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Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Techron - Phoenix International Raceway

Busch Brother Sweep at Phoenix
Despite the controversy that clouded todayís activities, there actually was a race on Sunday at Phoenix and there still is a Chase for the NEXTEL Cup to be settled next week at Homestead. But all of the pre- and post-race commotion seems to be focused on the suspension of Kurt Busch for the final two races. The elder Busch, who had won here at Phoenix in the spring, was relieved of his driving duties for the remainder of the season after a run-in with law officers on Friday night. But yet there, among all the turmoil, was a Busch with his hands raised high, celebrating a win in victory lane, as if it were meant to be. Only this time is was 20-year-old rookie Kyle Busch winning the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Techron at the Phoenix International Raceway, giving the Busch brothers a sweep of the one-mile Arizona track. The last time brothers were able to pull a season sweep was back in 1978, when Donnie and Bobby Allison won at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle, Kurtís now former teammate at Roush Racing, dominated the event and led four times for a total of 189 laps, leading the most laps in a race for the fourth time this season. However it was Kyle Buschís gamble to stay out on the track on lap 230, while the leaders made pit stops, that would prove to be the winning call. Biffle would restart in the 13th position after other cars in front of him chose a different pit strategy, but would make his way to the front where he would finally pass Busch for the lead on lap 280. But Busch wasnít done. The two cars battled tooth and nail over the next five laps until Busch returned the favor and regained the lead on lap 285. Busch would not look back, leading the final 28 laps on his way to a 0.609-second win, his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 41st career start, becoming the 16th different race winner in 19 races at Phoenix. This is the 17th victory by a Chevrolet in 2005, while Ford has 16 and Dodge has three. Busch scored the second victory for car owner Rick Hendrick at Phoenix. This was Hendrickís 140th victory as a car owner and 10th in 35 races this season (Johnson-4, Gordon-4 and Kyle Busch-2). With the win, Busch climbed from 20th to 19th in the point standings. Tony Stewart finished fourth at Phoenix and remained the leader in the 2005 Chase for the NEXTEL Cup; he is 52 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson, 87 ahead of Carl Edwards and 102 ahead of Greg Biffle. Biffle had to settle for second position in the race, followed by Jeff Gordon in third. Bobby Labonte, who now has one more race in a JGR Chevrolet, started and finished fifth as we head to Homestead for the season finale. The top-four drivers can still mathematically overtake Stewart next week, the maximum points that can be gained or lost in a race is 156 points and Johnson, Edwards and Biffle are within that range, with fourth place Biffle only 102 points out, and could mathematically overtake Stewart at Homestead. However if Stewart finishes ninth or better, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he will become the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion regardless of the performance of any other driver.

Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Techron Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Old Style Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· Practice 1
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes

Hamlin Wins First Nextel Cup Pole Position
Youngster Denny Hamlin will start the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Techron from the pole position after knocking Jimmie Johnson from the top spot and hanging on to the end of the qualifying session. Hamlin, who will officially begin his rookie season in 2006, clocked in at 26.831 seconds, at an average speed of 134.173 mph, to capture his first career Bud Pole and his fourth top-10 start in just six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. Hamlin ties Loy Allen Jr., for the third quickest career-first Bud Pole in the modern era. Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne all posted their first Bud Pole in their third race while Johnny Benson and Jimmie Johnson each posted theirs in their fourth race. Hamlin and Newman (2001) both posted their career-first Bud Pole prior to their official rookie season. Hamlinís pole is the 14th for Chevrolet this season, while Dodge has 11 and Ford has eight. Hamlin qualified second for the NASCAR Busch Series race later today. Jimmie Johnson posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 26.965 seconds, at an average speed of 133.506 mph Ė and will join Hamlin on the front row on Sunday, posting his 21st top-10 start this season and his second top-10 start in five races at Phoenix. After winning the pole for the Busch race, Carl Edwards qualified in the third position, his first top-10 start in his third race at Phoenix. Greg Biffle will start fourth, making his 21st top-10 start in 2005, while Bobby Labonte celebrated the announcement of his driving the No. 43 car in 2006 with a fifth-place qualifying effort. Ryan Newman, who clinched the annual Bud Pole Award for the fourth straight year and started the season with 13 consecutive top-10 starts, will start outside the top-10 for just the seventh time in 2005. Only four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Johnson, Edwards, Biffle and Tony Stewart (9th). There has never been a race won from the Bud Pole at Phoenix. Only six of the 17 NEXTEL Cup races here have been won from a top-10 start. The deepest in the field that a race winner at Phoenix has started was 29th by Ricky Rudd in the 1995 Dura Lube 500. All of the past three races have been won from a starting position of 11th or further back on the grid.

 

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