Next Race: AdvoCare 500k

Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013

What: 312 laps or 312 miles

Where: Phoenix International Raceway, a mile flat, oval in Avondale, Ariz.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday


Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Kevin Harvick

Also this week: Lucas Oil 150, Truck Series, Phoenix International Raceway, 8 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.

• Great Clips 200, Nationwide Series, Phoenix International Raceway, 4 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2.

Worth mentioning: Jimmie Johnson holds a seven-point Sprint Cup lead over Matt Kenseth. Kevin Harvick, who is 40behind Johnson, is the only other driver with a plausible chance to win the season championship. Every other driver is more than 50 points behind.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not


Jimmie Johnson: Seems well on his way to being a six-time NASCAR champion.

Matt Kenseth: Recovered well from a pit-road speeding penalty at Texas to remain in a tight points battle.

Brad Keselowski: His win at Texas put Roger Penske one step closer to an owner’s championship in the Nationwide Series.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Five runner-up finishes this season, including three in the Chase.

Matt Crafton: Can clinch his first Truck Series championship this weekend.

Ty Dillon: A week of controversy ended in Victory Lane.


Jeff Gordon: Winner last week, out of the championship hunt this week.

Carl Edwards: Fastest Friday, but his car’s engine wouldn’t last on race day.

Jim Utter