When: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Where: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ
Green Flag: Approx. 3:30 PM ET
TV Coverage: FOX
Track Type: Oval (312 laps)
Defending Champion: Kevin Harvick
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series storms through Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona in early March.
The 312-lap event is one of only four NASCAR Cup Series events measured in kilometers rather than miles (joining the fall Phoenix race and both road course events). The 500-kilometer (312 mile) race starts at 3:30 p.m. ET.
In its relatively short history since debuting in 2005, the race has produced some memorable finishes with victories by Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.
This is the first of two races that take place at Phoenix International Raceway; the other is the Can-Am 500 that is set to get underway in November.
The Camping World 500 has been dominated recently by Kevin Harvick, as he has won the last the three races. Harvick has the most wins all-time in Phoenix with four while Jeff Gordon has two.
Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing have four wins each in this race while Roush Fenway Racing has two wins.
Chevrolet has dominated this race winning it nine times while Ford has two wins and Toyota has one.
Kevin Harvick is the 4-1 favorite to win the Camping World 500 on Sunday on FOX. Harvick has dominated at Phoenix International Raceway, winning six of the last nine races at the track. Only three other drivers are listed at single-digit odds, as Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch are listed at odds of 8-1. Let’s look at Sunday’s race and NASCAR picks. Continue...
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Drivers will not be teaming up to draft for top speed at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, and the betting lines are pointing to different drivers than we saw at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week.
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Phoenix International is the home of two events on the NASCAR Sprint Series 36-race calendar. Nestled at the foot of the Estrella Mountains in Avondale, Arizona, Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) is the outstanding venue for auto racing and other motor sports in the Southwestern U.S.
Although the track is new to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, Phoenix International Speedway is known for its unusual tri-oval shape and has been used by the Indy Racing League.
At one mile, Phoenix is a mid-length track in a "D" shaped tri-oval. One of the unique features is the Hillside, a lawned slope where NASCAR fans congregate to enjoy the race.
While Phoenix is a relatively flat track, with a mere 11 degree banking, the action is still very intense, and you will see drivers pushing their cars to the limits and getting sideways coming out of turns two and four.
Now that the series is away from restrictor plate racing, more of the familiar names are amongst the favorites to win this week's race.
The past few years have been a who's who of NASCAR, with Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Kevin Harvick all notching wins at Phoenix International.
Kevin Harvick won the second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of 2014 when he took the checkered flag at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday.
Harvick dominated The Profit on CNBC 500, leading a race-high 224 of 312 laps in the No. 4 Chevrolet co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas.
The No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS of Harvick beat out both Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski at the 1-mile track located in Avondale, AZ. The win all but assures Harvick a spot in the Chase along with Daytona 500 winner Earnhardt Jr.
Sunday’s race consisted of 312 laps to make up the 500 K distance. Brad Keselowski led the field of 43 cars to the green flag but it was teammate Joey Logano who passed him on lap 2 to lead the early portion of the race before a competition caution on lap 35.
It was not long before Kevin Harvick became the car to beat. Harvick took the lead and did not surrender it. A bunch of caution laps took questions about fuel out of the window on the last run. The win was the 24th of Harvick’s career and moves his five career wins at Phoenix into first all-time.
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