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Status: Final Phoenix International Raceway

Race Capsule

Phoenix International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 32 of 34 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ

  • When:

    November 6, 2004 3:50 pm EST

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    200.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,253,767

Drivers to Watch

Jamie McMurray Looks to rebound from back-to-back disappointing performances and record a second straight top-five finish at Bristol. Was never better than 12th at Bristol in six races on the Busch circuit, but finished 11th here last March and third in August; "Bristol's one of those places that if you can stay out of trouble, you'll have a good day and get a good finish," McMurray said. "Things just happen so fast at Bristol. To me, it's the one track that you really get the sensation of speed." ... The 2003 Rookie of the Year dropped three spots in the standings to 19th place after finishing 21st at Darlington.
Kasey Kahne The top rookie on the Nextel Cup circuit was the pole-sitter at Darlington and entered that race fourth in the standings with two runner-up finishes and a third-place showing in his previous three events; was bumped by Tony Stewart on lap 284 and spun out, bringing out a caution flag; got his start racing on dirt tracks in his native Washington; dropped one spot in the standings to fifth, which is 15 ahead of the next rookie Scott Wimmer.
The master of short tracks, Wallace leads all active drivers with nine victories at Bristol Motor Speedway; has a car dealership in Bristol; finished 14th here last spring and was last in the August race after an accident; Wallace tested at Bristol on March 17-18; "There's really not that much difference in the feel of the tire from a driver's perspective," Wallace said after testing. "But the tires do wear like they did several years back and you have to adjust your car accordingly."
Matt Kenseth The reigning series champion has four straight top-10 finishes at Bristol; last March, finished .390 seconds behind Roush Racing teammate Kurt Busch and was fourth in August; "I really like the track a lot because it is so much fun to drive," Kenseth said about Bristol. "When you have have a great handling car that allows you to stab the throttle and come off the corners, it makes for a fun afternoon." Has yet to start better than 12th in five races this season; was ninth of better in the first four races this year before finishing 31st at Darlington, where he spun his car on lap 160.