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Kevin Harvick has won four of the last five races and has a 1.2 average finish in that span. (Photo: Getty Images)

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To assist in making your fantasy racing picks, MRN.com's Jeff Wackerlin takes a look at some notes and statistics for Sunday's Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Who's HOT at Phoenix
• Kevin Harvick has won four of the last five races and has a 1.2 average finish in that span.
• Joey Logano has finished in the top 10 in each of the last five races (6.0 average finish).
• Brad Keselowski has finished in the top 10 in each of the last four races (5.5 average finish).
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-shortened race last November for his fifth top 10 in the last six races.
• Kurt Busch has posted a 6.3 average finish in his last three starts.
• Kyle Busch (eight starts) is second in laps led (290) and has posted five top 10s in the nine races since the track was repaved/reconfigured.

Who to Keep an Eye On at Phoenix 
• Along with Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne are the only winners since Phoenix was repaved and reconfigured.
• Jimmie Johnson, a four-time winner on PIR's old configuration, won the pole and finished fifth last November in a rain-shortened race for his fourth finish of sixth or better in the last six races.
• Ryan Newman (8.0) and Jamie McMurray (10.2) each rank in the top five in average finish among active drivers in the last four races at Phoenix.
• AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Keselowski participated in the Goodyear tire test at Phoenix last October, which included work on the 2016 rules package.

Note: Be sure to check back with MRN.com for practice speeds on Friday and Saturday.

Qualifying Facts

*Poles
*Best Starting Avg. 
Races Won from Starting Pos.
Ryan Newman - 4 
Kyle Larson - 8.5
Pole -  5 times
Carl Edwards - 3
Kasey Kahne - 11.6
Top Five - 14 times 
Jimmie Johnson - 3
Jimmie Johnson - 11.6
Top 10 - 20 times 
Kyle Busch - 2 Kyle Busch - 11.9
Top 15 - 32 times
Denny Hamlin - 2 Denny Hamlin - 12.0
Worst - 29th, one time

* - Must be Entered in the Good Sam 500.  

Best Average Finish at Phoenix

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Kevin Harvick 1.5
Four Races 
Kevin Harvick 1.2
Six Races
Kevin Harvick 3.2
Eight Races
Kevin Harvick 2.8
10 Races
Kevin Harvick 4.5

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Phoenix Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2015, 22 Races)*

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
*Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Larson
1. Jimmie Johnson
1. Jimmie Johnson - 7.8
2. Kevin Harvick
2. Brad Keselowski
2. Kevin Harvick - 9.1
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Kyle Larson
3. Kurt Busch - 10.5
4. Kurt Busch
4. Kevin Harvick
4. Kyle Busch - 11.6
5. Brad Keselowski
5. Carl Edwards
5. Kyle Larson - 12.3
*Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Jimmie Johnson - 5810
1. Ryan Newman - 603
1. Jimmie Johnson - 112.6
2. Kevin Harvick - 5489
2. Kyle Busch - 602
2. Kevin Harvick - 109.9
3. Kyle Busch - 5232
3. Jimmie Johnson - 592
3. Carl Edwards - 99.2
4. Kurt Busch - 4962
4. Kurt Busch - 514
4. Kurt Busch - 98.4
5. Carl Edwards - 4833
5. Carl Edwards - 506
5. Kyle Busch - 97.3

*Must be entered in the Good Sam 500.
*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop. *Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Phoenix Click Here to view the Good Sam 500 Pre-Race Loop Data Book.

Season Loop Data Leaders

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Brad Keselowski
1. Kevin Harvick
1. Kyle Busch - 6.7
2. Chase Elliott
2. Chase Elliott
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 6.7
3. Kevin Harvick
3. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Jimmie Johnson - 6.8
4. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Kevin Harvick - 7.2
5. Kurt Busch
5. Jimmie Johnson
5. Joey Logano - 8.2
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kevin Harvick - 734
1. Kevin Harvick - 415
1. Kevin Harvick - 112.6
2. Jimmie Johnson - 731
2. Jamie McMurray - 396
2. Jimmie Johnson - 111.1
3. Martin Truex Jr. - 731
3. Brad Keselowski - 386
3. Martin Truex Jr. - 106.6
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 718
4. Jimmie Johnson - 378
4. Joey Logano - 106.5
5. Joey Logano - 708
5. Kurt Busch - 355
5. Kyle Busch - 105.7

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Early In a Run: *Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Joey Logano
Pete Pistone: Joey Logano
Robbie Mays:  Brad Keselowski
John Singler: Kevin Harvick

Driver Notes - Ordered by Top 20 in Average Finish in the Last Five Races at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick has won four of the last five races at Phoenix and combined to lead 925 laps in that span. Ninety-two percent of his laps led in the five races have come in his four starts with Stewart-Haas Racing. This weekend, Harvick will return in the same car (chassis No. 841) that he led 224 laps with in this event last year. He also finished second and led 143 laps with this chassis at Phoenix last fall before the race was called due to rain following a pit stop.

Joey Logano is the only driver besides Kevin Harvick that has finished in the top 10 in the last five races at Phoenix. He also ranks second in laps led (156) in that span.

Brad Keselowski has finished ninth or better in seven of the last eight races at Phoenix. Last year in this event, Keselowski led 52 laps and finished sixth. Keselowski participated in the Goodyear tire test last October, which included work on the 2016 rules package.

Ryan Newman finished third in the spring to help give him an 8.4 average finish in the last five races at Phoenix. Newman, who won the 2010 spring race, will pilot chassis No. 508 for the first time this season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Phoenix last November in a rain-shortened race. The win, which was his third at PIR, was one of five top 10s in the last five races.

Jamie McMurray finished second in this event last season for his best finish in 25 starts at Phoenix. The finish was one of two top 10s in the last four races where he has an average finish of 10.2, which ranks fifth among active drivers in the span.

Kurt Busch has finished seventh or better in his last three Phoenix starts with Stewart-Haas Racing. Busch does have one win on PIR's old surface/configuration in 2005 with Roush Fenway Racing. He did participate in the Goodyear tire test last October, which included work on the 2016 rules package.

Martin Truex Jr. finished seventh in this event last year for his third top 10 - first with Furniture Row Racing - since Phoenix was repaved/reconfigured. Truex, who has posted a 13.8 average finish in his three Phoenix starts with FRR, will not have crew chief Cole Pearn at the track this weekend, but will be in contact with the team remotely.

Jimmie Johnson is a four-time Phoenix winner, but has yet to take the checkered flag since the track was reconfigured and repaved in 2011. Johnson won the pole and finished fifth last November in a rain-shortened race for his fourth finish of sixth or better in the last six races.

Kasey Kahne finished fourth last year in this event for one of three top 10s in eight Phoenix starts with Hendrick Motorsports. Kahne's only win at PIR came in this event in 2011 - the first race since the track was repaved and reconfigured - with Red Bull Racing.

Matt Kenseth missed the Phoenix race last November when he served his final of a two-race suspension. Kenseth did participate in the Goodyear tire test last October, which included work on the 2016 rules package. In five Phoenix starts with Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth has scored two top 10s and has yet to lead a lap.

Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 five times since Phoenix was repaved/reconfigured in 2011. Busch did not race in this event due to injury, but did finish fourth last November in a rain-shortened race. His only Phoenix win came back in 2005 on the old track surface when he drove for Hendrick Motorsports.

Carl Edwards finished 13th and 12th, respectively, in his first two Phoenix starts with Joe Gibbs Racing. In his previous 21 starts with Roush Fenway Racing, Edwards recorded 12 top 10s, including two wins last coming in spring of 2013.

Kyle Larson has posted a 16.0 average finish at Phoenix. His 10th-place finish in this event last year is his best in four starts.

Aric Almirola is coming off his first top 10 at Phoenix in 10 starts.

Denny Hamlin won the first spring race on Phoenix's new configuration in 2012. The win was one of five top 10s in the last eight races.

Paul Menard's last of two top 10s in 18 starts with Phoenix came in the fall race in 2012.

Greg Biffle finished 27th in this event last season due to a loose wheel late in the race put him one lap down. Biffle has finished in the top 10 three times since Phoenix was repaved/reconfigured with his last coming in the 2014 fall race, in ninth.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. equaled his best finish in six starts at Phoenix last year in this event, in 12th.

AJ Allmendinger has posted a 20.8 average finish in four Phoenix starts with JTG Daugherty Racing. His last of two top 10s in 12 overall starts came in the 2011 fall race - the first on PIR's current surface/configuration - with Richard Petty Motorsports. Allmendinger did participate in the Goodyear tire test last October, which included work on the 2016 rules package.

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