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Status: Final Phoenix International Raceway

Race Capsule

Phoenix International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 2 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ

  • When:

    February 27, 2011 3:14 pm EST

  • Laps:

    312

  • Track Length:

    1. miles

  • Race Length:

    312.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,929,477

Drivers to Watch

Carl Edwards By finishing second in the season-opening Daytona 500, Edwards is the points leader because of NASCAR's new rule that drivers can earn points in only one series. Daytona champion Trevor Bayne is running for the Nationwide Series title for Roush Fenway Racing. And with NASCAR's "simplified" scoring system where points are awarded in increments of one in inverse order to positions, Edwards has a one-point lead in the standings.
Kurt Busch Busch is fourth in the standings with 40 points, leaving him just two points out of first. He was another driver who got a bonus point for leading the Daytona 500.
Kyle Busch Busch has 37 points, including one point for leading a lap at Daytona. He is five out of first place.
Regan Smith Smith is off to a great start in 2011 and enters Phoenix sixth in points with 38. He is four points out of the Cup points lead, aided by one bonus point for leading a lap in the Daytona 500.
Martin Truex Jr. 18th, eight points out of the top 10.
Jamie McMurray 17th, seven points out of the top 10.
David Ragan 13th, three points out of the top 10.
Denny Hamlin 19th, 10 points out of the top 10.
Paul Menard Menard is another driver off to a great start -- he has 36 points, six out of the lead. He also scored a bonus point for leading at Daytona.
Ryan Newman 20th, 10 points out of the top 10.
AJ Allmendinger Allmendinger is another driver with 34 points, benefitting from leading a lap at Daytona. He is eight points out of first place.
Clint Bowyer 16th, six points out of the top 10.
Tony Stewart 12th, just three points out of the top 10.
Jeff Gordon Tied for 25th with teammate Jimmie Johnson.
Bobby Labonte Labonte is only one point behind Edwards and is tied with David Gilliland for second in the standings. Both Gilliland and Labonte have 41 points. Labonte got one bonus point for leading a lap in Sunday's Daytona 500.
Juan Pablo Montoya Montoya is fifth in the standings with 39 points, three out of the Cup lead.
Mark Martin Martin is ninth in the standings with 34 points, eight behind the leader. He did not get a bonus point because he was unable to lead a lap at Daytona.
Matt Kenseth 31st, 24 points out of the top 10.
Jimmie Johnson 25th, 25 points back of leader Carl Edwards.
David Gilliland After finishing third in the Daytona 500, Gilliland is tied for second with Bobby Labonte. Both are one point behind Carl Edwards heading to Phoenix.
Robby Gordon 15th, five points out of the top 10.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tied for 21st with Joey Logano, 13 points out of the top 10.
Bill Elliott 11th, two points out of the top 10. But car owner James Finch is not planning on running the full circuit.