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Kyle Busch set a track in winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway, where Brad Keselowski got a jump on Jimmie Johnson in their tight championship race.
Busch ran a lap of 138.766 mph in Friday's qualifying session to win the pole in his Toyota. It broke the track record of 137.279 set by Carl Edwards in 2011.
Martin Truex Jr. qualified second and Denny Hamlin was third to give Toyota the top three starting spots for Sunday's race.
But all eyes are on title contenders Johnson and Keselowski, who are separated by seven points in the standings with two races remaining heading into one of Johnson's best tracks.
Only it was Keselowski who had the better qualifying effort. He'll start 14th on Sunday, Johnson 24th.
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Driver of the Blue Deuce, Brad Keselowski sits seven points behind one of the great Chase closers, Jimmie Johnson, with two races to go in the 2012 season. The Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will race chassis PRS-833 during Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is a brand-new chassis to the #2 fleet. With just 6 races at PIR, Keselowski has one top five....
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team qualified 14th for Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 – the ninth race of the 2012 Chase for the Championship – at Phoenix International Raceway.
Keselowski toured the one-mile oval in 26.350 seconds, or 136.622 miles per hour, in in the Friday afternoon time trial session. Sam Hornish Jr. qualified 26th in...
Kyle Busch claimed the pole at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday…
Jimmie Johnson's bid for a sixth NASCAR championship took a huge hit when he crashed late in Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Johnson appeared to have a tire problem 77 laps from the scheduled finish, and his car shot hard into the wall. The crash came just seconds after championship contender Brad Keselowski moved into the lead on the track.
A chaotic race at Phoenix blew NASCAR's championship fight wide open Sunday, moving Brad Keselowski to the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske.
Keselowski heads into next week's season finale with a 20-point lead over five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. His car was better than Johnson's, but he capitalized when a tire failure...
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How about eight Sprint Cup championships?
"I want to be considered the best driver to ever sit in a stock car," Johnson said. "The undisputed way to pull that off is to win eight championships. That's what I said a few months back and I know that I put that mark way, way out there in front of me and it's a lofty...
NASCAR has gotten exactly what it wanted out of the Chase For The Sprint Cup “Playoff” format — drama. Last season’s championship battle was epic, as the top-two in points finished one-two in the season’s final race, which led to them tying in points. This season things are shaping up to be just as dramatic between Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski.
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Kyle Busch, driver of the No.18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing is starting on the pole for this weekends Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Martin Truex Jr. was on the provisional pole. He stood watching, crossing his fingers in anticipation during Busch’s run. Busch was the last car out and set a new track...
The drivers are at Phoenix International Raceway for the AdvoCare500k, the second to the last race of the NASCAR Chase and subsequently the season. Kyle Busch is starting on the pole at Phoenix, his second of 2012 and the eighth of his career. Jimmie Johnson, currently the points leader entering today’s race struggled during qualifying and is starting in 24th position, while Brad...
By Larry McReynolds
This weekends race at Phoenix International Raceway will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' third trip there on this new surface.
Its been eight months since weve raced there. That is the longest span of time between two races at a single track in a season. The time difference between the race now and the race when we go back there, race No....
Kyle Busch led the way with a lap of 26.558 seconds in the second practice for the AdvoCare 500 from Phoenix. Rounding out the top five was Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano. Points leader Jimmie Johnson posted the 24th best lap, 0.359 seconds off of Busch’s time.
Kyle Busch led the way with a lap of 26.617 seconds in the final practice for the AdvoCare 500 from Phoenix. Rounding out the top five was Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, and Jeff Gordon.
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