NSCS: Phoenix Raceway Preview

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will make their first of two stops at the Phoenix International Raceway for the 10th annual The Profit on CNBC 500, presented by Small Business Fueling America.

A total of 46 drivers will attempt to qualify this weekend, but three will go home. Some of the drivers on the entry list this weekend includes, Travis Kvapil, Brian Scott, Blake Koch, Landon Cassill, Joe Nemechek, Dave Blaney, Morgan Shepherd and Michael McDowell.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. heads into this weekend with a lot of momentum after his Daytona 500 victory. Earnhardt Jr., has two wins at Phoenix coming back in 2003 and 2004, but hasn’t been consistant. In 2013, he finished fifth and fourth at this track and hopes to get a much better finish this year at the 1-mile oval.

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will use the new qualifying proceedures put in place this last off-season. The new group qualifying will feature two rounds of action. The first round will last 30 minutes and consist of all drivers. After that time is up, NASCAR will take the top-12 drivers from the first 30 minutes, and put them on track for 10 minutes. This is NASCAR’s attempt to make qualifying more enjoyable to the race fans.

Three drivers comes into their home track this weekend in hopes to having a solid finish. Michael McDowell, Alex Bowman and Danica Patrick goes into this weekend with pressure to do well. McDowell and Patrick hopes to have a better weekend as both drivers had some bad luck last weekend at Daytona.

You can catch the race this weekend live on FOX at 2:30 p.m. Et. The Motor Racing Network will handle the live radio broadcast of the race. You can listen on many radio stations around the country, TuneIn application, MRN.com or by dialing 1-832-999-1717 on your phone.

Brett Winningham
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