Staff picks for today’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix

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The Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway marks the final race before the championship round next weekend. Here’s a look at who NBC Sports’ writers think will win today.

Nate Ryan (@nateryan)

Kevin Harvick.

The team lives for these moments, and this track seems built to suit the driver’s style.

Dustin Long (@dustinlong)

Kevin Harvick

There’s no sure thing in this sport, but Harvick’s success at Phoenix and when he is in a must-win situation is hard to ignore.

Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin)

Kurt Busch

Tony Gibson and the No. 41 team reach deep for a race-winning strategy to pull off an 11th-hour win.

Jerry Bonkowski (@JerryBonkowski)

Kurt Busch

Ranked last in the Chase, the elder Busch brother needs a Hail Mary Sunday. He has one win and 16 top-10s in 27 starts at Phoenix. If he takes the checkered flag, he’ll be Homestead- and championship-bound.

Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall)

Brad Keselowski

The No. 2 looks pretty stout this weekend and he’s been fast regardless of being eliminated from the Chase. Seems due to break back into victory lane.