NASCAR at Phoenix 2017: Start time, lineup, TV schedule, more – USA TODAY
Previewing the action as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves on to Phoenix International Raceway.
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It’s NASCAR race day at Phoenix Raceway, and we’ve got everything you need to know to get ready for Sunday’s Camping World 500.
START TIME: Tamara Ward, Chief Marketing Officer for Camping World, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 3:37 p.m. ET today (12:37 p.m. local), followed by the green flag at 3:44 p.m (12:44 p.m. local). So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race, turn on your TV by 3:44 p.m.
RACE DISTANCE: The Camping World 500 is 500 kilometers — not miles. That’s 312 laps around the 1-mile Phoenix Raceway for a total of 312 miles.
SEGMENTS: Beginning this season, NASCAR is dividing every race into segments and awarding one bonus point to the winner of each stage. Segment lengths will be different for every race. Also, the top 10 finishers of segments 1 and 2 will be awarded regular-season points in descending order from 10 to 1. Here are the segments for the Camping World 500: Stage 1: 75 laps; Stage 2: 75 laps; Stage 3: 162 laps.
NATIONAL ANTHEM/FLYOVER: Phoenix native Dr. Jesse McGuire, trumpet player, recording artist and published author, will perform the national anthem before today’s race. Two F-35’s from the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix will perform a flyover.
TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: Fox will broadcast the race on TV and has a pre-race show beginning at 3 p.m. ET (Noon local). Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius/XM Radio will call the race on the radio.
LIVE STREAMING: Fox is offering a live stream through its Fox Sports Go app.
WEATHER: The heat is on. The Weather Channel is calling for sunny skies and a high of 95 degrees, with no rain in the forecast.
LAST TIME: Joey Logano took the checkered flag, holding off Kyle Busch, to clinch a berth in the championship race. And one year ago, Kevin Harvick posted the closest finish in track history with his sixth win in the past nine races at Phoenix.
STARTING LINEUP: Logano won the pole, clocking a top speed of of 137.321 mph, to edge out Ryan Blaney and Dale Earnhardt Jr. It was Logano’s 18th career pole but first in 17 races in Phoenix.
Here’s the starting lineup for today’s race at Phoenix (car number in parentheses):
1. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
2. (21) Ryan Blaney, Ford
3. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet
4. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
5. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet
6. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
7. (24) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
8. (77) Erik Jones, Toyota
9. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
10. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet
11. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford
12. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota
13. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
14. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
15. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
16. (78) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota
17. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
18. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet
19. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
20. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
21. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
22. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
23. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
24. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford
25. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet
26. (10) Danica Patrick, Ford
27. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota
28. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford
29. (34) Landon Cassill, Ford
30. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
31. (83) Corey LaJoie, Toyota
32. (72) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet
33. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
34. (38) David Ragan, Ford
35. (15) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet
36. (23) Gray Gaulding, Toyota
37. (55) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet
38. (33) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet
39. (51) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet
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