RACE PREVIEWS

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The Good Sam 500

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

March 13th, 3:30 PM CHARLOTTE TIME FOX TV

1 MILE, TURNS 1&2 12 DEGREES, TURNS 3&4 10 DEGREES of BANKING

What a place to be for the first flat-track race of the year: a one mile flat-track where every turn is slightly different. There is no such thing as “get your car right and cruise around.” Most drivers have a good set-up for turns 1 & 2 or for turns 3 & 4. Some try to get a compromise in between both, 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. Rookies typically struggle here. This will be the tenth race run on this new configuration – it has been slightly re-banked and widened with the backstretch increased.  From 1988 to 2002 Ford won eleven of the fifteen races, since then Chevrolet has won 19 out of 22 races and nine of those wins were Hendrick Motorsports. Speaking of Hendrick Motorsports, they build the engines for Stewart Haas Racing. Their driver Kevin Harvick won four consecutive races starting in Nov 2013, that streak was broken last November with a 2nd place finish. Over his career he has won here seven times, five on the new configuration. Coming off a Top 10 finish last week at Las Vegas, Bakersfield’s Kevin Harvick will be the man to beat.

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