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After three solid races to start the season, the NASCAR Cup Series’ new Next Gen car is heading into its biggest test yet.

Phoenix Raceway, the site of the championship race in November, will host the series for its annual regular season event this weekend. The regular-season race in Phoenix is ​​widely considered the best bet on who could win the title, because a win at the track in November could mean anything.

Martin Truex Jr. won the spring race in Phoenix last year before finishing second in the fall, one championship spot. Kyle Larson, meanwhile, won the fall race and the title after finishing seventh in the spring race. No one has swept both races in Phoenix since the track began hosting the Finals in 2020.

Everything is on the table for this race, as 25 drivers have recorded a top 10 in the first three races of 2022. The sport is showing more parity than ever, but the heavy hitters are sure to give their best for the track that will crown a champion in eight months.

Here’s everything you need to know about Phoenix:

What is the Phoenix NASCAR schedule?

Race weekend in Phoenix will feature a full schedule of practice and qualifying before Sunday’s big show. The 36-car field will be split into two groups, and each group will get a 20-minute practice session on Saturday, March 12 starting at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Qualifying will begin immediately after practice, around 2:05 p.m. ET. Each car in the two practice groups will complete a single lap, with the five best times from each group qualifying for the final round. During the final round, the 10 drivers each complete one lap and pole is awarded to the fastest time.

The Ruoff Mortgage 500 in Phoenix will go green at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 10.

What channel is NASCAR on this weekend?

The race in Phoenix is ​​on FOX, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Pre-race coverage begins with NASCAR RaceDay at 2 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Coverage switches to FOX at 3 p.m., with more pre-race pre-race festivities at 3:30 p.m.

Any coverage before, during and after the race can be posted online here.

NASCAR standings entering Phoenix

It’s still early days — just three races into the 26-race regular season — but it’s never too early to start plotting the playoff field. Here’s a look at the current playoff field if for some reason the playoffs started after race three:

  1. Kyle Larson, 113 points
  2. Martin Truex Jr, 107 points
  3. Joey Logano, 104 points
  4. Austin Cindric, 103 points
  5. Kyle Busch, 102 points
  6. Aric Almirola, 97 points
  7. Chase Elliott, 88 points
  8. Alex Bowman, 80 points
  9. Austin Dillon, 78 points
  10. Bubba Wallace, 78 points
  11. Kurt Busch, 77 points
  12. Brad Keselowski, 77 points
  13. Ryan Blaney, 75 points
  14. Chase Briscoe, 74 points
  15. Erik Jones, 74 points
  16. Kevin Harvick, 69 points

Only 11 of those 16 drivers made the playoffs last year. A handful of regular suitors – including Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell and William Byron – have a first hole to dig.

Which active drivers have won at Phoenix Raceway?

Only eight of the 36 drivers in the race this weekend have won at Phoenix: Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Harvick, Hamlin, Logano, Truex, Elliott and Larson.

Harvick holds the all-time Phoenix record for wins (9), top-fives (18) and top-10s (26), but he hasn’t won in the desert since 2018. Kyle Busch has three wins to Phoenix, while Hamlin and Logano have two. Kurt Busch (2005), Elliott (2020), Truex (2021) and Larson (2021) have one win each in Phoenix.

Who is the favorite to win NASCAR this weekend?

With two annual visits to Phoenix Raceway, drivers have plenty of opportunities to find a rhythm on the track. Yet the last six races over the past three seasons have produced six different winners.

The one-mile dogleg oval gives riders a chance to dive off the running surface on the front stretch, which can sacrifice speed but leaves a chance to pass. Here’s a look at the drivers who rolled out in a restart of last year’s race:

In addition to his nine wins at Phoenix, Harvick leads all drivers with an 8.82 average finish and 1,663 laps led in 38 starts. He has 17 consecutive top-10 finishes in Phoenix since 2013. Hamlin has also been hot in Phoenix lately, with top-five finishes in five of his last six starts. Likewise, Elliott has four consecutive top-10 finishes in Phoenix.

The other top average finishers in Phoenix are Kyle Busch (10.85 in 33 starts), Larson (10.93 in 15 starts), Keselowski (12.52 in 25 starts) and Byron (13.25 in eight starts).

Here are some of favorites to win in Phoenixcourtesy of our partner, PointsBet:

  • Kyle Larson, +400
  • Martin Truex Jr., +700
  • Kyle Busch, +775
  • Chase Elliott, +800
  • Joey Logano, +900
  • Denny Hamlin, +900
  • Ryan Blaney, +1200
  • William Byron, +1500
  • Kevin Harvick, +2000
  • Alex Bowman, +2000
  • Tyler Reddick, +2200
  • Christopher Bell, +2500
  • Aric Almirola, +2800
  • Brad Keselowski, +4000
  • Austin Cindric, +4000
  • Kurt Busch, +5000
  • Bubba Wallace, +12500

Editor’s note: All ratings are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking on our links.

What’s the weather like in Phoenix?

As usual, the Weather Channel is waiting a perfect weekend in Phoenix. The track, located in Avondale, Arizona, is not expected to receive rain this weekend. Temperatures could reach 77 degrees on Saturday and 80 degrees on Sunday, with very little cloud on both days. There is a 0% chance of rain all weekend, according to Weather Channel.

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