Race Day Blog: Sights and Sound From Phoenix


7:20p ET -- That's a wrap from Phoenix International Raceway! Congratulations once again to Carl Edwards on winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500.

6:40p ET -- It's a good day when the boss is happy:

6:35p ET -- Victory has never tasted so sweet.

6:23p ET -- Carl Edwards wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, snapping a 70-race winless streak.

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6:16p ET -- CAUTION! Ken Schrader blows a right front tire to bring out the caution. Setting up for a Green-White-Checkered restart. Watch the final laps on FOX or follow along on FOXSports.com'€™s RaceTrax.

6:05p ET -- Carl Edwards is looking stout in the closing laps of the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Edwards must fend off two Sprint Cup champions in Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski to snap his 70-race winless streak.

5:15p ET -- Down goes Danica. A right front tire blew on Danica Patrick's Chevrolet SS, sending her hard into the Turn 4 SAFER barrier. The wreck on Lap 185 also collected David Ragan.

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5:00p ET -- Just past the halfway point in the Subway Fresh Fit 500, and one truly is the loneliest number. Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Dave Blaney have all been involved in single car wrecks.

Kyle Busch suffers damage after hitting the wall during the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

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3:44p ET -- Los Angeles Dodgers' all-star outfielder Andre Ethier stepped away from the diamond to take in today's race. Camelback Ranch, where the Dodgers play their spring training games, is located less than 5 miles from Phoenix International Raceway, making it an easy trip for Ethier.

3:23p ET -- Boogity Boogity Boogity, let's go racing! Mark Martin leads the field to green at Phoenix International Raceway.

3:10p ET -- How awesome is this photo? Nothing can get the adrenaline pumping like a B-17 flyover!   Invocation, anthem & flyover complete. Lets do this!

Kids cheer as the B-17 Commemorative Air Force of Arizona flies over during the national anthem.

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2:59p ET -- Mini Dale Jr. in the house! Will this little guy be a good luck charm for the 88 crew? 

2:35p ET — Pre-race ceremonies are underway here in Phoenix. However, we can’t confirm the rumors that Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon shared a pre-race hug.

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1:57p ET -- Brian Baumgartner has been spotted! Mr. Baumgartner, also known as Kevin on "The Office," will give the command for today's Subway Fresh Fit 500.

1:15p ET -- NASCAR on SPEED's RaceDay is underway with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace and Larry McReynolds at the helm. Rutledge Wood and Wendy Venturini are bringing you updates and interviews from the garage.

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12:03p ET -- Toyota's engine woes continue in Phoenix:

11:52 ET -- It doesn't get much cooler than this. Aric Almirola set aside time this morning to honor the newly sworn-in members of our United States Air Force:  

11:38a ET -- Danica Patrick's crew chief, Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman10), checks in from the garage. Patrick rolls off from the 40th position in today's race:

11:00a ET -- We a™re up and running from Phoenix International Raceway! The weather is in the high-70s with no expected rain in the forecast. NASCAR on FOX's pre-race show kicks off at 2:30p ET.

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