Staff picks for today’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix
The Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway marks the final race before the championship round next weekend. Here’s a look at who NBC Sports’ writers think will win today.
Nate Ryan (@nateryan)
The team lives for these moments, and this track seems built to suit the driver’s style.
Dustin Long (@dustinlong)
There’s no sure thing in this sport, but Harvick’s success at Phoenix and when he is in a must-win situation is hard to ignore.
Daniel McFadin (@danielmcfadin)
Tony Gibson and the No. 41 team reach deep for a race-winning strategy to pull off an 11th-hour win.
Jerry Bonkowski (@JerryBonkowski)
Ranked last in the Chase, the elder Busch brother needs a Hail Mary Sunday. He has one win and 16 top-10s in 27 starts at Phoenix. If he takes the checkered flag, he’ll be Homestead- and championship-bound.
Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall)
The No. 2 looks pretty stout this weekend and he’s been fast regardless of being eliminated from the Chase. Seems due to break back into victory lane.