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Race Capsule

Phoenix International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 34 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ

  • When:

    November 13, 2010 4:45 pm EST

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,342,722

Drivers to Watch

Joey Logano Logano finished 34th and 38th last year at Bristol during his rookie season. "We had nothing but bad luck at Bristol," said Logano. "We blew an engine in the first race and then got run into early in the night race and lost a lot of time in the pits. So things have to go better for us this year."
Carl Edwards Edwards has two wins and four top-10 finishes in 11 starts at Bristol, both of his victories coming in the fall night race. "We've had a lot of success in the night races there, but we haven't been able to get a win during the day races," said Edwards. "Bob (Osborne, crew chief) and I have been talking about that and trying to figure out a way to be better at these day races at Bristol."
Kevin Harvick Harvick, who has a 26-point lead in the standings, has won once at Bristol, in this race in 2005. He has nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 18 starts there but was 30th last March and 38th in August. That broke a streak of two consecutive top-five finishes (second and fourth in 2008). He has five top-five finishes in his last 10 races at BMS. "I feel good about Bristol," Harvick said. "I am sure we will base a lot of what we do off of where they were and what we have learned this year. It is all about keeping your track position there and not getting yourself in trouble. Qualifying well definitely helps things go forward. I feel more comfortable at Bristol than I do at Martinsville as far as the performance will go. We should run at Bristol in the top five and have a good shot at it if everything goes right."
Kyle Busch Busch won both races at Bristol in 2009, his second and third victories there, and finished second in the fall event of 2008. It's the only track where he has multiple victories. "I'm not exactly sure what makes me so good at Bristol," said Busch. "I've just had a lot of success there. When they changed the track to this current surface, I just really took to it right away."
Martin Truex Jr. Truex's best finish in eight starts at Bristol is 11th. "Bristol feels really fast," said Truex. "Of all the tracks we go to, you get a real sense of speed there. Corner speeds, g-forces and the banking -- everything happens so quick there, it makes it different and a lot of fun to drive."
Paul Menard Menard is off to an impressive start in 2010, but he heads to Bristol looking for his first top-15 finish there. He was 25th last March and 24th in August. His best finish was 16th in August 2008. Menard is 139 points out of the Cup lead. "It's just an accumulation of a lot of hard work the guys put in over the offseason to get the cars better," Menard said. "Luckily, we've had four trouble-free races and had fast cars, so we're sitting pretty good in points right now. I don't want to prove anybody wrong. I've got nothing to prove. I just want to go out and do the best job I can, along with the race team. Everybody who supports us -- from the team owner to the driver to the crew chief to the mechanics -- they live and breathe racing and they're competitive people. Nobody wants to give a half-hearted effort. Everybody wants to go as hard as they can, and that's what we're doing. It's just another year and we're working hard to do the best we can." ... With short-track races at Bristol and Martinsville coming up, Menard is ready to show that he is up to the task. "I'm looking forward to it," he said. "We haven't run a short track yet this year, so I'm really eager to see how the car unloads. If it's anything like the previous four races, it'll be fast off the truck and then all we have to do is fine-tune it. Since it's the first short-track race there will be a lot of unknowns, but I really enjoy Bristol. Martinsville is more of a survival race, but they're two tracks I enjoy going to every year and racing."