17 Consecutive Weeks of Sprint Cup Action Approaching

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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Plenty to look forward to as season's climax comes
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, while off this weekend, returns Sunday, July 27 to begin an intense stretch of 17 races over 17 consecutive weeks - including the November 9 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at PIR. Kyle Busch is the series points leader as NASCAR’s top division takes its final break of the year, and if the Chase for the Sprint Cup started today, Busch would have the top seed in NASCAR’s playoffs all locked up. As a matter of fact, his seven wins and 70 bonus points – in comparison to just 20 apiece for would-be runners-up Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards – mean that one more race win will lock up at least a share of the first spot for Busch when the 10-race postseason kicks off on September 14 at New Hampshire. With a whole seven races remaining until the Chase begins, that’s known as setting your place in stone. Everyone knows that NASCAR’s many talented drivers will find different ways to occupy their time away from the track this weekend. Some will race in the Nationwide Series event near the Missouri border in southwestern Illinois, and others will head to the ranks of the Craftsman Truck Series in rural Kentucky. Others will travel to their favorite local tracks, and some, of course, will leave racing totally behind until the Sprint Cup schedule resumes a week from now at Indianapolis. Vacations to visit family or relax on the beach call many of NASCAR’s finest. But what happens when they get back to the track? How, exactly, does the remainder of NASCAR’s 60th season shake out on the Sprint Cup level? Here, now, is a breakdown of what you can expect to see in the coming months: 1 truly exciting Sprint Cup Series showdown: the Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at Phoenix International Raceway, on Sunday, November 9. What’s that? Interested in tickets? Why, don’t hesitate! Visit www.racetickets.com, or call 1-866-408-RACE (7223) to reserve your seat at NASCAR’s Semi-Final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup! On we go... You’ll see 17 exciting races before the November 16 season finale, the first six of which can be found on ESPN, with the final 11 showing on ABC. (Not that you won’t be at PIR on November 9, anyway...) That’s 10 races starting just before noon in Arizona, another four showing at night, and then three to whet your high-octane appetite during the afternoon. In all, the ultimate section of the schedule includes tracks ranging in size from 0.526 to 2.66 miles, with six tracks coming in at over two miles, three at under a mile, and the rest all comfortably in between the extremes of short-track and superspeedway racing – and including elements of both, like PIR. Of the 17 races, 13 will be contested east of the Mississippi River. That leaves just four on the west side of the stream, giving you even more reason to visit PIR to fulfill your racing hunger. Ever think about making a road trip from sea to shining sea? Let’s say you hopped in the car at Border Field State Park, just south of San Diego, Calif. on the United States-Mexico border, and drove until you hit the cozy town of Lincolnville, Maine, which sits against Penobscot Bay on the coast of Maine. You arrive, take in the sights and enjoy a cup of clam chowder, and then you turn back for California. When all was said and done, you would have traversed approximately 6681.9 miles on the road, which is the distance Sprint Cup competitors will drive in total over the season’s final 17 races. In case you’re wondering, by the way, that’s 393.05294 miles on average per week. Ready for more numbers? These should be easy to recognize. Below, you’ll find the Sprint Cup Series standings through

19 of 36 races. The top 12 after 26 races will make the Chase for the Sprint Cup; below, you’ll see the projected dozen, and their closest pursuers. Point Standings (through 19 of 36 regular season races)

Rank Driver Points
1 Kyle Busch 2881
2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2619
3 Jeff Burton 2590
4 Carl Edwards 2509
5 Jimmie Johnson 2494
6 Jeff Gordon 2384
7 Greg Biffle 2318
8 Matt Kenseth 2317
9 Kevin Harvick 2308
10 Tony Stewart 2305
11 Kasey Kahne 2295
12 Denny Hamlin 2283
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13 Clint Bowyer 2256
14 Brian Vickers 2188
15 David Ragan 2185
16 Ryan Newman 2094
Tickets for the November NASCAR event weekend at PIR can be purchased online at www.racetickets.com, or over the phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223). Be a part of it all at PIR!

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