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2012 Phoenix: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 04, 2012 - 07:33 AM
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2012 Phoenix: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Welcome back to Phoenix International Raceway which is the second race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 1.0-mile tri-oval was completed in 1964, but the NASCAR Sprint Cup series didn't start racing here until 1988 when Alan Kulwicki won in a Ford in the debut event.

The unusual banking is eleven degree in Turns 1-2 with nine degree banking in Turns 3-4. The 1,179 foot frontstretch is a relatively flat three degrees with nine degree banking on the 1,551 foot backstretch. The track can host over 77,000 fans.

As for predicting today's winner... this one used to be easy.

Why ?

For a span of eight out of nine races (2006-2010), the worst starting position of any Phoenix winner had been seventh, and the polesitter has won four of those nine races.

Not any more. So we'll have to look elsewhere for stats....

How about this one ?

Chevrolet has won 13 of the last 16 races at Phoenix ?

That might have worked except Ford (Carl Edwards), Chevrolet (Jeff Gordon) and Toyota (Kasey Kahne) have each won one of the last three races. It appears that an end to manufacturer dominance has come to an end at Phoenix.

As for other strong stats, the Hendrick team has won seven of the last 10 Phoenix races. In 2010... the ownership didn't win either visit, but in the first visit of 2011 Jeff Gordon won and Jimmie Johnson finished third. However, in the second visit neither driver finished in the top-ten.

So maybe today's pick isn't going to be so easy.

Drumroll please.. Today's pick to win is going to be... Carl Edwards. Why ? Out of the last three races Edwards has a win (2010) and a second place finish (Phoenix II - 2011). Although we were extremely tempted to pick Tony Stewart who led 160 laps in Phoenix II, 2011 and finished third. He also starts second today.

Should Edwards fail, keep an eye on Stewart. But keep your other eye on Pole sitter Mark Martin who won this race the only time he won the Pole.

So enjoy today's race! It's a late start - 2:30 P.M. Eastern.

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Phoenix International Raceway
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Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, March 03, 2012 @ 04:05 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Tony Stewart 11/07/99 02:38:28 118.132
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Toyota 26.313 136.815
2 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 26.446 136.126
2 3 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row / Farm American Chevrolet 26.471 135.998
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 26.552 135.583
3 5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 26.559 135.547
6 39 Ryan Newman WIX Filters Chevrolet 26.570 135.491
4 7 16 Greg Biffle 3MWraps.com Ford 26.652 135.074
8 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevrolet 26.664 135.014
5 9 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 26.667 134.998
10 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 26.712 134.771
6 11 31 Jeff Burton Wheaties Chevrolet 26.743 134.615
12 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Brown Toyota 26.753 134.564
7 13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 26.766 134.499
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 26.776 134.449
8 15 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 26.810 134.278
16 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 26.812 134.268
9 17 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford / Scotts Toyota 26.854 134.058
18 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield / Allez Cuisine Ford 26.856 134.048
10 19 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet 26.878 133.939
20 27 Paul Menard Menards / Tarkett Chevrolet 26.903 133.814
11 21 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet 26.913 133.764
22 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 26.933 133.665
12 23 36 Dave Blaney Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet 26.940 133.630
24 99 Carl Edwards SUBWAY Ford 26.943 133.615
13 25 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Filters Toyota 26.983 133.417
26 17 Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford 27.094 132.871
14 27 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevrolet 27.120 132.743
28 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 27.127 132.709
15 29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 27.150 132.597
30 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 27.182 132.441
16 31 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 27.221 132.251
32 10 David Reutimann Accell Construction Chevrolet 27.225 132.231
17 33 26 Josh Wise # Morristown Drivers Service Ford 27.256 132.081
34 34 David Ragan Barrett-Jackson Ford 27.261 132.057
18 35 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing Toyota 27.338 131.685
36 38 David Gilliland Rick Santorum for President Ford 27.373 131.516
19 37 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 27.376 131.502
38 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 27.566 130.596
20 39 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy / Bashas' Dodge 27.615 130.364
40 33 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 27.945 128.824
21 41 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota Owner Points
42 32 Mike Bliss Southern Pride Trucking / U.S. Chrome Ford Owner Points
22 43 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 27.887 129.092
Did Not Qualify: # 37 Timmy Hill #.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Ford 11 1






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