Sprint Cup scouting report
Phoenix International Raceway
What/when/where: Advocare 500, 3 p.m. today, Avondale, Ariz.
TV/radio: ESPN, 102.5-FM
The setup: Is there a game plan for defeating Jimmie Johnson in a head-to-head battle for the title? Defending series champ Brad Keselowski seems to think so. The way Keselowski sees it, the time to put pressure on Johnson is the moment the cars hit the track for practice, typically Friday before a Sunday race. That's what Keselowski said he did last year at Phoenix. "There were some practice sessions where I got by him and ran him really hard and had a lot of fun with it," Keselowski said Thursday. "And in the race, he drove the car too hard until it blew out a tire. You can look at it and say, 'Oh, it was a tire failure,' or whatever, but those in the garage who know how the tires work know that it was reaching too hard and a failure that was caused from that. I feel quite confident in that."