NASCAR & Auto Racing

This weekend’s NASCAR schedule at Phoenix, featuring the Sprint Cup’s Quicken Loans 500

What: 312 laps or 312 miles

Where: Phoenix International Raceway, a 1-mile paved, slightly banked oval in Avondale, Ariz.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday


Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Kevin Harvick

Also this week: Lucas Oil 150, Truck Series, Phoenix International Raceway, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports 1.

• DAV 200, Nationwide Series, Phoenix International Raceway, 4 p.m. Saturday, ESPN.

Worth mentioning: Former UFC world light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell will lead the field of Sunday’s race to the green flag as the honorary pace car driver. Regarded as one of the greatest light heavyweights in the history of professional mixed martial arts, Liddell was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not


Jimmie Johnson: He’s the spoiler rather than the champ but does well in both roles.

Joey Logano: Despite a spin and a bad pit stops, he heads to Phoenix tied for the points lead.

Ryan Newman: No wins but still on track to battle for the championship at Homestead, Fla.

Kyle Busch: Went 2-for-3 at Texas with wins in Truck and Nationwide.

Chase Elliott: Can clinch the Nationwide Series championship at Phoenix.

Matt Crafton: Rolling toward a second consecutive Truck championship.


Postrace fights: If drivers want to confront each other, so be it., But why is every confrontation turning into an excuse for teams to brawl?

Regan Smith: Another promising start to a Nationwide season and another finish that comes up short of the championship.

Jim Utter