RACE PREVIEW

ADVOCARE 500

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
November 11th, 3PM Charlotte Time
ESPN TV
1 Mile Turn 1&2 12 Degrees of Banking, Turn 3&4 10 Degrees of Banking

What a place to help decide the Sprint Cup Championship, a 1 mile flat track:  a track where every turn is slightly different. There is no such thing as “get your car right and cruise aroun.” Most drivers have a good set up for turns 1 & 2 or for turns 3 & 4. Some try to get a compromise somewhere in between, and some drivers are simply trying to find any set up that gets them fast and keeps them off the wall. No matter what your strategy is this track can be very, very tough. And to add to the challenge this year there is a new surface and some changes to the track from last year. The track widened its front stretch from 52 to 62 feet, extended the dogleg on the backstretch by 95 feet – shifting the apex by approximately 200 feet – and added one degree of graduated banking to the corners. The dogleg coming out of Turn 2 has been kicked out, creating a new line through the corner and more of a downhill straightaway going into Turn 3. Rookies typically struggle here. Maybe this is the equalizer. From the points’ perspective it is a shootout between #48 Jimmie Johnson and #2 Brad Keselowski. Jimmie Johnson is the hottest over the last six weeks, and is coming off a win last week in Texas. Earlier in the year Jimmie finished #4 and Brad was right behind at #5.The next Champion will probably be the driver who dominates here in the desert.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 teams in advance of the AdvoCare 500 from Phoenix Int Raceway.