What: The Profit on CNBC 500.
Where: Phoenix International Raceway (one-mile oval), Avondale, Ariz.
When: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11-11:30 a.m. PST), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 3:30-5 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 8-9 a.m.; Fox Sports 2, 11 a.m.-noon); Sunday, race, noon (Channel 11, 11:30 a.m.).
Race distance: 312 miles, 312 laps.
Last year: Carl Edwards won to end a 70-race victory drought. Jimmie Johnson was second.
Last week: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 for the second time, beating Denny Hamlin in the rain-delayed race that took nearly 10 hours to complete.
Fast facts: The race is the first to use the new group qualifying format. The fastest 12 cars after the opening 30-minute session will compete for the pole in the final 10-minute session. At tracks 1.25 miles or longer, there will be three rounds of qualifying. … Kevin Harvick won the November race at the track. He's in his first year at Stewart-Haas Racing after 13 Cup seasons at Richard Childress Racing.
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