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2013 Phoenix: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 03, 2013 - 06:59 AM
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2013 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 2013 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 won four of those nine races.

Not any more. So we'll have to look elsewhere for stats since five out of the last six winners have started 10th or WORSE.

How about this one ?

Chevrolet has won 14 of the last 18 races at Phoenix ?

That might have worked except Ford (Carl Edwards), Chevrolet (Jeff Gordon) and Toyota (Kasey Kahne & Denny Hamlin) have won the last four of the last five 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 12 Phoenix races. But none of their four drivers could finish better than fourth in 2012.

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

Plus consider this... only two drivers have finished in the top-five in each of the last two events: Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick. In fact, Hamlin won the Spring visit with Harvick second, and Harvick won the Fall visit with Harvick second.

With that in mind, today's pick to win is going to be... Kevin Harvick. Plus he has Chevrolet power, and faired very well during speedweeks at Daytona.

Behind Harvick, it should be Hamlin, but keep an eye on 2012 Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, he has the hot foot right now.

So enjoy today's race! It's a late start.

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Starting Line Up by Row
Phoenix International Raceway
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Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, March 01, 2013 @ 08:01 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 Dream Machine Toyota 26.073 138.074
2 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State Chevrolet 26.113 137.862
2 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 26.124 137.804
4 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 26.149 137.673
3 5 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi MAX Chevrolet 26.246 137.164
6 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 26.250 137.143
4 7 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 26.263 137.075
8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 26.292 136.924
5 9 20 Matt Kenseth Husky Toyota 26.300 136.882
10 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 26.304 136.861
6 11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 26.309 136.835
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 26.329 136.731
7 13 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 26.344 136.654
14 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Filters Toyota 26.354 136.602
8 15 99 Carl Edwards Subway Ford 26.377 136.483
16 27 Paul Menard Menards/Serta Chevrolet 26.400 136.364
9 17 16 Greg Biffle 3M/Novec Ford 26.414 136.291
18 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 26.419 136.266
10 19 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 26.483 135.936
20 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevrolet 26.492 135.890
11 21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 26.496 135.870
22 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 26.580 135.440
12 23 51 AJ Allmendinger Guy Roofing Chevrolet 26.580 135.440
24 34 David Ragan Ford 26.614 135.267
13 25 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet 26.618 135.247
26 7 Dave Blaney Sany Chevrolet 26.647 135.100
14 27 36 JJ Yeley Accell Construction Chevrolet 26.654 135.064
28 95 Scott Speed Surrender the Sponsor Ford 26.683 134.917
15 29 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 26.702 134.821
30 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 26.725 134.705
16 31 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 26.727 134.695
32 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 26.791 134.373
17 33 47 Bobby Labonte Glad Toyota 26.797 134.343
34 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 26.903 133.814
18 35 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical/Value Place Toyota 26.911 133.774
36 35 Josh Wise(i) Blockbuster.com Ford 26.948 133.591
19 37 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota Owner Points
38 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet Owner Points
20 39 44 Scott Riggs(i) No Label Watches Ford Owner Points
40 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 87 Joe Nemechek(i) MaddiesPlaceRocks.com Toyota Owner Points
42 32 Ken Schrader Safe Skies Locks Ford Owner Points
22 43 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Toyota 12 0






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