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AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski isn't rolling over for Jimmie Johnson, not with two races to go in their championship battle and not at Phoenix International Raceway.
Keselowski outqualified Johnson by 10 positions Friday at one of the five-time NASCAR champion's best race tracks.
It was an unusual twist for the top two contenders, as Johnson is typically the better qualifier and Keselowski has struggled in that area through the first eight races of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
And there should be no question which driver would be in control at Phoenix, where Johnson is a four-time winner and has a 5.3 average finish and Keselowski has only one career top-five.
But when the qualifying session was over, Keselowski had locked down the 14th starting spot for Sunday's race, while Johnson was in 24th. It's the lowest qualifying position for Johnson in a Chase race since the 2010 opener at New Hampshire, and his worst this season since the August ...
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Brad Keselowski was furious after Sunday’s race, despite retaking the points lead…
DENVER, Colo. – As a passionate ambassador for the Armed Forces Foundation, Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway carries a special meaning for Furniture Row Racing driver Kurt Busch.
“It’s Veterans Day on Sunday and this is a time when we all need to reflect and pay tribute to those men and women – past and present — who sacrificed...
Kyle Busch claimed the pole at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday…
By Tom Jensen
Brad Keselowski should have been beaming.
His sixth-place finish in Sundays AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, combined with Jimmie Johnsons crash, meant Keselowski will win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway if he finishes 15th or better there.
And given that hes only finished worse than 11th once...
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...
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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...
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...
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.
What does Jimmie Johnson have yet to prove?
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...
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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