NASCAR DFS: FanShield 500 Track Breakdown
Matt Selz has the full track breakdown and Hot Pass for this week's race -- the FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway.
The final stretch of the NASCAR Goes West part of the schedule is here as the Cup drivers make a stop in Phoenix for the FanShield 500 this Sunday. The track is perhaps the most unique track that’s not a road course and that might be surprising since it’s just a 1-mile layout. That being said, it’s a flat track with the most banking being 12 degrees in Turn 3 and the start-finish line sits on a curve which leads to crazy restarts here.
There is a part of the track known as the “dogleg” which is a wide curving section after Turn 1 that leads down the “backstretch” and into Turn 2. This “dogleg” sits right after the start-finish line and with no rules on diving below the yellow line, it means that restarts can be as much as six-wide-free-for-alls that result in a ton of jockeying for position. Last year the races here were fairly tame though because the of the downforce on the cars and how glued they were to the track, so in light of that NASCAR changed the package this year for...