Originally created 11/07/02

Racing facts - Checker Auto Parts 500



CHECKER AUTO PARTS 500

WHERE: 1-mile tri-oval at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.

WHEN: Television coverage starts at 2 p.m.; race starts at 2:30

BROADCAST: Television - NBC; Radio - Motor Racing Network.

DISTANCE: 312 laps.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Jeff Burton.

NOTES: The Phoenix raceway has a unique shape. A wall and crossover jets out at the exit of the second turn. Itís a relatively-flat race track with 11-degree banking in the first and second turns, 9-degree banking in turns three and four ... Jeff Burton has won the last two races at Phoenix and heís finished no worse than fourth in his last four starts there 5/8 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship leader Tony Stewart has a victory and a pair of top-five finishes in three career starts.