AdvoCare 500 2012: Complete Preview, Live Stream, Start Time and Schedule

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IINovember 9, 2012

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 09:  Brad Keselowski drives the #2 Miller Lite Dodge during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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With just two races to go in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, the field has pretty much narrowed itself down to just two competitors.

Jimmie Johnson stormed back to steal the points lead from Brad Keselowski by winning the last two races. Keselowski, though, hasn’t backed down. He was neck-and-neck with Johnson last week in Texas, finishing just behind the veteran driver of the Lowe’s No. 48 car.

Johnson currently holds a seven point lead over Keselowski and will look to extend that by posting another impressive performance at Avondale.

Last March both Johnson and Keselowski were Top 5 finishers, fourth and fifth place respectively, at the checkered flag. Johnson finished just before his younger challenger.

Could it be a premonition of things to come Sunday in the desert?


Where: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz.

When: Sunday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. ET


Live Stream: TrackPass

Listen: Motor Racing Network

Starting Order

Pos. Car No. Driver
1 18 Kyle Busch
2 56 Martin Truex Jr.
3 11 Denny Hamlin
4 5 Kasey Kahne
5 43 Aric Almirola
6 78 Kurt Busch
7 27 Paul Menard
8 51 Regan Smith
9 14 Tony Stewart
10 55 Mark Martin
11 24 Jeff Gordon
12 39 Ryan Newman
13 99 Carl Edwards
14 2 Brad Keselowski
15 20 Joey Logano
16 15 Clint Bowyer
17 9 Marcos Ambrose
18 1 Jamie McMurray
19 29 Kevin Harvick
20 16

Greg Biffle

Check out FOX Sports for the full list of qualifying times.


Full TV Schedule

AdvoCare 500 Practice, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. ET, SPEED

AdvoCare 500 Final Practice, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. ET, SPEED

AdvoCare 500 Race, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. ET, ESPN


Drivers to Watch 

Jimmie Johnson

Johnson finished fourth back on March 4 at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Avondale.

One place ahead of second-place points driver Brad Keselowski.

Currently, Johnson holds a seven point lead heading into Phoenix. Like last week, this race will likely come down to the two of them going toe-to-toe for the victory.

If Johnson wins or finishes ahead of the youngster it will take a big letdown next week at Miami for him to miss out on winning the Sprint Cup.


Brad Keselowski

Like last week in Texas, Keselowski finished right behind Johnson the last time they were in Phoenix.

That doesn’t help the driver of the Miller Lite No. 2 car. He hasn’t won since the first race of the Chase in Chicago but could do himself a huge favor by coming out on top of Johnson this weekend.

Johnson has been here before, while Keselowski is a relative newcomer. Yet the two are neck-and-neck down the stretch. It’ll be one heck of a ride, that’s for sure.


Clint Bowyer

Bowyer finished a disappointing 30th place the last time he raced at Avondale back in March due to some tire issues early on. He trails Johnson by 36 and Keselowski by 29 points heading into Race No. 9 of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup.

He’s finished in the Top 10 at each race so far in the Chase and got himself one win at Charlotte, but it hasn’t been enough to keep pace with the red-hot Johnson and Keselowski.


Predicted Winner: Brad Keselowski

The young Keseslowski will show what he’s made of by bouncing back after losing a late lead last week in Texas.

Challenge accepted, Jimmie Johnson.


Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer and NFL featured columnist for Bleacher Report.

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