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NASCAR 2011: Previews and Predictions For Sunday’s Sprint Cup Race at Phoenix

The first change on the 2011 schedule comes this weekend, as the Sprint Cup Series makes a trip out west to Phoenix. Last year, the Phoenix race was a few weeks down the road, while the second race of the season belonged to Auto Club Speedway. The Sprint Cup Series made two trips to the Grand Canyon State last year and both times, the winner seemingly had the win fall into their hands. In the first race, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson dominated much of the event, but a late race caution threw everything up in the air. Busch, Johnson and most of the other leaders came down pit road and took on four tires. The cars of Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin all opted to change just two tires and take their chances that with jus...

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