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2017 Can-Am 500

The 2017 Can-Am 500 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on November 12, 2017, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. Contested over 312 laps on the one mile (1.6 km) oval, it was the 35th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, ninth race of the Playoffs, and final race of the Round of 8. Matt Kenseth recorded his 39th Series win in his Circle K Toyota Camry.

2017 Can-Am 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]
Race 35 of 36 in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date November 12, 2017 (2017-11-12)
Location Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 312 laps, 312 mi (499.2 km)
Average speed 105.534 miles per hour (169.841 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Wood Brothers Racing
Time 26.098
Most laps led
Driver Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 193
Winner
No. 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Kyle Rickey (1 & 2) and Buddy Long (3 & 4)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Phoenix International Raceway, the track where the race was held.

Phoenix International Raceway – also known as PIR – is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. It is named after the nearby metropolitan area of Phoenix. The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. PIR has also hosted the IndyCar Series, CART, USAC and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 mi (4.0 km) road course that ran both inside and outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was reconfigured with the current 1.51 mi (2.43 km) interior layout. PIR has an estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 67,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004 following the addition of a second annual NASCAR race weekend.

Phoenix International Raceway is home to two annual NASCAR race weekends, one of 13 facilities on the NASCAR schedule to host more than one race weekend a year. The track is both the first and last stop in the western United States, as well as the fourth and penultimate track on the schedule.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Derrike Cope StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 D. J. Kennington Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Kyle Weatherman Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Chase Elliott was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 26.207 seconds and a speed of 137.368 mph (221.072 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.207 137.368
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 26.231 137.242
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.288 136.945
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Ryan Blaney scored the pole for the race with a time of 26.098 and a speed of 137.942 mph (221.996 km/h).[12]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 26.254 26.168 26.098
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.369 26.176 26.099
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.182 26.161 26.101
4 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.307 26.200 26.155
5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 26.437 26.225 26.166
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.245 26.120 26.230
7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.309 26.067 26.241
8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.429 26.178 26.263
9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 26.297 26.260 26.333
10 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.492 26.286 26.380
11 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 26.394 26.215 26.398
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.378 26.265 26.427
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.234 26.308
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.331 26.408
15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.405 26.411
16 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 26.387 26.412
17 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.476 26.416
18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.509 26.462
19 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.490 26.497
20 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.422 26.535
21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.507 26.551
22 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 26.508 26.606
23 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 26.508 26.622
24 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.520 26.694
25 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.542
26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.597
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.604
28 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 26.609
29 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 26.664
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 26.697
31 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 26.727
32 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 26.762
33 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 26.956
34 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 26.957
35 7 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 26.970
36 66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 27.158
37 15 D. J. Kennington Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 27.221
38 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport – The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 27.352
39 51 Kyle Weatherman Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 28.337
40 00 Derrike Cope StarCom Racing Chevrolet 0.000
Official qualifying results

Practice (post-qualifying)Edit

Second practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 26.800 seconds and a speed of 134.328 mph (216.180 km/h).[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.800 134.328
2 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.833 134.163
3 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.849 134.083
Official second practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 26.672 seconds and a speed of 134.973 mph (217.218 km/h).[14]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 26.672 134.973
2 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.799 134.333
3 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.800 134.328
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

Stage 1Edit

StartEdit

Ryan Blaney led the field to the green flag at 2:37 p.m., He led a total of 11 laps, Chase Elliott took the lead on lap 11 and led 14 laps, Denny Hamlin took the lead on lap 26 and led only one lap, Chase Elliott regained the lead on lap 27 and led only one lap, Hamlin regained the lead on lap 28 and led 40 laps. The first caution of the race flew on lap 77 for the conclusion of the first stage.

Stage 2Edit

The race restarted on lap 84 and it remained green for 67 laps.

Final stageEdit

The race restarted on lap 159 and it remained green for 71 laps. Denny Hamlin led on lap 228, with Matt Kenseth 2.5 seconds behind.

The race restarted on lap 236 and the fourth caution of the race flew on lap 239 for debris in turn 2, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the free pass under caution.

The race restarted on lap 244 and it remained green for 9 laps.

The race restarted on lap 259 and the sixth caution of the race flew three laps later for a single-car wreck in turn 3 by Cole Whitt, Kasey Kahne won the free pass under caution.

The race restarted on lap 266 and it remained green for 10 laps, The seventh caution of the race flew on lap 276 for Hamlin cutting a tire down after a few laps earlier he and Elliott slammed into the wall.

The race restarted on lap 282, Elliott was aggressive to get the lead from Kenseth with 29 to go but Kenseth fought back and took the lead with 10 laps to go and drove on to score his first victory in 52 races since 2016 in New Hampshire. With Kenseth's win Brad Keselowski was the final driver to advance to the Championship Four.

Post raceEdit

"I don't know what to say except thank the lord," an emotional Kenseth said after climbing out of his car. "It's been an amazing journey. Just got one race left and everybody dreams of going out a winner. We won today. Nobody can take that away from us."[15]

Race resultsEdit

Stage resultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 4
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 3
9 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 2
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 75

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 8
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 7
5 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 4
8 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 2
10 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final stage resultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 162

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 56
2 4 24 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 45
3 5 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 312 44
4 11 77 Erik Jones (R) Furniture Row Racing Toyota 312 45
5 6 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 43
6 13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 312 35
7 8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 41
8 27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 312 29
9 22 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 312 28
10 14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 312 27
11 29 13 Ty Dillon (R) Germain Racing Chevrolet 312 26
12 9 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 312 25
13 20 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 312 25
14 21 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 23
15 19 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 312 22
16 16 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 312 21
17 1 21 Ryan Blaney Wood Brothers Racing Ford 312 20
18 10 19 Daniel Suárez (R) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 312 19
19 17 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 311 18
20 18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 311 22
21 15 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 310 16
22 28 95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 309 15
23 23 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 309 14
24 32 34 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 309 13
25 24 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 309 12
26 37 15 D. J. Kennington Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 307 11
27 30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 306 10
28 36 66 David Starr (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 305 0
29 38 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Circle Sport - The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 305 8
30 35 7 Joey Gase (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 304 0
31 33 23 Corey LaJoie (R) BK Racing Toyota 304 6
32 40 00 Derrike Cope StarCom Racing Chevrolet 302 5
33 26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 301 4
34 39 51 Kyle Weatherman Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 294 3
35 2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 275 21
36 34 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 258 1
37 31 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 247 1
38 25 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 226 1
39 12 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 148 2
40 3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 104 11
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 5 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 7 for 41
  • Red flags: 1 for 5 minutes and 3 seconds
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 57 minutes, 23 seconds
  • Average speed: 105.534 miles per hour (169.841 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, two–time Phoenix winner Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Dave Burns
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Kyle Rickey
Turns 3 & 4: Buddy Long
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Phoenix International Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Second Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Can-Am 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. November 12, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. November 13, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 10, 2017). "Elliott leads first Phoenix practice as he faces must-win situation". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Fryer, Jenna (November 10, 2017). "Blaney wins pole in critical playoff race at Phoenix". Associated Press. Avondale, Arizona: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  13. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 11, 2017). "Harvick leads second Cup practice from Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  14. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 11, 2017). "Harvick tops final Cup practice at Phoenix". Motorsport.com. Avondale, Arizona: Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  15. ^ Hembree, Mike (November 12, 2017). "Matt Kenseth wins at Phoenix to give Brad Keselowski last NASCAR final four slot". USA TODAY. Retrieved November 12, 2017.


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