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PREVIEW: The Camping World 500 at Phoenix
- Updated: March 17, 2017
The Camping World 500 at Phoenix
This weekend the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway for the Camping World 500. Last seasons race saw a thrilling finish, with Kevin Harvick beating Carl Edwards by mere inches.
Kevin Harvick Looks for His First Win of 2017
And what a great place for him to do so. Harvick has won 5 of the last 7 races at Phoenix and looks to shake off a rough weekend at Las Vegas to take home a victory. You can expect him to run up front and be in contention all weekend. SHR’s switch to Ford has delivered mixed results thus far, but if Harvick shows speed in practice, don’t be surprised if he ends up in victory lane on Sunday.
Toyota Still Looking for Consistency
Depsite Martin Truex Jr having won in Las Vegas, the Toyota camp still looks a little off to start 2017. When asked this week, Denny Hamlin rated the level of concern at “a 6 out of 10”, and elaborated by saying that their slow start isn’t all that abnormal. Still, they’re going to work to develop their cars and improve, and we should start seeing those results soon.
The Elephant in the Room
NASCAR plans to discuss last week’s altercation with Kyle Busch and Joey Logano prior to on-track activities this weekend. Logano also indicated that he learned from his incident with Matt Kenseth in 2015, and called Busch to smooth things over. It will be interesting to see the dynamic between the two on Sunday, but you can bet that they’ll be near each other on the race track. Both drivers historically run well at Phoenix, so without a doubt they’ll be around each other up front on Sunday.
Phoenix Fantasy Insider
Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano should be high on your list, but will be expensive. Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Denny Hamlin should also see solid results. Good bargains will likely be found in Erik Jones, who has enjoyed a great deal of success at the track in lower series, and Clint Bowyer as he continues his resurgence with Stewart-Haas Racing. Avoid Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, who are expensive, but too inconsistent at Phoenix to count on.
When And Where To Watch
The Camping World 500 airs Sunday at 3:30pm EST on your local FOX network.