Open Race Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 | Phoenix International Raceway

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So who is going to flinch first, Stewart or Edwards?  Interesting enough that the three points Edwards has over Stewart is the three points he got for having a win in the pre-Chase set of races, otherwise the two have made the exact same amount of points so far in the Chase.

I wonder if we’ll have another storybook ending like Hornish’s yesterday?  Time will tell.

It’s sad to see Stremme sitting out this week, even though he ran faster than 6 of the guys who are in the show for today’s race.  I still hate the Top 35 rule and starting spots determined by Owner Points and not speed.  I guess I’m a minority in that department.

Starting line-up and group discussion after the jump.  See you on the other side

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Starting line-up via nascar.com.

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 137.101 26.258 Leader
2 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Wix Filters 136.446 26.384 -0.126
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 136.307 26.411 -0.153
4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 136.080 26.455 -0.197
5 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 136.080 26.455 -0.197
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 136.008 26.469 -0.211
7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 135.988 26.473 -0.215
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 135.911 26.488 -0.230
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 135.701 26.529 -0.271
10 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 135.675 26.534 -0.276
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards 135.609 26.547 -0.289
12 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 135.415 26.585 -0.327
13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 135.399 26.588 -0.330
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar Global Mining 135.298 26.608 -0.350
15 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 135.272 26.613 -0.355
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 135.247 26.618 -0.360
17 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 135.227 26.622 -0.364
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 135.216 26.624 -0.366
19 84 Cole Whitt Toyota Red Bull Racing Team 135.211 26.625 -0.367
20 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 135.186 26.630 -0.372
21 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 135.181 26.631 -0.373
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Retro Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 135.166 26.634 -0.376
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 134.887 26.689 -0.431
24 46 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 134.862 26.694 -0.436
25 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 134.852 26.696 -0.438
26 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 134.811 26.704 -0.446
27 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 134.756 26.715 -0.457
28 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios “Send Cheer” / Hamburger Helper 134.574 26.751 -0.493
29 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Meguiars 134.549 26.756 -0.498
30 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Veterans Day Tribute 134.509 26.764 -0.506
31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project / Clorox 134.363 26.793 -0.535
32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 134.143 26.837 -0.579
33 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 134.078 26.850 -0.592
34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 133.650 26.936 -0.678
35 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 133.437 26.979 -0.721
36 37 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 133.220 27.023 -0.765
37 55 Travis Kvapil Ford Aloft Hotels 133.136 27.040 -0.782
38 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 133.028 27.062 -0.804
39 32 Mike Bliss Ford Veterans United Home Loans 132.431 27.184 -0.926
40 36 Geoffrey Bodine+ Chevrolet Luke & Associates 131.305 27.417 -1.159
41 38 J.J. Yeley+ Ford Vampt 128.981 27.911 -1.653
42 34 David Gilliland+ Ford Front Row Motorsports 123.068 29.252 -2.994
43 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 132.562 27.157 -0.899
Did Not Qualify
44 123 Scott Riggs Toyota North Texas Pipe 131.695 27.336 -1.078
45 30 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 131.603 27.355 -1.097
46 71 Andy Lally* Ford TRG Motorsports 127.592 28.215 -1.957
+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie
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