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|Martin Truex Jr||+550|
Phoenix hosts its first Cup Series race of 2020.
Following the schedule changes for this season, the Arizona short oval will also host the season finale.
This naturally makes the first race even more important, as it could offer a first glimpse at the Championship Four.
|Where||Phoenix Raceway in Phoenix, AZ|
|When||Sunday, March 8th at 3:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch (TV/Radio)||FS1 (TV) | Motor Racing Network (Web radio)|
No driver has enjoyed as much success at Phoenix since the 2011 layout change as Kevin Harvick.
The Stewart-Haas driver has nine wins in 18 starts, with 14 top 5 and 16 top 10 finishes.
His most recent win at the track came in March 2018.
Harvick is currently riding a streak of 13 consecutive top 10 finishes at Phoenix Raceway.
The 2014 champion is currently fourth in points, with three top 10 results in three starts this year.
Blaney looked set for another second-place finish last week at Auto Club, but a flat tire relegated him to 19th.
Despite not winning a race, the Team Penske driver has delivered three strong races to start the year.
Phoenix could be another good weekend for the championship leader.
Blaney finished third in his last two starts at the track, having scored the pole-position in last year’s FanShield 500.
Having narrowly missed out on the win in each of the first three races this year, Phoenix will provide him with another good chance.
Kyle Busch has six top 3 finishes in his last seven starts at Phoenix.
The reigning Cup Series champion is the defending FanShield 500 winner.
The Joe Gibbs driver led 177 laps on his way to victory lane last year.
He has two wins and two second-places in the last four races at Phoenix, having led 491 out of 1,248 laps.
Busch is coming off a solid runner-up finish at Fontana, his first top 10 finish of 2020.
Denny Hamlin scored a clutch win at Phoenix in last year’s playoffs.
The Joe Gibbs driver led 143 laps, capturing one stage win as well.
He has shown plenty of speed at Phoenix in the last three years, leading a combined 376 laps in six starts.
After winning the Daytona 500 for a second consecutive year, Hamlin and the rest of JGR experienced a small drop in the last two starts.
However, the team’s record of three consecutive wins at the track makes #11 a good pick for this weekend.
While Logano’s recent record at Phoenix isn’t particularly encouraging, it doesn’t accurately reflect his on-track performance.
The Team Penske driver only has two top 10 finishes in six races following his win in the 2016 playoffs.
Despite this poor run, Logano has led 175 laps during that span and picked up two stage wins.
He looked set for a win in November after winning stage 2 and leading 93 laps, but an unexpected drop in performance dropped him to ninth at the flag.
The 2018 champion already has one win this year and sits second in points.
Coming off a dominant run at Fontana last week, Bowman is carrying plenty of momentum heading into this weekend.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver delivered three strong races to start the season in his contract year.
Bowman will now return to the track that saw his breakout race.
He started the November 2016 race from the pole and led 194 laps before dropping down to sixth following a late restart.
He hasn’t been able to repeat the result since then, with the best finish of 13th in four starts and zero laps led.
With Hendrick Motorsports showing some significant improvement, this could change this time around.
Bowman has everything in place to repeat his showing from 2016.
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