Sprint Cup Sets Championship Four at Phoenix

It’s the final cut race of the season before the championship race in Homestead-Miami. The Sprint Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend with the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

PIR is a one mile track with a dog leg turn. The drivers will make 312 laps around the track for 500 kilometers – 312 miles.

Sitting in for injured driver Dale Earnhardt Jr, Alex Bowman sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Can-Am 500:
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano – Chase driver
Denny Hamlin – Chase driver
Kevin Harvick – Chase driver
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Jamie McMurray
Matt Kenseth – Chase driver
Carl Edwards – Chase driver
Kurt Busch – Chase driver
Kasey Kahne
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Newman
Danica Patrick
Jimmie Johnson – Chase driver
AJ Allmendinger
Kyle Busch – Chase driver
Paul Menard
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Casey Mears
Trevor Bayne
Greg Biffle
Tony Stewart
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Landon Cassill
Regan Smith
Chris Buescher
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Brian Scott
Clint Bowyer
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Michael Annett
Gray Gaulding
Reed Sorenson
DJ Kennington
Martin Truex Jr – did not pass inspection in time to qualify

Alex Bowman brings the field to the green flag to start the race with Alex Bowman edging out for the lead but before the first lap is complete Kyle Larson gets loose and goes slideways down the track bringing out the first caution flag of the race.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap four and edges out out Logano for the lead of the race. Joey Logano may have a tire issue.

Lap eleven Alex Bowman holds a lead of a little under half a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 17 Alex Bowman has increased his lead on Joey Logano to just under a second.

Lap 21 Alex Bowman’s lead is now over a second on secondplace driver Joey Logano. The number 22 team continues to monitor Logano’s car for signs of a tire rub or a tire going down.

Lap 29 Alex Bowman holds a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with 37 cars on the lead lap.

After starting last, Martin Truex Jr has moved up to the number 15 position.

Lap 37 Alex Bowman continues to lead the race with a lead of a little over a second on the second place driver Joey Logano.

Lap 40 Alex Bowman’s lead is down to less than half a second over Joey Logano with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 47 Alex Bowman continues to lead and put cars a lap down; there are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 54 Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on second place driver Chase Elliott with on 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 63 Alex Bowman’s lead over Chase Elliott is down to less than two seconds. There are 22 cars on the lead lap – Tony Stewart is the las car on the lead lap.

Lap 70 Alex Bowman continues to dominate the race with a lead of just over a second on second place driver Chase Elliott.

Lap 78 Alex Bowman’s lead is down to half a second with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Green flag pit stops begin with Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick on lap 82.

Lap 83 Kyle Larson again brings out the caution flag when he spins out trying to get on to pit road after Ryan Newman hit the commitment cone. Alex Bowman had yet to pit and is still in the lead.

Alex Bowman leads the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr accelerated to come down pit road, passing the pace car and NASCAR deemed it pulling up to pit and held him a lap. Truex also lost a lap during the pit stop process.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 91 and pulls out in front of the field. Eighteen cars took a wave around to get back on the lead lap.

Lap 93 Joey Logano challenges Alex Bowman for the lead of the race and leads the lap.

Matt Kenseth is challenging Alex Bowman for second place after losing the lead to Joey Logano.

Lap 100 Joey Logano has a lead of over a second on second place driver Alex Bowman.

NBC reveals that Greg Biffle is running his 500th consecutive race.

Lap 109 Joey Logano has a lead of over a second on second place driver Alex Bowman with 19 drivers on the lead lap. All 40 drivers are still on the track.

Lap 116 Joey Logano’s lead is down to less than half a second.

Lap 118 that lead is down to only a quarter of a second over Alex Bowman who is challenging Logano for the lead.

And in the process Jimmie Johnson passes Alex Bowman to take over the first and second spots to lead the race.

Lap 130 Jimmie Jonson has a one second lead on second place driver Alex Bowman with 19 cars on the lead lap. All 40 drivers are still on the track.

The third caution flag of the race come out on lap 131 for debris on the track.

Joey Logano leads the race off of pit road.

Coming down pit road during the caution flag, Jimmie Johnson was also called for pulling up to pit by NASCAR and passed the pace car. He has also been held for a lap.

After having the fastest time on pit road, Joey Logano leads the race and will bring the field down for the green flag restart.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 140 and pulls out in front of the field.

Lap 144 Joey Logano has a lead of just over half a second on Alex Bowman with 20 cars on the lead lap. Jimmie Johnson’s penalty has put him back in 29th place one lap down. All 40 cars are still on the track.

Lap 155 Alex Bowman challenges Joey Logano for the lead of the race and on lap 157 Alex Bowman retakes the lead after leading 90 laps earlier in the race.

On lap 170 Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of nearly three seconds over second place driver Joey Logano. All 40 drivers are still on the track.

Lap 175 Alex Bowman’s lead is still over two and a half seconds over Joey Logano.

Lap 184 Alex Bowman has a lead of three seconds on second place driver Matt Kenseth with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 191 Alex Bowman continues to lead the race with a lead of three seconds on Matt Kenseth.

Lap 200 Alex Bowman’s lead is up to over three and a half seconds over second place driver Matt Kenseth. There are 19 cars on the lead lap with all 40 drivers still on the track.

The fourth caution flag comes out for debris on the track after a 70 plus green lap run.

Alex Bowman wins the race off of pit road with Kasey Kahne second.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 217 and jumps out in front of the field with a little helf from Joey Logano.

The fifth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 217 when Austin Dillon gets loose and causes drivers to check up. Jimmie Johnson gets into the back of Greg Biffle. Austin reports some sort of mechanical issues, reporting that the car just shut off.

When pit road finally opens the leaders stay out but several drivers come down pit road for fuel. The 10th place car of Kurt Busch was the highest ranked car on pit road.

Alex Bowman brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 229 and pulls out in front of the field. The drivers are getting three wide behind Bowman as they vie for position and points.

With less than 100 laps remaining in the race, for the first time today there are cars in the garage – Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson.

With 80 laps remaining in the race, Alex Bowman locks up the most laps led with 169 so far.

With 77 laps to go in the race, Alex Bowman’s lead is less than half a second over second place driver Joey Logano.

With 73 to go Alex Bowman has increased his lead to nearly a second.

With 65 laps to go Alex Bowman has a lead of over two seconds on second place driver Matt Kenseth.

With 61 laps to go Alex Bowman continues to have a lead of over two seconds. Jimmie Johnson has returned to the track 25 laps down.

With 59 laps to go, Alex Bowman’s lead is nearly two and a half seconds while Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott battle each other for position.

The sixt caution flag of the race comes out with 57 laps to go when Martin Truex Jr gets into the wall after making contact with Ryan Newman who also spins out.

Drivers come down pit road for service and fill the fuel cell. Matt Kenseth leads the race off of pit road. Denny Hamlin stays out and does not pit. Alex Bowman is in fifth place.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with 52 lpas remaining. Matt Kenseth gets out in front of Denny Hamlin to take over the lead of the race.

Austin Dillon has returned to the track 35 laps down.

The seventh caution flag comes out with 47 laps to go for debris on the track. Ryan Newman gets the “lucky dog” for 19 cars on the lead lap.

The top five cars are Chase drivers.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the green flag restart with 44 laps remaining in the race.

For the first time today, Alex Bowman is stuck back in traffic in eighth place with 40 laps to go.

With 36 laps to go Matt Kenseth leads the pack by just over a second. Alex Bowman is up to fifth place.

With only 30 laps remaining in the race, Matt Kenseth is still in the lead by over two seconds. Alex Bowman is still mired in fifth place.

With 26 laps remaining, Matt Kenseth’s lead is over 2.5 seconds. Alex Bowman has moved into fourth place as he continues to chse down the Chase drivers out in front.

With 19 to go Matt Kenseth’s lead is over three seconds. Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman are battling for third.

With 15 to go, it’s Matt Kenseth in front by nearly four seconds, Joey Logano in second and Alex Bowman in third.

Kyle Busch passes Joey Logano for third, Alex Bowman is in second and chasing down leader Matt Kenseth.

Nine to go Matt Kenseth is still leading the race with Alex Bowman in second, Kyle Busch in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Seven to go Kevin Harvick challenges Joey Logano for fourth.

Five to go Matt Kenseth’s lead over Alex Bowman is less than three seconds.

Three to go and Matt Kenseth is still leading the race.

Michael McDowell brings out the eighth caution flag after hitting the wall and cutting a tire with only two laps to go. The race will go into overtime.

Denny Hamlin had to come down pit road for fuel.

Matt Kenseth brings the field down for the overtime restart and makes contact with Alex Bowman. Matt Kenseth and hits the wall.

Joey Logano is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second place. Alex Bowman is back in fifth place.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the second overtime restart and edges out Kyle Busch for the lead. The race is official.

Joey Logano takes the white flag.

Joey Logano wins the race at Phoenix and ensures his spot in the fianl four. It is Logano’s first PIR win.

Joey Logano and Kyle Busch will join Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards as the Championship Four to race for the Sprint Cup title at Homestead-Miami.

The unofficial results of the Can-Am 500:
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Paul Menard
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Newman
Kasey Kahne
Brad Keselowski
Tony Stewart
Greg Biffle
AJ Allmendinger
Casey Mears
Carl Edward
Landon Cassill
Matt Kenseth
Aric Almirola
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael Annett
Regan Smith
Trevor Bayne
Danica Patrick
Brian Scott
David Ragan
Chris Buescher
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Michael McDowell
DJ Kennington
Reed Sorenson
Gray Gaulding
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr


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