AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Auto Racing Glance Print
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Site: Avondale, Ariz.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 2:30-4 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 2:30-4 p.m.); Sunday, race, 3 p.m. (2:30-6 p.m.).
Track: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1.0 miles).
Race distance: 312 miles, 312 laps.
Last year: Jeff Gordon ended a 66-race winless streak, bumping Kyle Busch out of the way en route to the first of his three 2011 victories.
Last week: Matt Kenseth raced to his second Daytona 500 victory, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle over a two-lap overtime finish in the rain-delayed race that was scheduled to begin Sunday afternoon but ended early Tuesday. The race was delayed for two hours with 40 laps to go after Juan Pablo Montoya's car spun into a jet dryer, igniting a massive fuel fire.
Fast facts: The track was repaved and reconfigured after the race last year. The new configuration features variable banking, a longer dogleg and an improved pit road. ... Kasey Kahne won in November at the track.
Next race: Kobalt Tools 400, March 11, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Site: Avondale, Ariz.
Schedule: Friday, practice (Speed, 1-2:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (Speed, 1-2:30 p.m.), race, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 4-7 p.m.).
Track: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1.0 miles).
Race distance: 200 miles, 200 laps.
Last year: Kyle Busch became the first driver in a national NASCAR race to win wire-to-wire in nearly eight years. Carl Edwards was second.
Last week: James Buescher won the season-opening race at Daytona, weaving his way through an 11-car accident on the last lap.
Fast facts: Busch had eight victories in 20 Nationwide starts last season to push his series-record total to 51. ... Sam Hornish Jr. won the November race at the track.
Next race: Sam's Town 300, March 10, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas.
Next race: Kroger 250, March 31, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, Va.
Last week: Rookie John King won the season-opening race at Daytona, holding on after turning leader Johnny Sauter around on the second of three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish.
Next event: NHRA Gatornationals, March 8-11, Auto Plus Raceway At Gainesville, Gainesville, Fla.
Last event: Antron Brown won the Top Fuel division in the Arizona Nationals on Feb. 19, beating Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final. Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also won.


Driver Odds
Sprint Cup - Odds to Finish in Top 3 Geico 500 @ Talladega Superspeedway
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 +175
Jeff Gordon #24 +200
Kevin Harvick #4 +275
Kurt Busch #41 +300
Jimmie Johnson #48 +300
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