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Status: Final Phoenix International Raceway

Race Capsule

Phoenix International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 7 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ

  • When:

    April 17, 2009 9:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    200

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    200.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,275,138

Drivers to Watch

Carl Edwards Edwards has no wins, two top-five finishes and two top-10s in nine Daytona starts. He was second last July and 18th in February. "I know a lot can happen at Daytona," Edwards said. "The past two July races there have been good for us, so hopefully I can keep the Ford out of trouble and finish up front. Last year we went there with a car that could win and good race strategy and ended up second. We're bringing a new Ford Fusion that should be pretty good, so I'm expecting good things. We're getting down to the final few races before the Chase, so a strong finish and a win, more importantly, would be huge."
Joey Logano Logano finished last (43rd) in the Daytona 500, his first Cup start there. Logano is still flying high from his first win Sunday, but he admits his first year of Cup racing has been tough. "Believe me, it's real tough," he said. "But from the beginning of the season to now, we are running a lot better."
Greg Biffle Biffle won this race in 2003, his only Daytona win and only top-five finish to go with three top-10s in 13 Daytona starts. He was 43rd last July and 20th in February. "I've always liked the night race at Daytona," Biffle said. "My first-ever Sprint Cup win was this race in 2003, so it's definitely a race on the schedule that means something to me and that I look forward to. Racing at Daytona under the lights adds a little extra excitement, I think, for both the drivers and the fans. I got to see the Coke Zero 400 trophy up close when we did a promotional event in Tampa, and it would be pretty cool to take that home with me this weekend. We could definitely use a good finish and we need to avoid a bad finish at all costs. We're getting a little too close to the Chase to have many more bad races."
Kyle Busch Busch is the defending winner of this race, his only victory to go along with fourth top-five and four top-10 finishes in nine Daytona starts. He finished 41st in February's Daytona 500. Busch expects a slick track because of the heat and humidity. "I guess if you put the February slickness at a three, this might be like a seven or maybe an eight," Busch said. "It's not terrible. It's bad but it's not terrible. Some guys will tell you worse, but I believe our cars are really good handling at that track. ... The only places I really have (not struggled) are Bristol, Richmond and Daytona. That's all we really have. That's where our cars run really strong."
Kevin Harvick Harvick finished second in the Daytona 500, his sixth top-10 finish in 16 starts at the track. He won the 500 in 2007. "Daytona has been the highlight of the year, winning the Budweiser Shootout and having a chance to win the 500," said Harvick. He has only one other top-10 finish this season.
Burton has one win and eight top-10 finishes in 31 starts at Daytona. Burton said the team plans to run "some different stuff this year so we can have a better handling race car. I don't care how fast it goes. I just want to stay in the gas. Daytona is all about handling, and if we can get the car to handle well, we'll be in good shape."