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There Was No Denying Kevin Harvick in Phoenix

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There are some days where a driver dominates and then there are some when a driver annihilates the field. Kevin Harvick had a stellar day in the desert on Sunday. Once he got out front early in the event, he didn’t look back for a second. He was able to control the race and at the end of the day, that put him in victory lane for the third time in the last four Phoenix races. His sponsor Jimmy John’s has the catch phrase “freaky-fast” which describes their service, but in this race it was describing the man behind the wheel.

It was Joey Logano leading the race early when he got out front on Lap 1 and led for a majority of the first 100 laps. Harvick was the only driver able to pass Logano as the No.4 car made it to the lead for the first time on Lap 74.

While Stewart-Haas Racing had Harvick dominating, a few of their other drivers suffered issues throughout the race. Danica Patrick was caught up in a three car wreck on Lap 171. She suffered enough damage to keep her No.10 machine behind for the rest of the race.

Kurt Busch’s day took a turn for the worse when he went down a cylinder in the second half of the event. That eventually led to Busch blowing his motor with only 16 laps to go.

Busch’s problem brought out one of the multiple late-race cautions which continued to stack the field up and made for some wild restarts. Harvick maintained the lead through the chaos and held off a hard-charging Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the closing laps.

Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. gave Harvick the most trouble on the final restart when he was able to keep up with Harvick at first, but eventually lost ground. Earnhardt Jr. did come home with a second place finish though, putting his season off to a great start.

Once Harvick got a big enough lead, he was able to cruise to the finish in the final laps. With the victory, Harvick has one win towards the Chase which will more than likely earn him a spot in the playoffs. “This (win) solidifies so many things” Harvick said in victory lane. With a victory under his belt, Harvick does not have to worry about making the Chase, so the No.4 team’s approach changes from needing to win to just competing hard for one week after week.

Next week’s race at Las Vegas provides opportunity for possibly a third different winner this season. If another driver takes victory, they will join Earnhardt Jr. and Harvick as locks for the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Fin St # Driver Sponsor Car Laps Money Status Led Pts
1 13 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 312 $260,048 Running 224 48
2 5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr National Guard Chevrolet 312 $172,240 Running 0 42
3 1 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 312 $180,673 Running 3 42
4 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 312 $154,441 Running 71 41
5 17 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi MAX Chevrolet 312 $159,326 Running 4 40
6 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 312 $152,266 Running 0 38
7 15 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 312 $104,380 Running 6 38
8 23 99 Carl Edwards Subway Ford 312 $117,330 Running 1 37
9 7 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota 312 $132,871 Running 0 35
10 3 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna-Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet 312 $122,444 Running 0 34
11 11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 312 $101,430 Running 0 33
12 19 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot Husky Toyota 312 $130,266 Running 0 32
13 14 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy Toyota 312 $118,671 Running 1 32
14 18 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS Chevrolet 312 $108,513 Running 0 30
15 9 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 312 $119,066 Running 0 29
16 20 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 312 $114,963 Running 0 28
17 6 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 312 $120,480 Running 0 27
18 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr NOS Ford 312 $115,605 Running 0 26
19 12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 312 $87,480 Running 0 25
20 8 42 Kyle Larson Clorox Chevrolet 312 $108,200 Running 0 24
21 29 9 Marcos Ambrose Mac Tools Ford 311 $105,250 Running 0 23
22 27 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet 311 $106,538 Running 0 22
23 22 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet 311 $105,594 Running 0 21
24 24 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevrolet 311 $123,466 Running 0 20
25 16 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 311 $110,680 Running 0 19
26 25 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Fraganzia Chevrolet 310 $93,938 Running 0 18
27 31 26 Cole Whitt GEAR Speed Stick Toyota 310 $74,355 Running 0 17
28 30 34 David Ragan Farm Rich Ford 310 $99,588 Running 0 16
29 28 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford 309 $96,863 Running 2 16
30 43 51 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 309 $96,002 Running 0 14
31 39 36 Reed Sorenson TBA Chevrolet 308 $76,790 Running 0 13
32 32 33 Brian Scott White Tail Chevrolet 308 $76,105 Running 0 0
33 26 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 307 $73,480 Running 0 11
34 41 7 Michael Annett Accell Construction Chevrolet 307 $73,355 Running 0 10
35 34 83 Ryan Truex Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry Toyota 307 $73,230 Running 0 9
36 33 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 306 $81,075 Running 0 8
37 37 35 Blake Koch MDS Transport Ford 306 $72,946 Running 0 0
38 40 32 Travis Kvapil Ask More-Get More Ford 302 $68,380 Running 0 6
39 10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 292 $64,380 Engine 0 5
40 38 66 Joe Nemechek Land Castle Title Toyota 292 $68,380 Running 0 0
41 35 23 Alex Bowman Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry Toyota 230 $56,380 Brakes 0 3
42 36 30 Parker Kligerman TBA Toyota 226 $52,380 Engine 0 2
43 42 87 Morgan Shepherd Morris-Hardwick-Schneider Toyota 28 $48,880 Brakes 0 0