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Phoenix was re-configured and re-paved during the 2011 season and this Sunday’s Advocare 500 will be just the third event on the new surface. The Cup cars were on track for two different sessions on Saturday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Happy Hour was the practice that had the conditions closest to what the race will be like, in my opinion. Tires aren’t falling off at all this weekend so that’s something to consider as well. Kyle Busch won the pole for Sunday’s race, and the full starting lineup can be found by clicking here.

Important Practice Notes: 1st practice notes on Friday (click here). 2nd practice–first on Saturday–notes (click here). Happy Hour notes (click here).

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 Average Practice Speeds:

Average practice speeds are calculated by taking the average speed of each driver in each practice and multiplying it by the number of laps ran. When you do this for each practice and add the  totals together, and then divide by the total number of laps ran, you get an average of their practice speed, instead of just the one lap statistic you see when you look at practice sheets. I have found over the years that this is much more accurate as to whether or not someone has a car that is good for one lap or one that can consistently be fast. These numbers, however, can be skewed if a team puts new tires on frequently or rarely changes the tires. Note: The chart below includes the speeds from the 2nd and final practice sessions of the weekend. The speeds from the first practice session on Friday included qualifying runs.

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In the first practice session (Friday), the five fastest drivers were:
1. Kyle Busch – 137.788 mph
2. Denny Hamlin – 137.242 mph
3. Clint Bowyer – 137.075 mph
4. Kasey Kahne – 137.012 mph
5. Martin Truex, Jr. – 136.872 mph
Click here for the complete results from this practice.

In the second practice session (first on Saturday), the quickest cars were:
1. Kyle Busch – 135.552 mph
2. Denny Hamlin – 134.983 mph
3. Martin Truex, Jr. – 134.907 mph
4. Brad Keselowski – 134.892 mph
5. Joey Logano – 134.887 mph
Click here for the complete results from this practice.

In terms of ten-lap average, the top five for the second practice were:
1. Kyle Busch – 134.184 mph
2. Brad Keselowski – 134.033 mph
3. Denny Hamlin – 133.872 mph
4. Clint Bowyer – 133.541 mph
5. Paul Menard – 133.494 mph
Click here for the complete ten-lap average chart for the second practice.

In “Happy Hour”, the fast five were:
1. Kyle Busch – 135.252 mph
2. Kasey Kahne – 135.166 mph
3. Joey Logano – 135.003 mph
4. Aric Almirola – 134.958 mph
5. Jeff Gordon – 134.912 mph
Click here for the complete results from this practice.

When it came to ten-lap average, the best for Happy Hour were:
1. Kyle Busch – 134.230 mph
2. Denny Hamlin – 134.149 mph
3. Kasey Kahne – 133.862 mph
4. Martin Truex, Jr. – 133.843 mph
5. Brad Keselowski – 133.828 mph
Click here for the complete ten-lap average chart for Happy Hour.