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Nov 10, 2007 - 11:28 AM
November 10, 2007 
Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix, Arizona

Race 34 of 35 on the Busch Series circuit

TV: ESPN2, 4:00 p.m.

Laps: 200
Track length: 1 mile
Race length: 200 miles

Qualifying record: Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 133.819 mph, 2004
Race record: Jeff Burton, Ford, 115.145 mph, 2000


DRIVERS TO WATCH
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Carl Edwards
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 60 Ford Fusion
2007 Earnings: $1,161,060

Finished 11th at Texas to clinch the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series
Championship; prior to Texas finished 25th at Memphis following
a 33rd at Lowe's which was his second consecutive DNF; before
that was 38th at Kansas, his worst finish of 2007; prior to
debacle at Kansas finished sixth at Dover, his second top 10 in
the last nine races after running second at Richmond; finished
11th at Bristol and 28th at Michigan following consecutive poor
showings on the road courses where he ran 32nd at Watkins Glen
after a 30th at Montreal; has just two top-fives and four
top-10s over last 15 races; despite recent struggles still has a
series-best 19 top-10 finishes; has led in the standings for 31
consecutive weeks, and has been in the top five following the
last 60 Busch races; in 33 starts this season has four wins,
trailing only Kevin Harvick who has six; has posted 14 top-five
finishes; ran fifth here last year.


Kevin Harvick
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Car: No. 21 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2007 Earnings: $1,058,445

Reigning series champion won at Texas, his series-best sixth win
of the season to remain fourth in the standings; finished 10th
at Lowe's after a 13th at Kansas; did not compete at Memphis or
Dover; was 24th at Richmond, his worst finish of 2007; finished
seventh at California after a 16th at Bristol; has 19 top-10
finishes, the same as Edwards despite nine less starts; won at
Watkins Glen for his third straight victory; also finished
second at Daytona; despite racing in just 24 races, has a
series-best six wins (Daytona, New Hampshire, Chicago, Montreal,
Watkins Glen, Texas); only other finishes out of top-10 was an
11th at Texas and 12th at Charlotte; finished second here last
year.


Jason Leffler
Team: Braun Racing
Car: No. 38 Toyota Camry
2007 Earnings: $1,080,473

Remained third in the standings by running 12th at Texas; moved
up to third after running fifth at Atlanta; finished 19th at
Lowe's and ran 21st at Kansas after taking 30th at Dover; was
11th at Richmond and 14th at California; posted a second-place
showing at Bristol after leading a race-high 81 laps; placed
12th at Michigan after running 27th at Watkins Glen and 26th at
Montreal; the two poor showings on the road courses came after
earning his second career Busch series victory at Indianapolis,
which gave Toyota its first series victory; started the season
with four DNFs in the first six races, but has none since; has
been inconsistent with eight finishes of 30th or worse in 33
races this year; finished 14th in this race last year.


David Ragan
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 6 Ford Fusion
2007 Earnings: $748,207

Finished 17th at Texas to remain fifth in the standings; ran
third at Atlanta after a sixth at Lowe's to break a fifth-place
tie with Bobby Hamilton Jr. in the standings; ran 34th at Kansas
following a 32nd at Dover and a 39th at Richmond; finished 10th
at California for his second straight top 10 after a sixth at
Bristol; struggled prior to that with a pair of 21st showings at
Michigan and Watkins Glen; finished fifth at Gateway nine races
ago; scored four top five and eight top-10 finishes in 2007;
also finished third at Talladega; won the pole and finished
fifth at Texas; also has seven finishes of 30th or worse this
season; leads the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings by 31
points over Marcos Ambrose; finished 35th here earlier this
year.


David Reutimann
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
Car: No. 99 Toyota Camry
2007 Earnings: $1,047,328

Followed up first career NASCAR Busch Series win at Atlanta by
running 18th at Texas; finished 12th at Lowe's after a 17th at
Kansas; ran 10th at Dover, moving past Harvick in the standings;
finished 23rd at Richmond and finished 15th at California; ran
third at Bristol; has better finishes than Edwards in 10 of the
last 13 races; had consecutive third-place finishes at both
Indianapolis and Gateway; has 12 top-10 finishes in 2007
including his previous career best finish of second place at the
first Nashville race; has also finished 30th or worse four
times this season; finished 12th here earlier this year.


2006 Top 10
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1. Matt Kenseth (17), Ford
2. Kevin Harvick (21), Chevrolet
3. Denny Hamlin (20), Chevrolet
4. Clint Bowyer (2), Chevrolet
5. Carl Edwards (60), Ford
6. J.J. Yeley (18), Chevrolet
7. Reed Sorenson (41), Dodge
8. Shane Huffman (88), Chevrolet
9. Ron Hornaday Jr. (33), Chevrolet
10. Kyle Busch (5), Chevrolet

Past Champions
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2006 Matt Kenseth
2005 Carl Edwards







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