When and Where to Watch the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Race at Phoenix Raceway?

Published 03/13/2021, 10:00 AM EST
Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) and driver William Byron (24) lead the field for the start of the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The fifth round of the NASCAR Cup Series kicks off at the Phoenix Raceway. However, only the Xfinity Series will be joining the Cup drivers, while the Truck drivers get a week’s break. As per the schedule, the Xfinity race commences on Saturday at 5:30 PM ET on FS1, MRN, and TSN 2. Meanwhile, Sunday’s Instacart 500 Cup race begins at 3:30 PM ET on Fox Sports, MRN, and TSN.

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The Cup Series race is set for 312 laps, with the first stage lasting around 75 laps. Then, the second stage will have around 115 laps, while the final stage will conclude after 122 laps. It is also worth mentioning that the Phoenix Raceway will see 750 horsepower packages in use.

What to expect from the NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway?

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Brad Keselowski will start on pole position for the race weekend after finishing second last week at Las Vegas. Vegas winner Kyle Larson will line up alongside him on the front row. The Michigan native will be desperate to notch up a maiden win in the 2021 season and hit the ground running.

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Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin (11), Joey Logano (22) and Kyle Busch (18) battle for the lead during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So far, Kevin Harvick is the favorite to win this NASCAR Cup race. This is largely because he has won the race at least four times. However, he has a bit of a mountain to climb from 18th place. On the other end of the scale, a number of drivers have won in 2021 despite starting near the back of the grid.

Safe to say, a win for Harvick isn’t out of the realm of possibility. However, the veteran will have plenty of competition at the Phoenix Raceway. Considering that the Top 10 is packed to the brim with Hendrick, Joe Gibbs, and Penske cars, Harvick has a difficult task. Additionally, Brad Keselowski will not be one to surrender a place so easily. He will be gunning to be the first-pole-to-flag winner of the 2021 season.

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