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2013 Phoenix II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Nov 10, 2013 - 06:12 AM
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2013 Phoenix II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Welcome back to Phoenix International Raceway which is the second visit 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 six out of the last seven winners have started 10th or WORSE. Including Carl Edwards victory earlier this year, he started 15th.

How about this one ?

Chevrolet has won 14 of the last 19 races at Phoenix.

That might have worked except Ford (Carl Edwards - twice), Chevrolet (Jeff Gordon) and Toyota (Kasey Kahne & Denny Hamlin) have won the last five of the last six 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 13 Phoenix races. But none of their four drivers could finish better than fourth in 2012. However, Jimmie Johnson finished second during the first 2013 visit.

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

Plus consider this... only one driver have finished in the top-five in each of the last three events: Denny Hamlin.

With that in mind, today's pick to win is going to be... Jimmie Johnson who is starting from Pole, and is ready to take his sixth championship.

Behind Johnson, it should be Hamlin, but keep an eye on Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski.

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

 

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Starting Line Up by Row
Phoenix International Raceway
26th Annual AdvoCare 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, November 08, 2013 @ 07:07 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Tony Stewart 11/07/99 02:38:28 118.132
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet 25.858 139.222
2 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 25.895 139.023
2 3 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 25.910 138.942
4 18 Kyle Busch M&M`s Toyota 25.927 138.851
3 5 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 25.969 138.627
6 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 25.975 138.595
4 7 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 25.989 138.520
8 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet 26.003 138.446
5 9 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 26.031 138.297
10 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 26.074 138.069
6 11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 26.077 138.053
12 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 26.093 137.968
7 13 27 Paul Menard Rheem/Menards Chevrolet 26.137 137.736
14 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 26.143 137.704
8 15 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 26.153 137.652
16 14 Mark Martin Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 26.199 137.410
9 17 39 Ryan Newman Quicken /Salute To Veteran`s Day Chevrolet 26.232 137.237
18 16 Greg Biffle Scotch Ford 26.240 137.195
10 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 26.248 137.153
20 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 26.283 136.971
11 21 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 26.288 136.945
22 55 Elliott Sadler(i) Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota 26.337 136.690
12 23 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 26.339 136.679
24 95 Reed Sorenson(i) Jetset Getset Ford 26.452 136.096
13 25 51 Justin Allgaier(i) Brandt Chevrolet 26.469 136.008
26 47 Bobby Labonte Wounded Warrior Project/Clorox Toyota 26.478 135.962
14 27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # RFR Driven Ford 26.481 135.947
28 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 26.511 135.793
15 29 30 Cole Whitt(i) Lean 1 Toyota 26.526 135.716
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 26.553 135.578
16 31 93 Travis Kvapil Dr.Pepper Toyota 26.588 135.399
32 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy - It`s Go Time Chevrolet 26.592 135.379
17 33 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver`s Ford 26.603 135.323
34 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 26.612 135.277
18 35 36 JJ Yeley Accell Construction Chevrolet 26.645 135.110
36 1 Jamie McMurray Lexar Chevrolet 26.694 134.862
19 37 83 David Reutimann Horizon Toyota Owner Points
38 32 Timmy Hill # U.S. Chrome Ford Owner Points
20 39 98 Michael McDowell GunBroker.com Ford Owner Points
40 40 Landon Cassill(i) Hillman Racing Chevrolet Owner Points
21 41 33 Tony Raines(i) Little Joe`s Autos Chevrolet Owner Points
42 7 Dave Blaney Ultra Wheel Chevrolet Owner Points
22 43 87 Joe Nemechek(i) NEMCO-JRR LLC Toyota Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 18 0 Toyota 11 0






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