Phoenix

NASCAR at Phoenix 2014: Start Time, Date, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More

Nov 10, 2013; Avondale, AZ, USA; A view of pit row before the AdvoCare 500 race at Phoenix International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex KayCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2014

The 2014 NASCAR season has officially begun, as the Daytona 500 is in the past and the Sprint Cup Series action heads west for a weekend in Phoenix.

One big wrinkle leading up to this race was the new knockout-style qualifier that NASCAR implemented. It certainly had fans and even drivers confused and disoriented the first time through.

Brad Keselowski claimed the inaugural pole based on the new group format during Saturday’s event, finishing just ahead of teammate Joey Logano for the fourth qualifying victory of his career.

It wasn’t a cinch, however, as the 30-year-old Keselowski finished behind Logano, his fellow Team Penske member in the initial, longer race and eventually edged him in the second, shorter competition. He broke a track record set by Jimmie Johnson just a year ago during that 10-minute round by completing a lap at 139.384 mph.

Keselowski attempted to describe his feelings on the process after the pole, as per the Associated Press (via ESPN):

It's a lot more nerve-racking. Usually a pretty good rule of thumb is that If it's more nerve-racking for the drivers, it's a lot more fun for our fans and partners and all those things, and that's a good thing. I more interested in feedback from our fans to see if they liked it.

It remains to be seen if NASCAR will continue tinkering with the format or let it play out until it becomes accepted. Regardless, the pole is now in the rearview and it’s time to start looking forward to the upcoming race.

Let’s take a look at where you can catch all the action, note the starting positions for each participating driver, sneak a peek at the latest weather forecast, highlight some drivers to keep an eye on and more in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix preview.

 

Race: The Profit on CNBC 500, Presented by Small Business Fueling America

Date: Sunday, March 2

Time: 3 p.m. ET (The national broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. ET)

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Channel 90

Distance: 312 miles (312 laps)

Track Race Record: Tony Stewart, 118.132 mph, Nov. 7, 1999.

 

Starting Order and Pole Results
RowPosCarDriverTeamTimeSpeed
112Brad KeselowskiAlliance Truck Parts Ford25.828139.384*
222Joey LoganoShell Pennzoil Ford25.850139.265
231Jamie McMurrayCessna / Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet25.905138.969
448Jimmie JohnsonLowe's Chevrolet26.021138.350
3588Dale Earnhardt Jr.National Guard Chevrolet26.022138.344
616Greg Biffle3M Ford26.023138.339
4718Kyle BuschSkittles Toyota26.027138.318
842Kyle LarsonClorox Chevrolet26.027138.318
5943Aric AlmirolaFarmland Ford26.034138.281
1041Kurt BuschHaas Automation Chevrolet26.078138.047
6115Kasey KahneFarmers Insurance Chevrolet26.108137.889
1211Denny HamlinFedEx Office Toyota26.217137.315
7134Kevin HarvickJimmy John's Chevrolet26.122137.815
1415Clint Bowyer5-hour Energy Toyota26.123137.810
81531Ryan NewmanQuicken Loans Chevrolet26.126137.794
1655Brian VickersAaron's Dream Machine Toyota26.127137.788
91724Jeff GordonPepsi MAX Chevrolet26.136137.741
1813Casey MearsGEICO Chevrolet26.165137.588
101920Matt KensethHome Depot / Husky Toyota26.173137.546
2014Tony StewartBass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet26.185137.483
112117Ricky Stenhouse Jr.NOS Ford26.187137.473
2227Paul MenardPittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet26.211137.347
122399Carl EdwardsSUBWAY Ford26.236137.216
243Austin DillonAmerican Ethanol Chevrolet26.239137.200
132547AJ AllmendingerClorox Fraganzia Chevrolet26.243137.179
2695Michael McDowellK Love Ford26.265137.065
142778Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row Chevrolet26.296136.903
2838David GillilandLove's Travel Stops Ford26.303136.867
15299Marcos AmbroseMAC Tools Ford26.317136.794
3034David RaganFarm Rich Ford26.318136.789
163126Cole WhittGEAR Speed Stick Toyota26.330136.726
3233Brian Scott(i)Whitetail Chevrolet26.331136.721
173310Danica PatrickGoDaddy Chevrolet26.365136.545
3483Ryan TruexBorla Exhaust Toyota26.495135.875
183523Alex BowmanDr Pepper Toyota26.546135.614
3630Parker KligermanToyota26.591135.384
193735Blake Koch(i)MDS Transport FordOwner Points
3866Joe Nemechek(i)Land Castle Title ToyotaOwner Points
203936Reed SorensonChevroletOwner Points
4032Travis KvapilAsk More - Get More FordOwner Points
21417Michael AnnettAccell Construction ChevroletOwner Points
4287Morgan Shepherd(i)Morris - Hardwick - Schneider ToyotaOwner Points
224351Justin AllgaierBrandt Professional Agriculture ChevroletOwner Points
NASCAR Statistics. *Track Record.

 

Sunday Weather Forecast

Ralph Freso/Associated Press

The elements played a determining role in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s epic win at the Daytona 500, and they are threatening to once again be a factor early in the NASCAR season.

According to Weather.com, Phoenix is likely to be hit with heavy rains and winds Saturday, which could carry over through Sunday morning. Fortunately, projections call for those early-morning showers to turn to clouds and possibly sunshine by the afternoon.

It is expected to be 66 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds blowing southeasterly at a mere four mph by the time the green flag drops at 3 p.m. ET. Those conditions should allow the race to go off without a hitch and not have any major impact on drivers.

 

Drivers to Watch

Jeff Gordon

Terry Renna/Associated Press

Gordon has to be trying to use Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race as an opportunity to exorcise some of the demons that have haunted him at Phoenix. The longtime NASCAR superstar has never fared too well at this track, but he did get a win after 16 attempts back in 2007. His finishes haven’t been too poor either, as he has a respectable average of 11.5.

His last win came in this event three years ago when he snapped a checkerless streak of 66 races. Gordon was understandably thrilled to finally head back to Victory Lane, telling ESPN at the time: "It feels so amazing. I can't tell you how amazing this feels. It's been a long time, I know, and I'm going to savor this one so much."

Gordon is currently fourth in driver points, and a big win at Phoenix International Raceway would have him sitting pretty early in the season.

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Not many men have won at Daytona and subsequently carried that momentum to their next race. Earnhardt and his team are hoping to accomplish that feat Sunday, which would be just the third time it's happened since the Daytona 500 became NASCAR’s opening race back in 1982.

Junior has the know-how to pull off a win in Phoenix, as he won this event in back-to-back years in 2003 and 2004. He finished fifth and fourth last year during the two PIR races and seems ready to bust out and finally take another checkered flag at this exciting track.

Perhaps Earnhardt will end up taking another selfie, which is exactly how he celebrated winning at Daytona, as per ESPN:

 

Tony Stewart

Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

Stewart is hoping to shake off a poor showing at the Daytona 500 and rebound at a track where he still holds the fastest race time after setting it nearly 15 years ago.

The 42-year-old star finished 35th in Florida last weekend, a disappointing result that stemmed from issues with his vehicle that gave him fits early in the race.

Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Regardless, Smoke’s steady string of quality performances during the Speedweeks leading up to The Great American Race has him convinced that he’ll bounce back in a big way in Phoenix. The Indiana native shook off the rust after missing the last 15 races of the 2013 campaign and told the Associated Press (via Sports Illustrated) that he is "a lot more confident than I was before we got to Daytona."

If Stewart’s history on this upcoming course (one win, eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 23 races) is any indicator, he is in good shape and should make up for his poor start to the season Sunday.

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