Phoenix International Raceway Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Today the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Phoenix International Raceway the Subway Fresh Fit 500 (500K).  The race will be on FOX Sunday March 3rd at 2:30 PM ET.

Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award with a lap time of 26.073 seconds or 138.074 MPH.  He will lead the field to green.  This is Mark’s 56th pole and he is now the seventh all time for poles in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Jimmie Johnson’s statistics at Phoenix International Raceway are better than all drivers, can he continue winning on the new pavement.

Kurt Busch qualified for the race 25th for the race but during qualifying hit the wall during his second lap.  His team opted to go to a backup car and will start the race from the back.

The Joe Gibbs Racing engine problems continue.  Denny Hamlin qualified for the race eighth but his team found something wrong with the engine Saturday and changed it.  Denny will start the race from the rear of the field according to the NASCAR rule book because of this engine change. The engine for the No. 18 of Kyle Busch was also changed this morning and he will also start in the back.

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates dominated the Nationwide race at Phoenix on Saturday.  Kyle Busch led the way starting the race from the pole.  He had a penalty on pit road relegating him to the back.  His teammate Matt Kenseth led the middle of the race while Kyle raced back up to the front to lead the rest. Between the two of them they led 183 of 200 laps.

The Joe Gibbs Racing cars will be the ones to watch today if they can keep from having engine failures.  Kyle Busch starts fourth and Matt Kenseth starts ninth.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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