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Earnhardt Starting 23rd at Phoenix

By Tyler Overstreet, JR Motorsports | Article Published 11/9/2012
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 23rd in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Phoenix International Raceway. The No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet posted a lap of 135.547 mph (26.559 sec.) around the 1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, Ariz. Kyle Busch, the final driver to take time in Friday’s qualifying session, set a new track record with a fast time of 138.766 mph (25.943 sec.) to score the Coors Light Pole Award.

“We’ve got a completely different setup than we ran here earlier this year,” Earnhardt told reporters on Friday. “So right now I’m just anxious to get in the car and see what we can do.”

Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola filled spots two through five for Sunday’s grid, followed by Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Tony Stewart and Mark Martin in positions six through ten.

Two final practice sessions at Phoenix International Raceway are scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET. Both sessions will be televised live on SPEED.

Coverage of Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 begins at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Standings
After Ford EcoBoost 400
Rank +/- Driver Points Behind
1 +3 Kevin Harvick 5043 0
2 +1 Ryan Newman 5042 -1
3 -2 Denny Hamlin 5037 -6
4 -2 Joey Logano 5028 -15
5 -- Brad Keselowski 2361 -2682
6 -- Jeff Gordon 2348 -2695
7 -- Matt Kenseth 2334 -2709
8 +2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2301 -2742
9 -- Carl Edwards 2288 -2755
10 -2 Kyle Busch 2285 -2758
11 +2 Jimmie Johnson 2274 -2769
12 +2 Kurt Busch 2263 -2780
Full Standings