Friday, April 18, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

THIS WEEK'S RACE

Kobalt Tools 500

Phoenix International Raceway

Avondale, Ariz.

When: Sunday, 3 p.m.

TV/radio: ESPN/WNPV (1440-AM), WDSD (94.7-FM)

Race course: 1-mile oval

Race distance: 375 laps/375 miles

2009 winner: Jimmie Johnson

2009 polesitter: Martin Truex Jr., 135.120 mph

Track qualifying record: Ryan Newman, 135.854 mph (Nov. 2004)

Track facts: Jimmie Johnson dominated last year's race, leading 238 laps, including the last 65. Jeff Burton was runner-up; Denny Hamlin was third . . . Matt Kenseth has climbed from 12th after this year's Chase opener to fifth.

Wins: Denny Hamlin, 8; Jimmie Johnson, 6; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, 3 each; Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, 2 each; Ryan Newman, David Reutimann, Juan Pablo Montoya, 1 each.

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS

Through 34 of 36 races

Behind

Prv. Pts. leader

1. Denny Hamlin . . . 2 6,325 -

2. Jimmie Johnson. . . 1 6,292 -33

3. Kevin Harvick. . . 3 6,266 -59

4. Carl Edwards. . . 6 6,008 -317

5. Matt Kenseth. . . 8 6,000 -325

6. Jeff Gordon. . . 4 5,994 -331

7. Kyle Busch. . . 5 5,986 -339

8. Tony Stewart. . . 7 5,962 -363

9. Greg Biffle. . . 11 5,953 -372

10. Clint Bowyer. . . 12 5,928 -397

11. Kurt Busch. . . 9 5,890 -435

12. Jeff Burton. . . 10 5,852 -473

REMAINING RACE

Sunday Nov. 21: Ford 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla. (1 p.m.; TV: ESPN; last year's winner: Denny Hamlin.

- Bill Fleischman

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