Carl Edwards celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, ending a 70-race winless streak. Photo Credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 Preview

Lap: 312
Miles: 312
Track: 1 mile/Low-Banked Asphalt Track
Qualifying: Saturday, 12:30 PM EST on SPEED
2010 Winner: Carl Edwards
2010 Polesitter: Carl Edwards

White flag next time by. Two races to go in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Are you getting sad for the season to end? This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes to the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway for the Kobalt Tools 500 on Sunday afternoon.

This is the first race on the new track, which was repaved after the February race weekend.  Since the repaving, Phoenix International Raceway has announced that the grandstands have been sold out. Fans wishing to take part in the Kobalt Tools 500 weekend will have to view the race from the hillside, so watch for snakes.

In February, Jeff Gordon passed Kyle Busch with eight to go to snap a 66 race winless streak. The win was Gordon’s second at the 1-mile flat track and the 83rd of his career, tying him with Cale Yarborough for fifth on the Cup Series victory list.

Carl Edwards currently leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings by three points over Tony Stewart, who has won the last two Cup races.  No matter what happens at the track this weekend, we will have a brand new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. Who do you think it will be?

Live coverage of the Kobalt Tools 500 from Phoenix International Raceway starts with the NASCAR Countdown Show at 2pm EST on ESPN.

Entry List: 

Entry Veh # Driver Owner Crew Chief Veh Mfg Sponsor
1 00 David Reutimann Rob Kauffman Bobby Kennedy 11 Toyota TUMS
2 1 Jamie McMurray Teresa Earnhardt Kevin Manion 11 Chevrolet McDonald's
3 2 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske Paul Wolfe 11 Dodge Miller Lite
4 4 Kasey Kahne Dietrich Mateschitz Kenny Francis 11 Toyota Red Bull
5 5 Mark Martin Mary Hendrick Lance McGrew 11 Chevrolet
6 6 David Ragan John Henry Drew Blickensderfer 11 Ford UPS MY CHOICE
7 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Samuel Stanley 11 Dodge SPEED Energy
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Todd Parrott 11 Ford DeWALT
9 11 Denny Hamlin J D Gibbs Michael Ford 11 Toyota FedEx Freight
10 13 Casey Mears Bob Germain Bootie Barker 11 Toyota No. 13 GEICO Toyota
11 14 Tony Stewart Margaret Haas Darian Grubb 11 Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobile 1
12 16 Greg Biffle Jack Roush Matt Puccia 11 Ford 3M -MEGUIARS
13 17 Matt Kenseth John Henry Jimmy Fennig 11 Ford CROWN ROYAL
14 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Dave Rogers 11 Toyota M&M's
15 20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Greg Zipadelli 11 Toyota The Home Depot
16 22 Kurt Busch Walter Czarnecki Steve Addington 11 Dodge Shell Pennzoil
17 123 Scott Riggs(i) Robert Richardson Sr Greg Conner 11 Toyota N TX Pipe
18 24 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick Alan Gustafson 11 Chevrolet DuPont
19 27 Paul Menard Tom Pumpelly Slugger Labbe 11 Chevrolet Peak - Menards
20 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Gil Martin 11 Chevrolet BUDWEISER
21 30 David Stremme Timothy McSweeney Steve Lane 11 Chevrolet Inception Motorsports
22 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Luke Lambert 11 Chevrolet CATERPILLAR GLOBAL MINING
23 32 Mike Bliss(i) Frank Stoddard Jr Francis Stoddard Sr 11 Ford Veterans United Home Loans
24 33 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Shane Wilson 11 Chevrolet CHEERIOS / HAMBURGER HELPER
25 34 David Gilliland Bob Jenkins Peter Sospenzo 11 Ford TBA
26 135 Dave Blaney Beth Baldwin Joseph Cipriano 11 Chevrolet Golden Corral
27 36 Geoffrey Bodine Tommy Baldwin Philippe Lopez 11 Chevrolet Luke & Associates, Inc.
28 37 TBA Bob Jenkins Mike Abner 11 Ford TBD
29 38 J J Yeley Bob Jenkins Jay Guy 11 Ford Vampt
30 39 Ryan Newman Tony Stewart Tony Gibson 11 Chevrolet US Army Veterans Day
31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chip Ganassi James Pohlman 11 Chevrolet Target
32 43 A J Allmendinger Richard Petty Greg Erwin 11 Ford WIX Filters
33 46 Scott Speed(i) Tommy McMillan Tony Furr 11 Ford GREEN STUFF ABSORBENT
34 47 Bobby Labonte Tad Geschickter Brian Burns 11 Toyota Wounded Warrior Project / Clorox
35 48 Jimmie Johnson Jeff Gordon Chad Knaus 11 Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools
36 51 Landon Cassill(i) James Finch Nick Harrison 11 Chevrolet
37 55 Travis Kvapil(i) Bob Jenkins Derrick Finley 11 Ford Aloft Hotels
38 56 Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Scott Miller 11 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
39 66 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Gene Nead 11 Toyota HP Racing LLC
40 71 Andy Lally Kevin Buckler Doug Richert 11 Ford TRG Motorsports
41 78 Regan Smith Barney Visser Pete Rondeau 11 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing
42 83 Brian Vickers Dietrich Mateschitz Ryan Pemberton 11 Toyota Red Bull
43 84 Cole Whitt(i) Dietrich Mateschitz Randy Cox 11 Toyota TBD
44 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Andrea Nemechek Steven Gray 11 Toyota TBD
45 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Rick Hendrick Steve Letarte 11 Chevrolet Retro Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard
46 99 Carl Edwards Jack Roush Bob Osborne 11 Ford AFLAC

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