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The Backstretch Blog's Race Day: Desert Reign

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Two to go this time around as NASCAR heads to Phoenix. Five drivers are competing for the final spot in next week's championship race.

Brad Keselowski currently holds the fourth spot heading into the race. He will be trying to keep Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson behind him all day. Which will be hard to do, particularly in the case of Blaney who will at least start the day P1 since he is on the pole.

"Our mindset coming into this weekend was really trying to win the race and sitting on the pole my mindset doesn't change," said Blaney. "I still want to go try to win the race, so that's the mindset we've had all week and hopefully we can keep that and I think that's our goal."

Hamlin starts second, Elliott fourth, Johnson 12th and Keselwoski 15th. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex, Jr. have already advanced to the Championship four.

The green flag drops at 2:37pm right here on News 5 WCYB.

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