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2014 Phoenix: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 02, 2014 - 06:24 AM
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2014 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 2014 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 seven out of the last nine winners have started 9th or WORSE.

How about this one ?

Chevrolet has won 15 of the last 20 races at Phoenix ?

That might have worked except Ford (Carl Edwards - twice) and Toyota (Kasey Kahne & Denny Hamlin) have won the last four of the last seven 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 14 Phoenix races. But the team's last win was Jeff Gordon back in 2011 (first visit).

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: Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr - yet neither won.

With that in mind, today's pick to win is going to be... Kevin Harvick. He has Chevrolet power, and has won two of the last four races at Phoenix.

Behind Harvick, it should be Hamlin, but keep an eye on 2014 Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., 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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Track Race Record: Tony Stewart 11/07/99 02:38:28 118.132
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 25.828 139.384
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 25.850 139.265
2 3 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna / Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 25.905 138.969
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 26.021 138.350
3 5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 26.022 138.344
6 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 26.023 138.339
4 7 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota 26.027 138.318
8 42 Kyle Larson # Clorox Chevrolet 26.027 138.318
5 9 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 26.034 138.281
10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 26.078 138.047
6 11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 26.108 137.889
12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 26.217 137.315
7 13 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 26.122 137.815
14 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 26.123 137.810
8 15 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 26.126 137.794
16 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 26.127 137.788
9 17 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi MAX Chevrolet 26.136 137.741
18 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 26.165 137.588
10 19 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot / Husky Toyota 26.173 137.546
20 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 26.185 137.483
11 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. NOS Ford 26.187 137.473
22 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet 26.211 137.347
12 23 99 Carl Edwards SUBWAY Ford 26.236 137.216
24 3 Austin Dillon # American Ethanol Chevrolet 26.239 137.200
13 25 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Fraganzia Chevrolet 26.243 137.179
26 95 Michael McDowell K Love Ford 26.265 137.065
14 27 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 26.296 136.903
28 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 26.303 136.867
15 29 9 Marcos Ambrose MAC Tools Ford 26.317 136.794
30 34 David Ragan Farm Rich Ford 26.318 136.789
16 31 26 Cole Whitt # GEAR Speed Stick Toyota 26.330 136.726
32 33 Brian Scott(i) Whitetail Chevrolet 26.331 136.721
17 33 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 26.365 136.545
34 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota 26.495 135.875
18 35 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota 26.546 135.614
36 30 Parker Kligerman # Toyota 26.591 135.384
19 37 35 Blake Koch(i) MDS Transport Ford Owner Points
38 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota Owner Points
20 39 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Owner Points
40 32 Travis Kvapil Ask More - Get More Ford Owner Points
21 41 7 Michael Annett # Accell Construction Chevrolet Owner Points
42 87 Morgan Shepherd(i) Morris - Hardwick - Schneider Toyota Owner Points
22 43 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: # 98 Josh Wise; # 40 Landon Cassill(i); # 77 Dave Blaney.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 20 2 Toyota 11 0






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