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This Week's Race

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2001

Winston Cup

WHAT: Checker Auto Parts 500 (Race 32 of 36).

WHERE: Phoenix International Raceway's 1-mile oval with 11-degree banking in Turns 1 and 2; 9-degree banking in Turns 3 and 4; a 1,551-foot backstretch and a 1,179-foot frontstretch; located in Avondale, Ariz.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday

BROADCAST: TelevisionNBC-Ch. 26; RadioMotor Racing Network

2000 WINNER: Jeff Burton

MORRIS NEWS SERVICE'S PICK TO WIN: Tony Stewart

OTHERS TO WATCH: Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Sterling Marlin, Johnny Benson, Ricky Craven

NOTES: There will be a lot of competition for the local sporting dollar this weekend, with the World Series starting Saturday in Phoenix ... Jeff Gordon's 395-point lead means he can skip the next two races and still be assured of the lead.

Don Coble



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