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

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NASCAR at Phoenix 2014: Start Time, Date, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 25.828 139.384*
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 25.850 139.265
2 3 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna / Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 25.905 138.969
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 26.021 138.350
3 5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 26.022 138.344
6 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 26.023 138.339
4 7 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota 26.027 138.318
8 42 Kyle Larson Clorox Chevrolet 26.027 138.318
5 9 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 26.034 138.281
10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 26.078 138.047
6 11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 26.108 137.889
12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 26.217 137.315
7 13 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 26.122 137.815
14 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 26.123 137.810
8 15 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 26.126 137.794
16 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 26.127 137.788
9 17 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi MAX Chevrolet 26.136 137.741
18 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 26.165 137.588
10 19 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot / Husky Toyota 26.173 137.546
20 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 26.185 137.483
11 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. NOS Ford 26.187 137.473
22 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet 26.211 137.347
12 23 99 Carl Edwards SUBWAY Ford 26.236 137.216
24 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevrolet 26.239 137.200
13 25 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Fraganzia Chevrolet 26.243 137.179
26 95 Michael McDowell K Love Ford 26.265 137.065
14 27 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 26.296 136.903
28 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 26.303 136.867
15 29 9 Marcos Ambrose MAC Tools Ford 26.317 136.794
30 34 David Ragan Farm Rich Ford 26.318 136.789
16 31 26 Cole Whitt GEAR Speed Stick Toyota 26.330 136.726
32 33 Brian Scott(i) Whitetail Chevrolet 26.331 136.721
17 33 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 26.365 136.545
34 83 Ryan Truex Borla Exhaust Toyota 26.495 135.875
18 35 23 Alex Bowman Dr Pepper Toyota 26.546 135.614
36 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 26.591 135.384
19 37 35 Blake Koch(i) MDS Transport Ford Owner Points
38 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota Owner Points
20 39 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet Owner Points
40 32 Travis Kvapil Ask More - Get More Ford Owner Points
21 41 7 Michael Annett Accell Construction Chevrolet Owner Points
42 87 Morgan Shepherd(i) Morris - Hardwick - Schneider Toyota Owner Points
22 43 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Owner 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.

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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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