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Staff picks for today’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hellmann's 500 Practice

TALLADEGA, AL - OCTOBER 21: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 21, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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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)

Kevin Harvick.

The team lives for these moments, and this track seems built to suit the driver’s style.

Dustin Long (@dustinlong)

Kevin Harvick

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)

Kurt Busch

Tony Gibson and the No. 41 team reach deep for a race-winning strategy to pull off an 11th-hour win.
Jerry Bonkowski (@JerryBonkowski)

Kurt Busch

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)

Brad Keselowski

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.