Harvick by centimetres in Phoenix

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Monday 14th March, 2016 - 10:19am

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Harvick edges Edwards in Phoenix

Harvick edges Edwards in Phoenix

Kevin Harvick has proved that you can win an overtime race in NASCAR on old tyres as he held off Carl Edwards by centimetres at Phoenix.

The result was Harvick’s first race win of the year, but his eighth career victory at the Arizona track.

Harvick went to the front just after half-distance as long runs on tyres saw a number of over-heating issues with the rubber amongst all the competitors.

The last of these occurred for Kasey Kahne, who melted the bead on his front right and hit the fence with six laps to run.

Up until that point Harvick had been holding a handy lead with a fast-finishing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in pursuit.

Harvick and Earnhardt Jr. both chose track position and stayed out while others came to pit road for a mixture of two and four tyres, plus fuel.

Edwards, who was in third, took two tyres and quickly moved to second on the restart during the green-white-chequered finish.

On the last lap Harvick did all he could to keep Edwards at bay and the two bounced off each other heading to the finish line, where the pair were split by just 0.01s.

“I wanted to straighten it and get back into the throttle before the end,” stressed Harvick in Victory Lane.

Although disappointed to have finished second, Edwards said crashing Harvick for the victory was the last thing on his mind.

“I didn’t want to wreck him,” said Edwards.

“I ran into him as hard as I could without wrecking him, then it became a drag race.”

NASCAR stays on the West Coast next week at Fontana in Southern California.

VIDEO: Race recap

RESULTS: Good Sam 500 – Phoenix International Raceway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 18 313 139 Running 45 5
2 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 2 313 65 Running 40 1
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 3 313 0 Running 38 0
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 1 313 75 Running 38 1
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 26 313 34 Running 37 1
6 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 4 313 0 Running 35 0
7 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 6 313 0 Running 34 0
8 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 17 313 0 Running 33 0
9 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 15 313 0 Running 32 0
10 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 12 313 0 Running 31 0
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 5 313 0 Running 30 0
12 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 7 313 0 Running 29 0
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford 14 313 0 Running 28 0
14 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 8 313 0 Running 27 0
15 14 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 28 313 0 Running 0 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 11 313 0 Running 25 0
17 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 313 0 Running 24 0
18 22 Joey Logano Ford 9 312 0 Running 23 0
19 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36 312 0 Running 22 0
20 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 23 312 0 Running 21 0
21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 13 312 0 Running 20 0
22 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 24 312 0 Running 19 0
23 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 21 311 0 Running 18 0
24 23 David Ragan Toyota 29 309 0 Running 17 0
25 38 Landon Cassill Ford 27 308 0 Running 16 0
26 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 33 308 0 Running 15 0
27 44 Brian Scott Ford 30 308 0 Running 14 0
28 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 31 308 0 Running 13 0
29 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 19 307 0 Running 12 0
30 34 Chris Buescher Ford 32 307 0 Running 11 0
31 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 35 307 0 Running 10 0
32 32 Joey Gase Ford 39 305 0 Running 9 0
33 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 38 303 0 Running 8 0
34 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 37 303 0 Running 7 0
35 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 25 268 0 Running 6 0
36 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 34 236 0 Overheating 5 0
37 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 10 161 0 Accident 4 0
38 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 16 104 0 Accident 3 0
39 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 20 51 0 Accident 2 0

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 154 Leader 4 1 2 4 0
2 Kyle Busch 154 Leader 4 0 4 4 0
3 Jimmie Johnson 140 -14 4 1 2 2 0
4 Kurt Busch 137 -17 4 0 1 4 0
5 Carl Edwards 136 -18 4 0 3 3 0
6 Denny Hamlin 131 -23 4 1 2 2 0
7 Joey Logano 127 -27 4 0 1 2 0
8 Austin Dillon 122 -32 4 0 1 3 0
9 Martin Truex Jr 117 -37 4 0 1 2 0
10 Dale Earnhardt Jr 115 -39 4 0 2 3 1
11 Brad Keselowski 110 -44 4 1 1 2 0
12 Ryan Blaney 104 -50 4 0 0 2 0
13 Aric Almirola 100 -54 4 0 0 0 0
14 Kasey Kahne 96 -58 4 0 0 1 0
15 Jamie McMurray 94 -60 4 0 0 0 0
16 Matt Kenseth 90 -64 4 0 0 1 1
17 Kyle Larson 85 -69 4 0 0 1 0
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 83 -71 4 0 0 1 1
19 Greg Biffle 76 -78 4 0 0 0 0
20 AJ Allmendinger 75 -79 4 0 0 0 0
21 Chase Elliott 74 -80 4 0 0 2 1
22 Trevor Bayne 74 -80 4 0 0 0 0
23 Regan Smith 70 -84 4 0 0 1 0
24 Danica Patrick 69 -85 4 0 0 0 1
25 Ryan Newman 68 -86 4 0 0 0 1
26 Paul Menard 65 -89 4 0 0 0 1
27 Casey Mears 60 -94 4 0 0 0 0
28 Brian Scott 56 -98 4 0 0 0 0
29 Landon Cassill 52 -102 4 0 0 0 0
30 Michael McDowell 51 -103 4 0 0 0 0
31 David Ragan 48 -106 4 0 0 0 0
32 Michael Annett 45 -109 4 0 0 0 0
33 Matt DiBenedetto 44 -110 4 0 0 0 1
34 Clint Bowyer 43 -111 4 0 0 0 0
35 Chris Buescher 41 -113 4 0 0 0 1
36 Brian Vickers 20 -134 2 0 0 0 0
37 Josh Wise 15 -139 3 0 0 0 0
38 Michael Waltrip 12 -142 1 0 0 0 0
39 Cole Whitt 12 -142 3 0 0 0 2
40 Bobby Labonte 11 -143 1 0 0 0 0
41 Jeffrey Earnhardt 11 -143 2 0 0 0 0
42 Joey Gase 9 -145 1 0 0 0 0
43 Robert Richardson 3 -151 1 0 0 0 1
44 Ty Dillon 0 -154 3 0 0 0 0
45 David Gilliland 0 -154 0 0 0 0 0
46 Reed Sorenson 0 -154 0 0 0 0 0