NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix


>>>PHOENIX, ARIZONA, THE
LARGEST CITY IN THE STATE. THIS WEEKEND THE PRESSURE COOKER
THAT IS THE SPRINT CUP SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP.
WELCOME TO THE QUICKEN LOANS 500 RACE FOR THE HEROES.
TODAY IS LIKE GAME SEVEN. WIN OR GO HOME.
AT THE END OF THIS DAY, EIGHT WILL BECOME THE FOUR.
THE FINAL FOUR.>>WE HAVE WATCHED NATIONS FIGHT
FOR THIS COVETED CUP FOR YEARS. WE’VE NEVER SEEN A CHASE LIKE
THIS.>>A LITTLE EXTRACURRICULAR
GOING OFF.>>A CHASE THAT BRINGS SO MUCH
STRESS, AND STRAIN.>>THERE IS A FIGHT INSIDE THE
GARAGE AREA.>>EVEN THE REMAINING CHAMPIONS
HAVE SUCCUMBED TO THE PRESSURE.>>CONTACT WITH KESELOWSKI.
>>[BLEEP]>>HE RAN INTO US.
BEAT THE [BLEEP] OUT OF HIM. [BLEEP] [BLEEP]
>>[BLEEP]>>THE WAY HE RACES, I DON’T
KNOW HOW HE’S EVER WON A CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>THAT’S WHY EVERYBODY’S FIGHTING HIM AND RUNNING HIM
DOWN.>>AFTER THE RACE YOU ALL BE
READY.>>TRYING TO CHANGE THE WAY I
RACE.>>NOW, IT’S PHOENIX, WHERE
EIGHT DRIVERS ARE CUT DOWN TO FOUR.
>>WIN THIS RACE, AND KNOW YOU’RE IN THE FINAL FOUR FOR THE
BIGGEST DAY OF THIS DRIVERS’ LIVES.
>>THAT’S IT. NO MORE TOMORROWS.
>>WE’RE DONE.>>YOU WANT A SHOT AT THE TITLE?
>>JOEY LOGANO HARD AT THE GAME.>>HERE COMES RYAN NEWMAN.
>>YOU HAD BETTER GET IT DONE TODAY.
>>CHECKERED FLAG IS UP. AND THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT, BOYS.
>>YOU’LL HAVE TO HANDLE THE TRACK PRACTICALLY PAVED IN
PRESSURE.>>THIS IS SET UP FOR ONE THING,
THAT’S WINNING.>>AND COMPETITORS, DRIVEN BY
DESPERATION.>>THERE’S NO RULES RIGHT NOW.
>>CRASH, CRASH.>>GO, GO, GO.
>>BUT FOR EIGHT NATIONS, THERE IS ALSO HOPE.
>>GOOD LUCK.>>LET’S GO GET ‘EM.
>>ALL BUSINESS ALL DAY. LET’S GO GET ‘EM.
>>312 LAPS TO START THIS ONE OUT BEFORE WE CAN RACE LET’S GO
TRACKSIDE FOR PRERACE CEREMONIES.
>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AT THIS TIME WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE RISE
AND REMOVE YOUR HATS AS LUKE AIR FORCE BASE COLOR GUARD PRESENTS
OUR NATION’S COLORS. PLEASE REMAIN STANDING AS
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY CHAPLIN OFFERS OUR INVOCATION.
>>BEFORE WE PRAY WOULD YOU JOIN ME AS WE HONOR THOSE VETERANS
WHO HAVE SO BRAVELY SERVED OUR GREAT COUNTRY IN A MOMENT OF
SILENCE. HEAVENLY FATHER, WE ARE SO VERY
BLESSED. PLEASE HELP US TO CELEBRATE EACH
AND EVERY DAY AS A HOLIDAY. EACH AND EVERY MEAL AS A BANQUET
FEAST. AND EACH AND EVERY NIGHT AS A
SATURDAY NIGHT. BUT NOW IT’S SUNDAY.
AND WE’VE GATHERED HERE AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE NASCAR CHASE.
WE PRAY FOR A SAFE AND COMPETITIVE RACE.
WE THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE SERVING OUR COUNTRY.
AND EVERYTHING WE PRAY WE’RE THANKFUL FOR, BECAUSE TODAY IS
ANOTHER THANKSGIVING DAY. AND EVERYONE SAID, AMEN.
>>AMEN.>>HERE TO PERFORM OUR NATIONAL
ANTHEM, FROM THE HIT ABC WEDNESDAY NIGHT COMEDY “THE
GOLDBERGS” SHE’S CURRENTLY WORKING ON HER FIRST ALBUM
PLEASE WELCOME ACTRESS, SINGER AND SONGWRITER, HALEY.
M O SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT M
M WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S
LAST GLEAMING? M M WHOSE BROAD STRIPES
AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT M
M O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED
WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? M
M AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE
THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR M
M GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT
THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE M
M OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER
YET WAVE M M O’ER THE LAND
OF THE FREE M M AND THE HOME
OF THE BRAVE? MM>>>I’LL BE WATCHING THE
RESTART, I’LL BE WATCHING WHO’S GOING TO MAKE THE BIG MISTAKE.
THAT’S GOING TO BE THE WAY TO MAKE MISTAKES.
YOU CAN’T MAKE THEM.>>CAN’T NOT LOSE SITE.
>>COMES FROM BEHIND THAT BACK WALL.
>>ALL RIGHT, NICOLE, THANKS.>>WE ARE SO EXCITED AND READY
FOR TODAY’S RACE. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE EIGHT
RACES AND EVERYTHING THAT’S HAPPENED WATCHING AND
ANTICIPATING THIS ALL WEEKEND, EXACTLY WHAT ALL WE’RE GOING TO
SEE TODAY. IF THE EIGHT PREVIOUS RACES ARE
ANY INDICATION IT IS GOING TO BE UNBELIEVABLE.
WE’VE SEEN DRIVERS BUMP EACH OTHER, MAKE MISTAKES.
WE’VE SEEN THEM FIGHTING OFF THE RACETRACK.
PLENTY OF THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN HERE.
ONE THING I CAN ASSURE YOU. I DON’T HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL.
I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT THE RACING IS GOING TO BE INTENSE.
THE PASSING AND THE RUBBING IS GOING TO BE HARDER THAN WHAT
WE’VE SEEN UP TO THIS POINT. IT IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC.
AND WHEN IT ALL IS SAID AND DONE A RESTART IS GOING TO DETERMINE
WHICH FOUR MOVE ON.>>YEAH, BUT THE PRESSURE HAS
BEEN RATCHETING UP EVERY WEEK. YOU CAN FEEL IT IN THE GARAGE
AREA. FOR THE DRIVERS THAT SAID THAT
THEY COULDN’T RACE ANY HARDER NO MATTER WHAT FORMAT THEY’VE HAD
TO FIND OUT AT HALFTIME THAT THEY CAN RACE HARDER.
THEY’RE WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET A WIN.
>>SOMEONE’S GOING TO HAVE A QUESTION.
>>YOU’RE SEEING JEFF GORDON WIN THE RACE AT DOVER THAT ADVANCED
HIM ON.>>YOU’RE SEEING BRAD KESELOWSKI
WITH THAT DESPERATE VICTORY AT TALLADEGA THAT ADVANCED HIM ON
IN TO THIS ELIMINATOR ROUND. AND NOW SOMEONE WITH THE
OPPORTUNITY TO WIN HERE AT PHOENIX TODAY TO ADVANCE ON TO
THE END OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND.
AND LIKELY PRERACE FAVORITE TO WIN AND ADVANCE IS KEVIN HARVICK
ON THE MINDS OF MOST IT SEEMS. HE’S WON TWO OF THE LAST — HE’S
WON THE LAST TWO AND THREE OF THE LAST FOUR AND HE’S SURE GOT
A FAST RACE CAR.>>HE’S GOT A FAST RACE CAR ALL
YEAR LONG. ESPECIALLY PHOENIX.
HE’S SO GOOD HERE. IT’S ONE OF HIS GO-TO
RACETRACKS. I THINK IF HE DOESN’T WIN IT
WILL BE SOME KIND OF CIRQUE. HE’S GOING TO HAVE A CAR FAST
ENOUGH TO WIN.>>CERTAINLY NOTHING I’VE SEEN
THIS WEEKEND TELLS ME ANY DIFFERENT THAT HE’S NOT THE
FAVORITE. WHO WANTS IT THE MOST.
THAT’S WHAT IT’S GOING TO COME DOWN TO.
WHICH DRIVER IS WILLING TO LAY IT ON THE LINE TO ADVANCE THE
HOMESTEAD.>>THOSE IN THE GARAGE AREA THIS
MORNING. A CREWMAN ON ONE OF THE TEAMS
CONTENDING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS SAID TODAY, TODAY’S THE DAY YOU
HAVE TO REMEMBER TO BREATHE. BECAUSE OTHERWISE YOU MIGHT
FORGET.>>TAKE A BREATH.
GREEN FLAG COMING UP FROM HERE AT PHOENIX.
>>>WHAT A SPECTACULAR SETTING AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL
RACEWAY. A BEAUTIFUL 83 DEGREE DAY AND A
SOLDOUT GRANDSTAND. FANS FILING IN TO SEE RACE NINE
IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
WHO WINS THE RACE AND WHICH FOUR DRIVERS ADVANCE ON TO COMPETE
FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP ONE WEEK FROM TODAY.
LET’S GO GET IT STARTED.>>AND NOW, FOR THE MOST FAMOUS
WORDS IN MOTORSPORTS, PLEASE WELCOME YOUR GRAND MARSHAL,
UNITED STATES ARMY VETERAN AND PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT, ANDREW
LOUCKS.>>DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!
>>THAT WAS FUNNY.>>A WORTHY COMMAND FOR THE
START OF THIS RACE. ABSOLUTELY.
READY TO GO HERE IN PHOENIX WITH RACE NINE IN THE CHASE FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP. CARL EDWARDS OUR ESPN IN-RACE
REPORTER FOR TODAY HAS SURVIVED AND ADVANCED THROUGH THE FIRST
TWO ELIMINATIONS IN THE CHASE. CAN HE DO IT AGAIN TODAY AND
HAVE A SHOT AT THE TITLE? WE’LL TALK TO CARL ON THE PACE
LAPS WHEN WE COME BACK TO PHOENIX.
. .
>>>OH, YEAH, A PRESSURE PACKED DAY FOR THE DRIVERS IN THE CHASE
FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP. THOSE EIGHT WITH A SHOT AT
WINNING THE TROPHY. CUT DOWN TO FOUR AT THE END OF
THE TODAY HERE IN PHOENIX. LAST WEEKEND IN TEXAS, WHEN YOU
LOOKED ABOUT 30 LAPS TO GO THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS, THERE
WERE A LOT OF GUYS IN GREAT SHAPE.
AND A LOT OF GUYS IN REAL TROUBLE.
THEN ALL THE TWISTS AND PLOT AND EVENTFUL LATE LAPS SHUFFLING OF
THE STANDINGS WOUND UP WITH THE PICTURE LOOKING LIKE THIS.
CARL EDWARDS FROM LAST AT 31 POINTS OUT TO JUST ONE POINT OUT
OF A TRANSFER SPOT INTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR.
CARL IS OUR ESPN IN-RACE REPORTER TODAY AND STARTS 13th.
>>YOU COPY?>>I GOT YOU, DALE.
>>CARL, WE WERE JUST SHOWING THE VIEWERS KIND OF A RECAP OF
LAST WEEK. I KNOW YOU’RE TOTALLY FOCUSED ON
PHOENIX THIS WEEK BUT WE HAVE TO TALK JUST A SECOND ABOUT THOSE
LAST 30 LAPS WHERE YOU CAME FROM BASICALLY BEING ABOUT 31 POINTS
OUTSIDE OF THE CUTOFF LINES AND NOW JUST ONE POINT OUTSIDE OF
THAT FOURTH PLACE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US HOW YOU
MANAGED TO DO THAT?>>THAT’S FUNNY I WAS JUST
THINKING ABOUT THAT. I THINK YOU GOT TO THROW A
LITTLE BIT OF CAUTION TO THE WIND RIGHT NOW.
WE’VE GOT TO GO FOR IT. WE’VE GOT EVERYTHING LINED UP.
WE’VE GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO RIGHT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, SO
TODAY WILL BE ABOUT BEING AGGRESSIVE, ABOUT MAKING GOOD
DECISIONS AND LEANING ON THE EXPERIENCE OF JIMMY AND MY CREW.
I WOULD GO TO BATTLE WITH NO ONE ELSE.
THESE GUYS ARE GREAT.>>CARL AS YOU MENTIONED JIMMY
WE HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM YOUR FANS ABOUT FROM OUR MAIL
BAG TRACY IN WASHINGTON ASKS ARE YOU EVEN MORE MOTIVATED TO GO
WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE IT’S YOUR LAST RACE AT ROUSH
FENWAY AND ALSO JIMMY’S LAST AS A CREW CHIEF?
>>THERE’S HUGE MOTIVATION. JACK WAS DOWN HERE TALKING TO ME
AND JIMMY, I MEAN EVERYTHING HE’S GIVEN TO OUR SPORT.
WE’VE GOT TO PERFORM. I’VE GOT TO PERFORM FOR THESE
GUYS. THEY BELIEVED IN ME.
THEY HAVEN’T QUIT. SO IT’S JUST TIME TO GO DO IT.
>>THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO, CARL.
WE ENJOY WATCHING YOU. YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY OUT THERE.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU LATER IN THE RACE.
>>CARL EDWARDS IN 13th POSITION TODAY CHASING A SPOT IN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR. DON’T FORGET
NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY HAS THE ENHANCED RACE ACTION FROM FEAR
AT PHOENIX. ALL THE HIGH DEFINITION ONBOARD
VIEWS AND LIVE LEADER BOARDS. YOU CAN SEE THE FIVE HOUR ENERGY
CAMERA FROM ABOARD CLINT BOWYER’S CAR TODAY.
YOU CAN SEE CAMERAS IN ALL EIGHT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBLE
DRIVERS’ CARS FOR THIS RACE. BRAD KESELOWSKI WITH OUR FORD
ECOBOOST ON BOARD AND KEVIN HARVICK WITH THE SUNOCO ON
BOARD. DENNY HAMLIN HAS THE COCA-COLA
ONBOARD CAMERA AND MATT KENSETH IS CARRYING THE GOODYEAR
ONBOARD. YOU HEARD FROM JOEY LOGANO.
HE’S CARRYING THE PENNZOIL ON BOARD.
>>SAME THING WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS WHOLE CHASE.
WE’LL DEAL WITH OUR STRATEGY AND MAKE SURE WE’RE THERE AT THE
END.>>GREAT WORK TO HERE.
BE WHERE WE NEED TO BE NEXT WEEK.
>>WE’RE ON IT. SAME THING WE’VE BEEN DOING ALL
YEAR.>>JEFF GORDON HAS OUR CHEVY
ONBOARD. RYAN NEWMAN’S GOT THE QUICKEN
LOANS CAMERA AND CARL EDWARDS, YOU HEARD FROM A MINUTE AGO WITH
OUR SPRINT ONBOARD. THE CARS, THE SECOND OF THE
THREE PACE LAPS. CHECK IN ON PIT ROAD.
>>ALLEN OF THE EIGHT CHASE DRIVERS THERE’S A HANDFUL OF
CINDERELLA STORIES. ONE OF THOSE IS DENNY HAMLIN.
THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR MANY DIDN’T THINK HE WOULD BE IN THIS
POSITION. HE HAD 12 FINISHES OUTSIDE THE
TOP TEN. ONE OF THOSE RACES WAS
CALIFORNIA, THAT HE COMPLETELY MISSED FOR HEALTH REASONS.
NOW WHY WE ARE TWO RACES TO GO. THIS 11 TEAM IS SECOND IN
POINTS, AND TODAY THEY START ON THE POLE.
AND REMEMBER A WIN TODAY, GUARANTEES YOU A CHANCE AT THE
CHAMPIONSHIP.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI SEVENTH OF
THE EIGHT DRIVERS IN THE CHASE STANDINGS.
NOW THE LAST TIME HE FACED CHASE ELIMINATION HE STEPPED UP BIG
WITH A WIN AT TALLADEGA TO STAY ALIVE.
CAN HE DO IT AGAIN? CREW CHIEF PAUL WOLF SAYS BRAD
PERFORMS BEST UNDER PRESSURE AND THAT GIVES THIS TEAM CONFIDENCE.
THE FACT THEY HAVE A VERY FAST RACE CAR THAT STARTS ON THE
FRONT ROW, WELL THAT DOESN’T HURT OOERT.
>>A YEAR AGO ENTERING THIS RACE MATT KENSETH HAD WON THE MOST
RACES, LED THE MOST LAPS, YET HE WAS NOT THE FAVORITE.
JIMMIE JOHNSON WAS. NOW THIS YEAR HE HAS YET TO WIN
A RACE, HE HAD LED JUST OVER 500 LAPS THE ENTIRE SEASON.
YET MANY BELIEVE THEY ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM BEING THE FAVORITE
TO WIN IT ALL. JUST A LITTLE BIT AGO, JASON
RADCLIFFE THE CREW CHIEF TOLD ME THAT ONE WIN COMES RIGHT HERE
TODAY.>>RYAN NEWMAN’S PRIMARY JOB
TODAY IS REALLY SIMPLE. FINISH NINTH OR BETTER AND HE
STAYS ALIVE. HE HAS A CHANCE TO RUN FOR THE
CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT WEEK. IT’S BEEN A STEADY, SOLID SEASON
THAT HAS EARNED HIM THAT OPPORTUNITY.
BUT HE’S BEEN DOING EVEN BETTER OF LATE.
HE HAS TWO TOP FIVE FINISHES IN THE LAST FIVE RACES.
A NINTH PLACE FINISH WILL KEEP HIM IN THE TOP FOUR.
RYAN KNOWS A VICTORY WILL DO MORE THAN MAKE HIM A CONTENDER,
IT COULD MAKE HIM THE GUY TO BEAT.
GOING INTO HOMESTEAD NEXT WEEK THAT’S EXACTLY WHO HE WOULD LIKE
TO BE.>>A LAP AWAY FROM THE START.
YOU LOOK DOWN ON PHOENIX FROM OUR AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY
GOODYEAR. EVERYTHING THEY LEARN MAKING
TIRES FOR THE GRUELLING DEMANDS OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS
INTO YOURS. GOODYEAR, THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF
NASCAR. TALK ABOUT A COUPLE OF THINGS TO
WATCH IN TODAY’S RACE. STRATEGY ON PIT ROAD IS GOING TO
BE HUGE.>>IT IS.
THE TIRE DOESN’T GIVE UP A LOT OF SPEED WHEN YOU PUT LAPS ON
IT. THERE’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF
TWO-TIRE CHANGES UNDER CAUTION. IF THEY NEED A FULL TANK OF FUEL
YOU’LL SEE FOUR TIRES. EXPECT A LOT TO BE TWO TIRES.
>>THE DIFFICULTY OF SIDE BY SIDE RACING.
AERODYNAMICS, GRIP, TIRES.>>EVERYTHING FACTORS IN.
THE SPEED THAT YOU RUN HERE. TURN THREE AND FOUR ARE
GENERALLY A PLACE WE REALLY HAVE TO WATCH ESPECIALLY ENTERING
TURN THREE. A LOT OF CONTACT COULD END
SOMEONE’S CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES.>>DENNY HAMLIN ON POLE
POSITION. BRAD KESELOWSKI ON THE OUTSIDE
OF THE FRONT ROW.>>GOING NOW, BIG GUYS.
SURE WE’LL BE ON PIT ROAD A LITTLE BIT.
GOOD STOP, THANKS FOR THE EFFORT THE LAST FEW WEEKS.
KEEP PUSHING SO WE CAN DO THIS.>>SO 500 KILOMETERS ON THE
ONE-MILE TRACK. 312 LAPS, 312 MILES.
SECOND TO LAST RACE OF THE SEASON, AND AT THE END OF TODAY
WE’LL KNOW WHICH FOUR DRIVERS WILL RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP
IN SOUTH FLORIDA NEXT WEEKEND. GOING GREEN AT PHOENIX IN ROUND
NINE IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
>>DENNY HAMLIN LEADS LAP ONE AND ON A DAY WHEN EACH POINT
WILL BE SO PRECIOUS, THERE’S ONE BONUS POINT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP
FOR DENNY.>>THAT MEANS DENNY HAMLIN CAN
FINISH AND MAKE IT HOME TO THE FINAL ROUND IN HOMESTEAD.
>>HARVICK SECOND, LOGANO AND KESELOWSKI SIDE BY SIDE FOR
THIRD. SINGLE FILE BACK THROUGH NINTH
PLAICE. JEFF GORDON THERE IN NINTH BEING
CHALLENGED BY BRIAN VICKERS IN THE 55.
>>REALLY STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW TO FIND SOME GRIP WITH HIS RACE
CAR. ON THE OUTSIDE.
>>LOSING A FEW SPOTS HERE.>>I THINK IT WILL BE BETTER AS
WE RUN SOME. THIS TRACK IS NOT TAKING A LOT
OF RUBBER BUT IT DOES SEEM TO GET CLEANER, AND AS THEY CLEAN
THAT OFF IT DOES HAVE A LITTLE MORE SPEED.
YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE JEFF GORDON WAS ABLE TO CLEAR.
>>I THINK FOR THE MOST PART THAT OF THESE EIGHT DRIVERS IN
THIS CHASE ARE GOING TO GET A LOT OF RESPECT FROM THE DRIVERS
RACING AROUND THEM. THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE
OF THIS. HOW MUCH THESE EIGHT DRIVERS
RESPECT EACH OTHER IS A DIFFERENT STORY BY THE END OF
THE DAY.>>WE’VE SHOWN THAT TO BE A
LITTLE ON THE MARGINAL SIDE HERE OF THE LATE LAPS OF THE LAST FEW
WEEKS. DALE EARNHARDT JR. WITH A
HANDFUL TRYING TO GET UNDERNEATH BRIAN VICKERS, MAY COST HIM A
SPOT. JIMMIE JOHNSON, LOOKING TO FILL
THAT LANE.>>VICKERS ALL OF A SUDDEN GOT
REALLY, REALLY LOOSE. CASEY MEARS.
WHILE YOU WATCH THIS AT THE BACK OF THE FIELD, TY DILLON HAS
DROPPED A COUPLE OF SPOTS. THERE WERE SOME REPORTS OF SMOKE
FROM THE 33 CAR BUT THAT FOR THE MOMENT DOESN’T APPEAR TO BE A
SIGNIFICANT ISSUE AS HE STAYED ON THE RACETRACK.
KEVIN HARVICK RUNNING SECOND BACK IN THE RACE HERE ON MARCH
2nd, LED 224 OF THE 312 LAPS. HE DIDN’T TAKE THE LEAD FOR THE
FIRST TIME UNTIL LAP 74 AND THEN HE LED ALL THE LAPS UNTIL THE
END OF THE RACE.>>HE KNOWS HE CAN GET OUT THERE
AND LEAD THE MOST LAPS HERE, PUT HIMSELF IN A GREAT POSITION HERE
TO EITHER WIN OR ADVANCE TO OWN THE POINTS.
>>CHASE REPORT YOU SAW MATT KENSETH BY BRAD KESELOWSKI.
>>THIS IS EXACTLY THE WAY THESE DRIVERS WOULD HAVE DRAWN THIS
RACE UP TO START. GET OUT HERE THOSE FIRST THREE
CARS, IN A LITTLE BUBBLE THEMSELVES AND THEY APPRECIATE
THAT. I DON’T THINK DENNY HAMLIN WILL
PUT UP MUCH OF A FIGHT ONCE HARVICK GETS TO HIS SPOT.
>>DENNY HAMLIN HAS SAID ALL ALONG THAT IF THEY COULD GET TO
THESE FINAL RACES AND STILL BE CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBLE HE COULD
BE DANGEROUS. HE FEELS THEY PERFORMED UP TO
PAR LAST WEEK IN TEXAS. HERE HE IS LEADING IN THE EARLY
GOING. A COUPLE OF TIMES A WINNER DOWN
AT HOMESTEAD, MIAMI, SPEEDWAY.>>ONE OF THE ADVANTAGES HE HAS
BY WINNING THE POLE IS THE FIRST PIT BOX.
WE KNOW HOW FAST THIS CREW IS. THEY’VE HAD THE FASTEST PIT
STOPS ON AVERAGE ALL SEASON. THAT’S GOING TO BE A TREMENDOUS
BREAK FOR HIM. I THINK IT’S GOING TO GIVE HIM A
LEG UP.>>HE’S DONE ALL OF THIS MAKING
IT THROUGH ALL OF THESE ROUNDS, HASN’T HAD A TOP FIVE SINCE
ATLANTA. GETTING IT DONE.
LOOKS TO CHANGE THAT TODAY.>>SO JUST UNDER WAY HERE AT
PHOENIX IN THE QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR HEROES 500 FOR THE
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES. DENNY HAMLIN IS OUT IN FRONT AT
THE EARLY GOING AFTER STARTING ON POLE POSITION.
>>>HERE ARE THE THREE LEAD CARS IN THE QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR
HEROES 500, PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY.
11 DENNY HAMLIN, 4 KENNY HARVICK, 22 JOEY LOGANO.
CAUTION FREE SO FAR HERE IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN.
SO ALL THE DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBLE STARTING TODAY CAN RACE
THEIR WAY INTO THE TOP FOUR SPOTS AND COMPETE FOR THE SPOT
AT HOMESTEAD NEXT WEEK. ALL EIGHT DRIVERS CAN ALSO RACE
THEIR WAY OUT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE END OF THE
DAY. THESE THREE CONTROL THEIR OWN
DESTINY. IF THEY CAN FINISH THAT POSITION
OR BETTER, THEN NO MATTER WHAT ELSE HAPPENS IN THE RACE,
THEY’RE IN FOR THE FINAL FOUR NEXT WEEK.
NOW, YOU SAY OKAY, THAT’S GREAT. THAT’S EASY.
WELL, THIS IS NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING.
IT’S NOT ALL THAT EASY. IN FACT WE’LL ILLUSTRATE WITH
RYAN NEWMAN AS WE WATCH THIS CHALLENGE PER SECOND.
>>THAT’S A SURPRISE THAT HARVICK IS BEING CHALLENGED FOR
SECOND SPOT. I THOUGHT EDEN LEADING THE RACE
BASED ON THE TIMES HE PUT DOWN ALL WEEKEND.
NEVER REALLY SEEMED TO BE VULNERABLE.
NOW LOOKS LIKE HE IS. THIS IS A PART OF THE RACETRACK
I’VE BEEN WATCHING. LOOKS LIKE DENNY HAMLIN WAS A
LITTLE BETTER. HARVICK SPLIT UP IN THE CENTER.
DOESN’T USE THE APRON. PROBABLY BECAUSE THE CAR IS NOT
IN THE CENTER. GOT TO LET IT ROLL THERE.
THAT COST HIM A LITTLE BIT OF SPEED.
UNABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT, AND SET HIS SIGHTS ON THE
11 CAR NOW.>>OF THE THREE DRIVERS WHO
CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY, HAMLIN AND LOGANO ARE RUNNING
FIRST AND SECOND. I MENTION RYAN NEWMAN, BUT IT’S
NOT ALL THAT EASY. HERE’S THE 31 CAR BACK IN 25th
PLACE. HE’S GOT TO FINISH IN THE TOP
NINE TO ASSURE HIS PLACE THROUGH.
RICK?>>SO FAR HE’S HAD A LOOSE CAR.
THE SIGNIFICANT THING IS COMING INTO THIS RACE THEY REALLY
WEREN’T HAPPY WITH THE CAR. THEY TOOK SOME OF THE THINGS
THEY DID, SOME OF THE THINGS THE TEAMMATES HAD DONE AND PUT THAT
SETUP ON THE CAR. THIS IS A NEW SETUP.
JUST AS IT’S BEEN A STEADY, SOLID SEASON THEY KNOW GOING
INTO TODAY’S RACE THEY’VE GOT TO DO THE SAME THING.
START THE WAY IN THE BACK, SLOWLY WORK THEIR WAY FORWARD
AND HOPE THEY’RE IN THE TOP NINE AT THE END.
>>SO RYAN NEWMAN BACK IN 25th POSITION.
RIGHT NOW, AGAIN VERY EARLY IN THE GOING.
>>THIS IS SUCH A TRACK POSITION RACETRACK.
IT’S A FLAT, MAKES A FLAT THREE AND FOUR.
JUST HARD TO MAKE THESE PASSES. AND TRACK POSITION MEANS SO
MUCH. I CAN TELL YOU LOOKING AT THE
MONITOR. THE TOP — YOU KNOW THE TOP CARS
DO NOT RUN THE FASTEST LAP TIMES.
PAUL MENARD IS SECOND QUICKEST RUNNING 14th.
IT’S SO HARD TO TAKE THAT FAST RACE CAR AND GET IT TO THE
FRONT.>>IT’S DIFFICULT.
RIGHT NOW RYAN NEWMAN IS OVER A HALF LAP BEHIND AT THIS POINT IN
TIME. HE’S GOING TO NEED TO FIGURE OUT
TO GET A LITTLE BIT MORE SPEED IF HE CONTINUES GREEN FOR
AWHILE.>>TAIL END OF THE FIELD NOW AND
BEGINNING TO WORK THEIR WAY INTO SOME LAP TRAFFIC.
DENNY HAMLIN AND JOEY LOGANO THROUGH, AND MIKE WALLACE AT THE
END OF THE FIELD. THE 42nd AND 41st PLACE CARS.
>>LOGANO ROLLS IN A LITTLE BIT. DENNY HAMLIN WITH THE RACE LEAD,
JAMIE.>>I TALKED TO HIS CREW CHIEF
THIS MORNING AND HE SAID IN PRACTICE THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE
SPEED THEY WERE REALLY HOPING TO.
BUT BECAUSE WE’RE ON THE POLE WE’RE REALLY BANKING ON THIS
CLEAN AIR. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE
SEEING. SO FAR THE BALANCE IS A LITTLE
TIGHT AT CENTER AND A LITTLE TIGHT OFF.
>>GOT COMPANY NOW.>>THESE CARS ARE NOT THE
FASTEST. THE TOP BIG CARS ARE NOT EVEN
THE TOP THREE FASTEST CARS EVERY LAP.
THE THING THEY DO HAVE IS WHAT DENNY HAMLIN HAS THE LEAD.
HE HAS THAT CLEAN AIR. HE HAS BEEN ENCOUNTERING SOME
LAP TRAFFIC. IF HE GETS THAT AT THE WRONG
SPOT, YOU CAN SEE THERE HE KIND OF MISSED THE CORNER.
UNLESS HE’S JUST GOING TO TRY THIS HIGHER LINE RIGHT NOW.
HE WAS RIGHT DOWN WITH THE LEFT SIDE RIGHT DOWN THERE AT THE
APRON.>>HE’S GOING TO HAVE SOME
TRAFFIC TO DEAL WITH RIGHT NOW AND IT’S JOEY LOGANO TAKING HIS
SPOT AWAY.>>THIS IS NOT AN EASY PASS.
WE TALKED ABOUT THIS. THE GUY MOVES UP.
UNLESS HE’S JUST GOING TO BACK OUT AND GIVE THIS TO THE 22 CAR
AND THAT COULD HAPPEN DOWN HERE IN TURN THREE AND FOUR.
>>SO HARD TO CLEAR RIGHT THERE. MAKE THAT PASS.
YOU CAN SEE HAMLIN ONCE AGAIN LED THE LAP.
>>THAT WAS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW THESE DRIVERS USE THAT SIDE
DRAFT AND GET DOWN ON THE RIGHT REAR CORNER.
SOMEBODY LOOSEN THEM UP. THAT’S THE 4 CAR, HARVICK BACK
INTO THIS.>>SO A LEAD CHANGE.
JOEY LOGANO LEADING THAT LAP. AND OUT IN FRONT, 22.
>>SAME POSITION NOW AS HAMLIN. 12th OR BETTER.
>>HOW FAR BELOW THAT LINE HE IS ON THE APRIL ROB.
HAMLIN.>>THAT’S ALL FOUR TIRES THERE.
HE HAD HARVICK RIGHT TO HIS OUTSIDE.
>>SO AFTER LEADING THE OPENING 24 LAPS, DENNY HAMLIN SHUFFLED
BACK TO THIRD. JOEY LOGANO IS THE SECOND LEADER
OF THE DAY AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACETRACK.
IN-RACE. DeBRUHL.
>>>YELLOW FLAG OUT FOR DEBRIS ON THE RACETRACK.
A SPRING RUBBER OUT OF SOMEBODY’S CAR.
PIT ROAD IS OPEN. EXPECT A LOT OF STRATEGY ON THIS
ROUND OF STOPS.>>MATT KENSETH A LITTLE BIT
TIGHT AT CENTER OF THREE AND FOUR.
TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO.
TRYING TO GET ONE CAN OF FUEL.>>KEVIN HARVICK SAYS THE CAR IS
JUST WAY TOO LOOSE. IT’S GOING TO BE TRACK BAR,
WEDGE AND RIGHT SIDES ONLY FOR THE 4 OF HARVICK.
JAMIE?>>JOEY LOGANO SAYING A LITTLE
NUDGE TO CENTER. A TRACK BAR ADJUSTMENTS RIGHT
SIDES ONLY. DENNY HAMLIN RIGHT SIDES ONLY A
LITTLE BIT LOOSE BUT NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY.
THE 22 LOOKS LIKE HE’S GOING TO WIN THE RACE OFF PIT ROAD.
>>OH, TONY STEWART, MARCOS AMBROSE, WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU
GOT A WHOLE FIELD OF CAR ON THE LEAD LAP AND PEOPLE LEAVING
BEFORE OTHER PEOPLE GOT TO THEIR STALLS.
I THINK THEY ALL GOT AWAY WITH IT.
WE’LL DOUBLE-CHECK THE TAPE AND IF THERE’S ANY CONTACT SHOW IT
TO YOU WHEN WE GET BACK.>>>WELCOME BACK TO PHOENIX
INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. PROBLEMS FOR THE 11 AND DENNY
HAMLIN. AFTER THAT ROUND OF PIT STOPS HE
THOUGHT THERE WAS A SHOCK BROKEN ON THE RIGHT REAR.
TURNS OUT IT WAS A FLAT. YOU SEE THE CARCASS FROM THE
RIGHT REAR TIRE THEY JUST BROUGHT THEM IN.
THEY PUT FOUR TIRES ON FOR THIS 11 TEAM WHO WANTS TO FIGHT THEIR
WAY IN TO HOMESTEAD. BUT NOW THEY’VE GOT SOME GROUND
TO MAKE UP, ALLEN.>>THAT IS GOING TO SHUFFLE
DENNY HAMLIN ALL THE WAY BACK TO 37th PLACE.
FROM FOURTH, FOR THIS RESTART.>>>THREE WIDE HERE.
KYLE BUSCH TO THE OUTSIDE, KURT BUSCH TO THE INSIDE OF BRAD
KESELOWSKI.>>NOT THE SPOT BRAD WANTED TO
GET HIMSELF IN THIS EARLY IN THE RACE.
>>THAT 41 CAR TAKES.>>HE WAS IN A JAM THERE.
KESELOWSKI IN FOURTH PART. JEFF GORDON RACING KYLE MARTIN
FOR SEVENTH AND EIGHTH.>>SEE THE SECOND GROUP COME IN.
NOW THEY GOT THE CLEAN OFF, FEELING PRETTY COMFORTABLE GOING
UP THERE.>>BACK TO THE GAS WAY EARLY,
DIDN’T HE, GORDON?>>THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE HOPING
FOR. THAT YOU CAN REALLY STAND IN THE
GAS. HANGING TOUGH ON THE OUTSIDE,
THOUGH.>>JUST ON THE INSIDE I THINK
HE’S A LITTLE BETTER ON THE RACETRACK HERE IN TURNS ONE AND
TWO. REALLY DROVE IT IN THAT TIME.
>>JEFF GORDON UP TO SEVENTH. HE’S GOING TO TAKE THAT SPOT ONE
WAY OR THE OTHER RIGHT THERE. IT DIDN’T STICK, THEN IT WAS
GOING TO –>>I LIKE THE WAY THEY DID IT ON
PURPOSE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.
>>SO I MENTION ON THE WAY TO THE BREAK ABOUT DID EVERYBODY
GET AWAY WITHOUT THE CONTACT ON PIT ROAD.
EVERYBODY EXCEPT ONE AND HE’S JUST LEAVING PIT ROAD.
JUSTIN ALLGAIER TOOK SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE LEFT REAR SHEET
METAL ON THAT CAR JUST NOW GOING TO BE SIX LAPS DOWN AND YOU SEE
HOW PATCHED UP IT IS.>>IT’S TORN UP AS THAT CAR IS
THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER CAR THAT HAS TO HAVE DAMAGE AS WELL.
I DON’T KNOW WHO HE MADE CONTACT WITH.
>>MORE ON 51’S PROBLEMS FROM RICK.
>>WELL THE 51 PROBLEMS, THE OTHER CAR INVOLVED WITH THE 48
OF JIMMIE JOHNSON, HE WAS JUST LEAVING PIT ROAD WHEN ALLGAIER
WAS COMING IN. THAT’S WHEN THE CONTACT WAS MADE
ON THE RIGHT FRONT. HOWEVER ACCORDING TO THE TEAM
THE RIGHT FRONT OF JIMMIE JOHNSON’S CAR IS OKAY.
>>MUST BE MADE OUT OF CAST IRON, RICK.
>>THERE’S A LOT OF DAMAGE ON THAT 51.
I DON’T WANT TO SEE ANY ON THIS 48.
YOU CAN SEE EVIDENCE.>>YEAH, THAT’S — JIMMIE MIGHT
HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH ONE THERE. FOR THE LEAD HERE, KEVIN HARVICK
PRESSING JOEY LOGANO.>>HARVICK TRYING THE OUTSIDE TO
MAKE THIS WORK>>LOOKS LIKE CHILDRESS DID AN
ADJUSTMENT ON THE 4 CAR OF HARVICK.
A LITTLE STRONGER THAN HE WAS IN THE FIRST RUN.
>>YOU CAN SEE RIGHT THERE, HE’S ABLE TO GET THAT CAR TURNED.
THAT’S WHAT HE COULD NOT DO IN THAT FIRST RUN.
GET THE CAR TURNED. IN FACT THE THROTTLE — THERE’S
THE LEAD FOR HARVICK.>>HE SAYS, I GIVE UP.
>>IN THAT 4 CAR –>>TWO DRIVERS ON TOTALLY
DIFFERENT AGENDAS HERE TODAY. CERTAINLY LOGANO WOULD LIKE TO
WIN. ALL OF THESE EIGHT WOULD LOVE TO
HAVE THAT. BUT IT’S NOT NECESSARY FOR HIM
TO DO THAT TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND AND BE A PART OF THE
BATTLE IN HOMESTEAD.>>AND IT’S NOT NECESSARY FOR
KEVIN HARVICK TO MOVE ON, EITHER.
BUT HE WAS EIGHTH OUT OF EIGHT STARTING THIS RACE.
AND HE HAS TO APPLY ALL THE PRESSURE HE CAN.
OBVIOUSLY WIN SENDS HIM ON THROUGH AUTOMATICALLY.
>>SORRY ABOUT THAT.>>CHANCES ARE A LOT BETTER IF
HE GOES TO VICTORY LANE.>>I’D SAY.
DENNY HAMLIN, WHO LED THE OPENING 24 LAPS OF THIS ONE AND
CAME OFF THE PIT LANE IN FOURTH POSITION ON THE FIRST ROUND OF
STOPS WENT ALL THE WAY BACK, YOU SEE THE 35th PLACE AND NOW HE’S
TRYING TO PICK HIS WAY BACK THROUGH.
JAMIE?>>YOU GUYS, ON THE 11, IT WAS,
INDEED, AT SOME POINT THEY DIDN’T CATCH IT, THAT’S WHAT LED
TO THE RIGHT REAR FLAT ON THAT LAST STOP FOR DENNY HAMLIN.
>>ONE OF THE THINGS, YOU SEE RIGHT HERE THERE’S AN INNER
VALVE STEM RIGHT THERE, AND LOOKS LIKE THE OUTER ONE MAYBE
THIS IS WHERE THE OUTER ONE IS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WOULD MAKE
CONTACT WITH THAT OUTER STEM BUT THE INNER STEM IS VULNERABLE TO
THE LUG NUTS WHEN THEY GET WEDGED INTO THE WHEEL.
TO MAKE YOU WONDER DID THEY DROP THE JACK AND THE TIRE CHANGER
STILL THERE? AND THAT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY
KNOCKED THAT OFF THE AIR WRENCH.>>ABSOLUTELY CAN HAPPEN.
I’VE HAD THAT HAPPEN BEFORE, TOO.
>>SO DENNY HAMLIN WITH ALL THE TRACK POSITION THEY EARNED BY
WINNING POLE POSITION GIVEN UP ON AN EARLY STOP.
AND THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO FIND A WAY TO MASTERMIND HIM BACK TO
THE FRONT OF THE PACK.>>AT SOME POINT IT’S GOING TO
TAKE SOME STRATEGY AT SOME KIND TO MAKE ALL OF THAT HAPPEN.
HE HAS A FAST ENOUGH RACE CAR TO DO A LOT OF THIS ON HIS OWN.
BUT IT’S VERY FRUSTRATING BECAUSE THEY’VE DONE EVERYTHING
RIGHT TO THIS POINT.>>JEFF GORDON, KYLE BUSCH
CHANGING SIXTH POSITION, 24 MOVING UP.
>>A GOOD LOOK AT THE TOP FIVE. KEVIN HARVICK THE THIRD
DIFFERENT LEADER OF THIS RACE. GUY WHO SAYS WHEN HE WAS RACING
SOUTHWEST CARS EARLY IN HIS NASCAR CAREER THE RACES HERE IN
PHOENIX WERE LIKE THEY’RE DAYTONA 500.
HARVICK OUT IN FRONT.>>>HALLUCINATING DOWN THERE OR
SOMETHING? MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL THIS WEEK,
A GAME A LOT OF THE CHARLOTTE BASED NASCAR CREW MEMBERS WILL
HAVE AN INTEREST IN. CAM NEWTON AND THE PANTHERS
HEADING UP TO PHILLY TO FACE NOT ONLY SHAWN McCOY BUT MARK
SANCHEZ AND THE EAGLES. 8:00 P.M. EASTERN ON ESPN.
NO OTHER NIGHT IS MONDAY NIGHT. HERE AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL
RACEWAY, 56 OF 312 LAPS COMPLETED IN THIS QUICKEN LOANS
RACE FOR HEROES 500. KEVIN HARVICK IS THE RACE LEADER
AND JEFF GORDON CLOSING, BRAD KESELOWSKI FOR FIFTH PLACE.
WHEN YOU HEAR THE PHRASE I WILL RACE PEOPLE LIKE THEY RACE ME, I
KNOW IT’S STILL EARLY IN THE RACE BUT IT DOES LEAD ONE TO
KEEP A CAUTIOUS EYE OUT FOR THINGS.
>>YOU GOT TO WATCH AND SEE. YOU NEVER KNOW EXACTLY WHEN THAT
MAY TAKE PLACE. YOU WOULD THINK THAT IT’S WAY
EARLY FOR ANYTHING LIKE THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME.
>>SEE THINGS LIKE THAT ARE GOING TO HAPPEN A LATE GREAT
DESPERATION OF TRYING TO MAKE UP A SPOT OR TWO.
HE WOULDN’T MIND.>>AND ONE REASON RIGHT NOW JEFF
GORDON WOULD NOT WANT TO DO ANYTHING IT’S BECAUSE HE DIDN’T
WANT TO JEOPARDIZE HIS CAMP AND GETTING IN A SQUIRMISH AT THIS
POINT OF THE RACE, IT WOULD NOT BE SMART.
>>HE’S NOT WON FOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS BY NOT BEING
SMART.>>BUT STILL.
IF THAT 2 CAR IN FRONT OF HIM, YOU DON’T THINK HE HAD A LITTLE
RADAR LOCK ON THERE? THERE’S NO DOUBT IT ENTERS YOUR
MIND AND YOU DON’T THINK THAT BRAD KESELOWSKI SAID ANYBODY BUT
THAT CAR COULD BE COMING UP HERE RIGHT NOW.
>>CHECK ON THE PROGRESS OF BOTH DRIVER’S RACES.
>>THE FIRST, THE 2 CAR BRAD KESELOWSKI.
REMEMBER IN MARCH HE SAT ON THE POLE HERE AND FINISHED THIRD.
CREW CHIEF PAUL WOLF TOLD ME TODAY WE THINK OUR CAR IS BETTER
THAN WHAT WE HAD IN MARCH. BUT SO FAR IT HASN’T BEEN THAT
WAY FOR BRAD. HASN’T LIKED THE HANDLE ON IT.
JUST DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH STABILITY IN THE TURN.
ALTHOUGH THEY DID MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT AT THAT PIT STOP AND
HE SAYS IT DID TAKE OFF A LITTLE BIT BETTER ON THIS RUN.
SO THEY’RE GAINING ON HIM A LITTLE BIT BUT STILL NOT PLEASED
WITH WHERE THEY ARE. THAT’S THE 2 OF KESELOWSKI.
NOW LET’S CHECK ON THE 24 WITH JAMIE.
>>IN COUNTDOWN JEFF GORDON TOLD US HE WASN’T THRILLED WITH THE
SPEED AND THE BALANCE OF THE CAR IN PRACTICE.
WHILE IT WAS WORSE AT THE START OF THIS RACE.
HE WAS LOOSE ON AND OFF, TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE, YELLING FOR AN
ADJUSTMENT SO WHEN HE CAME IN THEY WENT DOWN TWO ROUNDS ON THE
TRACK BAR AND TOOK RIGHT SIDES ONLY.
THE CAR HAS GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
BUT SO FAR HE’S MOVED UP ONE SPOT.
>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE, THANKS.>>STILL WITH YOU.
STILL THERE.>>AS THEY COME UP ON THE LAST
CAR.>>SO JEFF GORDON THROUGH TO
FIFTH PLACE AND BRAD KESELOWSKI BACK TO SIXTH.
ANOTHER CHANGE IN THE RUNNING ORDER WHILE WE WATCH THEM RACE
KURT BUSCH AND MATT KENSETH AND KURT UP TO THIRD PLACE.
>>NOW WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT STRATEGY UNDER THAT CAUTION FLAG
AND YOU SAW A LOT OF TWO-TIRE CHANGES.
ONE CAR CHANGED FOUR TIRES. BRIAN NEWMAN, HE CHANGED FOUR
TIRES. THAT’S REALLY WORKED FOR HIM.
HE’S MOVED ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TOP 15 NOW RUNNING IN 15th SPOT.
GOT TO ASK LUKE LAMBERT DIDN’T HAVE A FAST CAR, KNEW EVERYONE
WAS GOING TO TAKE TWO TIRES. THAT’S A REALLY GOOD MOVE.
>>LUKE HAS BEEN A BIG PART OF THIS, OBVIOUSLY, AS THE CREW
CHIEF HE HAD. A LOT OF HIS CALLS THAT HE’S
MADE THROUGHOUT THIS CHASE HAVE PUT HIM AND RYAN NEWMAN IN A
GREAT SPOT TO GET SOME REALLY GOOD FINISHES WHENEVER THEIR CAR
MAYBE WASN’T THAT CAPABLE OF FINISHING THERE.
BUT THEY CERTAINLY MADE IT WORK.>>AND ANOTHER POINT YOU MADE TO
US IS HOW RYAN NEWMAN SEEMS TO HAVE THE ABILITY, WHEN LUKE
LAMBERT MAKES THOSE STRATEGY CALLS, A CAR THAT’S NOT MAYBE
HANDLING AS WELL AS SOME OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN UP FRONT ALL DAY.
TO BULLDOG THAT CAR TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT.
>>YOU GIVE ME THIS MAN LATE IN THIS RACE WITH TWO TIRES ON THE
RIGHT SIDE THERE AND I’M GOING TO TAKE RYAN NEWMAN.
HE KNOWS HOW TO GET IT DONE. BETTER THAN ANYBODY, I THINK.
I COULD TELL YOU FROM EXPERIENCE, YOU KNOW, YOU MAKE
THESE CALLS AS CREW CHIEF BUT IT REALLY IS UP TO THESE DRIVERS TO
MAKE THAT STRATEGY WORK. AND I’VE DONE THAT WITH
DIFFERENT DRIVERS. SOME CAN MAKE THE TWO-TIRE
STRATEGY WORK WHEN EVERYBODY HAS FOUR.
SOME CAN’T. THIS GUY CAN.
NOW HE’S TAKEN THE OPPOSITE OF THAT, MAKING THOSE FOUR TIRES,
MAKE DEEP TRACK POSITION AND TRY TO MAKE UP A LOT OF SPOTS.
BUT HE’S DOING IT.>>JUST SHY OF ONE QUARTER OF
DISTANCE COMPLETE IN THE RACE TODAY.
RYAN NEWMAN RUNNING 15th. CARL EDWARDS 18th.
DENNY HAMLIN 29th. AND FIVE OF THE TOP SIX SPOTS
ARE THE REMAINING DRIVERS WHO ARE CHAMPIONSHIP ELIGIBLE.
CAN RYAN NEWMAN RACE HIS WAY INTO THE TITLE ROUND NEXT WEEK
IN HOMESTEAD?>>24 IS ABOUT TO GET 20.
FOURTH PLACE.>>GORDON GOING TO GET A POINT
THERE.>>NOW IT’S GOING TO CHANGE
AGAIN.>>>DON’T THINK THERE’S A
PRETTIER SETTING ON THE ENTIRE NASCAR SPRINT CUP CIRCUIT.
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. SOLD OUTGRANDSTANDS, FANS ON THE
HILLSIDE ALL WATCHING RACE NINE IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR
SPRINT CUP. WE CHECK THE DANGER ZONE BROUGHT
TO YOU BY NATIONWIDE INSURANCE. THE DANGER ZONE BEING THE CUT
LINE IN FOURTH PLACE TODAY. ABOUT THREE LAPS AGO, GORDON,
NEWMAN AND KENSETH THAT PLUS/MINUS WAS ZERO.
AND GORDON PASSED KENSETH FOR A SPOT ON THE RACETRACK AND THOSE
NUMBERS CHANGED. I KNOW IT’S A LONG WAY TO GO IN
THE RACE BUT WE USE THIS TO SHOW YOU HOW REALLY INTERESTING IT’S
GOING TO BE.>>AND CHALLENGING AS A
BROADCASTER.>>IF THESE GUYS LINE UP SIDE BY
SIDE ON A LATE RESTART ONE POSITION IS GOING TO MEAN THE
DIFFERENCE.>>HOW ABOUT THIS?
BIG MOMENT. IN A DANGER ZONE.
>>SPEAKING OF DANGER ZONE. THAT’S EXACTLY WHERE DENNY
HAMLIN IS RIGHT NOW.>>THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A PASS
FOR THE LEAD. NOW DENNY HAMLIN HAS GONE ONE
LAP DOWN.>>PLENTY OF TIME THERE.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET IT ALL IN THIS RUN.
BREAKS THE STEM OUT OF THE RIGHT REAR WHILE WE’LL BE ABLE TO WORK
YOU THROUGH THERE.>>THAT WAS KEVIN HARVICK DOING
WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE GARAGE THIS MORNING FEARED,
BREAKING LOOSE IN CLEAN AIR FROM THE PACK, AND SETTING SAIL.
NOW DENNY HAMLIN CAN SEE THE BIG SWING THERE, CURRENTLY FINDS
HIMSELF A LAP DOWN.>>YEAH, HE COULD JUST — YOU
CAN JUST TELL HOW MUCH THIS MEANS AND HOW MUCH PRESSURE
THEY’RE UNDER.>>KURT BUSCH AFTER PASSING MATT
KENSETH FOR THIRD PLACE HAS TRACKED DOWN JOEY LOGANO TO
CHALLENGE HIM FOR SECOND.>>THE LAST FEW DAYS, THIS TEAM,
THEY SWITCHED CREWS, AND CARS. TONY GIBBS IS THE CREW CHIEF AND
HE STARTS FOR DANICA PATRICK. I’M A REAL BIG FAN OF TONY GIBBS
AND HE’S A REALLY GREAT CREW CHIEF.
I TALKED TO HIM QUITE A BIT ABOUT THIS CHANGE AND THE
PHILOSOPHY WITHIN STEWART-HAAS RACING.
THEY ALL HAVE THE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY TO DO THEIR OWN THINGS
WITH THESE CARS. I BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE SEEING
RIGHT NOW IS THAT TONY GIBBS HAS GOT SOMETHING THAT KURT BUSCH
REALLY LIKES. HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GIVE HIM WHAT
HE NEEDS.>>WHILE KURT IS MOVING FORWARD
ON THE RACETRACK, THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF CONCERN IN THE 41
PIT RICK.>>BECAUSE HE CAME ON THE RADIO
JUST A SHORT TIME AGO AND SAID HE FELT LIKE HE HAD A LEFT FRONT
TIRE THAT WAS GOING DOWN. SO FAR THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO
LOOK AT IT TO GIVE HIM ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THAT.
OBVIOUSLY EVEN AFTER HE SAID THAT, HE WAS ABLE TO PASS.
NO RIGHT NOW IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THERE IS ANY PROBLEM WITH
THAT LEFT FRONT. BUT THE SIGNIFICANT THING IS
HE’S FEELING SOMETHING FUNNY IN THAT CAR.
AND THAT’S NEVER A GOOD THING.>>SO KURT UP TO SECOND.
AND AS A DRIVER HERE YOU FEEL SO MANY THINGS.
YOU CAN SEE THINGS IN THE RACETRACK YOU RUN ACROSS, YOU
GET DOWN ON THE APRON ALL IT TAKES IS THAT ONE TIME THAT YOU
CAR DID SOMETHING THAT YOU WEREN’T EXPECTING AND YOU START
THINKING THAT YOU MAY HAVE AN ISSUE.
>>I’M SURE HE’S HEARD FROM TONY GIBSON.
THE LAST LAP –>>WHATEVER HE’S DOING, I
BELIEVE HE WON’T TRY TO DUPLICATE IT WITH THE NEXT ONE.
>>THE CREW CHIEF, YOU HEAR HIM SAY THAT, TIME TO PICK UP.
>>CASEY MEARS.>>OH, THAT’S TOO BAD.
HE HAD A GOOD CAR TODAY.>>RUNNING 12th AT THAT TIME.
>>STARTED IN 12th AND MOVED UP INTO THE TOP TEN.
AND NOW THIS FROM 12th POSITION, BRINGING OUT THE SECOND CAUTION
OF THE RACE.>>IT’S A LOT LIKE A RIGHT REAR
TIRE MAYBE WENT AWAY. SLIGHT CONTACT.
>>OBVIOUSLY THE RIGHT REAR IS DOWN.
>>KNOCKED HIM PRETTY GOOD. I DON’T THINK IT WILL BE AN
ISSUE.>>GOING INTO THAT DOG LEG.
>>THAT TIRE CAME APART.>>AND I DON’T THINK IT WAS FROM
ANY CONTACT WITH THE 36 CAR. I BELIEVE THAT WAS PROBABLY
EARLIER CONTACT THAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THAT TIRE TO GO DOWN.
>>IN THE TRUCK RACE ALMOST THAT EXACT SPOT LAST NIGHT I BELIEVE
IT WAS JOEY KOLTER HAD THAT ISSUE.
>>LOOK AHEAD TO RYAN NEWMAN.>>ON THE TOP.
CLEAR. YELLOW IS OUT.
YELLOW IS OUT.>>RYAN NEWMAN 12th IN THAT RUN
WITH FOUR TIRES.>>GOOD JOB TO AVOID THAT, TOO.
WANT TO GET SOME CLEANUP TRUCKS OUT TO PICK UP ALL THE PIECES OF
METAL SCATTERED BY THAT 13 CAR, BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE CARS
EXIT PIT ROAD WITH FRESH TIRES AND DON’T WANT TO CAUSE ANYBODY
A PROBLEM FOR THE RESUMPTION OF THE RACE.
SO SECOND YELLOW FLAG IN THIS ONE, AND IT COMES OUT JUST PAST
THE ONE QUARTER MARK OF THE RACE.
GREG BIFFLE WHO WAS LAPPED BY THE LEADER, TWO LAPS PRIOR TO
THE YELLOW, WHICH KEPT DENNY HAMLIN FROM GETTING THE FREE
PASS AT THIS CAUTION. DENNY’S THE NEXT CAR, ONE LAP
DOWN.>>I THINK THEY’VE RUN TOO MANY
LAPS TO CHANCE A WAIVER AROUND HERE.
I THINK THEY’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO TRY TO MAKE A GREAT PIT
STOP, GET THEMSELVES BACK OUT THERE AS THE FIRST CAR A LAP
DOWN AND HOPE THAT THERE’S A QUICK CAUTION THAT THEY’RE
OBVIOUSLY NOT A PART OF.>>THEY DON’T NEED TO PANIC.
THEY HAVE A CAR FAST ENOUGH TO GET THIS LAP BACK IN PLENTY OF
TIME.>>PIT ROAD GOING TO BE OPEN
HERE NOW 50 LAPS ON THIS SET OF TIRES.
>>PROBABLY GOING TO SEE MORE FOUR TIRE CHANGES.
YOU NEW RYAN NEWMAN GET FOUR LAST TIME.
MAYBE HE’LL GET TWO. MIGHT SEE THE OTHER GUYS TAKE
FOUR. A LOT OF OTHER GUYS TAKE FOUR.
EXACTLY WHAT LAMBERT WAS COUNTING ON THIS OPPORTUNITY
HERE. MAYBE HE TAKES FOUR NOW THAT
THEY’VE GOT THEMSELVES INTO POSITION.
MAYBE THEY STICK WITH IT.>>26 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.
THEY’LL ALL COME IN. DOC?
>>MATT KENSETH SAYING IT’S LOOSE.
THE CAR WAS GETTING LOOSER. THEY CALL FOR FOUR TIRES, GOING
TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT TO LEFT REAL.
GOT TO GET SUNOCO FUEL. ONE OF THE LAST TWO RACES HERE
AT PHOENIX AND HE PITS FROM THE LEAD AGAIN HERE.
REALLY LIKES TO BALANCE ON HIS RACE CAR.
THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES, JUST THE FOUR TIRE CHANGE.
JAMIE?>>JEFF GARDEN, FEELS LIKE HE’S
WEARING OUT THE RIGHT REAR. THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A WEDGE
ADJUSTMENT HERE TO TRY TO HELP HIM.
MEANWHILE 22, A LITTLE EDGY ON EXIT.
TIGHT IN THE CENTER. FOUR TIRE STOP FOR THE 22.
>>THERE ARE SOME THAT PLAYED THE STRATEGY GAME.
OR ONE, ANYWAY. DALE JR. GOING TO TAKE OVER THE
RACE LEAD WITH A RIGHT SIDE ONLY TIRE CHANGE ON THAT SET.
TOUGH LUCK FOR CASEY MEARS RUNNING IN 12th POSITION.
RIGHT REAR STRUCK OUT ON HIS CAR SCATTERING BITS AND PIECES OVER
THE PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY.
>>>PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY.
QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR 500 WILL BE RESTARTED IN ONE MORE LAP
WITH DALE EARNHARDT JR. NOW THE NEW RACE LEADER.
JUNIOR AND JEFF GORDON’S TEAMS CHANGED TWO TIRES.
YOU THOUGHT WHERE JEFF GORDON’S TRACK POSITION WAS BEFORE THE
STOPS HE’D BE THE LEADER BUT THEY HAD SOME ISSUES.
WATCH AND LISTEN.>>FOUR, FOUR, FOUR, FOUR, FOUR,
TWO, TWO, TWO, TWO, TWO.>>FOUR, WE HAD SOME ISSUES,
I’VE GOT TO FIND OUT.>>MY BAD ON THIS.
COMMUNICATION, BUT, I THOUGHT THAT YOU SAID FOUR BUT I WASN’T
SURE.>>GOOD CALL BY ALLEN, SOUNDED
LIKE AN AUCTIONEER, THOUGH. FOUR, FOUR, FOUR.
CHANGED IT UP IN MIDSTREAM. THAT WAS A GOOD MOVE BY HIM.
>>QUICK UPDATE FROM JAMIE.>>THE TEAM JUST TOLD ME
INITIALLY IT WAS JACKED UP HIGH ENOUGH BUT THAT THE JACK LEAKED
DOWN SO THERE WASN’T ENOUGH ROOM TO GET THAT TIRE BACK ON AND GET
THE LUGS LINED UP. YOU SAW THE JACK MAN GO ONE MORE
PUMP TO GET HIM UP. THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT THE WORST
PART OF IT ALL THEY DIDN’T GET THAT ADJUSTMENT THAT JEFF GARDEN
NEEDED.>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE, THANKS.
DALE JR. HOW WITH KEVIN HARVICK OUTSIDE FOR THE RACE LEAD ON THE
RESTART.>>I THINK GARDEN’S GOING TO
FIND OUT HE’S RACING AROUND EVERYBODY THAT HAS FOUR TIRES
AND ONLY THOSE TWO. THAT COULD BE NOT A GOOD
SITUATION HERE.>>EVEN RYAN NEWMAN THAT TOOK
FOUR TIRES FROM THE FIRST CAUTION HE TOOK FOUR.
>>LITTLE BUMP THERE.>>THE TWO GETTING IN THE BACK
OF THE 88.>>I THINK THESE GUYS WITH TWO
TIRES ARE KIND OF IN THE WAY.
>>GETTING TIGHT RIGHT HERE IN THE DOG LEG.
THREE WIDE SITUATION. KYLE BUSCH TO THE INSIDE.
KESELOWSKI ALSO. DALE JR.
>>NOW 18-2, GOING TO RACE. FOR SIXTH PLACE.
>>BRAD CAN PRETTY MUCH GET USED TO THAT MOST OF THE DAY.
NOT GOING TO GET CUT A LOT OF SLACK HERE BY MANY PEOPLE.
HASN’T REALLY IMPEDED HIS PROGRESS A WHOLE LOT.
THERE WAS A RACE AROUND THESE GUYS.
>>BACK DOWN, DON’T EXPECT HIM TO.
>>DALE JR. CONTINUING TO SLIDE BACK.
CHALLENGED BY MARTIN TRUEX JR., 78.
RYAN NEWMAN, JAMIE McMURRAY RIGHT BEHIND THEM.
>>MURRAY HAD A REALLY FAST CAR IN THE FINAL PRACTICE YESTERDAY.
LOOKED REALLY GOOD IN THE LONGER RUNS, TOO.
>>CARL EDWARDS STILL BACK IN THE SOUP, RACING FOR 16th PLACE.
WITH ARIC AMIROLA.>>GOING TO TAKE A BETTER DAY
THAN THIS FROM CARL AND THIS TEAM TO ADVANCE ON.
>>WE’VE SEEN THIS ONE BEFORE.>>WAY HAVE.
IT’S BEEN PRETTY AMAZING THE TIMING.
>>SURVIVED IN ADVANCE. THEY’VE DONE IT TWICE.
WILL THE THIRD TIME BE THE CHARM?
>>I EXPECT IT TO RUN REALLY GOOD HERE.
HE’S HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS ON.>>I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO
THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT. IF THIS WERE JUST DRIVER RELATED
YES, I WOULD EXPECT CARL EDWARDS TO DO REALLY GOOD.
I EXPECT THIS IS A VERY TIGHT TRACK THEY REALLY STRUGGLE WITH.
THE TIRES ARE A LITTLE BIT TOO HARD.
YOU DON’T HAVE WHAT CARL EDWARDS NEEDS AS A DRIVER TO GET THE JOB
DONE.>>JEFF GORDON SLIDING BACK ON
THE FRESH RIGHTSIDE TIRES. KENSETH PASSED, KESELOWSKI
PASSED. GORDON GOING TO GO FROM FOURTH
TO SIXTH.>>I THINK HE NEEDS TO TRY TO
MINIMIZES DAMAGE, TRY TO HANG ON AS BEST HE CAN.
IF HE HAS TO DO IT, HE’S JUST GOING TO HAVE TO GIVE THEM UP
BECAUSE RIGHT NOW HE’S GOT A LOT OF CARS AROUND HIM THAT ARE
FASTER.>>IF THEY HAD STUCK WITH THE
FOUR TIRE CHANGE AND COME OUT, 26th, OR SOMETHING, HE PROBABLY
WON’T SLIDE BACK ANYWHERE NEAR 26th ON THIS RUN BEFORE THE NEXT
PIT STOP.>>HE CERTAINLY THE RIGHT THING
AT THAT TIME WHEN EVERYTHING WAS GOING WRONG TO DO EXACTLY WHAT
THEY DID. THEY’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO
TRY TO MINIMIZE THE DAMAGE, AS FAR AS POINTS AND POSITIONS HERE
RIGHT NOW. MAKE THE MOST OF IT.
GET THEMSELVES BACK IN A POSITION THAT WILL MOVE THEM ON.
>>KYLE BUSCH BY GORDON, SO KYLE THE SIXTH, JEFF GORDON SEVENTH.
RYAN NEWMAN RACING HIS RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING TEAMMATE PAUL
MENARD FOR 11th POSITION.>>CAUTION FLAGMAN ON THE
START — SOMETHING ON THE STRAIGHTAWAY.
RACE CONTROL CALLING FOR THE YELLOW FLAG FOR THE THIRD TIME.
>>DIDN’T BREAK FOR DENNY HAMLIN IT LOOKS LIKE.
>>BITS AND PIECES KIND OF BLOWING IN THE PREEZ THERE OF
CARS GOING BY. PIECE OF METAL OFF OF SOMEBODY’S
CAR AND DENNY HAMLIN GETS THE FREE PASS HERE.
>>THEY’VE GOT A BREAK NOW THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE
THE CAR BETTER FOR DENNY HAMLIN.>>FREE PASS RULES, THERE REALLY
ARE OPPORTUNITIES AND NO REASON TO PANIC IF YOU GET BEHIND
EARLY. TALK ABOUT CARL EDWARDS IN TEXAS
LAST WEEK HE WAS TWO LAPS DOWN. TWO.
AND CAME BACK AND FINISHED IN THE TOP TEN IN THAT RACE.
>>IF YOU REMEMBER KYLE BUSCH HE WAS STROLLING UP, HE WAS A
COUPLE LAPS DOWN. HE WINDS UP WITH A CHANCE.
>>GOT TO WORK YOUR WHOLE RACE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.
>>SO NOW WHAT DO YOU DO? PIT IT AT LAP 83.
ONLY HAVE ABOUT TEN LAPS OF RACING.
>>I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A PRETTY LONELY PLACE DOWN THERE.
>>YOU’RE GOING TO SEE DENNY HAMLIN MAKE A PIT STOP.
THIS IS PROBABLY A REALLY GOOD BREAK FOR HIM.
START WITH FRESH TIRES, START BEHIND EVERYONE.
GETTING THE FRESH TIRES WILL HELP HIM.
>>DALE JR.’S TEAM, 13th PLACE. YOU DID AFTER YOU SLID BACK THAT
FAR?>>I THINK I WOULD.
>>YOU SEE JEFF GORDON ALSO. THOSE TWO TIRES WILL NOT WORK.
>>TRY TO SEE HOW MANY THEY CAN PULL IN BEHIND THEM.
>>A FEW OF THEM ARE COMING.>>MARCOS AMBROSE IN 20th PLACE
WILL BE THE NEXT ONE BEHIND GORDON AND EARNHARDT JR. TO COME
IN.>>JEFF GORDON SAID HE WAS TIGHT
LANDING INTO ONE. THEY WANTED TO MAKE THAT WEDGE
ADJUSTMENT WHICH WOULD BE ON THE LEFT SIDE.
THEY HAD THAT HICCUP ON THEIR STOP.
ENDED UP ONLY TAKING RIGHT SIDES ONLY.
THEY GOT THE JACK UP HIGH ENOUGH THERE, THE RIGHT HERE ON, NO
PROBLEM WORK ON THE LEFT SIDE. THIS IS WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED
TO DO ALL ALONG. PUT FOUR TIRES ON IT.
YOU SEE THE WRENCH IN THE LEFT SIDE REAR THEY PUT THE WEDGE IN
THERE. HE GOT WHAT HE WANTS.
>>ALL RIGHT. HE LOVES TRACK POSITION.
WE’LL SEE HOW THEY WORK IT TO TRY AND MAKE IT UP.
WELL SHY OF HALFWAY TODAY.>>>PRESSURE PACKED DAY AT
PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. ONLY EIGHT DRIVERS IN THE CHASE
FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP, AS WE MOVE 50% OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVERS ELIGIBILITY AT THE END OF THIS ONE.
RIGHT NOW JUST ABOUT A THIRD OF THE WAY THROUGH THE RACE KEVIN
HARVICK IS THE RACE LEADER. JEFF GARDEN, BY MAKING THAT PIT
STOP FROM FOURTH POSITION AND RESTARTING IN 20th PLACE, HAS
GOT SOME WORK TO DO TO GET HIS WAY BACK TOWARD THE FRONT OF
THIS ONE. DALE JR. ALSO, PITTING THERE.
FROM 9th POSITION. HE’LL RESTART IN 22nd PLACE.
DENNY HAMLIN BACK IN 29th. NOW TAIL END OF THE LEAD, AS WE
GO RACING.>>INTERESTING KEVIN HARVICK
CHOOSING THE OUTSIDE LANE THERE.>>IN THE TRUCK RACE, DIDN’T
REALLY SEE THAT HAPPENING YESTERDAY IN THE NATIONWIDE
RACE.>>THREE WIDE.
KENSETH TRYING TO CUT THE CORNER THROUGH THE DOG LEG.
>>ONE GUY THERE THAT DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO LOSE IN THAT
WHOLE THING AND HE CAME OUT IN FRONT.
KYLE BUSCH.>>GOING TO GET TIGHT RIGHT
HERE.>>GET A LITTLE BIT —
>>OH. CLINT BOWYER, PAUL MENARD.
>>MENARD GOT A FLAT TIRE?>>I WOULD HAVE TO THINK THAT
MAYBE HE MIGHT WANT TO CUT THE 15 CAR OFF TO THE TURF FOUR
THERE AND CLINT WASN’T VERY PLEASED ABOUT IT.
>>UP TO SPEED SO IT’S NOT SOMETHING WITH THE CAR.
AS KESELOWSKI TRIES TO GO AROUND TRUEX JR. FOR SIXTH PLACE.
>>YOU CAN SEE THAT A TOUCH A LITTLE BIT ON THE EXIT.
AND THEN BOWYER WASN’T TOO PLEASED.
I THINK HE FELT LIKE HE WAS FORCED UP A LITTLE BIT HIGHER
THAN NEED BE. ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO EVERYTHING,
MAN.>>YEAH.
I DIDN’T SEE IT LIKE THAT. IT LOOKED LIKE HE HAD GIVEN HIM
PLENTY OF ROOM THERE. I KNOW HE’S RACING HARD.
>>I THINK BOWYER –>>FOUND SOMEBODY TO TAKE IT OUT
ON.>>A WHOLE YEAR OF FRUSTRATION
BUILT UP INSIDE THAT CAR.>>JUST HAVEN’T HAD A LOT OF
GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN FOR THEM.>>SO CLIENT BOWYER BACK IN 11th
PLACE. JAMIE McMURRAY RYAN NEWMAN HERE
RACING FOR NINTH AND TENTH. THAT’S McMURRAY MOVING UP AND
NEWMAN SLIPPING BACK.>>NICE FOR THE 31 TEAM TO BRING
THAT CAR UP INTO THE TOP TEN HERE IN THE EARLY LAPS.
>>SO RYAN NEWMAN HANGING IN THERE IN TENTH POSITION, VISIT
WINYOURCHEVY.COM FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE 2015 SILVERADO AND THE
ULTIMATE SILVERADO ADVENTURE. TALKING TO CHICH ARD CHILDRESS
IN THE RESTAURANT IN OUR HOTEL THE LAST TWO STRAIGHT NIGHTS
R.C. WAS BY AND TALKED ABOUT HOW MUCH HE REALLY LIKES RYAN
NEWMAN.>>HE COULDN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD
THINGS. HE DIDN’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO
EXPECT WHEN HE GOT NEWMAN IN THE POLE HE IS REALLY HAPPY WITH THE
JOB THAT HE’S DONE AND THE COMBINATION OF LUKE LAMBERT AND
RYAN NEWMAN.>>FEELS LIKE THEY HAVE A REAL
SHOT TO WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP.>>THAT WOULD CERTAINLY GET THEM
THERE.>>RIGHT HERE LAST YEAR WITH
KEVIN HARVICK.>>BEEN A YEAR.
>>SO AFTER STARTING THE RACE BACK IN 20th POSITION, RYAN
NEWMAN HAS TO WORK HIS WAY HALFWAY TO THE FRONT.
THAT REAR IS DOWN ON THAT CAR.>>SOMETHING ELSE.
>>THAT LEFT REAR LOOKS UP, SO MAYBE MECHANICAL FAILURE ON THE
26. HAS THEM COASTING BACK AROUND TO
THE GARAGE.>>HARVICK, LOGANO, KURT BUSCH,
MATT KENSETH, KYLE BUSCH. YOUR TOP FIVE.
THERE’S KESELOWSKI BEHIND KYLE BUSCH IN FOURTH POSITION.
>>LOOKS LIKE KESELOWSKI, HIS RESTART, A COUPLE LAPS AFTER THE
RESTART THEY WERE KIND OF GANGING UP ON HIM PASSING, ONCE
HE CAN RUN A LAP OR TWO LOOKS LIKE HIS CAR IS PRETTY GOOD.
>>TALKED ON NASCAR COUNTDOWN ALL ABOUT THE TUMULTUOUS EVENTS
OF THE WEEK AND THE RIGHTS AND WRONGS OF THE ONTRACK AND
OFFTRACK ACTIONS AT TEXAS LAST SUNDAY NIGHT.
NOW TALK ABOUT THE EFFECT ON THIS TEAM AS THEY GOT READY FOR
THIS ONE. THE WAY I SAW IT ONE OF TWO
THINGS COULD HAPPEN. IT COULD EITHER BEAT THEM DOWN
OR GALVANIZE THEM AND MAKE THEM STRONGER TOGETHER.
>>I WAS IN THE HALLWAY YESTERDAY WITH PAUL WILSON, A
LOT OF HIS GUYS, AND I COULD TELL YOU THAT THEY, WHAT’S
HAPPENING WITH BRAD, HAS GOT THEM SO PUMPED UP, THEY FEEL
LIKE IT’S ENERGIZING THEM TO PERFORM AND GIVE BRAD THE CAR HE
NEEDS TO GO OUT THERE AND DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, TRY TO GET
IN THAT FINAL RACE AND TRY TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>THEY REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE EFFORT THAT THEY GET BEHIND THE
WHEEL EVERY WEEK WITH BRAD KESELOWSKI.
AND I TELL YOU SOMETHING ELSE THAT WAS REALLY AMAZING WAS TO
WATCH ALL OF THAT TRANSPIRE ON PIT ROAD LAST WEEK.
AND ALL OF THOSE TEAM MEMBERS HAD THE INTEGRITY AND FORTITUDE
NOT TO GET INVOLVED, KNOWING ALL THE CONSEQUENCES THAT COULD COME
OF THAT. BUT THEY DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB.
BUT THEY ARE REALLY BEHIND BRAD KESELOWSKI 100%.
WHAT’S GOING ON DOWN THERE RIGHT NOW WITH THEM?
>>THE CAR KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.
BRAD DIDN’T LIKE IT INITIALLY. EACH OF THE FIRST TWO STOPS,
IT’S DEFINITELY GETTING BETTER FOR BRAD.
TO ADD ON WHAT YOU GUYS WERE DISCUSSING LAST WEEK ABOUT
TEXAS, PAUL WOLF TOLD ME TODAY THAT HE REALLY PORED OVER THE
VIDEOTAPE LAST MONDAY. HE WANTED TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE
IN WHAT EVERYONE WAS SAYING. CAN HIS DRIVER MAKE THE PROPER
MOVE. AND HE SAID, AFTER REVIEWING
THAT TAPE, HE WAS SURE THAT BRAD HAD MADE THE PROPER MOVE, AND HE
CALLED JEFF GORDON’S CREW CHIEF ALLEN GUSTAFSON TO TELL HIM THAT
HE BELIEVED BRAD MADE THE RIGHT MOVE.
HE SAID HE AND ALAN HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION.
DIDN’T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH HOW EVERYTHING WENT DOWN ON PIT
ROAD IN REGARDS TO THE FIGHT BUT WE AGREED ABOUT MORE THAN WE
DISAGREED. AND THEY EXPECTED GOOD, HARD,
BUT CLEAN RACING BETWEEN THE TWO TODAY.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI SAID COMING INTO THIS RACE THAT MOMENTS LIKE
THIS GREAT TEAMS HAVE TO STEP IT UP.
AND I BELIEVE WE’RE A GREAT TEAM.
HE’S RUNNING FIFTH, TRYING TO RACE HIS WAY INTO A CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND TO WIN A SECOND TITLE IN THREE YEARS.
>>>THE MARCH 2nd RACE HERE IN PHOENIX, KEVIN HARVICK TOOK THE
LEAD AT LAP 74. HE LED ALL BUT 15 OF THE LAST
THE REMAINDER OF THE WAY TO SCORE A DOMINATING VICTORY.
HIS SECOND STRAIGHT HERE AT PHOENIX AND HIS THIRD IN THE
LAST FOUR TIMES. NOW HERE TODAY IN THE SECOND TO
LAST RACE OF THE SEASON KEVIN HARVICK WENT OUT IN FRONT AT LAP
NUMBER 44, AND HAS LED JUST ABOUT EVERY ONE SINCE THEN.
WE CHECK OUR LAPS LED TODAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT.
OF 122 IN THE BOOKS, KEVIN OUT IN FRONT WITH 75 OF THEM.
STAY CONNECTED TO THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH THE
SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK. 20 GIGABYTES OF HIGH SPEED DATA
TO SHARE FOR $100 A MONTH. SOMETHING JUST CAME OFF ANOTHER
CAR. A PIECE OF DEBRIS ON THE FRONT
STRAIGHTAWAY. YELLOW FLAG NUMBER FOUR IS OUT
IN THIS ONE AT LAP 123.>>AND SOMEWHAT OF ANOTHER BREAK
FOR DENNY HAMLIN. EVEN THOUGH HE HADN’T GONE DOWN,
HE WAS ABOUT 22 SECONDS BEHIND THE LEADER, WHICH IS ABOUT FIVE
SECONDS FROM GOING A LAP DOWN AGAIN.
THEY’RE GOING TO STILL HAVE TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS ON THIS 11
CAR.>>SO IS THAT THE THIRD OF THE
NINE LIVES FOR THE CAT IN THE 11 CAR TODAY?
>>THEY STILL HAVE THAT ACE IN THE HOLE.
THEY HAVE THAT NUMBER ONE PIT HOLE TODAY.
>>THE FREE PASS ON THE LEAD LAP.
HE’LL BE THE 30th CAR ON THE CIRCUIT WITH THE LEADER.
LET’S SEE WHAT THE STRATEGY IS THIS TIME HERE?
40 LAPS.>>MATT KENSETH SAID I’M
STARTING TO FEEL LOOSE BUT HE SAID TIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.
RIGHT SIDE TIRE ALL THE AIR PRESSURE, EITHER WAY, BRAD
KESELOWSKI BOTTOM LEFT OF YOUR SCREEN IS GOING TO BE A RIGHT
SIDE TIRES ONLY CHASSIS IS UP, BUT FOR KEVIN HARVICK, RIGHT
SIDE, NO CHANGES SUNOCO FUEL.>>JOEY LOGANO SAID IT’S TURNING
MUCH BETTER THAT TIME. LOOSE ON EXIT.
OH, NO! HE TAKES OFF WITH THE FUEL
ENGAGED — THE FUELMAN ALMOST GOES DOWN FOR JOEY LOGANO.
>>MAKE SURE THE EQUIPMENT STAYED IN THE PIT BOX.
HE’LL BE OKAY. IF IT DIDN’T — IT DID NOT.
NASCAR OFFICIAL ON PIT ROAD ALREADY CALLING A PENALTY ON
JOEY LOGANO.>>YOU HAVE TO KEEP ALL THE
EQUIPMENT INSIDE THE PIT BOX. SEE THE CAN IS ENGAGED.
KIND OF LEAVING IT JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER, GET A LITTLE EXTRA
FUEL IN IT.>>OH.
BY THAT MUCH.>>DENNY HAMLIN HAD TO AVOID IT
COMING IN TO HIS PIT AREA.>>THAT’S GOING TO SEND JOEY
LOGANO FROM SECOND PLACE BACK TO 29th FOR THE RESTART.
>>>COMING TO THE GREEN. KEVIN HARVICK OUTSIDE OF MATT
KENSETH. CHOOSING THE OUTSIDE LANE.
JOEY LOGANO BACK IN 26th PLACE. PENALTIES FOR CLINT BOWYER AND
JAMIE McMURRAY ON THE PIT STOPS. DETAIL THOSE IN A MINUTE.
>>>KYLE BUSCH GETTING A GOOD RUN INTO SECOND PLACE.
MATT KENSETH SLIDING BACK TO THIRD.
BRAD KESELOWSKI FOURTH. KURT BUSCH AND MARTIN TRUEX JR.
DOUBLE WIDE IN FIFTH.>>JOEY LOGANO TRIES TO DIG HIS
WAY BACK OUT OF THE HOLE BUT THE PIT STOP PENALTY, GOT TO BE
CAREFUL IN THE TRAFFIC. JIMMIE JOHNSON TRYING TO RECOVER
FROM AN EXTRA PIT STOP ON EACH OF THE LAST TWO CAUTIONS TO
REPAIR THAT RIGHT FRONT DAMAGE TO THE 48 CAR YOU SEE ALL THE
BAND AIDS ON IT. SO LOGANO WENT FROM SECOND, ALL
THE WAY BACK TO 26th PLACE, ALSO JAMIE McMURRAY’S TEAM HAD AN
OUTSIDE TIRE VIOLATION, DIDN’T GET THE TIRES BACK.
HE WENT TO THE BACK OF THE PACK. AND CLINT BOWYER RAN OVER THE
AIR HOSE MAKING HIS TIRE STOP HAD TO GO TO THE BACK OF THE
PACK.>>LOGANO BACK THERE IN A SPOT
HE DOES NOT WANT TO BE IN RIGHT NOW.
JUST PERSPECTIVE THERE ON WHAT THE PENALTY COST IN TERMS OF AT
THE MOMENT IN THE RACE. YOU DO THAT ON THE LAST PIT STOP
YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A BIG PROBLEM.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. WE SAW A 30 POINT SWING FOR HIM
ALSO. TALK ABOUT CARL EDWARDS.
SAME THING HAPPENED TO JOEY LOGANO IN THE LAST 29 LAPS.
HE HAD THAT FLAT TIRE. OUTSIDE THE LINE AND SEEN HERE
AS THE POINTS LEADERS.>>JAMIE CALLED THAT PIT STOP
WITH JOEY LOGANO’S CREW AND HAS A FOLLOW-UP.
>>MAYBE THE PRESSURE GOT TO THE PIT CREW BUT YOU NEVER KNOW
LISTENING ON THE RADIO. COOL AND CALM, HE SAID TO HIS
DRIVER THAT’S ALL RIGHT WE’LL GET THIS BACK.
JOEY SAID 10-4, WE WILL. NO PROBLEMS AT ALL.
THEY’RE STAYING FOCUSED. DOING WHAT THEY’VE BEEN DOING
ALL YEAR LONG.>>SAY THAT ALL OF THAT, THAT’S
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU INSIDE THE
COCKPIT YOUR HEART RATE IS UP AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS AND YOU
NEED THINGS TO KIND OF SORT OUT, YOU DON’T MIND GOING AFTER THESE
DRIVERS AND CARS ONE AT A TIME BUT WHEN THEY’RE TWO AND THREE
WIDE IN FRONT OF YOU AND PUTTING YOU IN THAT SITUATION YOU KNOW
THAT COULD BE THE END OF YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES.
>>BACK TO WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT YESTERDAY, WE WERE
WATCHING CHASE ELLIOTT CHASE THE NATIONWIDE SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP,
YOU FOCUS ON WHAT CAN GO WRONG.>>NASCAR COVERAGE COVERING THE
SECOND HALF OF TODAY’S RACE PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS.
YOU WON’T MISS A MINUTE OF THE ACTION HERE AT PHOENIX.
AND AS THE INTENSITY CONTINUES TO BUILD TOWARD THE FINISH, YOU
WON’T WANT TO MISS A MINUTE OF THE ACTION.
>>TALKED ABOUT THE EXTRA PIT STOPS ON JIMMIE JOHNSON.
LAST WEEK’S WINNER UPDATE ON THE 48 CAR FROM RICK.
>>REALLY GOOD THING THAT JIMMIE JOHNSON DIDN’T NEED A STRONG
FINISH TODAY TO GET INTO NEXT WEEK’S FINAL RACE OF THE
CHAMPIONSHIP. IT’S BEEN A MISERABLE DAY.
YOU CAN SEE THE REPAIR ON THE RIGHT FRONT.
INITIALLY IT’S A BIG PROBLEM. IN THE BODY WORKS IT WAS CAUSING
SOME OF THE AIR FLOW TO BE A PROBLEM.
THEY’RE ABLE TO GET THAT DONE BUT THEY HAVE ANOTHER PROBLEM.
THAT’S THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE SOME KIND OF ELECTRICAL SHORT.
THEY THINK IT HAS TO DO WITH THE ENGINE FAN.
THEY CHANGED THE BATTERY BUT THEY’RE STILL NOT SURE THEY’VE
GOT THE PROBLEM FIXED. A COUPLE PIT STOPS AGO THEY WERE
HAVING ISSUES IN HOW THE CAR WAS HANDLING.
JIMMIE SAYS IT’S HANDLING BETTER, THEY’VE JUST GOT TO GET
THROUGH ALL THESE OTHER PROBLEMS.
>>ALL RIGHT. TIP OF THE CAP TO RICK FOR
JUMPING IN ON SHORT NOTICE AND GET WELL WISHES TO DAVE MURRAY
WHO CAME UNDER THE WEATHER FOR TODAY.
YOU KNOW DAVE WOULD WANT TO BE HERE IF THERE’S ANY WAY HE
COULD. RICK WHO HAPPENS TO LIVE IN THE
PHOENIX AREA JUMPING IN AND PINCH-HITTING WITH ABOUT AN HOUR
AND A HALF’S NOTICE OR SO THIS MORNING.
GREAT JOB.>>DENNY HAMLIN STILL STRUGGLING
WITH THE HANDLING OF THIS CAR.>>FOR 21st PLACE.
>>TALK ABOUT HIM JUST HAVING TO FINISH 12th OR BETTER TO MOVE
ON. AND YOU SEE JUST HOW EASY THAT
IS NOT TO DO IN THE SPRINT CUP SERIES THIS DAY AND TIME.
>>VERY COMPETITIVE. YOU HAVE THE CAUTION SYSTEM AND
CARS BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. OTHERS MAKING THEIR CARS BETTER.
THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOME WORK ON THIS 11.
>>THE PICTURE STARTING TODAY FOR LOGANO, HAMLIN AND NEWMAN.
THE ONLY DRIVERS THAT CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY.
BUT AGAIN, TWO OF THOSE THREE RUNNING OUTSIDE OF THOSE.
ACTUALLY ALL THREE ARE RUNNING OUTSIDE OF THOSE SPOTS AS THEY
ARE ON THE TRACK JUST SHY OF HALFWAY IN THIS RACE.
RYAN NEWMAN BACK AT 11th PLACE JUST PICKING UP A SPOT FROM
KASEY KAHNE.>>KYLE EDWARDS SHIFTS IN FRONT
OF HIM IN TENTH.>>KEVIN HARVICK CONTINUES THE
LONG LAPS LED. AND HIS FAVORITE TRACK, PHOENIX.
>>CARL EDWARDS POINTS OUT BACK THERE AROUND 20th SPOT.
WELL OUTSIDE THAT TOP FOUR. LOOKS LIKE THEY MADE SOME PRETTY
NICE ADJUSTMENTS SO FAR, DOC.>>THEY REALLY HAVE THESE DAYS.
HE TOLD ME THIS MORNING I JUST DIDN’T GIVE CARL THE CAR HE
NEEDS ALL WEEK. THEY MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND THEN
WHEN THE RACE STARTED CARL WAS REALLY, REALLY THREE IN, THREE
ON. THEY’VE ADDED NOW A TOTAL OF
THREE ROUNDS OF WEDGE AND TWO ROUNDS OF THE BAR, AND EVERY
TIME THEY MADE AN ADJUSTMENT HE’S GOTTEN BETTER.
19th, 17th, 13th AND RIGHT NOW HE’S A TOP TEN SO THEY’RE GOING
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. FOR THE 99 CAR.
>>SO THERE CARL FIGHTING FOR A SPOT REMAINING IN THE TOP TEN
WITH RYAN NEWMAN. NEWMAN’S GOING TO HAVE THE
INSIDE RUN THERE TO TAKE OVER THE TENTH SPOT.
APPROACHING HALFWAY. DON’T FORGET ALL THE VIEWS FROM
THE HIGH DEFINITION ONBOARD CAMERAS, CHAT ROOMS AND NOR,
NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY. CARL EDWARDS AT THE TRACK WHERE
HE RAN THE FIRST EVER RACE HE EVER COMPETED ON.
TRYING TO GET A SPOT IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND.
>>>THIS WEEK’S SUBJECT IS RANDY MOSS, UNIVERSITY EXPLORERS, FROM
THE FORMER WIDE RECEIVER BEFORE HE EVEN STEPPED ON THE NFL
GRIDIRON. IT ALL MATERIALIZED ON THE DAY
OF THE 1998 NFL DRAFT AND BASED ON WHAT UNFOLDED THROUGHOUT HIS
NFL CAREER THE TEAMS THAT PASSED ON HIM MAY HAVE HAD A MIXTURE OF
REGRET AND RELIEF. 30 FOR 30 RAND UNIVERSITY ON
ESPN AND WATCH ESPN. THE BUSCH BROTHERS RACING FOR
SECOND PLACE. KURT BUSCH TAKING IT AWAY FROM
KYLE BUSCH.>>4.6 SECONDS BEHIND THE LEADER
KEVIN HARVICK. AS WE CREEP IN ON THE MIDWAY
POINT OF TODAY’S QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR HEROES 500.
SOME OF THE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT HAVE HAD
THEIR MOMENTS, I’LL CALL IT, THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF THIS
RACE.>>THIS IS JUST A KIND OF A BAD
LUCK THING FOR THE 11 CAR. THEY HAD A BAD RIM THAT GOT
RIPPED OUT OF THE WHEEL. CAUTION, HAD TO CHANGE IT.
WENT DOWN A LAP. GOT IT BACK WITH A FREE PASS BUT
HE’S STILL STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT.
>>JEFF GORDON’S TEAM ANOTHER PROBLEM IN THE PIT.
YOU CAN SEE THE JACK HAD LEAKED DOWN.
HAD TO CALL A FOUR TIRE STOP AND PUT TWO ON.
>>THEN THE MOST RECENT ROUND OF PIT STOPS, JOEY LOGANO’S TEAM,
THAT FUEL CAN HUNG IN THE CAR AND SLID OUT OF PIT BOX.
JOEY HAD TO GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO 26th PLACE FOR THE RESTART
AND IS SLIDING IN 20th RIGHT NOW.
SO THERE’S THE BUBBLE. AS IT STANDS WITH STILL A HALF A
RACE TO GO BUT FOR PERSPECTIVE ON HOW PEOPLE’S DAYS ARE GOING,
IT’S STILL TIGHT. FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, ANYBODY CAN
GET IN. ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT STILL CAN
BE LEFT OUT. CHECK DOWNSTAIRS WITH JAMIE.
>>WELL, THAT PIT STOP ON THE 22 I REPORTED HOW COOL, CALM AND
COLLECTED EVERYONE WAS. WELL HOW QUICKLY THINGS CHANGE.
>>[BLEEP] [BLEEP]>>DEEP BREATHS.
A LONG WAY TO GO. NO BIG DEAL.
>>JOEY, A LOT OF TIME HERE.>>GOOD JOB, MAN.
GOOD JOB.>>WE’LL SEE —
>>I’VE NEVER HEARD JOEY LOGANO USE THOSE WORDS BEFORE.
VERY FRUSTRATED BATTLING WITH 20th WITH RICKY STENHOUSE JR.
THAT LAST VOICE WAS ROGER PENSKE HIMSELF.
>>ALL RIGHT, JAMIE. THANKS.
KYLE BUSCH, BRAD KESELOWSKI RACING FOR THIRD.
TALKED ABOUT PRESSURE. I THINK YOU MENTIONED IT D.J.
NOT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. HOW MUCH YOUR HEARTBEAT WILL
START SKIPPING.>>EVEN WHEN JAMIE REPORTED HOW
CALM THEY WERE, I SAID THAT’S EASY TO SAY.
INSIDE THAT COCKPIT OF THAT CAR THINGS LOOK A LITTLE BIT
DIFFERENT. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GO BACK TO
RACING. YOU’VE BEEN UP IN THE TOP FIVE
ALL DAY. YOUR CAR IS ALL OF A SUDDEN
DOING DIFFERENT THINGS. YOU SEE THINGS SLIPPING AWAY
FROM YOU IN THAT TIME. EASY TO GET OVERHEATED AND SAY
SOME THINGS THAT YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY SAY.
>>KIND OF CAUGHT THE MIDDLE HERE.
KYLE BUSCH BOUGHT THAT OUTSIDE LANE WITH BRAD KESELOWSKI FOR
THIRD.>>THESE TWO BATTLE FOR THE
NATIONWIDE WIN YESTERDAY. BRAD COMING OUT ON TOP OF THAT
ONE.>>THAT WAS A GREAT BATTLE, TOO.
I MEAN KESELOWSKI REALLY NEVER HAD A CAR TO CHALLENGE KYLE
BUSCH ALL DAY LONG. BUT A LATE RESTART PUT HIM IN A
POSITION, ABLE TO MAKE THE PASS ON KYLE BUSCH.
>>MAKES YOU WONDER CAN HE DO THAT TODAY AS WE SEE HARVICK
DOMINATING THIS RACE. AND BRAD JUST KIND OF WORKING
HIS WAY TOWARDS THE FRONT. WILL HE GET THERE AND HAVE
SOMETHING FOR IT AT THE END?>>FIRST OF ALL WE’VE GOT TO
FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET KYLE BUSCH, MAKING A DIFFICULT POINT
AND I SAID EARLIER, TOO, BRAD’S NOT GOING TO FIND ANYTHING EASY
ON THIS RACETRACK TODAY. JUST BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING
THAT’S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS.
DOESN’T MATTER IF HE RACES SOMEBODY IN THE CHASE OR NOT.
THEY’VE ALL SEEN AND BEEN SOMEWHAT A PART OF IT.
JUST NOT GOING TO MAKE IT EASY FOR HIM.
>>HE DOESN’T EXPECT THAT.>>THAT’S THE ONE THING ABOUT
IT. HE CAN DISH IT OUT.
WE’VE SEEN HIM DO THAT. HE CAN TAKE IT, TOO.
I THINK HE’S EXPECTING THESE GUYS TO RACE HIM HARD.
>>WHILE THEY RACE SIDE BY SIDE FOR SO MANY LAPS YOU SEE THE
CARS BROUGHT INTO THE MIX FROM BEHIND, KENSETH AND TRUEX AND
JEFF GORDON WHO CLOSE RIGHT IN.>>I TALKED TO HIM IN THE GARAGE
AREA YESTERDAY, AFTER MY CONVERSATION YOU WOULDN’T THINK
HE COULD STAY ON THE LEAD LAP. CAR WAS NOT VERY GOOD, FELT LIKE
IT DIDN’T HAVE, WAS ON TOP OF THE RACETRACK.
HE SAID HE DIDN’T THINK I WAS GOING TO BE VERY GOOD.
HERE HE IS RUNNING INSIDE THE TOP POSITION.
THINK ABOUT IT NOW, THOUGH.>>ANDY I GUESS TALKING TO YOU
MADE HIM GO TO WORK BECAUSE THEY WERE LACKING REAR DRIFT
YESTERDAY BUT I TALK OF TODD BARRIER THIS MORNING AID WE’RE
GOING TO DO SOME THINGS TO GET REAR GRIP.
HE FINISHED FIFTH HERE IN THE PAST, TWO TOP TENS.
AND THEY MADE A COUPLE OF CHANGES WITH AIR PRESSURE AND
THAT’S WHERE YOU SEE THE RESULTS.
HE’S GOT A GOOD RACE CAR AND HE KNOWS HOW TO USE IT.
>>THE LATE SEASON ROLL. CONTINUING HERE AT PHOENIX.
MARTIN TRUEX AROUND WILL CONTACT THERE JUSTIN ALLGAIER AND KYLE
BUSCH. ALLGAIER RUNNING NINE LAPS DOWN
AFTER THE LEFT REAR CORNER OF THAT 51 WAS TORN UP ON THE PIT
LANE EARLIER. CONTACT WITH JIMMIE JOHNSON.
>>KYLE FLIPPING BACK NOW. UH-OH HERE GOES THE LAP CAR DOWN
A LAP AGAIN.>>ANOTHER TIME IN THE RACE.
SECOND ONE.>>THE LAST STOP TWO TIRES
RESTARTED UP THERE IN THE TOP 15.
FALLEN OFF THE LEAD LAP.>>AND WHEN I SAY SECOND TIME
THAT’S THE SECOND TIME THE LEADERS PUT HIM A LAP DOWN, NOT
THAT HE’S TWO LAPS DOWN. GET A FREE PASS EARLIER AND GET
BACK ON THE LEAD LAP DID DENNY HAMLIN.
JEFF GORDON, KYLE BUSCH HERE. GORDON UP TO FIFTH, KYLE BACK TO
SIXTH. NOW IN A LOT OF THESE PHOENIX
RUNS, PARTICULARLY SINCE THEY RECONFIGURED THE RACETRACK SIX
RACES AGO THE AVERAGE GREEN FLAG STRETCH HERE IS ONLY 34 LAPS.
WE GET A LOT OF YELLOWS. EIGHT YELLOWS IN EVERY RACE
EXCEPT ONE THAT HAD SEVEN OF THE SIX THAT THEY’VE RUN.
ALSO IN EACH RACE WE GET ONE REALLY LONG GREEN FLAG RUN.
I SAID DURING ONE OF THE COMMERCIAL BREAKS, THIS FEELS
LIKE WHERE WE GET THE LONG GREEN FLAG RUN AND WE’RE 38 LAPS INTO
IT RIGHT NOW.>>THINGS ARE KIND OF SET UP FOR
THAT. I THINK HARVICK WOULD APPRECIATE
THAT. AS MANY PEOPLE AS HE COULD PUT A
LAP DOWN THAT WOULD HELP HIM IN HIS QUEST FOR ALL OF THIS
HAPPENING. THE OTHER THING, THOUGH.
I THINK ONCE WE GET PAST ABOUT 60, 65 LAPS WE HAVE TO START
LOOKING FOR ANYBODY OVERUSING THE BRAKES.
>>WE SAW A COUPLE OF THOSE YESTERDAY IN THE NATIONWIDE, AND
HE BLOWS THAT RIGHT FRONT TIRE OUT.
SEE IT TODAY, THESE CARS REALLY HAVE GOOD BRAKE SYSTEMS.
WE’LL SEE IF THAT’S A FACTOR LATER ON.
>>SO PAST HALFWAY KEVIN HARVICK DOMINATING.
118 OF 166 LAPS THAT WERE RUN HERE AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL
RACEWAY. OUR NASCAR NONSTOP TODAY IS
PRESENTED BY QUICKEN LOANS.>>>KEVIN HARVICK CONTINUING TO
LEAD HERE AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY.
KURT BUSCH SECOND, MARTIN TRUEX THIRD, JEFF GORDON FOURTH.
BRAD KESELOWSKI ROUNDS OUT YOUR TOP FIVE.
CARS.COM, LOOKING AT THE BIGGEST MOVERS IN THE RACE THUS FAR
TODAY.>>GREG BIFFLE WITH A NICE
PICKUP. SAW HIM GET A FREE PASS ON ONE
OF THE EARLIER CAUTIONS. TALK ABOUT MARTIN TRUEX JR.
AND HIS GREAT RUN AND THEN RYAN NEWMAN ONE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
HOPEFULS. WITH A NICE PICKUP THUS FAR IN
THE RACE, ALSO. THIS IS FOR THIRD PLACE.
78 TRUEX, 24 AND FOURTH.>>24 STROLLING TOWARDS THE
FRONT RIGHT NOW.>>REALLY GOT THIS CAR WHERE
JEFF GORDON LIKES IT. ABLE TO MAKE A LOT OF PASSES AND
GET HIMSELF BACK IN A GOOD SPOT HERE.
>>24 MAY BE SLOWER TOWARD THE FRONT.
RIGHT NOW WHERE THESE GUYS ARE RACING IS 12 SECONDS BEHIND
KEVIN HARVICK.>>AND THEY’RE RACING FOR THIRD.
SO IF THEY’RE STROLLING TOWARD THE FRONT, KEVIN IS RIDING OFF
INTO THE SUN SET.>>VERY MUCH SO.
>>PUT A LITTLE WESTERN MOVIE BEHIND THERE.
>>ALL RIGHT. LET’S NOT GET CARRIED AWAY.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI RUNNING FIFTH.
>>43 LAPS SO FAR.>>I JUST DON’T TRUST THIS.
>>HE JUST WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE
IS THERE’S GOING TO BE AN ISSUE. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE THE FIRST
ONE TO FIND IT. SOMEBODY MIGHT FIND OVER HE SAID
RIGHT FRONT AND BLOW A TIRE. THAT WILL BRING A CAUTION OUT
AND ALLOW YOU TO GET YOUR TIRE CHANGED.
NOT A BAD TRAGEDY FOR BRAD.>>IF YOU WEREN’T WITH US
YESTERDAY THERE WERE TWO RIGHT FRONT TIRE FAILURES CAUSED BY
BRAKE HEAT THAT HAPPENED ABOUT 40 LAPS INTO A RUN.
SO THAT NUMBER COMING UP IN THAT RADIO TRANSMISSION.
LOWEY LOGANO TRYING TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP.
KEVIN HARVICK TRACKING HIM DOWN.>>EXACTLY WHY HE’S ON THE RADIO
EARLIER.>>COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SCENARIO
THEY DID NOT WANT TO GET CAUGHT IN.
KEVIN HARVICK, QUICKLY ON THE REST OF THE FIELD.
>>HOW ABOUT DAVID RAGAN A RUN TO THE INSIDE OF THE RACE
LEADER.>>THREE LAPS DOWN.
>>YOU THINK THE 1 CAR, JAMIE McMURRAY, HE’S ONE OF THE
FASTEST CARS ON THE RACETRACK.>>DAVID RAGAN WAS ON PIT ROAD
ABOUT THREE LAPS AGO. HE’S GOT FRESHER TIRES THAN
THESE RACERS.>>PUTTING ANOTHER CAR BETWEEN
HIMSELF AND KEVIN HARVICK. JAMIE McMURRAY NOT MAKING THAT
EASY. LOGANO HAS SLIPPED BACK.
HE PULLED AWAY FROM ABOUT 15 CALLINGS FROM THIS ONE CAR AFTER
THAT RESTART. JAMIE HAD TO START BACK THERE,
ALSO.>>ON PIT ROAD.
>>LOGANO IS HAVING A LITTLE ISSUE WITH THE HANDLING OF THE
22 RIGHT NOW.>>REAGAN TRYING TO PUSH HIS WAY
THROUGH ON THE PRESSURE OF TIRES.
STILL KEVIN HARVICK LARGE IN THE MIRROR OF THAT 22.
>>THAT’S WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. A LITTLE BIT OF A CONSERVATIVE
MODE HERE ON THIS RUN. THAT’S NOT A LUXURY THAT THE 22
CAR CAN HAVE. HARD AS HE CAN.
TRYING TO HOLD HIM OFF.>>NEW ELIMINATION STYLE SYSTEM.
PRESSURES THIS YEAR, A COUPLE TIMES THIS YEAR WE’VE HEARD GUYS
TALK ABOUT. AT THE END OF THAT THIRD RACE
I’M EVEN WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER AGAIN.
ANY DEFICIT I HAD IF I MAKE IT THROUGH WAS WIPED OUT.
>>WE’RE GOING TO CUT IN HALF THE NUMBER OF DRIVERS WHO WILL
COMPETE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT SUNDAY, TODAY, AND ALSO
TIGHTLY BUNCHED TOGETHER, THE PRESSURE BUBBLE IS BUILDING.
>>AND YOU COULD BE THE DRIVER RIGHT NOW THAT’S WON THE MOST
RACES HERE. NOT MAKE IT ON AND BATTLE FOR A
CHAMPIONSHIP.>>YOU STILL GOT TO DO THE JOB
EVERY RACE.>>LOGANO THERE A LAP DOWN AND
OF COURSE IF HARVICK GETS BY McMURRAY THEN THAT NO LONGER
MAKES LOGANO THE FIRST CAR A LAP DOWN SHOULD THE YELLOW FLAG COME
OUT.>>LOGANO’S GOING TO TRY TO
MAYBE FOLLOW HARVICK, BY THIS 1 CAR.
HE’S GOING TO TRY. I’M JUST NOT SEEING THIS 22 CAR
GOOD ENOUGH RIGHT NOW TO MAKE THAT PASS ON JAMIE McMURRAY.
>>WATCHING THIS ACTION ON OUR AERIAL COVERAGE FROM GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARNED FROM MAKING GRUELLING TIRES FOR
NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT GOES INTO YOURS.
GOODYEAR THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
>>3 CAR HAD A TIRE PROBLEM. UP OUT OF THE GROOVE.
REALLY SLOW ON THE FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY.
>>AUSTIN ZEILEN.>>RIGHT FRONT.
>>KEEP GOING.>>RIGHT FRONT.
RIGHT FRONT.>>NOT IN TIME FOR LOGANO.
>>THIS IS WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, WORRIED ABOUT IN THESE
LONG RUNS.>>AUSTIN DILLON FIGURED OUT
PRETTY QUICK THERE. DID A GOOD JOB.
USUALLY THAT PUTS YOU STRAIGHT INTO THE WALL.
>>AND THE SMALLEST OF MARGINS, RIGHT, IT WAS JUST WHAT, TWO
LAPS AGO THAT LOGANO GOT OVERTAKEN BY HARVICK, AND THEN
HARVICK GOT BY McMURRAY.>>YEP.
>>COURSE OF A LAP.>>SO JOEY LOGANO IN 22nd PLACE,
THE SECOND CAR, ONE LAP DOWN.>>FRUSTRATING.
WE TALK ABOUT THAT BITE, THE PRESSURE JUST SQUEEZING THESE
GUYS SO HARD.>>[BLEEP] CAN’T GET OFF THE
CORNER. CAN’T GET OFF THIS DAMN CORNER.
>>MAKES IT HARD TO RACE AROUND HERE.
YOU GET YOUR CAR. YOU TALK ABOUT WANTING TO ROTATE
THE CENTER REALLY GOOD. THEN YOU WANT TO HAVE THAT DRIVE
OFF. GOING TO MAKE IT HARD TO MAKE
PASSES. WE SAW THAT WITH JOEY.
>>RIGHT NOW THIS IS THE TIME FOR GORDON CREW CHIEF TO CALM
THIS SITUATION DOWN. THAT’S A YOUNG DRIVER THAT’S
REALLY FRUSTRATED AND HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FAVORITES TO MAKE IT
TO THE LAST RACE AT HOMESTEAD. THEY STILL HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF
DOING THAT. HE’S JUST GOT TO MAINTAIN
COMPOSURE HERE. THEY’LL BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT A
WAY TO GET THIS BACK.>>MAKE YOUR ADJUSTMENT.
MAKE YOUR PIT STOP. CAUTIONS CREATE CAUTIONS AND
MAYBE THERE WILL BE ANOTHER ONE QUICK AND YOU CAN GET BACK ON
THE LEAD LAP.>>JUST DON’T BEAT YOURSELF
HERE. CALM DOWN HERE AND FIGURE THIS
OUT.>>PIT ROAD OPEN FOR THE
LEADERS. JAMIE McMURRAY THE FREE PASS.
21 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. AND KEVIN HARVICK WITH TOO MANY
LAP CARS BETWEEN HE AND THE OTHER FRONT-RUNNERS SHOULD HAVE
A PASS THROUGH ON THESE PIT STOPS.
>>CHANGE EIGHT TIRES AND STILL MAKE IT HAPPEN.
>>IT’S GOING TO BE AT LEAST FOUR.
HE’D LIKE TO HAVE EIGHT. CAR VERY, VERY, CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT, RIGHT REAR LEFT SIDE TIRE, GOT TO GET SUNOCO FUEL.
BRAD KESELOWSKI IS GOING TO GET FOUR TIRES.
THEY’RE ALSO GOING TO MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT.
KEVIN HARVICK LOOSE ON EXIT THREE QUARTZERS AROUND THE EDGE
IN THE LEFT REAR AND FOUR TIRES JAMIE.
>>JEFF GORDON SAID HIS CAR TURNS MUCH BETTER WITH FOUR
TIRES INSTEAD OF TWO SO FOUR IS THE CAR.
THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT TO HELP WITH THE 24.
>>THINKING WE MIGHT HAVE SEEN A LITTLE STRATEGY PLAYED OR A
FABULOUS PIT STOP BY KYLE LARSON’S TEAM.
RESTART COMING UP.>>>PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL
RACEWAY THE RACE TO MAKE THE FINAL FOUR.
SO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SPRINT CUP SERIES.
KEVIN HARVICK CURRENTLY LEADS WITH 124 LAPS TO GO AND HE HAS
BEEN LIGHTS OUT SO FAR. HELLO TO YOU FROM INSIDE THE
QUICKEN LOANS ESPN PIT STUDIO I’M NICOLE ALONGSIDE BRAD AND
RUSTY. KEVIN HARVICK NO PROBLEMS SO
FAR. NOT THE CHASE FOR ALL OF THE
CHASERS. IT’S TIME NOW FOR THE FIVE
ENERGY RAPID RECAP. WE START WITH DENNY HAMLIN LAP
34, A BROKEN VALVE STEM.>>ON A PIT STOP.
HE COMES BACK OUT, THAT WAS A FLAT RIGHT HERE TIRE.
THAT’S NOT HIS ONLY PROBLEM. THAT CAR IS RUNNING TERRIBLE
TODAY. HE’S GOT HIMSELF A LAP DOWN A
COUPLE OF TIMES. THAT CAR IS DEFINITELY IN BIG
TIME TROUBLE. CLEAN AIR A BIG DIFFERENCE.
JEFF GORDON HAD A PROBLEM WITH A SLOW PIT STOP BUT THEY HAVE BEEN
ABLE TO INMAIN A POSITION IN THE TOP TEN.
>>THEY’VE HAD FOUR PIT STOPS. COULDN’T DECIDE IF THEY REALLY
WANTED FOUR OR TWO. THEY GOT BEHIND, BUT THEY’VE GOT
A STRONG RACE CAR AND YESTERDAY WILL KEEP HIM UP FRONT.
>>THE LATEST ISSUE FOR JOEY LOGANO.
PENALTIES, THEY LEFT WITH THE GAS CAN.
>>THAT’S A BAD DEAL RIGHT THERE.
NOW HE’S TRYING TO GET THE LAP BACK HE’S VERY, VERY FRUSTRATED.
HE HAS A FAST CAR. WE JUST SAW IT A LITTLE WHILE
AGO, BEAT ON THE STEERING WHEEL, KEVIN HARVICK ALSO, HE’S VERY
UPSET. I GOT A FEELING WE’RE GOING TO
GET THAT CAR GOING. HE’S BEEN PRETTY GOOD ALL DAY
LONG.>>LOGANO AND HAMLIN ONE LAP
DOWN. WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE PRESSURE
OF THIS CHASE THE INTENSITY COULD LEAD TO MISTAKES.
THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING.>>PRESSURE IS RAMPING UP.
PRESSURE MAKES DIAMONDS. WE’RE SEEING THE MISTAKES OF
GUYS WHO WILL NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE OF
MISTAKES. IT’S GOING TO GET EVEN WORSE AS
WE GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY.>>WE SHOULD DEFINITELY THE
CHASERS ARE THE ONES HAVING A PROBLEM.
I HAVEN’T SEEN ANY NONCHASERS HAVING ISSUES.
SO MUCH PRESSURE ON THESE CHASERS THEY’RE HOLDING.
THE 22 CAR, THE 11 CAR, THE 24 CAR, THERE’S BEEN GUYS TRYING
TWO TIRES, TOO AND THAT’S NOT BEEN WORKING AT ALL, EITHER.
TRIED THAT LATE IN THE RACE THAT’S NOT GOING TO WORK.
>>THEY’RE UNDER PRESSURE.>>A LOT OF PRESSURE GOING TO BE
REALLY INTERESTING SITUATION ON THIS RESTART NICOLE BECAUSE JOEY
LOGANO AND DENNY HAMLIN WILL BE SIDE BY SIDE RACING FOR THE
FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN SPOT. KYLE LARSON.
PICKING UP THE FOUR SPOTS ON PIT ROAD.
TREMENDOUS STOP ON THE 42. HE’S ALSO GOT THE FIRST PIT
STALL ON PIT IN AND GAINED A LITTLE GROUND ON THE RUN-UP TO
THAT FIRST TIMING LINE ALSO.>>WORKS REALLY WELL.
YOU CAN SEE JUST HOW GOOD A JOB THEY DID.
THE TIME THAT HE SPENT ON PIT ROAD THERE, GAINING THOSE FOUR
SPOTS, HAVING A GOOD DAY HERE.>>LARSON TO THE INSIDE OF RACE
LEADER AND DOMINATOR HEAVEN HARVICK AS WE GET READY TO GO.
JAMIE McMURRAY GOT THE FREE PASS.
WE’LL BE KEEPING AN EYE ON LOGANO AND HAMLIN RACING TO BE
THE FIRST CAR ONE LAP DOWN. JIMMIE JOHNSON IS NEXT IN LINE
BEHIND THEM. HE’LL BE A FACTOR THERE TRYING
TO GET HIMSELF BACK ON THE LEAD LAP.
AND FOR THE SPOTS UP FRONT, AS WE GO BACK GREEN.
>>DENNY HAMLIN 3-1 WITH A TURN ONE TO GET AROUND CLINT BOWYER
AND BE THE FIRST CAR A LAP DOWN LOOK AT THIS!
>>I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THIS, GUYS.
LOOK AT HMM LYNN. LOGANO PUT HIMSELF IN A VERY
VULNERABLE SPOT ON THE HIGH SIDE THERE.
>>LOGANO HANGING TO THE OUTSIDE OF HAMLIN.
WHILE UP FRONT, HARVICK, CLEARS LARSON, AND THERE’S DOUBLE WIDE
FOR THIRD KESELOWSKI INSIDE OF KURT BUSCH.
>>AND WITH THIS LAP COMING BACK AROUND HARVICK THE MOST LAPS
LED, I BELIEVE. GET THAT BONUS POINT WHICH COULD
BE IMPORTANT HERE THIS AFTERNOON.
>>CLOSE THERE.>>YEAH, I WAS WATCHING THAT
CONTACT.>>CARL EDWARDS IN THE MIDDLE OF
ALL OF THIS.>>LOGANO TO THE INSIDE OF
HAMLIN OFF THE APRON.>>A BATTLE BETWEEN THESE TWO TO
GET THEMSELVES INTO POSITION SHOULD THE CAUTION COME OUT.
>>CLINT BOWYER UP THE RACETRACK IN ONE AND TWO.
DUSTING OFF THE WALL BUT HE STAYS OFF IT AND WE STAY GREEN.
LOGANO WILL TRY THE OUTSIDE ON HAM LINE.
AND NOW JOEY LOGANO TAKES OVER THAT SPOT AS THE FIRST CAR A LAP
DOWN.>>RIGHT HERE.
>>THAT TIME NOW WE TALK ABOUT STILL PLENTY OF TIME TO GO.
EACH ONE OF THESE SPOTS MEANS A LOT RIGHT NOW.
>>THERE’S BEEN SOME BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THESE TWO DRIVERS IN THE
PAST, TOO. NOT LATELY, BUT, DRIVE AWAY NOW.
>>ONLY HE KNOWS IF HE HAD ILL INTENTIONS THERE OR NOT.
>>I THINK HE HAD EVERY INTENTION TO GET TO THAT BUMPER
AND JUST LOOSEN HIM UP IF HE COULD POSSIBLY DO THAT.
>>NOW LOGANO’S GOTTEN AWAY. SO DOES THE CAUTION COME OUT
BEFORE KEVIN HARVICK CATCHES THE TAIL END OF THE FIELD?
WHICH IS THE NEXT CAR HE MIGHT PUT A LAP DOWN IS CLINT BOWYER.
>>THE WAY HARVICK’S BEEN GOING THAT DOESN’T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF
LAPS.>>SERIOUS PACE HERE THIS
AFTERNOON.>>CARL EDWARDS 99, PAUL MENARD
27. 12th AND 13th PLACES, 55 BRIAN
VICKERS ALSO FOR A SPOT HERE.>>CARL TRYING TO PULL OFF
ANOTHER DAY LIKE HE HAD LAST SUNDAY IN TEXAS.
WHERE HE DOES NOT HAVE A GREAT CAR, BUT HE SURVIVES AND
ADVANCES. ALTHOUGH RIGHT NOW CARL IS IN
THE EIGHTH OR LAST PLACE IN THE STANDINGS AS YOU SEE.
BUT ONLY FIVE POSITIONS ON THE RACETRACK.
>>RELATIVE TO JOEY LOGANO.>>MAKE THIS 20 CAR BETTER.
HE KIND OF FELL OFF ON THAT LAST RUN.
LOST A NUMBER OF SPOTS. THEY’VE MADE A GOOD ADJUSTMENT
FOR MATT TO KEEP HIMSELF UP THERE CLOSE TO THE TOP FIVE
WHICH HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE IF HE’S GOING TO TRY TO ADVANCE.
>>CAUTION, DEBRIS IN TURN ONE.>>GOT A NEW LIFE HERE, BOYS.
>>YOU WERE TALKING LISTENING TO RACE CONTROL RADIO THERE WAS
SOME TRAFFIC GOING BACK AND FORTH.
AS TO WHETHER THERE WAS SOMETHING OUT THERE —
>>NEVER REALLY GOT A CLEAN LAP.>>AND SO JOEY LOGANO GETS BACK
ON THE LEAD LAP.>>ALSO I THINK GOOD NEWS FOR
THE 11 CAR. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANYBODY
ELSE OUT THERE NOW THAT’S FASTER FROM HIM TO KEEP HIM FROM
KEEPING THAT FREE PASS IN THE NEXT RUN.
>>HE WANTED TO GET IT HERE. BUT LOGANO HAD JUST A LITTLE
BETTER CAR.>>THAT’S GOING TO BE HAMLIN’S
ISSUES CAN THEY MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO DRIVE UP THERE CLOSE TO THAT
FRONT SPOT AND GET HIMSELF IN? FOR NEXT WEEK’S CHAMPIONSHIP
BATTLE.>>SO WE’LL SEE LOGANO IN HERE
FOR SURE, AND TAKE SOME FRESH YOUR TIRES.
EVERYBODY IN ABOUT 15 LAPS AGO.>>THAT’S DEFINITELY —
DANGEROUS ON THE TRACK.>>ROAD OPEN HERE AND IT’S GOING
TO BE ALL THE CARS TOWARD THE END OF THE LEAD LAP.
GREG BIFFLE IS THE FIRST ONE TO COME IN.
>>>THINK ABOUT THE INTENSITY OF THE RACING WE JUST SAW TO BE THE
FIRST CAR A LAP DOWN BETWEEN JOEY LOGANO AND DENNY HAMLIN AND
PROJECT AHEAD TO WHAT IT MIGHT BE IN THE LAST LAPS OF THIS RACE
TO MAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR OR NOT.
GOING TO BE SOMETHING. LAP AWAY FROM THE RESTART HERE
AT PHOENIX. CHECK OUT THE NUMBER OF LEAD
CHANGES TODAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT.
KEVIN HARVICK LED SO MUCH THERE HASN’T BEEN A TON OF THEM.
DENNY HAMLIN LED IN THE EARLY GOING.
JOEY LOGANO, DAVID RAGAN, HARVICK HAS LED BY FAR MOST OF
HIS RACE. STAY CONNECTED TO THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH A SPRINT FAMILY SHARE CAP.
20 GIGABYTES PLUS UNLIMBED TALK AND TEX.
LEARN MORE AT SPRINT.COM/DATASHARE.
>>DOMINATING PERFORMANCE FOR KEVIN HARVICK TODAY.
RODNEY HOW IS THE BALANCE ON THE RACE CAR?
I KNOW YOU’RE JUST OUTSIDE YOUR FUEL WINDOW.
>>THAT LONG RUN WE’RE A LITTLE BIT TOO LOOSE.
THAT RUN TOOK OFF A LITTLE TIGHT THE FIRST FEW LAPS AND CAME TO
HIM, FELT PRETTY GOOD. SO GOING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS
HERE. WE’RE ABOUT PROBABLY ABOUT 30
LAPS OUT OF OUR WINDOW HERE. SO, WE’LL SEE HOW THE CAUTIONS
FLY, AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN HANG IN THERE.
>>ALLEN?>>KEVIN HARVICK, LEADING 156 OF
THE 204 LAPS COMPLETED. THAT 156 IS HALF THE SCHEDULED
DISTANCE. DEFINITELY ANOTHER DOMINANT
PHOENIX DAY FOR KEVIN HARVICK.>>JEFF GORDON HAS TROUBLE OFF
TURN NUMBER TWO. HERE THEY COME CHANGING AROUND
HIM. OH, TROUBLE IN THE CORNER.
TURNAROUND, THE 98, CAUTION FLAG OUT.
WE’LL DOUBLE-CHECK, BUT THAT SHOULD BE BIG FOR DENNY HAMLIN.
>>THIS IS THE START OF MANY TO COME, I BELIEVE.
GETTING THAT CAR.>>NASCAR CONFIRMS DENNY HAMLIN,
FREE PASS BACK ONTO THE LEAD LAP.
WITH 106 TO GO.>>ALL EIGHT CHASERS BACK ON THE
LEAD LAP.>>AND FOR JOSH WISE THE BACK
END OF THAT 98 SHORTENED UP.>>JUST A LITTLE LATE.
I DON’T KNOW WHO GOT HIM. HAVING A DECENT RUN.
HE WAS STILL JUST ONE LAP DOWN.>>NOTE THE PRESENCE OF THE 22
CAR IN THERE. HAD TO START BEHIND ALL THAT.
>>MM-HMM, YEAH.>>GOT IN TO HIM.
>>GOT IN THERE A LITTLE HOT.>>GET DOWN, GET DOWN, GET DOWN.
COME ON.>>WASN’T THAT A LINE FROM A
SONG IN THE K.C. AND THE SUNSHINE BAND SOME YEARS AGO?
>>BEFORE MY TIME.>>NEVER MIND.
>>THE GET DOWN THING?>>YEAH.
I THINK IT WAS.>>NO THANKS.
>>STILL OUTSIDE, LET’S THINK ABOUT THIS.
COMMENTS ON THE WINDOW TO MAKE IT ON ONE MORE STOP.
SHOULD BE NOT MUCH CHANGE THERE.>>NOT RIGHT THERE, NO.
>>ABOUT 70 LAPS TO THE FINISH.>>GO THE REST OF THE WAY, YEAH.
>>NO TAKERS. ALTHOUGH DENNY HAMLIN I’M SURE
WILL BE IN. NOW BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AND
WITH NEW LIFE IN HIS BID TO MAKE THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR FOR NEXT
SUNDAY.>>>BACK LIVE AT PHOENIX WHERE
WE ARE ONE LAP AWAY FROM ANOTHER RESTART IN THE QUICKEN LOANS
RACE FOR HEROES 500. THE NINTH RACE IN THE CHASE FOR
THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP. .
NEXT WEEKEND THE FINAL WEEKEND, THE CHAMPION OFFICIALLY CROWNED,
AND THE LAST TROPHY OF THE SEASON AVAILABLE FOR THE
NATIONWIDE SERIES IN THE FORD ECOBOOST 300 SATURDAY 4:00
EASTERN ESPN2 AND NEXT SUNDAY THE FOUR THAT SURVIVE THROUGH
HERE RACE HEADS UP FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE FORD
ECOBOOST 400. HIGHEST FINISHERS, THE SPRINT
CUP CHAMPION AND THAT ALL GOING ON WITHIN THE FIELD OF 43.
1:00 EASTERN ESPN NEXT SUNDAY FROM SOUTH FLORIDA.
HOW IT’S GOING TO PLAY OUT IN THESE LAST 101 LAPS, WHO KNOWS.
BUT LOOK HOW CLOSE IT IS RIGHT NOW.
>>EVERYBODY STILL HAS A CHANCE. AND REMEMBER THE TIES ARE BROKEN
BY FINISHING RESULT IN THIS PRERACE ELIMINATING ROUND.
THAT DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ELSE.
DENNY HAMLIN BACK ON THE LEAD LAP.
AND KEVIN HARVICK STILL LEADING AS WE GO BACK GREEN.
>>WHOA. KYLE BUSCH!
AROUND –>>OH, CLINT BOWYER.
>>26 INVOLVED ALSO. AND CAUTIONS CREATING MORE
CAUTIONS.>>GO TO THE PIT STALL FIRST.
>>KYLE BUSCH RUNNING IN SIXTH PLACE.
CLINT BOWYER RUNNING IN 17th. COLE WHITT ALSO IN THAT.
COLE HAD BEEN IN THE GARAGE AREA EARLIER IN THE RACE AND COME
BACK NOW. NOW THEY FINISHED OFF THAT 26
CAR FOR THIS DAY.>>WHAT HAPPENED?
>>LIKE KYLE JUST GOT A LITTLE BIT LOOSE, DOWN ON THE INSIDE.
TRYING TO GET ALL HE COULD DOWN THERE.
>>BOWYER JUST CLIPPED HIM.>>JUST BARELY CAUGHT THE FRONT.
>>DID A LOT OF DAMAGE.>>GOT TO BE CLOSE.
>>RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF HIM.>>STILL THERE.
>>ALL GOOD.>>KEEP COMING.
>>STILL INSIDE.>>STAY LOW.
STAY LOW.>>A SHOT OF JOEY LOGANO GOING
PAST THE SPINNING BOWYER CAR.>>SEE RIGHT THERE SOME CONTACT
BETWEEN JOEY LOGANO. I THINK IT WAS DANICA PATRICK.
HE’S REMEMBERING A TIRE RUB FROM THAT.
>>THAT WAS WHO COLE WHITT RAN INTO.
>>I THINK HE RAN INTO –>>HE ENDED UP DOWN THERE AT THE
WALL.>>CASEY MEARS OR WHO, JUST
COULDN’T SEE IT.>>22-10.
>>MAKE CONTACT RIGHT HERE. JUST SLIDING BY.
>>GOOD. WE HIT THE LEFT SIDE A LITTLE
BIT.>>OUTSIDE.
ALL CLEAR. ALL CLEAR.
>>GET LOW GET LOW GET LOW GET LOW WATCH YOUR INSIDE WATCH YOUR
INSIDE WATCH YOUR INSIDE. GO HIGH.
>>WHAT A MESS.>>WELL, CAUTION FLAG NUMBER
EIGHT. AND THE DIFFICULT, MISERABLE,
WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DESCRIBE IT, SEASON FOR CLINT BOWYER,
CONTINUES HERE AT PHOENIX TODAY.>>PIT ROAD HAS BEEN CLOSED.
WHEN IT OPENS I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THE 22 CAR FOR SURE
GO DOWN. STILL NOT INSIDE OF A PIT WINDOW
WHERE THEY CAN MAKE IT ON FUEL.>>JOEY HAD THAT ONE LONG GREEN
FLAG RUN AT 57 LAPS. NOW WE’VE HAD FOUR CAUTIONS IN
30 LAPS.>>THIS COULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR THE 22 TO POSSIBLY GET IN, GET FOUR TIRES, FIX THEIR
DAMAGE. HE’S GOT A LOT OF DAMAGE.
THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME IN YOU CAN SEE ON THAT LEFT FRONT.
THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THAT.
WHICH MIGHT SET THEM UP FOR TWO TIRES IN THE LAST PIT STOP AND
GET SOME TRACK POSITION THAT WAY.
MAYBE ENOUGH POINTS TO MOVE THEM OFF.
>>AND ONLY HAVE TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF FUEL.
>>DOESN’T HAVE TO GIVE UP MUCH, EITHER.
>>THEY’RE GOING TO RED FLAG IT, IN TURN THREE.
>>YEAH, THAT’S JUST COMING FROM RACE CONTROL BECAUSE OF ALL THE
BITS AND PIECES, AND SO ON, ON THE RACETRACK IN TURN NUMBER TWO
FROM WHERE THOSE CARS COLLIDED AND THE FRONT END WAS RIPPED OFF
THE KYLE BUSCH CAR.>>THE RIGHT SIDE —
>>THAT’S JUST THE FENDER.>>JIMMIE JOHNSON FREE PASS.
AND RED FLAG WITH 97 LAPS TO GO HERE AT PHOENIX TODAY.
SO THE EIGHTH CAUTION FLAG, TROUBLE IN TURN NUMBER TWO.
KYLE BUSCH WITH TROUBLE IN THE BOTTOM LANE ON A RESTART.
SLID UP THROUGH TRAFFIC. CLINT BOWYER, IN THE AFTERMATH.
>>>YOU SEE THE RACE FOR 450E ROWS 500.
>>IT’S QUIET LET’S CHECK IN A COUPLE OF PIT BOXES.
>>YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT TODAY, JUST ABOUT
EVERYTHING. I SAW YOU LOOKING AT A STILL FIT
TOE OF THE DAMAGE. WHAT IS YOUR GAME PLAN HERE ONCE
WE ROLL?>>WE’LL COME WHEN PIT ROAD IS
OPEN OF COURSE AND WE’LL TAKE FOUR TIRES AND WE’LL SEE.
SEEMS LIKE THE LEFT TIRE HAS A TIRE RUB WE’LL MAKE SURE THAT’S
CLEARED UP. RIGHT SIDE IS CLEAR.
WE’RE IN OKAY POSITION. WE’LL JUST PERSEVERE THROUGH AND
WE’VE GOT ABOUT 100 LAPS WE CAN MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN YET.
>>RIGHT NOW YOU GUYS ARE THIRD. BASED ON THE FEEDBACK FROM JOEY
DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE A CAR GOOD ENOUGH TO STAY ON THE LEAD LAP?
>>OH, YEAH. I THINK ONCE WE GET GOING HERE
WE CAN MAKE UP A FAIR AMOUNT OF SPOTS THERE.
WE HAD TO COME FROM THE BACK WITH A TAIL END PENALTY.
AND THAT GOT US SET BACK WHERE WE GOT A LITTLE LET DOWN BUT
WE’LL BE FINE. FIGHT OUR WAY BACK UP THERE.
>>LET’S GO OVER TO RICK DeBRUHL.
>>RYAN NEWMAN’S CREW CHIEF YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED TO
BE POINTSWISE BUT YOU REALLY WANT A VICTORY.
DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO DIAL IN TO GET THAT VICTORY?
>>>I THINK WE’VE BEEN CHIPPING AT IT ALL DAY.
OBVIOUSLY MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW IS TO STAY IN THE
CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP TRYING TO
CHARGE THIS FRONT BUT NOT TAKE ANY UNRISKED GAMBLES.
>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CHANGES YOU MADE IN THE CAR SO FAR.
>>JUST STARTED A LITTLE BIT TOO FREE SO WE HAD TO SWING OUT A
LITTLE BIT, TIGHTEN IT UP. AFTER THAT WE’VE JUST BEEN KIND
OF WORKING ON IT SLIGHTLY FOR THE INCREASE IN TRACK.
THE RACE GOING ON. SO HASN’T BEEN A WHOLE LOT AFTER
THAT FIRST CHANGE.>>POINTSWISE RIGHT WHERE THEY
NEED TO BE.>>THE CREW CHIEF FOR BRAD
KESELOWSKI HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS THE WAY THE DAY HAS GONE SO FAR
AND HOW THE RACE CAR IS FOR BRAD?
>>IT’S FAIR. WE’RE SOLID.
WE’D LIKE TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE SPEED.
BUT, WE’VE HAD GOOD RUNS AND RUNS WHERE WE’VE BEEN OFF A
LITTLE BIT. WE’RE TRYING TO FIND A HAPPY
SPOT RIGHT NOW. OVERALL, THE FORD STAYING IN
CONTENTION. THAT’S KEEPING IT IN THE TOP
FIVE. WE CAN DO THAT ALL THE WAY TO
THE END THERE.>>HOW NERVE-RACKING IS IT TO BE
POINTS WATCHING?>>YEAH, I MEAN IT’S MOVING
AROUND A LOT RIGHT NOW, WE HAVEN’T — YOU KNOW, IT’S HARD
TO PAY A WHOLE LOT OF ATTENTION. STILL TOO MANY LAPS TO GO THERE.
BUT WE JUST GOT TO GO DO THE BEST WE CAN.
>>PRETTY SOLID SO FAR. ALLEN?
>>FOUR-MINUTE RED FLAG WHILE THEY GOT THE CLEANUP DONE OVER
IN TURN NUMBER TWO. PIT ROAD WILL BE OPEN SHORTLY
THIS TIME IN FACT AND WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENED.
YOU KNOW JOEY LOGANO IS GOING TO COME DOWN PIT LANE.
RUBBING DONE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THAT 22 MACHINE ON THE LEFT
SIDE, RATHER, FROM THE DAMAGE WHEN HE HAD CONTACT WITH DANICA
PATRICK AND THE JAM-UP IN THE ACCIDENT SCENE.
>>WE MIGHT SEE SOME OTHERS BACK TOWARDS THE BACK SIDES THERE OF
THE LEAD LAP. TRYING TO COME IN AND MAKE SOME
ADJUSTMENTS, AND TAKE SOME STRATEGY LATER ON, TOO.
PIT ROAD OPEN HERE. TRUEX FROM FIFTH WILL COME IN.
>>LOOKS LIKE LOGANO IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT ONE.
>>THAT’S VERY INTERESTING.>>FINISH.
>>WE ARE TEN AWAY.>>FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.
>>RIGHT HERE.>>ALL RIGHT.
>>GET TO THE FRONT. GET TO THE FRONT.
PULL THAT HARD. PULL THAT HARD.
>>GET IT GET IT GET IT. GET THE BACK A LITTLE BIT.
GET THE BACK A LITTLE BIT. ALL RIGHT.
EASE IT DOWN. EASE IT DOWN.
EASE IT DOWN. LET’S LOOK AT IT.
PENNZOIL A LITTLE BIT. PENNZOIL.
PENNZOIL. THERE WE GO.
>>THAT’S ONE WAY TO GET IT –>>BEEN IN THERE THREE TIMES.
>>DOING A GOOD JOB OF BEING PREPARED.
>>ALL RIGHT SO FOR JOEY LOGANO HEADED BACK OUT.
>>DENNY HAMLIN WASN’T SURE IF HE RAN OVER DEBRIS.
HE CAME IN, GOT FOUR FRESH TIRES.
NO ADJUSTMENTS. THE SUN IS DIPPING DOWN.
IT’S REALLY WREAKING HAVOC ON THE DRIVERS.
THEY’RE ASKING FOR TEAROFF TO GET ALL THAT DIRT OFF TO GET A
CLEAR VIEW GOING INTO TURN ONE.>>WHILE THEY GET THEM LINED UP
AND GET READY FOR THE RESTART CHECK IN WITH CARL EDWARDS
RUNNING NINTH.>>DALE JARRETT, GOOD STOP.
>>CARL, KIND OF TWO THINGS HERE, LOOKS LIKE THE SUN’S
STARTING TO BECOME A FACTOR, AND ARE YOU GETTING YOUR CAR GOOD
ENOUGH TO GET UP THERE AND MAKE THE POSITION AND POINTS THAT YOU
NEED TO TRANSFER ONTO NEXT WEEK’S CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE F
>>I’M NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW MANY WE NEED TO GET.
I THINK WE’RE STILL FIVE OR SIX POINTS OUT.
WE’VE GOT TO MOVE UP. JIMMIE AND THE GUYS ARE JUST —
I THINK IT’S GOING TO GET A LITTLE TOUGHER WITH THAT SUN.
EVERYBODY SEEMS TO BE GETTING MORE RUTHLESS.
JUST GOING TO KEEP MY NOSE CLEAN, BE AS AGGRESSIVE AS I CAN
BE, AND GO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.
>>ONE TO GO. GOOD LUCK.
THANKS FOR TALKING.>>THANKS.
>>THAT WAS GOOD.>>THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.
>>THE FREE PASS ON THE CAUTION. HE’S BACK ON THE LEAD LAP.
SO MARTIN TRUEX GIVES OFF FIFTH PLACE FOR THE PIT STOP.
AND WORK ON A LITTLE DAMAGE THAT HE GOT IN HIS CONTACT GETTING BY
KYLE BUSCH. SO, TRUEX, HAMLIN, AND LOGANO
THE ONLY CARS TO PIT. KEVIN HARVICK CONTINUES TO HOLD
THE NUMBER ONE SPOT.>>WHEN THAT SUN GETS BAD JUST
REMIND ME IF I CAN’T SEE GOING INTO TURN ONE THAT IT’S THREE
CAR LENGTHS PAST THE SPRINT SIGN ON THE OUTSIDE WALL.
>>FASCINATING.>>GETTING A LITTLE HELP FROM
THE SPOTTER THERE TO MAKE SURE EXACTLY WHERE HE’S LETTING OFF
IF THEY SEE HIM. MAKES IT VERY, VERY DIFFICULT.
ESPECIALLY ON THESE RESTARTS.>>SO GET A LOOK AT THE RESTART
ORDER AS WE GET LINED UP TO GO, 92 LAPS LEFT IN THIS ONE.
FOUR CAUTIONS WITHIN 30 LAPS. WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE NEXT
SHOE TO DROP IS. IN THE CLOSING LAPS OF THIS ONE.
>>KURT BUSCH WORKED HARD TO GET THAT SECOND SPOT AWAY FROM KYLE
LARSON. HE’S DONE A GREAT JOB ON THE
LAST FEW RESTARTS STAYING RIGHT THERE.
>>KESELOWSKI TRYING TO FILL THE SPOT ON THE OUTSIDE OF LARSON
AND MOVE UP TO THIRD.>>OH, KURT BUSCH INTO THE WALL
ON TURN TWO! DID KESELOWSKI GET SOME OF IT OR
DID HE AVOID?>>A LITTLE WRINKLE ON THE RIGHT
FRONT FENDER OF THE TWO CAR WHILE KURT BUSCH SLOWS AFTER
GETTING UP OUT OF THE GROOM IN TURN NUMBER TWO.
>>THEY HAVE TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO WRECK THIS CAR 41.
>>CAR AROUND. PAUL MENARD.
GOT KNOCKED UP OUT OF THE LANE, DIDN’T HIT ANYTHING REALLY HARD
AND WE STAY GOING.>>I’M SURE HE HIT IT ALL.
>>MENARD WAS HAVING A PRETTY GOOD DAY RUNNING 12th BEFORE
THAT CONTACT.>>SEE KURT BUSCH HAD TO GET OUT
OF THE THROTTLE. HE WAS GOING TO HIT THE WALL
THERE. DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH DAMAGE THAT
MIGHT HAVE DONE TO THE FRONT OF THE 2 CAR.
A LOT OF CONTACT, THOUGH.>>RIGHT FROM THE RIGHT FRONT
CORNER. THE TIRE RUB.
>>KESELOWSKI RUNNING IN FOURTH PLACE.
KURT BUSCH SLIDING BACK TO SEVENTH PLACE.
AND KYLE LARSON, MOVING UP TO SECOND, THROUGH ALL OF THAT.
BEING CHALLENGED THERE BY MATT KENSETH IN THE 20.
AND YES, AGAIN, KEVIN HARVICK’S GONE.
KESELOWSKI.>>THE WAY THINGS ARE DEVELOPING
SO FAR THIS 2 CAR LOOKS LIKE IT NEEDS TO WIN THE RACE, THE
TRANSFER.>>THOSE OTHER CARS, THE 22 AND
11 GETTING BACK ON THE LEAD LAP AND BEING AGE TO MAKE UP
POSITIONS, CERTAINLY HAS PUT THE 2 AND THE 22, AND A FEW OTHERS,
CARL EDWARDS, IN A POSITION THAT IT’S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT
FOR THEM TO SLIDE IN.>>TALK ABOUT DIFFICULT NOW.
THE 2 CAR JUST MOVED IN. ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO TRY
AND PASS THE FOUR CAR FOR THE WIN.
>>NOW YESTERDAY WE SAW IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE
KYLE BUSCH WAS THE DOMINANT CAR. BRAD KESELOWSKI COULDN’T RUN
WITH HIM MOST OF THE DAY BUT A LATE CAUTION PUT HIM ALONGSIDE
AND HE REALLY DID SOME EXTRAORDINARY DRIVING TO FIND A
WAY. NOW GRANTED THE 54 CAR YESTERDAY
DIDN’T LOOK LIKE IT HAD THE GET UP AND GO ON THAT RESTART THAT
IT MIGHT HAVE HAD EARLIER IN THE RACE BUT BRAD REALLY DROVE HARD
TO GET THE LEAD AND THE WIN IN THAT ONE.
BUT HE DID NOT HAVE THE BEST CAR ALL RACE.
>>NOW HE DID SOME EXTRAORDINARY THINGS WHEN HE’S HAD TO.
YOU KNOW, WE TALKED AND THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT WOULD THESE DRIVERS
DO IN THIS SITUATION IF THEY KNOW IN A LATE RACE SITUATION,
WHAT LENGTH ARE THEY WILLING TO GO TO TO GET THAT WIN TO MOVE
THEM ONTO THE NEXT ROUND? COULD BE SETTING THEM UP FOR
THAT. HOW ABOUT THE CAR, VINCE?
>>THEY HAVEN’T REALLY GOTTEN IT WHERE THEY WANT IT.
PAUL WALSH SAID THE CAR IS OKAY. THERE YOU SEE THE DAMAGE TO THE
RIGHT FRONT WHERE HE GOT INTO THE BACK OF KURT BUSCH.
THE SPOTTER JOEY MEYER HAS BEEN KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON IT BUT
BRAD HAS NOT INDICATED THAT THE CAR IS ILL HANDLING BECAUSE OF
THAT CONTACT. PAUL WAVE DID TELL ME THIS
MORNING WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE TO WIN.
MAYBE WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE WE POINTED OUR WAY IN.
WE BELIEVE WE HAVE TO WIN TO ADVANCE.
>>ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT COIN, AS YOU WATCH JOEY LOGANO
AND DENNY HAMLIN, WITH BRIAN VICKERS AND JAMIE McMURRAY TO
TRY TO WORK THEIR WAY CLOSER TO THE TOP TEN, KEVIN HARVICK IS IN
THE SAME SITUATION. THE THIRD ON TOP OF THE SCREEN.
ONLY TWO POINTS AHEAD OF THE CUT LINE.
AND THAT’S WITH HIM LEADING THE RACE.
SO HE CAN’T AFFORD TO GET PASSED FOR THE LEAD IN THIS RACE AS
THINGS ARE RIGHT NOW HE’S GOT TO WIN THIS.
>>HE’LL BE OUT, TOO.>>IT’S REALLY GOING TO CONTINUE
AND GET TIGHTER. THERE WILL BE SOME DESPERATE
MEASURES SET UP FOR IN THE LAST LAPS COMING UP.
>>THAT 11 AND 22 ARE NOW RUNNING 11th AND 13th.
LOGANO IN 11th, DENNY HAMLIN IN 13th.
THEY’VE GOT FOUR FRESH TIRES VERSUS ALL THESE GUYS OUT THERE
WITH A NUMBER OF CYCLES ON THESE TIRES THEY CAN MAKE UP A LOT OF
SPOTS.>>SO ALL THAT SAID, SUMMED UP
THIS WAY, THERE’S A LOT STILL TO BE DECIDED HERE IN PHOENIX.
>>80 LAPS TO GO IN CHASE RACE NUMBER NINE.
>>>YOU SEE WE’RE UNDER CAUTION IN THE QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR
HEROES 500. GO TO NASCAR.COM FOR ALL YOUR
LATEST INFORMATION. JIMMIE JOHNSON INTO THE WALL IN
TURN ONE JUST AFTER GETTING BOOK ON THE LEAD LAP WITH THAT LAST
CAUTION AND NOW THE 48 CAR HEADED TO THE GARAGE.
WAS NOT MEANT TO BE FOR THE SIX-TIME CHAMPION.
HIS BID FOR SEVEN THIS YEAR.>>HE HAD TROUBLE AND HE KNEW IT
GOING INTO THE CORNER.>>BRAKE PEDAL WENT TO THE
FLOOR. PROBABLY A BRAKE RUDDER
EXPLODED. CATCH THAT ON JIMMIE’S RADIO
JUST AFTER THE ACCIDENT SAID SOMETHING EXPLODED AFTER THE CAR
AND HE HAD NO BRAKES AND THAT SENT HIM INTO THE WALL.
>>INTERESTING MOMENT IN THE RACE.
JUST INSIDE THE PIT WINDOW, BARELY.
TO MAKE IT TO THE FINISH ON FUEL.
HAD ONLY NOT A TON OF LAPS UNDER THE GREEN THAT THESE CARS HAVE
RUN. WHAT DO YOU DO?
DOC?>>MAYBE SOME STRATEGY THAT CAN
MAKE IT ON FUEL. SEE WHAT THEY’RE CALLING IN THE
20th. GOING TO BE A QUICK, TWO-TIRE
STOP CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT ON KENSETH.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI SAYS THE CAR IS NOT BAD RIGHT NOW.
IN FACT THE BEST IT’S BEEN. THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A FOUR
TIRE CHANGE ON KESELOWSKI. MEANWHILE ON KEVIN HARVICK RIGHT
SIDES ONLY AND GAS. NO CHANGES.
JAMIE?>>JEFF GORDON, CANNOT ROLL THE
MIDDLE RIGHT SIDE WEDGE TO THE 24 PIT STOP.
>>MOST EVERYBODY GETTING TWO, BUT THE TWO PENSKE CARS GOING
FOR FOUR TIRES. INTERESTING.
WE’LL SEE IT UP FOR THE RESTART IN A MINUTE.
>>>UNDER CAUTION FOR THE NINTH TIME AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL
RACEWAY. KEVIN HARVICK CURRENTLY LEADS
THE WAY. PIT STOP JUST HAPPENED.
IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE A FOUR TIRE STOP YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO
IT FAST WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT JOEY LOGANO’S TEAM DID.
THE 22 TEAM FIRST BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT 12.1 SECONDS.
THEY CONNECTED TO THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH THE
SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK. UNLIMBED TALK AND TEXT AND DATA
FOR $100 A MONTH. LEARN MORE AT
SPRINT.COM/DATASHARE. INSTEAD THE STUDIO WITH RUSTY
AND BRAD HERE’S THE DEAL. THE PENSKE CARS TOOK FOUR TIRES.
EVERYONE ELSE TOOK TWO. DO YOU LIKE IT?
>>I LOVE IT. I LIKE THAT THEY PUT FOUR TIRES
ON YOU. I THINK IT WAS A SMART MOVE.
THEY’VE GOT A COMPLETE FUEL RUN TO GO.
OVER 70-SOME LAPS. THAT’S A LONG, LONG WAY.
I REALLY LIKE THIS DECISION. IF THE TWO TIRES DO WORK FOR THE
OTHER COMPETITORS AND LATE IN THE RACE THEY HAVE TO GET FOUR
THOSE PENSKE GUYS CAN GET TWO ON AND STAY OUT.
I LIKE THE MOVE.>>A GREAT DECISION FOR BRAD
KESELOWSKI. JOEY ONLY LOST TWO POSITIONS
FROM WHERE HE WAS RUNNING ORIGINALLY.
I THINK IT HELPS BRAD IN CASE WE GET LONG, WE GET CAUTIONS AS WE
GO FORWARD. KEVIN HARVICK HAD TO STAY UP
FRONT BECAUSE HE HAS TO WIN THIS RACE.
>>IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS AFFECTS HIM.
WE KEEP MARVELLING YOU SAID EARLIER EVERY LAP, EVERY
POSITION MATTERS. MARVELLING HOW FLUID THE POINTS
POSITION IS CURRENTLY BECAUSE AS THEY RUN RIGHT NOW.
THE GUY WHO SPENT MUCH OF THIS RACE ONE LAP DOWN, CURRENTLY THE
POINTS LEADER, AND THAT’S DENNY HAMLIN.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. THAT’S INCREDIBLE.
WE SAID EARLY ON WHEN HE WENT A LAP DOWN, HE CAN GET IT TOGETHER
THROUGHOUT THE DAY SOMEHOW AND HE’S DONE THIS THE ENTIRE CHASE.
JUST FIGURES OUT A WAY TO GET HIMSELF IN POSITIONS TO GET A
GOOD FINISH.>>REMEMBER, THREE DRIVERS CAN
CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY WITHOUT ACTUALLY GETTING TO
VICTORY LANE.>>YEP.
>>RYAN NEWMAN, JOEY LOGANO AND DENNY HAMLIN.
>>ONE THING I AM LOOKING AT IN YOUR COMMENT A LITTLE EARLIER BY
DENNY HAMLIN, HE’S GOT A REALLY BAD CAR IN MY OPINION.
I KNOW HE’S LEADING THE POINTS RIGHT NOW BUT HE’S GOING TO NEED
SOMETHING MIRACULOUS TO HOLD ON.>>MIRACULOUS, MIGHT NEED A
MIRACLE ON THE NEXT RESTART IF THEY WANT TO AVOID ANOTHER
CAUTION, TOO.>>ON THAT ONE, NICOLE, TONY
STEWART FREE PASS, WAVE AROUND ONTO THE LEAD LAP INCLUDING
GILLILAND, STENHOUSE, DANICA PATRICK AND DAVID RAGAN.
AND IT’S JEFF GORDON TO THE INSIDE OF THE THE DOMINATOR OF
THE DAY KEVIN HARVICK WITH BRAD KESELOWSKI GOING FROM SEVENTH TO
TENTH.>>THOSE CARS ON THE LEAD LAP
COULD AFFECT THE POINTS AT THE END OF THIS DAY IF SOMEONE
SHOULD HAVE A PROBLEM LATE IN THIS RACE.
>>69 LAPS TO GO.>>OH, TROUBLE.
CAUTION!>>THE 15th PLACE CAR, AND THE
YELLOW FLAG WAVES FOR A TENTH TIME IN THIS RACE.
TRACK RECORD, BY THE WAY, IS 11 CAUTIONS HERE AT PHOENIX.
>>SITUATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP THAT 2 AND 22, WITH THEIR
FOUR TIRE CHANGE.>>JUST THAT LITTLE SHORT RUN.
I SAW THAT 22 CAR MAKE REALLY GOOD PASS WITH THOSE FOUR TIRES.
>>GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A BUMP THERE.
>>YEAH.>>GREG BIFFLE COULD HAVE BEEN
THE ONE. HARD TO TELL IF THERE WAS
CONTACT FROM THAT ANGLE, THOUGH.>>A LOT HARDER.
NICE JOB BY JAMIE THERE. TO KEEP IT OFF THE WALL AND THEN
LOCK HER DOWN. SO YELLOW FLAG NUMBER TEN.
ALL THOSE CARS THAT JUST TOOK THE WAVE AROUND GOING TO GET TO
COME AROUND, TAKE ON THE FUEL AND THE TIRES SO THAT’S A BIG
DEAL. THEY’LL BE CHARGING A LITTLE BIT
FROM THE BACK OF THE FIELD. AND LOOKS LIKE KYLE BUSCH IS
GOING TO GET THE FREE PASS HERE. NO?
THE 40 LANDON CASSILL. KURT BUSCH, LOOKS LIKE ONE OF
THE FEW LEADERS TO COME ON TO PIT ROAD UNDER THIS YELLOW FLAG.
>>>GOING TO TRY THIS AGAIN. DOUBLED UP FOR A RESTART IN THE
QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR HEROES 500.
THERE WILL BE 64 LAPS TO GO, KEVIN HARVICK, JEFF GORDON.
HALF VICK CHOOSING THE OUTSIDE LINE.
LANDON CASSILL GETTING THE FREE PASS.
27 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. WE’LL SEE HOW MANY GREEN FLAG
LAPS WE GET HERE.>>NO CHALLENGES FOR HARVICK ON
THIS RESTARTS ALL DAY LONG.>>DENNY HAMLIN THERE.
HE WAS ABLE TO RESTART ON THE OUTSIDE IN THE LAST ONE AND MAKE
UP A SPOT THERE. ABLE TO CLEAR NOW FROM THE
INSIDE.>>THREE WIDE.
ACROSS THE DOG LEG HEADING TO TURN THREE.
>>KESELOWSKI GIVES LOGANO PLENTY OF ROOM AND THEY RACE
BACK FOR EIGHTH AND NINTH PLACES.
>>THAT’S NOT TO SAY THAT LOGANO GAVE KESELOWSKI PLENTY OF ROOM.
THEY OBVIOUSLY BOTH KNOW THE SITUATION.
>>THAT THIRD LINE ON YOUR SCREEN CHANGING AND SHUFFLING BY
THE MINUTE. IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY CLOSE TO
SEE WHO GETS IN AND WHO IS LEFT OUT AT THE END OF THIS ONE
TODAY. DALE JR., KYLE LARSON, THIS FOR
FOURTH AND FIFTH PLACES.>>AUSTIN’S DONE A REALLY NICE
JOB STAYING UP INSIDE THE TOP FIVE.
>>WATCH AND SEE JUST HOW HARD BRAD KESELOWSKI IN THIS TWO CAR
CHARGES RIGHT NOW. IS HE REALLY GOING TO TRY TO
MAKE UP AS MANY SPOTS OR SAVE SOME TIRES IN CASE THERE’S A
LATE RACE RESTART WHERE EVERYBODY MAY BE STAYING OUT.
AND HAVE SOME TIRES THAT MAY BE BETTER SINCE HE’S GOT FOUR
VERSUS THE TWO AND MOST OF THESE CARS IN FRONT OF HIM HAVE.
OR ALL OF THEM HAVE.>>AT THIS POINT HE HAS TO
CHARGE PRETTY HARD TO TRY TO GAIN SOME OF THESE SPOTS.
PUT HIMSELF IN POSITION.>>FIND A WAY AROUND DENNY
HAMLIN FOR SIXTH PLACE.>>WORKING THE HIGH LINE.
LOOKS LIKE IT’S KIND OF WORKING. AT LEAST WITH THESE FOUR TIRES.
>>I THINK THAT’S PROBABLY THE REASON THAT IT IS WORKING.
WE THINK THE GUYS MAKE THAT WORK.
HARVICK IS REALLY GOOD ON THAT. BRAD’S BEEN WORKING IT QUITE A
BIT TODAY SO HE KNOWS WHAT’S THERE.
>>SO KESELOWSKI UP TO SIXTH PLACE.
>>RIGHT NOW THOUGH STILL ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WHERE THAT
TOP FOUR FOR HOMESTEAD IS CONCERNED.
>>JOEY LOGANO WORKING ON MARTIN TRUEX THERE FOR EIGHTH PLACE.
>>JUST JOINING US AT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, THE CHASE
FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP HAS BEEN DOMINATED BY KEVIN HARVICK.
A LOT OF OTHER DRIVERS TRYING TO FIND THEIR WAY.
FOUR HAVE HAD UPS AND DOWNS INCLUDING JOEY LOGANO WITH WHOM
WE RIDE WHO HAD A PROBLEM ON A PIT STOP.
HE WENT A LAP DOWN, GOT A FREE PASS CAME BACK AND IS TRYING TO
WORK HIS WAY BACK THROUGH THE FIELD.
THE SECOND TIME HE GOT SOME DAMAGE IN THE JAM-UP FROM THE
ACCIDENT AHEAD OF HIM. LEFT SIDE OF HIS CAR WRINKLED
UP, WENT TO THE BACK OF THE FIELD AGAIN TO GET THAT FIXED UP
AND NOW HE’S TRYING TO RALLY THROUGH AND IN POSITION AT THE
MOMENT TO COMPETE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT WEEK.
JAMIE?>>AND ON THE LAST STOP HE’S WON
OF JUST A COUPLE CARS THAT OFFERED TO TAKE FOUR TIRES.
THE REASON THEY WANTED THAT IS BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO PACK IT
FULL OF FUEL. 12.1 SECONDS WORTH OF FUEL.
HIS CREW CHIEF TELLING HIM NOW, WE ARE TO THE GOOD.
ANYTHING YOU SAY FROM HERE ON OUT IS INSURANCE.
>>HE MIGHT NEED THAT INSURANCE BEFORE THIS IS ALL OVER.
>>PLANS FOR A LITTLE EXTRA RACING.
>>THAT LAST PREMIUM.>>THERE’S NO GUARANTEES IN THIS
THING.>>NOW WE TALKED ABOUT LOGANO
RALLYING TO DO WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO.
RYAN NEWMAN HAS RUN UP FRONT AT POINTS IN THE RACE.
NOT LEADING LAPS OR CONTENDING TO LEAD.
WELL ENOUGH TO TRANSFER ONTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND BUT ON THAT
LAST RESTART YOU SEE HAS GIVEN UP SOME GROUND AND FINDS HIMSELF
ON THE OUTSIDE OF WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO TO GET IN IN HOMESTEAD.
>>SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO HURT HIM AND HIS PROGRESS HE’S
GOT A NUMBER OF CARS THAT HIT IT RECENTLY.
MORE RECENTLY THAN HIM AND GOT FOUR TIRES SO THEY’RE GOING TO
BE COMING TO HIS BUMPER HERE, TOO.
BUT IT COULD BE A LONG, UPHILL BATTLE FOR THESE GUYS.
>>THE SITUATION IS RYAN NEWMAN HE’S SAYING THE CAR IS REAL
LOOSE. THAT’S THE PROBLEM.
HE HAD MOVED ALL THE WAY BACK TO 25th.
THEY WERE ABLE TO DIAL IT IN, GET IT BACK WHERE THEY WANT.
APPARENTLY THEY DIDN’T MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS AT THAT LAST STOP.
THE CASE OF THE TIRES OR THE CHANGE, EITHER WAY HE’S NOW NOT
COMFORTABLE WITH THE WAY THIS CAR IS DRIVING AND WITH THIS FEW
LAPS TO GO THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING.
>>GOING TO NEED A LITTLE HELP, PROBABLY NEED A LITTLE CAUTION
TO HELP OUT. THE STORY, THESE TWO RACING ON
THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN THERE, HAMLIN WE JUST DOCUMENTED
WHAT ALL LOGANO HAD BEEN THROUGH.
HAMLIN’S BEEN DOWN A LAP TWO DIFFERENT TIMES.
>>JUST AFTER A PIT STOP THE CHANGE RIGHT SIDE TIRES HAD A
RIGHT REAR TIRE GO FLAT KNOCKED THE VALVE STEM OFF IT AND HE HAD
TO COME BACK UP GAVE UP ALL OF HIS TRACK POSITION THAT WAS
REALLY EARLY IN THE RACE AT LAP 34.
HE WENT FROM 4th BACK TO 37th AT THAT TIME.
GOT LAPPED AT LAP 75. GOT A FREE PASS AT LAP 95.
GOT LAPPED AGAIN BY THE RACE LEADER KEVIN HARVICK AT 163.
AND NOW HAS RACED HIS WAY BACK ON TO THE LEAD LAP WITH A FREE
PASS AT LAP 206. DENNY RUNNING IN 8th POSITION
RIGHT NOW AND AT THE MOMENT, IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>ALL THESE PEOPLE HAVE HAD ALL THESE UPS AND DOWNS GOING ON ONE
THING HAS BEEN CONSTANT THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
SINCE HE TOOK THE LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS RACE AT LAP
44 KEVIN HARVICK HAS BEEN OUT IN FRONT FOR ALL BUT FIVE OF THOSE
LAPS. THE WAY THINGS STAND NOW HARVICK
DOES NEED TO HALT THE LEAD AND WIN THIS RACE TO ADVANCE INTO
THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT HOMESTEAD.
AS YOU WATCH BRAD KESELOWSKI TRY TO TAKE FOURTH PLACE FROM KYLE
LARSON, AND AS IT STANDS NOW, KESELOWSKI NEEDS TO GET UP AND
WIN THIS RACE TO HAVE A SHOT AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT WEEK.
>>I WANT TO SEE WHO’S GOING TO WIN.
>>WE DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE WHO’S GOING TO WIN TODAY HERE IN
PHOENIX.>>>THE QUICKEN LOANS RACE FOR
HEROES 500 IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY QUICKEN LOANS FOR A MORTGAGE
EXPERIENCE THAT’S ENGINEERED TO AMAZE.
AND SPRINT, INTRODUCING THE SPRINT FAMILY SHARE PACK.
IT’S THE BEST VALUE IN WIRELESS.>>BEAUTIFUL PHOENIX ON AN 87
DEGREE NOVEMBER AFTERNOON WHERE RACE NUMBER NINE IN THE CHASE
FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP IS PLAYING OUT.
OUR AERIAL COVERAGE PROVIDED BY GOODYEAR.
EVERYTHING THEY LEARNED MAKING TIRES FOR THE GRUELLING DEMANDS
OF NASCAR INSPIRES WHAT ROLLS INTO YOURS.
GOOD YEAR THE OFFICIAL TIRE OF NASCAR.
HEARING THAT MUSIC I EXPECT TO SEE PEOPLE RIDING ON HORSES
COMING INTO THE RIDGE DOWN INTO THE RACETRACK TO SAVE THE DAY.
THERE’S SOME PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT NEED THEIR DAY SAVED RIGHT
NOW. AS WE’RE DOWN TO 41 LAPS TO GO
HERE AT PHOENIX.>>RIDING OFF INTO THE SUN SET.
FOR NOW.>>KEVIN HARVICK.
DOMINATING THIS ONE. AND AS THE POINT CALCULATIONS
CHANGE, YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THE TENSION IS LIKE ON TOP
OF SOME OF THE PIT BOXES FOR THESE CREW CHIEFS HAVING TO
THINK ABOUT MAYBE MAKING A CALL HAVING TO FIND A WAY TO HELP
THEIR DRIVER GET POSITIONING HE MIGHT NEED.
IN A SITUATION THAT’S VERY, VERY FLUID.
RIGHT NOW HIS DRIVERS IN. NOT BY MUCH.
JEFF GORDON’S ONLY TWO POINTS TO THE GOOD VERSUS MATT KENSETH.
LAMBERT NEEDS SOME HELP FOR RYAN NEWMAN.
>>YEAH, THEY’RE IN TROUBLE.>>WELL WE’VE GOT FOUR DRIVERS
AND CREW CHIEFS THAT ARE SAYING THE TRACK IS COMPLETELY CLEARED.
WE’VE GOT FOUR OTHERS THAT ARE POSSIBLY LOOKING AT DEBRIS OUT
THERE SOMEWHERE.>>SOLID DAY SO FAR FOR THE 4
CAR VINCE.>>MORE THAN SOLID.
IT’S BEEN A DOMINATING PERFORMANCE.
RODNEY CHILDERS TOLD ME EARLIER TODAY, WE WANT TO DOMINATE, AND
LEAD TO MOST LAPS BECAUSE WE THINK THAT POINT COULD BE SO
IMPORTANT AT THE END. WE SAW HOW THE RACE COULD CHANGE
AT THE VERY END. YESTERDAY, WHEN KYLE BUSCH
DOMINATED THE NATIONWIDE RACE ONLY TO HAVE BRAD KESELOWSKI
PASS HIM ON THE LAST LAP TO WIN. CHILDRESS SAID IF WE GET IN THAT
KIND OF SITUATION, THAT POINT FOR LEADING THE MOST LAPS IS
GOING TO BE CRITICAL. BY THE WAY, RODNEY SITTING RIGHT
NOW BUT HE’S BEEN UP AND DOWN, STANDING AND SITTING THROUGHOUT
THE LAST 50 LAPS OR SO. YOU COULD TELL THE NERVES ARE
STARTING TO RAMP UP.>>HOW MANY DAYS IN THIS SPORT
HAVE WE SEEN THE FASTEST CAR NOT WIN THE RACE?
AND RIGHT NOW KEVIN HARVICK NEEDS TO WIN THE RACE.
RIGHT NOW, I KEEP SAYING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THIS CAN CHANGE WITH
OTHER PEOPLE THAT AFFECT HARVICK’S STATUS.
AS THEY ARE NOW WHERE EVERYBODY’S RUNNING ON THE
RACETRACK, HARVICK DOES NEED TO HOLD THIS LEAD AND WIN THE RACE.
SPEAKING OF THINGS CHANGING, DENNY HAMLIN BACK TO 10th PLACE
IN THE 11 CAR.>>10-4 MAN, HANG IN THERE.
>>THIS IS GOING TO BE A STRUGGLE FOR HIS 11 CAR.
HE DOES NOT HAVE THE HANDLE ON THIS CAR.
THEY ONLY HAD TWO TIRES. HE’S GOT QUITE A FEW CARS THAT
AREN’T VERY FAR BEHIND HIM THAT HAVE PITTED SINCE HIM AND GOT
FOUR TIRES. SO, IS HE GOING TO BE ABLE TO
HOLD HIM OFF? I KNOW THAT DANNY JOINS
EVERYTHING THAT HE POSSIBLY CAN.>>SO THAT’S DENNY RUNNING
TENTH. RYAN NEWMAN IN 15th PLACE.
PASSING ARIC AMIROLA. TRYING TO PASS KASEY KAHNE AND
MOVE UP TO 14th PLACE. CONTACT THERE.
YOU HOPE THAT DOESN’T CUT DOWN A TIRE.
>>IF YOU’RE IN THE NEWMAN CAMP.>>THERE’S TWO POSITIONS GAINED
AND TWO POINTS GAINED FOR RYAN NEWMAN.
>>>NEED A COUPLE MORE, THOUGH.>>HE’S TWO POINTS OUT OF THE
CUT.>>FOCUSED ON EVERYTHING THAT HE
NEEDS TO DO. EVERY TIME HE TAKE A SHOT AT
RYAN NEWMAN YOU CAN TELL HE’S GOOD AT EVERYTHING.
>>RICK DeBRUHL COVERING THE NEWMAN KID TODAY.
>>LUKE LAMBERT SAYING SIX POSITIONS THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED
TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT.
LITERALLY, ONE LAP LATER HE STARTED MOVING ON THE CAR AHEAD
OF HIM. HE’S MANAGED TO TAKE OFF A
COUPLE POSITIONS. HE ALSO CHANGED FOUR TIRES.
I THINK AS A SITUATION WHERE THE TIRES WERE STARTING TO COME IN
HE HAS NOT TALKED ABOUT THE HANDLING SINCE THEN.
BUT IN TERMS OF THE CAR, HE’S DEFINITELY TAKEN THAT TO HEART
AND IS MOVING UP.>>MATT KENSETH BRAD KESELOWSKI
FOR THIRD PLACE. AND THAT BELOW THE CUT LINE AT
THE MOMENT REALLY CAN’T AFFORD TO GET THIS UP.
>>HE CAN’T AFFORD TO GIVE IT UP BUT BRAD KNOWS HE’S GOING TO
NEED THIS SPOT IF HE’S GOING TO HAVE ANY KIND OF CHANCE AT A
LATE RACE SITUATION. HE’S GOT TO BE RIGHT THERE ON
HARVICK’S BUMPER.>>THE PROBLEM OF BEING ON
HARVICK’S BUMPER IS HE’S 7.9 SECONDS BEHIND THE 4 CAR.
>>OUT MORE IF WE HAVE THAT LATE RACE I’M SURE YOU’RE GOING TO
TELL US THE PROBABILITY OF THAT.>>I CAN DO THAT.
LAST GREEN STRETCH IN THE LAST FOUR PHOENIX RACES 25 LAPS OR
LESS. IT WAS NINE LAPS HERE IN MARCH
AND IN THE CHASE, SIX OF THE EIGHT CHASE RACES HAVE HAD A
RESTART WITH SIX TO GO. OR LESS.
TRENDS ARE, IT’S COMING.>>GETTING EXCITED ABOUT NOTHING
RIGHT NOW. WE’VE GOT A WAY.
>>WE’RE ANTICIPATING WHAT MAY COME.
YOU GET THAT LATE YELLOW FLAG IN THIS ONE.
THINK ABOUT THE HEARTBEATS AND THE INTENSITY INSIDE THOSE CARS.
>>WHAT DO YOU DO? IT’S GOING TO START WITH THE
CREW CHIEF’S CALL. WHAT THEY DO TO PUT THEIR DRIVER
IN THAT SITUATION.>>THEN THE RESTART.
THEN THE PUSHING AND SHOVING THEN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHERE
YOU ARE.>>YEAH.
BECAUSE NOW THERE’S NO NEXT WEEK AS FAR AS WE DON’T HAVE TO DO
THIS AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE CAN WAIT.
>>THERE’S ENOUGH GORDON RUNNING IN SECOND PLACE.
LOSING A LITTLE GROUND TO KEVIN HARVICK AS WE GO.
>>SITTING THERE LAST WEEK LOOKED LIKE HE WAS GOING TO
PUNCH HIS TICKET RIGHT ON THROUGH UNTIL LATE RACE
INCIDENT, CLINT BOWYER INTO THE WALL, BROUGHT OUT THE LATE
CAUTION. AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
>>AND IF HE GETS THROUGH, GORDON, BOUNCING UP BY THE WALL
IN TURN ONE. YOU SAW.
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN NEXT WEEK. HERE’S BRAD KESELOWSKI IN THIRD,
MATT KENSETH IN FOURTH, DALE EARNHARDT JR. RUNS IN FIFTH.
RYAN NEWMAN TRYING TO CHASE DOWN A.J. ALLMENDINGER AND CARL
EDWARDS THE NEXT TWO AHEAD OF HIM.
>>DENNY HAMLIN IS ALSO ANOTHER SPOT.
>>AND FOR CARL HE NEEDS THE CAUTION AND THE HAIL MARY HERE.
12 POINTS OUT. KEVIN HARVICK’S LEADING THE
RACE. SO UNLESS SOMETHING HAPPENS TO
HARVICK, CARL’S IN A LOT OF TROUBLE.
>>NEWMAN, YOU DON’T GIVE UP, I TELL YOU, BACK THERE, JUST GOT
UP A LEFT WHEEL STARTED MAKING A BACKUP.
THEY REPORTED THAT, THE LOOSE RACE CAR HE HAD, MAYBE THAT
LOOSE RACE CAR IS STARTING TO TIGHTEN UP A LITTLE BIT.
TRYING TO DO ALL OF THIS WITH A LOOSE RACE CAR IS TOUGH.
THAT’S WHAT NEWMAN IS. WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A DRIVER
THOUGH IF YOU HAVE A LOOSE RACE CAR TO DECIDE TO MAKE IT TIGHT?
>>THERE’S SOME THINGS YOU CAN CHANGE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR
DRIVING STYLE AND WHAT YOU’RE DOING BRAKE ADJUSTMENTS BUT YOU
CAN HELP YOURSELF A LITTLE BIT. HERE’S THE CAUTION.
>>DEBRIS FRONT STRAIGHTAWAY.>>THAT 25 LAP MARK.
>>AND YELLOW FLAG NUMBER 11 IN THIS ONE.
AND WILL THIS CHANGE EVERYTHING IN THE PICTURE AS WE KNOW IT
NOW?>>I TELL YOU ONE THING I WOULD
NOT WANT TO BE SITTING ON ONE OF THESE PIT BOXES RIGHT NOW.
>>HOW ABOUT RODNEY CHILDERS?>>CAN THEY AFFORD TO PUT TWO
TIRES ON THAT CAR AGAIN? THEY’VE GOT TO HAVE SOME.
>>THERE IS THE RUBBER THAT I SAW BOUNCING OUT OF A RACE CAR,
DOWN TOWARD THE RACING GROUP. CAN’T HAVE THAT KICKED UP INTO
THE GRANDSTANDS.>>THOSE THINGS ALSO HAVE WIRE
IN THEM.>>A COUPLE OF TIMES, PUT IN AND
OUT.>>SO RECORD TYING CAUTION HERE.
11th IN PHOENIX.>>YOU SEE YELLOW DIGIT FLAGS
HAVE BEEN A REGULAR VISITOR IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT
CUP. PIT ROAD OPEN HERE.
BIG, BIG, BIG MOMENT. 24 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP, WHO
COMES IN, WHO STAYS OUT, WHAT DO THEY DO WHILE THEY’RE HERE?
>>I THINK EVERYBODY CAN MAKE IT ON FUEL.
SO THEY DON’T NEED FUEL. JUST GOING TO BE ABOUT TIRES.
>>DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO COME AND GET THEM.
>>LOOKS LIKE HARVICK’S GOING TO STAY OUT.
>>HERE COMES BRAD KESELOWSKI MIGHT TRY IT.
>>DALE JR. FROM FIFTH PLACE FIRST IN.
>>CHASERS INCLUDE JOEY LOGANO, DPENNY HAMLIN, CARL EDWARDS,
NEWMAN STAYS OUT. DOC?
>>CARL EDWARDS, IT’S HAIL MARY TIME GUYS WE’VE GOT TO GET FOUR
TIRES THE CAR’S NOT LEVEL, GOT TO GET A LITTLE BIT BETTER.
ALL FOUR TIRES AND TOPPING OFF WITH SUNOCO FUEL.
>>DENNY HAMLIN SAY BEING HE’S TIGHT AS HE GOES.
I NEED TO BE TIGHT. MEANWHILE JOEY LOGANO JUST
BESIDE HIM HE WANTED TO MAKE HIS CHAR BETTER AND THEY’RE BOTH
DOWN AND AWAY.>>SO CAUTION OUT, 23 LAPS TO
GO. NASCAR NONSTOP PRESENTED BY
QUICKEN LOANS AND COME BACK FOR THE RESTART TO DECIDE IT.
>>>QUICK REMINDER ABOUT MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL.
TOMORROW NIGHT 8:15 EASTERN ON ESPN AND WATCH ESPN, NO OTHER
NIGHT IS MONDAY NIGHT. READY TO GO RACING WITH 20 LAPS
TO GO. KEVIN HARVICK THE LEADER, JOEY
LOGANO DENNY HAMLIN WHO PITTED IN SEVENTH AND EIGHTH.
RYAN NEWMAN MOVES UP TO FIFTH WITH THE OLDER TIRES.
HAVE WE SEEN THE LAST OF THE YELLOW FLAGS?
>>TOP THREE DRIVERS INVOLVED LAST WEEK IN THE LOW SCUFF AM.
>>HARVICK, GORDON AND KESELOWSKI.
>>DIDN’T GET A VERY GOOD RESTART THERE.
THAT 3 CAR TODAY IS NOT GOOD ON THE FIRST COUPLE LAPS.
>>LANDON CASSILL UP OUT OF THE GROOVE STAYS OFF THE WALL.
NOW WE’RE GOING TO SEE SOME REAL EMERGENCY WITH GUYS LIKE KYLE
LARSON WHO TOOK FOUR TRYING TO CHARGE THROUGH WHILE NEWMAN
TRIES TO DEFEND. HAMLIN AROUND THE OUTSIDE.
>>>THREE WIDE. JOEY LOGANO TO THE BOTTOM.
>>JIMMY CAN’T AFFORD TO BE GIVING UP TOO MANY SPOTS BUT I
DON’T KNOW THAT HE CAN DO MUCH ABOUT IT.
>>DALE JR. ON THE PRESSURE TIRES TRYING TO COME THROUGH
ALSO. ABLE TO STEP THE TIDE THERE IN
NINTH PLACE FOR NOW. WHILE KEVIN HARVICK CONTINUES TO
LEAD AND PULL AWAY.>>YOU LOOK AT THIS I BELIEVE
I’M READING THIS RIGHT, KEVIN HARVICK GOING TO WIN THIS RACE
PUTS JEFF GORDON OUTSIDE THE TOP.
>>IT WOULD. EVEN THOUGH HE’S RUNNING SECOND.
ALL DEPENDING ON WHAT HAPPENS BEHIND HIM.
HAMLIN AND LOGANO AND NEWMAN.>>I THINK NEWMAN IS THE BIG KEY
HERE. HAMLIN’S GOT TIRES.
HE’S PASSING CARS NOW WHERE HE WAS GETTING PASSED.
LOGANO SEEMS TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE EVEN THOUGH THINGS CAN CHANGE
QUICKLY.>>HAM WLIB IN FIFTH, LOGANO IN
EIGHTH, NEWMAN IN NINTH. TROUBLE IN TURN FOUR.
CAR CRASH, MIKE WALLACE ASRND. YELLOW FLAG.
LANDON CASSILL ALSO INVOLVED. THEY TALKED ABOUT A TIRE RUB ON
THE 14 CAR JUST A MINUTE AGO ON THE NASCAR RADIO.
THAT TURNED INTO A CUT. AND A NEW TRACK RECORD.
NOT THE KIND WE NORMALLY CELEBRATE.
>>NO.>>QUALIFYING, AND MOST CAUTION
FLAGS IN A RACE.>>THE 40 CAR OUT OF THE WAY.
THERE’S A LOT OF PARTS AND PIECES COMING OFF THAT CAR RIGHT
NOW.>>LAST TWO CARS THERE AS
CASSILL GOES AROUND. THAT TIRE PROBABLY CUT DOWN AND
MIKE WALLACE JUST SPINS TO AVOID.
RAGAN WILL GET THE FREE PASS. PIT ROAD OPEN HERE.
THIS TIME BY WE’LL SEE IF ANYONE — I DOUBT ANY OF THESE
FRONT-RUNNERS HAVE ANY INTEREST AT ALL.
>>I HAVE TO SAY THAT RYAN NEWMAN HAS GOT HIMSELF IN A
PRETTY DECENT SPOT THERE. TRIES TO HOLD ON.
GAPPED THE CARS BEHIND HIM JUST A LITTLE BIT.
PUTS HIM RIGHT BACK IN A TOUGH SPOT.
>>NO TAKERS. DANICA PATRICK, FIRST ONE.
DANICA BACK IN 23rd PLACE. I’M THINKING IF YOU’RE JEFF
GORDON YOU’RE SITTING HERE IN SECOND.
THEY PROBABLY PASSED THE INFORMATION THAT YOU’RE NOT IN A
GOOD SPOT WITH NEWMAN AND LOGANO AND HARVICK RALLYING, YOU’VE GOT
A CAUTION AND THEY BROUGHT HARVICK BACK TO YOU.
THIS HAS GOT TO BE SOME DESPERATE RACING BY HIM ON THIS
RESTART IF HE’S GOING TO HAVE A SHOT AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>HE HAS TO PASS KEVIN HARVICK AND I DON’T THINK HE HAS A
CHANCE TO DO IT. I DON’T THINK HARVICK CAN GET A
CHANCE TO DO THAT. JEFF’S DONE EVERYBODY ELSE HAS
TRIED EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO EVEN STAY EVEN WITH HARVICK DOWN
INTO TURN ONE AND HE’S JUST SO SUPERIOR AT CONTROLLING THE
RESTARTS AND DRIVING A COUPLE OF CAR LENGTHS AND MAKING IT STICK
INTO TURN ONE AND CLEARING WHOEVER THAT IS STARTING ON THE
INSIDE. SO I THINK GORDON’S BEST HOPE
RIGHT NOW IS FOR HIM IS THAT THE 31 HAS SOME ISSUES, AND THEN HE
MIGHT GET HIMSELF IN A POSITION JUST TO GET INSIDE THAT TOP
FOUR.>>WITHOUT RYAN NEWMAN HAVING
ANY ISSUES THE TOP FOUR IN THE RACE PRETTY MUCH ARE IN A
MUST-WIN SPOT.>>BASICALLY ALL FOUR OF THEM.
KESELOWSKI IN FOURTH. HE’LL BE PROBABLY LINED UP
BEHIND HARVICK ON THIS RESTART.>>AND KENSETH ALSO.
THERE’S ONLY A COUPLE OF SPOTS HE CAN PICK UP.
THAT’S GORDON AND HARVICK AND UNLESS NEWMAN OR LOGANO OR
HAMLIN HAVE PROBLEMS THEN HE’S IN A MUST-WIN SPOT ALSO RIGHT
NOW AS WE DOUBLE UP FOR THE RESTART.
>>RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN BY TWO POSITIONS.
>>IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH.>>YOU’RE THE MAN.
YOU CAN DO IT.>>TALK ABOUT THAT INFORMATION
MAKING YOU FEEL GOOD.>>HE KNOWS IT’S GOING TO BE
TOUGH.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI THERE
RESTARTING BEHIND KEVIN HARVICK. HE STILL EVEN THOUGH THEY ALL
HAVE A LOT OF LAPS ON THEIR FIRES NOW, THE TWO DOES HAVE
PRESSURE TIRES AT LEAST ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE CAR.
>>THERE’S SOME IN THERE SOMEWHERE ABOUT KESELOWSKI
SHOVING PAST GORDON AND HAVING A SHOT AT THE WIN.
>>MIGHT BE SOMEBODY ELSE COMING FROM THE BACKSIDE HERE.
>>12 LAPS TO GO.>>AND HOW IS IT GOING TO TURN
OUT? PACE CAR IS OFF.
>>JEFF GORDON TRY TO GET BACK AND GET A LITTLE BIT OF A
RUNNING START.>>HARVICK NOT HAVING ANY OF IT
RIGHT YET.>>KENSETH CLEARS KESELOWSKI FOR
NOW. HAMLIN WITH A LOW RUN.
>>NEWMAN IN A THREE WIDE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE.
ABLE TO CLEAR THAT OUT, TOE.>>MARCOS AMBROSE AND MARTIN
TRUEX.>>NEWMAN LOSES ONE SPOT BACK AT
TENTH PLACE. HE’S ONLY GOT TWO POINTS.
CLEARANCE ON MATT KENSETH.>>PRESSURE TIRES.
MARCOS AMBROSE ON PRESSURE TIRES, AND RYAN NEWMAN.
>>THEY’RE ALL RIGHT THERE. AMBROSE HAS SHOWN A LOT OF
RESPECT FOR NEWMAN. HE’S GOT THAT AND WILL LET HIM
GET AWAY IF HE CAN DO THAT. BUT HE WON’T WAIT TOO MUCH
LONGER.>>HARVICK AWAY THERE GORDON.
IF HARVICK WINS GORDON COULD BE LEFT OUT.
NEWMAN HANGING ON FOR NOW. AMBROSE NOT BEING ABLE TO
CHALLENGE FOR THAT SPOT YET. KYLE LARSON ALSO THERE.
>>QUITE A PRESSURE SITUATION FOR RYAN NEWMAN KNOWING THAT YOU
JUST CAN’T MAKE ONE SLIP FOR THE WHOLE CHAMPIONSHIP POSSIBILITIES
TO BE GONE.>>AMBROSE TO HIS INSIDE.
>>LARSON TRYING TO FILL THE GAP.
SEASON ON THE LINE HERE FOR RYAN NEWMAN.
>>41.>>THAT THROWS NEWMAN BACK INTO
A TIE WITH HARVICK AND GORDON ON POINTS.
GORDON HAS THE TIEBREAKER WITH NEWMAN AND HARVICK IS WINNING
THE RACE.>>NEWMAN HAS OTHER CARS COMING
AT HIM WITH PRESSURE TIRES OFF THOSE.
SO THIS GETS NO EASIER FOR HIM. GORDON HAS TO HOLD ONTO THAT
SECOND SPOT.>>RIGHT NOW MATT KENSETH ON THE
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN. BRAD KESELOWSKI AND CARL EDWARDS
ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN.>>YOU KNOW, WE’LL JUST TOUCH ON
THIS. I’M SURE WITH ALL THE CAUTION
LAPS THAT KEVIN HARVICK PROBABLY HAS PLENTY OF FUEL.
BUT, CITY EDGE OF THAT FUEL WINDOW.
I THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD BE OKAY.
>>TRYING TO HOLD IT IN. TALK ABOUT THE PRESSURE AND WHAT
IT MEANS.>>FOUR LAPS TO GO FOR KEVIN
HARVICK.>>FOUR TO GO FOR HIM.
FOUR FOR JEFF GORDON. HAVE TO HOLD ONTO SECOND.
RYAN NEWMAN NEEDS TO FIND A WAY TO PASS SOMEBODY.
>>FOR DENNY HAMLIN AND JOEY LOGANO A DAY FILLED WITH UPS AND
DOWNS BACK OF THE PACK. OFF THE LEAD LAP.
BACK ON. RIGHT NOW THEY’RE RUNNING IN
FIFTH AND SIXTH PLACES IF THEY CAN JUST FINISH THERE THEY’LL
TRANSFER THROUGH TO THE RACE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT WEEKEND AT
HOMESTEAD. WHAT A YO-YO SEESAW DAY FOR
THESE DRIVERS. THEY’LL BE MENTALLY EXHAUSTED
WHEN IT’S DONE.>>RYAN NEWMAN MIGHT FIND
HIMSELF IN A SPOT HERE. WE’VE GOT TWO CARS IN FRONT OF
HIM. 42 AND THE 9.
NEWMAN GETS IN AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE SPOTS.
>>TWO LAPS TO GO.>>KEVIN HARVICK WELL CLEAR OF
JEFF GORDON. RYAN NEWMAN TRYING TO FIND A WAY
AROUND THESE TWO CARS IN FRONT OF HIM.
THE WHITE FLAG IS UP. KEVIN HARVICK HAS STARTED THE
LAST LAP OF THE RACE.>>NEWMAN’S TRYING TO SEE IF HE
CAN GET A BIG RUN IN THE 42 CAR.>>HARVICK, GORDON, KENSETH,
KESELOWSKI THE TOP FOUR. HAMLIN AND LOGANO FIFTH AND
SIXTH. RYAN NEWMAN.
LOOKING TO FIND A WAY THROUGH IT.
DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT’S GOING TO WORK.
WIN AND HE’S IN TO COMPETE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.
CHECKERED FLAG AT PHOENIX FOR KEVIN HARVICK.
>>NEWMAN THE 42.>>THE 42 IS IN THE WALL.
>>CLEAR CHECKERED FLAG. CHECKERED FLAG.
>>RYAN NEWMAN IS GOING TO GET IN WITH THAT MOVE ON THE LAST
LAP.>>WE SAID WHAT WOULD DRIVERS DO
TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE JUST SAW WHAT THEY WOULD DO.
>>AND THAT’S GOING TO KNOCK JEFF GORDON OUT.
>>LET’S GO WIN IN HOMESTEAD. THAT’S ALL WE CAN DO.
WE DID EVERYTHING RIGHT THIS YEAR.
>>WOW.>>UNBELIEVABLE.
WHAT A DOMINATING DAY BY KEVIN HARVICK.
HE HAD TO HAVE A DAY LIKE THIS AND MAKE IT ALL WORK.
HE DID IT.>>EVERY ONE.
>>KEVIN HARVICK WINS THE RACE. THE RACE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.
NEXT WEEKEND AT HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY.
IT WAS WHAT WAS GOING ON BEHIND HIM THAT CREATED ALL THE DRAMA
FOR THE LAST CORNERS OF THE RACE.
RYAN NEWMAN AFTER LOSING A COUPLE OF SPOTS, THE RESTART
WITH 12 TO GO, HAD TO FIND A WAY TO GET ONE BACK.
>>DOWN INTO TURN THREE. NEWMAN NOT SURE HE EVER TOOK THE
BRAKE PEDAL BUT HE HAD TO GO OUTSIDE HIM TO STOP THAT.
THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT.>>TURN THREE ON THE APRON.
>>OUTSIDE.>>HE WASN’T GOING TO SLOW DOWN
THEN.>>OUTSIDE.
>>THAT’S JUST EASY. RIGHT THERE.
LAST CORNER.>>CHECKERED FLAG.
CHECKERED FLAG.>>WHAT A DRIVE.
>>NOW UNOFFICIALLY NEWMAN FINISHES THE RACE AT 11th
POSITION. NASCAR CONFIRMING NOW ON ITS
RACE CONTROL CHANNEL THAT THE FOUR WHO ADVANCE ARE KEVIN
HARVICK, DENNY HAMLIN, JOEY LOGANO AND RYAN NEWMAN.
SO JEFF GORDON, MATT KENSETH, BRAD KESELOWSKI AND CARL EDWARDS
ARE DONE IN THEIR HOPES FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>HERE THEY ARE HIGHEST FINISHER OF THOSE FOUR AT
HOMESTEAD IS YOUR CHAMPION FOR THIS YEAR.
>>ALL OF THEM WORTHY OF BEING CHAMPIONS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.
SOMEBODY WILL COME AWAY WITH THEIR FIRST SPRINT CUP
CHAMPIONSHIP.>>DOWN THE RACE.
>>RYAN NEWMAN JUST GOT OUT OF THE CAR AND YOU LOOK SO
RELIEVED. WHEN YOU STARTED THAT LAST LAP
DID YOU THINK YOU WERE GOING TO GET THAT POSITION BACK?
>>I GAVE IT MY ALL. AND DIDN’T MAKE ANY RULES THAT
SAID WE COULDN’T USE IT OR DIDN’T USE IT.
GREAT TEAM EFFORT TODAY. WE DID NOT HAVE THE RACE CAR.
WE HAD HORRIBLE RESTARTS AND DID NOT HAVE TRACK POSITION, BUT IN
THE END WE FOUGHT BACK HARD. DID WHAT WE HAD TO AS CLEAN AS I
POSSIBLY COULD. I WASN’T PROUD OF IT BUT I’LL DO
WHAT I’VE GOT TO. MY LITTLE BOY HAS A LOT OF
THINGS COMING AT THIS SPORT SO FROM MY STANDPOINT I CALL IT
EVEN. I THINK IF HE WAS IN MY POSITION
HE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING.
>>RYAN NEWMAN HAS MADE THE CHASE AND WILL LIVE ONE MORE
WEEK.>>JEFF GORDON IT CAME DOWN TO
ONE POINT AND ONE FINAL TURN YOU MAKING IT OR NOT MAKING IT.
YOU DIDN’T MAKE THE FINAL.>>YEAH, IT’S DISAPPOINTING.
YOU KNOW WE GOT A LOT TO HOLD OUR HEADS UP HIGH ABOUT AND THE
WAY THAT WE RACED THIS RACE AND THIS WHOLE CHASE AND THE WHOLE
SEASON. WE RAISED HARD.
WE RACED TOGETHER AS A TEAM. BUT I HOPE WE TAUGHT SOMEBODY
THAT YOU CAN RACE CLEAN AND STILL GO OUT THERE AND GIVE IT
YOUR BEST. AND THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO WRECK
PEOPLE TO MAKE IT IN THE CHASE, OR WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, I’M
AFRAID IF IT WAS THAT UGLY THESE LAST COUPLE WEEKS IT’S GOING TO
GET REALLY UGLY NEXT WEEK. BUT I COULDN’T BE MORE PROUD OF
THIS CHEVROLET TEAM AND ALLEN GUSTAFSON AND EVERYBODY.
THIS MAKES LAST WEEK HURT THAT MUCH MORE BUT WE DID EVERYTHING
WE COULD AT MARTINSVILLE. WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD HERE.
AND, YOU KNOW SECOND JUST WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH.
HARVICK WAS IN ANOTHER ZIP CODE THERE WAS NOBODY THAT WAS GOING
TO GET HIM TODAY. BUT WE DID A GREAT JOB FINISHING
SECOND. AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
I’M NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I’M REALLY
PROUD OF WHAT WE’VE DONE THIS YEAR, AND WE’LL GO TRY TO WIN
HOMESTEAD IN THIS SEASON ON A POSITIVE NOTE.
>>FOUR-TIMES CHAMPION WILL NOT ADVANCE.
ALLEN?>>DOC THANKS OUR GOODYEAR
SUPERIOR PERFORMER ON THE DAY, RYAN NEWMAN WITH A DESPERATE
EIGHT TIRES ARE BETTER THAN FOUR MOVE IN TURNS THREE AND FOUR TO
GET HIMSELF IN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND.
CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE HE GOT IN THAT POSITION TO EVEN DO THAT.
IT WAS THE 42 AND THE NINE. RYAN NEWMAN GETTING IT DONE WHEN
HE HAD TO.>>SO NEWMAN’S IN AS IS KEVIN
HARVICK WHO DOMINATED TODAY HERE AT PHOENIX.
TO SCORE THE WIN. VICTORY LANE IS PRESENTED BY 5
HOUR ENERGY.>>KEVIN HARVICK HAS WON A LOT
OF BIG RACES IN HIS CAREER. WHERE DOES THIS ONE RANK?
>>WOW.>>I GUESS THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS
LIKE TO HIT A WALK-OFF IN EXTRA INNINGS THERE.
JUST WANT TO THANK SPRINT ALL THE FANS, BUDWEISER, JIMMY JOHN,
OUTBACK CHEVROLET, DIE TECH NEW SPONSOR ONBOARD EVERYBODY WHO
HELPS US MOBIL1. EVERYBODY AT STEWART-HAAS.
BOTH RACES BAD TO THE BONE. EVERYBODY ON THE BUDWEISER TEAM
HAS DONE A GREAT JOB.>>YOU HAD THE DOMINANT CAR
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE DAY BUT HOW WERE THE NERVES IN THE
FINAL LAPS OF THE RACE, KNOWING BECAUSE THERE WERE TIMES EVEN
THOUGH LATE IN THE RACE YOU WERE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN IN
REGARDS TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, YOU WERE SILTING FIFTH DESPITE THE
FACT YOU WERE LEADING THE RACE.>>I COULD TELL THAT WE WERE
PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE TO WIN BECAUSE EVERYBODY WAS RUNNING UP
IN THE FRONT OF THE PACK AND THAT WE WERE RACING AGAINST.
THAT WAS OUR GOAL COMING IN HERE.
IT’S REALLY THE GOAL EVERY TIME YOU COME TO PHOENIX.
THIS PLACE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL FOR ME PERSONALLY AND THIS TEAM
THIS YEAR AND TO DO THAT IN FRONT OF ALL YOUR ALMOST
HOMETOWN 2357BS AND ALL THESE PEOPLE ROOTING FOR ME SINCE THE
MID 90s IT’S PRETTY UNBELIEVABLE.
BUT MAN, I THINK IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT OUR TEAM AND I THINK WE’VE
BEEN THROUGH A LOT THIS YEAR. PUT OUR BACKS AGAINST THE WALL,
PUT IT IN VICTORY LANE AND GET GOING.
>>THREE STRAIGHT WINS FOR KEVIN HARVICK AT PHOENIX.
NEXT WEEK, HE’LL RUN FOR HIS FIRST SPRINT CUP CHAMPIONSHIP.
WELL THERE’S A LOT TO DIGEST IN THIS ONE AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO
DO SO ON SPORTSCENTER THAT COMES UP NEXT.
AND THEN NEXT WEEKEND IT’S ON TO SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THE FINAL
WEEKEND OF THE SEASON. SATURDAY THE FORD ECOBOOST ESPN2
AT 4:00 EASTERN TIME AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDING RACE THE
FORD ECOBOOST 400, ESPN, NEXT SUNDAY AT 1:00 EASTERN TIME.
FOUR DRIVERS RACING HEADS UP FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP NEXT WEEKEND IN
HOMESTEAD. SPORTSCENTER IS NEXT.
KEVIN HARVICK WINS AT PHOENIX.

47 thoughts on “NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix

  • Not happy AT ALL with the way Gordon was eliminated. Makes no sense. Four wins in the season. Gone. (As much as I hate him) Brad. K, has six wins. Gone. Newman. Not a single win this season. Yet he gets to compete for the Sprint Cup Championship. I could have made a better system with a damn notebook and a crayon. I mean honestly..

  • So Jeff Gordon gets 2nd, but doesn't get into the last race for the title… Only cuz Ryan Newman intentionally wrecked someone to get an extra spot? Bull shit. Gordon's been 10 times better all year long and in the chase, than that has been boring bafoon Ryan Newman has been.

  • Geeze, it takes Veteran's Day to get a flyover again. 
    Anyway, I don't get this season. You can win the majority of the season and loose 'on the bubble' and be out. WTF… 

  • Now I really want Newman to win the championship purely for irony, and to show once and for all that this new chase format is ridiculous and doesn't "prioritize wins" as NASCAR claims.

  • Anyone know why it's okay for Smoke to grab Harvick's wife's butt on national TV?  Seriously.   Open marriage or they swingers or something?
     

  •   I thought the whole point of the NEW chase format was to highly encourage winning yet you get someone like Ryan Newman without a single win in the final four still with a chance to win the the championship. There are some drivers with multiple wins but their not in the Chase just because they had ONE bad run,  like Gordon, Johnson or Jr. I think it's better to watch a driver slowly fade out of championship contention then all at once.

  • "we're going to see a new champion OF ONE RACE"  …not a season or 2014…..    i love nascar, i love 43 cars with 900hp, but the chase is not sport, its show business

  • no nascar, the highest of those 4 is YOUR champion , not mine…. the chase system sucks and its turned being the "2014 nascar sprint cup champion" into show business and a lottery……….. still love the sport, but the best driver of 2014 is not one of those 4 drivers, thats for sure

  • using a 36 races count the same point system (counting 35 races)

    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(EC), 1217
    2) #22-Joey Logano(C2), 1188, -29
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(EC), 1145, -72

    Jeff is the 2104 champion; the best most consistent driver of the ENTIRE year called 2014

  • I thought double points in final race was dumb in f1 , this new format does not reward winning hope logano or harvick, if not will be a total failure for the sport..

  • First of all you should look at the 4 drivers advancing.
    Logano: Was the best driver in the chase (6 top 5)
    Harvick: Maybe the best car this year
    Newman and Hamlin: Has been the most consistent drivers in the chase
    You all say that the new chase isn't fair, but look at the NFL. You could be the best team over the hole season and in the super bowl you lost. Is this fair? There is no playoff format that is fair and if you would ran well over the 9 races and make no mistakes you'll go to homestead. Of course you need luck but you'll need this in every sport.

  • I feel bad for the Sprint lady. Standing there smiling but no kiss. I personally would like to see a rule that the winner HAS TO KISS THE SPRINT LADY. Sorry Danika that's the rule. Everybody would be rooting for Danika to win then I'll bet.

  • Fuck newman! hasent even won a fucking race, that piece of shit , this championship should go to the ones that win races 

  • I love NASCAR just like everyone else here, but everyone needs to stop complaining about the move Ryan Newman made. Yes, Jeff Gordon got eliminated because Newman wrecked Kyle Larson, but this kind of stuff happens in sports ALL THE TIME. Gordon arguably had the best season in 2014, but the team with the best season doesn't always win. That is Sports 101. I feel for all of the Gordon fans, I wanted to see him win this championship too. But you need to get over it, because this happens all the time in sports, not just NASCAR.

  • 3:34:34 "Season on the line for Ryan Newman"

    That line gave me the chills while watching this. Incredible effort by Newman to transfer I wish he would of won the title honestly.

  • As a Gordon fan I'm so glad that I don't have to worry about Newman in the Eliminator Round this year, although Gordon still has to go through Keselowski lol!

  • I’m always going to be upset that Gordon got knocked out even though he got second in the race and arguably had the best season here

  • This race broke my heart.

    I've been a Gordon fan my entire life, and (being 20) I can remember him racing as far back as 2000. Finally rejuvenating my interest in NASCAR in 2011 I thought 2014 was finally the year he'd get his 5th championship after years of tailing JJ and Smoke. Then Texas happened (admittedly he did come down on BK). Then Gordon loses to Harvick – and missed the cutoff by 1 point over Newman who didn't win a single race.

    Ironically, it would be Newman I pulled for at Homestead so he could prove the new points system phony. But the one person he had to beat was none other than Kevin Harvick.

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