Race update: There Will Be a Chase Race at Phoenix Tonight

We’ll decide who’s going to the championship finale at Homestead under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday night. It will be televised on NBCSN.

The race was originally scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET but was postponed due to rain. After hours of rain showers, drying the track, more rain showers, people tweeting their favorite Jeff Gordon moments and more rain, we’re getting closer to starting the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500.

According to the latest radar, we’re good to race for the rest of the night with no more significant precipitation heading the way of Jeff Gordon Raceway.

As of right now, track drying is proceeding accordingly and we should get going shortly with a projected start time of approximately 9 p.m. When this race does get underway, there will be a competition caution on lap 40. Pit road speed is 40 mph and the fuel window is roughly 80 laps.

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In the unlikely event this race doesn’t get underway tonight, it will be run tomorrow. NASCAR has not yet set a definite time for the race if it is postponed until Monday.

Jimmie Johnson, who won the pole position in qualifying Friday, will lead the field to green. The Chase drivers will take the green flag in the following order: Kurt Busch, 2nd; Carl Edwards, 4th; Martin Truex Jr., 5th; Kevin Harvick, 8th; Kyle Busch, 10th; Gordon, 11th; Joey Logano, 14th; Brad Keselowski, 18th.

Jeff Gordon is the only driver who has secured his berth in the final race at Homestead next week which will determine the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, leaving seven drivers to compete for the remaining three spots.

The race will be broadcast on NBCSN with radio coverage on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

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