (Round 2 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile oval)
Winner: Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing in a green-white-checkered finish (Ford)
SHR Finish: Tony Stewart (Started 6th, Finished 8th / Running, completed 316 of 316 laps)
Danica Patrick (Started 40th, Finished 39th/ Accident, completed 184 of 316 laps)
Ryan Newman (Started 10th, Finished 40th / Accident, completed 137 of 316 laps)
SHR Points: Ryan Newman (20th with 44 points, 46 out of first)
Danica Patrick (22nd with 42 points, 48 out of first)
Tony Stewart (23rd with 39 points, 51 out of first)
Tony Stewart led the way for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway by finishing eighth in the Subway Fresh Fit 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, scored his 12th top-10 in 23 career Sprint Cup starts at the 1-mile oval.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 39th after blowing a right front tire and making hard contact with the outside wall while running in 26th place. It was Patrick’s 12th career Sprint Cup start but only her second at Phoenix.
Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet for SHR, finished 40th after having two separate right-front tire issues, which both resulted in contact with the outside wall. The damage from the second incident was too much for Newman to return to the racetrack.
Carl Edwards won the Subway Fresh Fit to break a 70-race winless streak. His last victory came March 6, 2011 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Today’s win marked the 20th Sprint Cup victory of his career and his second at Phoenix.
Five-time Sprint Cup champion and Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson finished 1.024 seconds behind Edwards in the runner-up spot, while Denny Hamlin, reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five. Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were eight caution periods for 43 laps, with eight drivers failing to finish the 316-lap race, which was extended four laps by a green-white-checkered finish.
With round two of 36 complete, Newman leads the SHR contingent in the championship point standings. He is 20th, 46 points behind series leader Johnson. Patrick stands 22nd, 48 points out of first. Stewart is 23rd, 51 points behind Johnson.
Patrick, who is competing for Rookie of the Year honors against Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished 23 spots behind Stenhouse (16th).
The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday, March 10 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race starts at 3 p.m. EST, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 2:30 p.m.