NASCAR AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Prerace Notes

By Brian Berg Jr.
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Phoenix International Raceway for the AdvoCare 500. Here is some news and notes since qualifying on Friday.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leader Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the race. He will not only start the field from first place but his team also selected the important first pit stall. This is bad news for runner up Matt Kenseth who is seven points back. Kenseth will start the race 14th.

Carl Edwards won the race at Phoenix this spring and will be going for the season sweep. Edwards and his team will have to use pit strategy like they did in the spring if they are going to win since he qualified a disappointing 23rd.

On Friday night the Camping World Truck Series raced at Phoenix. Rookie Erik Jones won the race and also set a record as the youngest winner in the Truck Series.

Unlike Friday on Saturday Kyle Busch led almost every lap of the Nationwide Series race. During the race there appeared to be only one racing groove and passing was difficult. During the race there will be discussion about tire wear and how that keeps a second groove from developing during the race. Busch will start the race today in the fourth position.

The No. 16 3M Ford team of Greg Biffle changed the transmission and will start the race from the rear.

The weather is expected to be near perfect at Phoenix with no chance of rain.

If you can’t get to Phoenix International Raceway it will be broadcast on ESPN Sunday, November 10th, at 2 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for

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