AVONDALE, Ariz. — NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers get another chance today to dethrone Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick has won the last three races and four of the last five Cup events at this 1-mile track. Here are the particulars for today’s race:
START: Brad Woods, Camping World National Training Director, will give the command to fire engines at 3:38 p.m. ET. The green flag is at 3:45 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 312 laps (312 miles, 500 kilometers) around the 1-mile track.
SCHEDULE: Sprint Cup garage opens at 9:30 a.m. ET. The driver/crew chief meeting is at 1:30 p.m. ET.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Performed by Tori Kelly at 3:31 p.m. ET
TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race, starting with the pre-race show at 3 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and MRN.com, beginning with its pre-race show at 2:30 p.m. ET.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 82 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.
LAST TIME: Kevin Harvick led 264 of 312 laps to win and advance to the championship round of the Chase. Jeff Gordon was second but lost a spot in the title round at Homestead. Ryan Newman moved Kyle Larson out of the way on the last corner of the last lap to claim 11th and finish a point ahead of Gordon for the final transfer spot.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: While Kevin Harvick swept both Phoenix races, four other drivers scored top-10 finishes in both Phoenix races last year: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2nd in spring, 8th in fall), Brad Keselowski (3rd in spring, 4th in fall), Joey Logano (4th in spring, 6th in fall) and Jeff Gordon (5th in spring, 2nd in fall).
Row 1: Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano
Row 2: Jamie McMurray, Matt Kenseth
Row 3: Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski
Row 4: Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch
Row 5: Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon
Row 6: Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson
Row 7: David Ragan, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 8: Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Row 9: Tony Stewart, Brian Vickers
Row 10: Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson
Row 11: Paul Menard, AJ Allmendinger*
Row 12: Danica Patrick, Casey Mears
Row 13: Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman
Row 14: Sam Hornish Jr., Justin Allgaier
Row 15: David Gilliland, Clint Bowyer
Row 16: Michael Annett, Aric Almirola
Row 17: Landon Cassill, Josh Wise
Row 18: Matt DiBenedetto, Trevor Bayne
Row 19: Mike Bliss, Brett Moffitt
Row 20: Cole Whitt, JJ Yeley
Row 21: Jeb Burton, Brendan Gaughan
Row 22: Alex Kennedy
*– Will drop to rear because of engine change