NASCAR: Camping World 500

In race two of the west coast swing with the Camping World 500 for the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers. The cars will make 312 laps around the one mile track at Phoenix International Raceway for 312 miles or 502.115 kilometers.

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Again this week there are only 39 teams starting the race.

Air temperatures are in the mid nineties with track and in car temperatures well over 100 degrees.

Stages one and two are 75 laps with stage three 162 laps.

Joey Logano won the pole in qualifying on Friday afternoon and will bring the field to the start of the race.

The starting lineup for the Camping World 500:
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Kyle Larson
Jamie McMurray
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Erik Jones
Kyle Busch
Kasey Kahne
Kurt Busch
Matt Kenseth
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Ty Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Paul Menard
Denny Hamlin – moved to the back of the field after making a tire change – drivers must start the race on the same tires they used in qualifying
AJ Allmendinger
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
Kevin Harvick
Trevor Bayne
Michael McDowell
Danica Patrick
Daniel Suarez
Aric Almirola – moved to the back of the field for an engine change
Landon CassillMatt KeBenedetto
Corey LaJioe
Cole Whitt
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Reed Sorenson
Gray Gaulding
Derrike Cope
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Timmy Hill

Starting from the outside lane Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and pulls out in front of the field.

Lap five Jeffrey Earnhardt takes his smoking car to the garage. Denny Hamlin has moved up nine spots after starting at the back of the field. Joey Logano has a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson.

Lap 13 Joey Logano has pulled out to a one second lead over second place driver Kyle Larson.

Lap 18 Joey Logano has increased his lead to over one second and has begun lapping cars putting Timmy Hill one lap down.

Lap 24 Joey Logano has increased his lead to over a second and a half on second place driver Brad Keselowski. There are 36 cars on the lead lap.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 27 when Corey LaJoie hits the wall after making contact with Reed Sorenson.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Joey Logano leads the race off of pit road.

In car temperatures have already reached over 130 degrees.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 32. Logano pulls out in front of the field as cars get three wide behind him.

Kurt Busch is reporting voltage issues with possible alternator problems.

Lap 42 Joey Logano has a lead of over half a second.

Lap 50 Joey Logano continues to lead the race. He has led all but one lap when he came down pit road during the caution flag.

Lap 64 Joey Logano continues to dominate the stage with a half second lead on Kyle Larson.

Lap 67 Kyle Larson challenges Joey Logano for the lead but Logano manages to hold him off.

Joey Logano wins stage one…and the extra points.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Jamie McMurray
Kyle Busch
Ryan Blaney
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney
Dale Earnhardt Jr

Joey Logano leads the race off of pit road.

Kurt Busch was caught speeding on pit road. He has changed the battery in his car and the digital dash had yet to reboot.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 84 and pulls out in front of the field. The cars get three wide for a race to the lead and Chase Elliot takes over the lead of the race with Kyle Larson second and Joey Logano third.

Lap 90 Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Larson.

Lap 100 race leader Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Larson. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 109 Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson.

Corey LaJoie brings out the third caution flag of the race ater hitting the wall for a second time.

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano and Aric Almirola are caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 122 Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds off a challenge from Kyle Larson to take the lead.

Lap 130 Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second and a half over second place driver Kyle Larson.

Jeffrey Earnhardt has returned to the track but is 126 laps down.

After starting at the back of the field, Denny Hamlin has pulled up to the top 10.

Lap 140 Chase Elliott has a lead of over two seconds on Kyle Larson.

FOX television cameras inside Dale Earnhardt Jr’s car shows an in car temperature of nearly 144 degrees.

With a lead of nearly three seconds Chase Elliott wins stage two.

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The top 10 drivers at the end of stage two:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Brad Keselowski
Jamie McMurray
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick

Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Chase Elliott brigs the field down for the green flag restart o lap 158 and is immediately challenges by yle Larson, but Elliott holds o to the lead.

On lap 162 Chase Elliott has aleady pulled out to a lead of oer half a second on yle Larson.

On lap 165 Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second

Lap 168 Chase Elliott has a lead of nearly a second and a half over Kyle Larson.

Lap 189 Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on second place driver Kyle Busch.

Matt Kenseth brings out the fifth caution flag of the race on lap 192 when he blows a tire and hits the wall.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

With 112 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and takes over the lead of the race.

The sixth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 295 when David Ragan cuts a tire and gets into Gray Gaulding before both cars hit the wall. Kurt Busch is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 100 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch takes the lead of the race.

In only two laps, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over half a second.

And within five laps, he has increased that lead to a second.

Ninety laps to go and Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly a second on second place driver Brad Keselowski.

With 79 laps to go Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nealy two seconds on second place diver Brad Keselowski.

With 73 laps to go Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly three seconds.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a vibration.

Joey Logano is reporting some possible brake issues.

With 64 laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of three seconds.

With 60 laps to go, Kyle Busch’s lead is back to two and a half seconds as he enters

Cole Whitt brings out the seventh caution flag on lap 257 when he blows and tire and hits the wall.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Martin Truex Jr gets his car stuck on Michael McDowell’s lug nut gun hose. Ryan Blaney is caught speeding on pit road. Landon Cassill has an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Kasey Kahne has to make a second trip down pit road to tighten up some lug nuts.

Chris Buescher is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with 51 laps remaining in the race and pulls out in front of the field.

Chris Buescher’s car is smoking.

Dale Earnhardt Jr is reporting brake issues.

With 40 laps to go, Kyle Busch is leading the race by nearly a second.

Thirty two laps to go and Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of one second.

Brad Keselowski’s team reported that the vibration was caused by a missing wheel weight.

Kurt Busch is still reporting a battery issue.

With 26 laps to go, Kyle Busch’s lead is now over two seconds.

Twenty to go and Kyle Busch’s lead is over two and a half seconds.

Ten to go and Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly three seconds.

With only six laps to go in the race, Joey Logano brings out the caution flag after blowing a tire and hitting the wall.

Taking only two tires, Kyle Larson leads the race off of pit road but three drivers Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse, and Martin Truex Jr stayed out on the track.

In a green-white-checker finish Ryan Newman brings the field down for the green flag restart and pulls out in front of the field.

Ryan Newman takes the white flag.

Ryan Newman wins the race giving Richard Childress Racing its first win in 112 races.

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The unofficial results of the Camping World 500:
Ryan Newman
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Daniel Suarez
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Clint Bowyer
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Jamie McMurray
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Trevor Bayne
Kasey Kahne
Paul Menard
Danica Patrick
Ryan Blaney
Michael McDowell
Kut Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Chris Buescher
Landon Cassill
Matt DiBenedetto
Reed Sorenson
Joey Logano
Timmy Hill
Derrike Cope
Cole Whitt
Davi Ragan
Gray Gaulding
Matt Kenseth
Corey LaJoie
Jeffrey Earnhardt

photos courtesy of:
By Brian Cantoni – Flickr.com – image description page, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=341442

By Nascarking – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38582240

By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42901125

By The U.S. Army – Ryan Newman slips into the Army No. 39 Chevrolet Impala SS, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9452882


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