Back Seat Driver

Back Seat Driver: Phoenix


*Editorís Note* Every Monday, after every race weekend, contributing writer Jacob Mullins will recap the top story lines from the track in our new weekly feature, Back Seat Driver.

This weekendís NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races at Phoenix International Raceway were all about numbers for the race winners. Letís break down the important numbers from NASCARís second date of their West Coast swing.

NASCAR Sprint Cup


Two is the number of races that Kevin Harvick has won on NASCARís West Coast swing. After dominating last weekís race in Las Vegas, Harvick continued to show that he will be a tough to beat in this yearís title hunt by dominating Phoenix Sunday afternoon. Harvick led 224 of 312 laps and has secured himself a spot atop the Chase standings with his second win of the year and all but securing him a chance to defend his title.


Four is not only the number of Harvickís 500 winning race car number, but it is also the number of consecutive wins the Bakersfield, Calif., native has at Phoenix International Raceway in as many tries. The four consecutive wins is impressive, but Harvick has won five of the last six races at the 1-mile track in the desert and has gone to victory lane seven times in his career.


Seven is the number of consecutive races dating back to last yearís Fall Texas race that Harvick has finished in the top-two. During that span, he has four wins and an average finish of 1.43. Letís not also forget that he won the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship


48 is the number of max points a driver can earn in a race. They winner of the race earns 43 points just for winning, however, win and lead the most laps, you get three bonus points , one bonus point for leading a lap and one more bonus point for leading the most laps. The 500 was Harvickís second 48-point race of the year. The driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Hass Racing Chevrolet has an average finish of 1.5 in four races this year.

Seven Hundred Eighty-Two

782 is the number of laps Harvick has led out of the possible 1248 circuits turned at Phoenix over his four consecutive wins. Another staggering number is 62.6% – the percentage of laps led by Harvick during that time.



Joey Logano finished P1 in Saturdayís AXALTA 200 from PIR. This is Loganoís first win of 2015 in the series and his first time in victory lane under the newly re-named series. In addition, the win snaps a 13-race winless streak that dates back to the 2013 Fall race at Dover International Speedway.


Two is the position that Joey Logano has finished in his last Four XFINITY series starts although starting from the pole in three of those four races, including Saturdayís race.


22 is the number of wins the Middletown, Conn., native has won in NASCARís second-tier series. In addition, 22 is also the number on the door for Team Penskeís Discount Tire Ford. In 137 starts in the XFINITY Series, Logano has 22 wins, 72 top-5ís and 109 top-10ís. He won nine races in 2012 while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.

One Hundred Fifty

150% is the driver rating that Logano earned during Saturdayís race. Logano won the pole for the event and led 176 of 200 laps. This was the second time in his career that he has posted a perfect driver rating.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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