RACE PREVIEW

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CAN AM 500

PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
November 12th, 2:30PM Charlotte Time
NBC TV
1 Mile Turn 1&2 12 Degrees of Banking, Turn 3&4 10 Degrees of Banking

Playoff Race #9

What a place to help decide the Monster Energy 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 around.” 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. Rookies typically struggle here. And to add to the challenge, this race will help eliminate four of the eight finalists for the Championship. #18 Kyle Busch and #4 Kevin Harvick are locked in with wins, #78 Martin Truex is also locked in by points so the other five drivers will battle for the last Championship spot. #2 Brad Keselowski has the final transfer position at the moment. #11 Denny Hamlin, #21 Ryan Blaney, #24 Chase Elliott and #48 Jimmie Johnson  have the bottom four spots and really need to win or finish in the Top 5.  Kevin Harvick who has won six of the last ten races appears to have the inside track on that win. In the last ten years Hendrick Motorsports has won 35% of the races here and cars with engines built by the Hendrick Motor shop have won 60% of the races. But #22 Joey Logano and Team Penske won here last year and in March we saw #31 Ryan Newman bring his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to victory lane. Advantage Kevin Harvick. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex will compete next week for the Championship, who will compete against them? We’ll find out of Sunday.

Tuesday look for our Top 10 flat track drivers in advance of the Can Am 500 from Phoenix Int’l Raceway.

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