This weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' third trip there on this new surface.
It's been eight months since we've 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. 2 of 2013, is a much shorter period of time.
That track has had another hot summer sun beating down on it, so it's going to be different from what we had there in the spring because when we went there a year ago, that was the first time on the new surface and then it only had the mild winter that Phoenix experienced as far as sun beating on the racetrack.
This weekend's race is one of the shortest that we run, especially in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, other than the race at Loudon and it's one of those races where qualifying is important because of that.
We know that qualifying is something that Brad Keselowski has struggled with a little...