Jeff Gordon is the only Chase driver who has clinched his spot in the championship race at Homestead, and thanks to Jimmie Johnson winning at Texas, there are seven drivers battling for three spots in the final round, with two of those drivers being in practically must win situations.
Weekend Schedule (All Times Mountain)
Friday, November 13th
- Practice #1: 12:00 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
- Qualifying: 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, November 14th
- Practice #2: 9:30 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
- Final Practice: 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Sunday, November 15th
- Race: 12:30 p.m. (312 Laps, 312 Miles)
- Phoenix International Raceway is a one mile oval track that has varied banking all around. It lays host this weekend to the second to last race of the NASCAR season, as all three national touring series are at the track this weekend.
- Jeff Gordon is locked into the Championship Four that will race for the championship at Homestead-Miami, thanks to his win at Martinsville. Jimmie Johnson won the race at Texas, therefore preventing another Chase driver from clinching his spot.
- For the rest of the seven drivers still in the Chase, here is all of the clinching scenarios.
- Regardless of the finish of any other driver…
- Kyle Busch will clinch with a finish of third or better; fourth and at least one lap led; or fifth and most laps led.
- Kevin Harvick will clinch with a finish of second or better; third and at least one lap led; or fourth and most laps led.
- Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Joey Logano only control their own destiny with a victory. Logano can ONLY make it to the Championship Round with a win at Phoenix.
- Keselowski will look to build off his second place finish at Texas, a race in which he led 312 Laps, bit was passed by Johnson with three laps to go to give him a second place finish.
- Ku. Busch is in the final transfer spot, and will look to live up to the words of his brother who said before the round began, "The only two drivers who can win at Phoenix are Harvick, and (Ku. Busch)"
- Joe Gibbs Racing will look to put two drivers in the final four on Sunday, as Ky. Busch and Edwards both are in position to potentially advance into the final round.
- Saturday at Texas was a weird one, as both Sprint Cup practice sessions and Xfinity qualifying were canceled due to the track not being dry. The only problem was that it was not raining for most of the day. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell explained on SiriusXM Radio.
- "It was unique and was certainly frustrating," O'Donnell said of the situation, which was hampered by early morning showers and unusually heavy rain in Texas throughout October. "It's really hard where you have an environment where, you know, it's not raining, the fans look at it and say, 'What's going on here?' "