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Can-Am 500 Preview: Prelude to the Championship

Mark Taylor

Taylor is RotoWire's senior NASCAR writer. A five-time FSWA award winner, Taylor was named the Racing Writer of the Year each of the last two years. He is also a military historian, specifically the World War II U.S. Navy in the Pacific.

As the season draws to a close, the Chase for the Monster Energy Cup brings us to Phoenix International Raceway for the prelude to the championship finale. This race marks the cut from the Round of 8 of the Chase to the four-driver championship round at Homestead.

We make a big departure from the 1.5-mile intermediate ovals and come to one of the few flat tracks on the circuit. PIR is an irregular "D-shaped" oval with very flat banking in the corners of nine to 11 degrees. The straights are completely flat ...

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