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DATE: Sunday, Nov. 10
SITE: Phoenix International Raceway -- Avondale, Ariz.
TRACK: 1-mile oval
CAPACITY: 50,000 (grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 26th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Nov. 8/5:40 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 3)
LAPS: 312
MILES: 312 (500 kilometers)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2012 (138.766 mph)
RACE RECORD: Tony Stewart, 1999 (118.132 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick196Brad Keselowski14
2Denny Hamlin37Greg Biffle20
3Kyle Busch18Kurt Busch6
4Kasey Kahne49Paul Menard7
5Ryan Newman1210Mark Martin10
2012 AdvoCare 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 111.182 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 52 mins., 9 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.580 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (138.766 mph)
Past AdvoCare 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Kevin Harvick (19) -- Chevrolet -- 111.182 mph
2011 -- Kasey Kahne (10) -- Toyota -- 112.918 mph
2010 -- Carl Edwards (1) -- Ford -- 110.758 mph
2009 -- Jimmie Johnson (3) -- Chevrolet -- 110.486 mph
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 97.804 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 102.989 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (2) -- Chevrolet -- 96.131 mph
2005 -- Kyle Busch (15) -- Chevrolet -- 102.641 mph
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (14) -- Chevrolet -- 94.848 mph
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (11) -- Chevrolet -- 93.984 mph
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (28) -- Ford -- 113.857 mph
2001 -- Jeff Burton (3) -- Ford -- 102.613 mph
2000 -- Jeff Burton (2) -- Ford -- 105.041 mph
1999 -- Tony Stewart (11) -- Pontiac -- 118.132 mph
1998 -- Rusty Wallace (6) -- Ford -- 108.211 mph
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (9) -- Ford -- 110.824 mph
1996 -- Bobby Hamilton (17) -- Pontiac -- 109.709 mph
1995 -- Ricky Rudd (29) -- Ford -- 102.128 mph
1994 -- Terry Labonte (19) -- Chevrolet -- 107.463 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (3) -- Ford -- 100.375 mph
1992 -- Davey Allison (12) -- Ford -- 103.885 mph
1991 -- Davey Allison (13) -- Ford -- 95.746 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 96.786 mph
1989 -- Bill Elliott (13) -- Ford -- 105.683 mph
1988 -- Alan Kulwicki (21) -- Ford -- 90.457 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Checker 500 (1988, 1990), Autoworks 500 (1989), Pyroil
500 (1991), Pyroil 500k (1992), Slick 50 500 (1993-94), Dura Lube 500
(1995-97), Dura Lube/KMart 300 (1998), Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500k
(2000), Checker Auto Parts 500 (2001-08), Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts
500 (2009), Kobalt Tools 500 (2010-11).
 
Past AdvoCare500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kyle Busch -- 3
2011 -- Matt Kenseth -- 34
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 1
2009 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 5
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2007 -- Carl Edwards -- 42
2006 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
2005 -- Denny Hamlin -- 13
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 2
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 3
2002 -- Ryan Newman -- 18
2001 -- Casey Atwood -- 14
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 4
1999 -- John Andretti -- 8
1998 -- Ken Schrader -- 22
1997 -- Bobby Hamilton -- 3
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 9
1995 -- Bill Elliott -- 14
1994 -- Sterling Marlin -- 3
1993 -- Bill Elliott -- 5
1992 -- Rusty Wallace -- 28
1991 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 8
1990 -- Rusty Wallace -- 38
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 13
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 6
Last Race Results
RACE: AAA Texas 500 (Nov. 3)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 501
LAPS: 334
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
THIRD: Joey Logano
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (finished 37)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 18 mins., 5 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 151.754 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.390 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 28 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards 1-9; J. Johnson 10-15; C. Edwards 16-16; M. McDowell
17-17; C. Edwards 18-32; J. Johnson 33-57; Ky. Busch 58-58; D.
Ragan 59-59; C. Edwards 60-70; J. Johnson 71-74; C. Edwards
75-75; B. Keselowski 76-79; C. Edwards 80-80; B. Keselowski
81-91; J. Johnson 92-124; M. Kenseth 125-126; J. Johnson 127-171;
M. Kenseth 172-172; J. Johnson 173-189; Ky. Busch 190-190; J.
Johnson 191-239; R. Newman 240-241; B. Keselowski 242-255; J.
Johnson 256-256; B. Keselowski 257-257; J. Johnson 258-298; J.
Logano 299-299; G. Biffle 300-300; J. Johnson 301-334.
AdvoCare 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Lexar
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Ultra Wheel
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Scotch
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Axalta
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Rheem
29 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Oilfield Serv.
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Clorox/Wounded Warrior
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO-JRR
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kevin Harvick423Won6724619Won
Denny Hamlin---133165312122
Kyle Busch---Won38881213363
Kasey Kahne527740131530Won4
Ryan Newman2121553420255
Brad Keselowski---------------3742186
Greg Biffle13234211144137
Kurt Busch10---812269228
Mark Martin15146---14481610
Carl Edwards376542416Won211
Matt Kenseth3632133151873414
Dale Earnhardt JrWon40943635142421
Joey Logano---------------2131127
Clint Bowyer------3311127211028
Jeff Gordon33410419113230
Jimmie Johnson672WonWonWon51432
Martin Truex Jr------127435152043
 
Mover of the Week
Mark Martin - started 33 and finished 11
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway is the 35th race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule. It's also the ninth in the 10-race Chase.

Construction of this racetrack was completed in January 1964. The facility consists a one-mile oval and a 2.5-mile road course. The track underwent its first repave in 2011. In addition to the new surface, variable banking was implemented throughout the oval to ensure the immediate use of two racing grooves. It included 10-11 degrees of banking between turns 1 and 2 as well as the same amount of degree banking in the apex of the dog-leg. Turns 3 and 4 feature 8-9 degrees of banking.

There have been 34 Sprint Cup races held at Phoenix, including one event per season from 1988-2004 and two each year since. The series most recently competed there in March.

Mark Martin holds the record for most starts at Phoenix with 33. The only race that Martin did not compete in there was in the fall of 2007. He also leads all drivers with the most top-10 finishes at this track with 21.

Alan Kulwicki won the inaugural race at Phoenix, the Checker 500, on Nov. 6 1988.

Jimmie Johnson, the current points leader, holds the record for most victories at Phoenix with four. Johnson won three straight fall races at this track from 2007-09. He won the spring event there in 2006 as well. His 13 top-five finishes at Phoenix is the best among all drivers.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Phoenix with nine. Jack Roush is next in line with seven victories.

Kevin Harvick scored a season-sweep at Phoenix in 2006. Carl Edwards won this year's spring race there.

Ryan Newman has won the most poles at Phoenix with four, but Newman has not started first there since the spring event in 2008.

The race winner at Phoenix has started from the pole position four times: Jeff Gordon (April 2007), Johnson (November 2008), Martin (April 2009) and Edwards (November 2010).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup event at Phoenix occurred in April 2010 when Newman beat Gordon to the finish line by just 0.13 seconds.

Three drivers on the entry list for this weekend's race made their first career starts in Sprint Cup at Phoenix: Newman (Nov. 5, 2000), Clint Bowyer (April 23, 2005) and Cole Whitt (Nov. 13, 2011).

Denny Hamlin is the only driver entered in this event that claimed his maiden pole in the series at Phoenix (November 2005). A.J. Allmendinger's first pole came there in April 2010.

No active driver has scored his or her first Cup win at Phoenix.

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Phoenix. He won there on Nov. 13, 2005 when he was 20 years, 6 months and 11 days old. When Martin was 50 years, 6 months and 11 days old, he became the oldest to win at Phoenix on April 18, 2009.

The 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship concludes with the Nov. 17 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jeff Gordon won the race, while Brad Keselowski clinched the series title there last year.

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