Posted by: Sandy Terronez, follow on Twitter @sandyterronez
November 11, 2017
The NASCAR playoffs head to Phoenix Raceway for the last race of Round 3 in the playoffs. Each week, Motor Racing Digest writers will follow their remaining drivers in their playoff pursuit of a NASCAR Championship. Here is the weekend preview for Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott.
Chase Elliott – Elliott comes into Phoenix Raceway seventh in points and is essentially in a must win situation to make the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
The No. 24 Chevrolet Hendrick Driver finished 12th at Phoenix in March.
When asked about his Approach to this weekend he stated “Our task at hand is pretty simple, we have to win the race to move on next week, everybody in here knows that. We know that and we are going to try to attack the weekend as best we can. Hopefully, give ourselves a chance to do that Sunday afternoon and see what happens.”
“That is pretty straight forward what we have to do with the situation we are in now. It’s not the most ideal situation, but if you were able to pull it off it would be a lot of momentum moving into next week. We will give it our best shot and see what happens.”
Elliott’s has two top-ten finishes at Phoenix Raceway with an average finish of 9.7
Elliott qualified and will be starting fourth in his No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet SS.
When asked about qualifying and starting fourth he stated “Oh, if we get our car driving good tomorrow, it’s plenty good enough. So, we’ll see. It would have been nice to have that first pit box, but I think taking fourth, there are four good ones on pit road. We’ll take advantage of that and try to go get ‘em on Sunday.”
Kyle Busch – Busch comes into Phoenix Raceway second in points in the NASCAR Chase in his No.18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry and is locked into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
Busch locked in his berth in the Championship 4 race with his win at Martinsville. The Championship race will be Sunday, Nov. 19 at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Busch has one win, seven top-five and sixteen top-ten finishes at Phoenix Raceway. His average finish is 12.458.
Busch will be starting eighth in his M&M’s Caramel Toyota Camry.
The Monster Energy NASCAR field will take the green flag on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. ET for the Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway. TV coverage will be on NBC starting at 1:30. Radio coverage will be on MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.