Five Favorites: Harvick, Keselowski Will Be Tough at Phoenix


Kevin Harvick is NASCAR’s resident master of Phoenix, having won seven races including five of the past seven at the 1-mile track. Harvick finished second in a rain-shortened race at PIR last fall.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a three-time winner at Phoenix, his most recent victory at the desert oval coming in a rain-shortened race last November. Junior’s two other wins here came in his days with Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Matt Kenseth has been in contention to win each of the three races run so far in 2016 but has fallen well short each time. No one comes to Phoenix hungrier than the 2003 Sprint Cup Series champion.

Fresh off a win at Las Vegas, Brad Keselowski comes to Phoenix looking to make it two wins in a row. The Team Penske driver seems rejuvenated in 2016 after a mediocre 2015 by his lofty standards.

Jimmie Johnson, two weeks removed from a win at Atlanta, brings a strong history of success to Phoenix – where he’s a four-time winner and finished fifth last fall after starting from the pole in his No. 48 car.

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Sleeper Pick: Carl Edwards

Team To Beat: Stewart-Haas Racing