Sights and Sounds: Phoenix International Raceway

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There are only two races left in the 2013 season, and the Chase battle is sure to heat up Sunday. 

11:30 a.m. ET — The garage is open and the crews are busy getting their cars ready for a tough race around the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway.

11:45 a.m. ET — Bobby Labonte may be in a Sprint Cup car for the final time on Sunday, but he takes time to meet with fans before the race. 

Michael Waltrip Racing crew chief Brian Pattie joined the Tweet-up before heading to the garage. 

11:55 a.m. ET — Jeff Burton’s tenure with Richard Childress Racing may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t stop him from meeting with representatives from sponsor Caterpillar before his 1000th career NASCAR start.

12:35 p.m. ET — Jimmie Johnson isn’t letting the championship battle get to him, as he met with young NASCAR fans and answered questions from an aspiring reporter. 

12:40 p.m. ET — It looks like the Richard Petty Motorsports team is eating well today!

12:45 p.m. ET Clint Bowyer put on quite the show last season at Phoenix, and he’s ready to do it again. 

12:50 p.m. ET — As our own Tom Jensen points out, you never know what you will see walking around the Sprint Cup garage. 

1:00 p.m. ET — If any fisticuffs break out this year, Kevin Harvick should be in good hands. He spent time with UFC fighter Benson Henderson earlier today. 

1:20 p.m. ET — The driver/crew chief meeting is packed as usual, and the competitor honored Jeff Burton for his milestone start. 

2:30 p.m. ET — Fans have been leaving their marks on the start/finish line in Phoenix, and now it’s almost time for driver introductions.

2:35 p.m. ET — Wondering why today’s AdvoCare 500 is only 312 laps around a 1-mile track? The race distance is measured in kilometers, not miles!

3:10 p.m. ET — The anthem has been sung and the drivers are strapping in their cars. Head over to to follow all of the action with updates and live timing and scoring throughout the race: