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Sprint Cup scouting report: Phoenix

SPRINT CUP SCOUTING REPORT

Phoenix International Raceway

What/when/where/TV: AdvoCare 500; 3 today; Avondale, Ariz.; ESPN

Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski are staging a duel reminiscent of last year's between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards that ended in a one-on-one thriller in the finale at Homestead. Last week's race at Texas was a repeat of that top-two tussle, with Johnson's victory again making him the man to beat. But Keselowski proved a lot, leading 75 laps and finishing second at a track where he had previously never finished better than 14th in eight starts. Keselowski can take another leap forward today at Phoenix, where he finished fifth in March for his first top 10 at the mile track. Johnson's a four-time winner at Phoenix but not since 2009. Clint Bowyer's sixth-place finish at Texas kept him vaguely in the hunt — but really, Johnson and Keselowski are the only cars to watch today and next week at Homestead.

Times staff

Sprint Cup scouting report: Phoenix 11/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 8:00pm]
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