Harvick wins at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick took his second win in The Chase at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick took his second win in The Chase at Phoenix

The man they call ‘The Closer’ did the deal at the Advocare 500 at Phoenix after Carl Edwards ran out of fuel coming to the final lap, but the big winner was Jimmie Johnson who extended his points lead heading into next week’s finale at Homestead.

Johnson third place gives him a 28-point lead over Matt Kenseth who struggled with an ill-handling car back in 23rd. Harvick is the only other driver with a mathematical shot at winning the championship, but he would need a disaster from the two front-runners to overcome his 34-point deficit.

The victory was Harvick’s fourth of the season, fourth on the 1-mile Arizona track and 23rd of his career in NASCAR’s top series. He led 70 of the 312 laps with Kasey Kahne in second followed by Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch.

Johnson started from pole but dropped to sixth place by the end of the first lap as he slid high after contact with Joey Logano. Then on lap 162 he was also forced high after a three-wide battle with Edwards and Harvick. Both Johnson and Edwards did a remarkable job from not spinning.

Kenseth’s tough day included some miscues in the pits, including getting out of sequence with Johnson and then 26-second stop after indecision had his crew with no tyres ready.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose looked set for a top-10 result, but strategy put him a lap down at the finish in 26th.

Next week the 36-race Sprint Cup season will come to a close at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.

 

RESULTS: Advocare 500 – Phoenix

POS  Driver  Make  Start Laps  Laps Led  Status Points Bonus

1

Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 9 312 70 Running 48 5

2

Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 7 312 41 Running 43 1

3

Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 1 312 1 Running 42 1

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 11 312 2 Running 41 1

5

Kurt Busch Chevrolet 8 312 0 Running 39 0

6

Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 19 312 0 Running 38 0

7

Kyle Busch Toyota 4 312 0 Running 37 0

8

Martin Truex Jr Toyota 10 312 0 Running 36 0

9

Joey Logano Ford 3 312 33 Running 36 1

10

Ryan Newman Chevrolet 17 312 31 Running 35 1

11

Brad Keselowski Ford 12 312 27 Running 34 1

12

Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 27 312 0 Running 32 0

13

Greg Biffle Ford 18 312 1 Running 32 1

14

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 5 312 49 Running 31 1

15

Mark Martin Chevrolet 16 312 0 Running 29 0

16

Paul Menard Chevrolet 13 312 0 Running 28 0

17

Jeff Burton Chevrolet 15 312 0 Running 27 0

18

Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 36 312 1 Running 27 1

19

Aric Almirola Ford 21 312 0 Running 25 0

20

Clint Bowyer Toyota 6 312 0 Running 24 0

21

Carl Edwards Ford 23 312 36 Running 24 1

22

Bobby Labonte Toyota 26 311 0 Running 22 0

23

Matt Kenseth Toyota 14 311 0 Running 21 0

24

David Gilliland Ford 33 311 2 Running 21 1

25

Elliott Sadler Toyota 22 311 0 Running 0 0

26

Marcos Ambrose Ford 20 311 0 Running 18 0

27

Casey Mears Ford 30 311 0 Running 17 0

28

Denny Hamlin Toyota 2 311 18 Running 17 1

29

J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 35 311 0 Running 15 0

30

Dave Blaney Chevrolet 42 310 0 Running 14 0

31

Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 25 309 0 Running 0 0

32

Michael McDowell Ford 39 308 0 Running 12 0

33

Danica Patrick Chevrolet 32 302 0 Running 11 0

34

Timmy Hill Ford 38 285 0 Running 10 0

35

David Ragan Ford 34 282 0 Running 9 0

36

Josh Wise Ford 28 280 0 Brakes 0 0

37

Reed Sorenson Ford 24 266 0 Engine 0 0

38

Joe Nemechek Toyota 43 193 0 Engine 0 0

39

David Reutimann Toyota 37 187 0 Accident 5 0

40

Cole Whitt Toyota 29 142 0 Accident 0 0

41

Travis Kvapil Toyota 31 129 0 Engine 3 0

42

Landon Cassill Chevrolet 40 63 0 Brakes 0 0

43

Tony Raines Chevrolet 41 29 0 Brakes 0 0

 

 

STANDINGS

Position

driver

Points

Behind

Starts

WINS

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Jimmie Johnson 2384 Leader 35 6 16 23 1

2

Matt Kenseth 2356 -28 35 7 11 19 3

3

Kevin Harvick 2350 -34 35 4 9 20 2

4

Kyle Busch 2327 -57 35 4 16 21 4

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2321 -63 35 0 9 21 3

6

Jeff Gordon 2304 -80 35 1 8 17 5

7

Greg Biffle 2301 -83 35 1 4 13 0

8

Clint Bowyer 2297 -87 35 0 9 18 2

9

Joey Logano 2287 -97 35 1 11 18 3

10

Kurt Busch 2285 -99 35 0 11 16 2

11

Ryan Newman 2259 -125 35 1 6 18 5

12

Kasey Kahne 2252 -132 35 2 11 14 3

13

Carl Edwards 2250 -134 35 2 9 16 2

14

Brad Keselowski 1002 -1382 35 1 9 15 2

15

Jamie McMurray 993 -1391 35 1 4 9 0

16

Martin Truex Jr. 958 -1426 35 1 6 14 3

17

Paul Menard 944 -1440 35 0 3 9 1

18

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 887 -1497 35 0 1 3 0

19

Aric Almirola 885 -1499 35 0 1 6 4

20

Jeff Burton 885 -1499 35 0 2 6 2

21

Juan Pablo Montoya 868 -1516 35 0 4 8 1

22

Marcos Ambrose 854 -1530 35 0 0 6 2

23

Denny Hamlin 706 -1678 31 0 3 7 8

24

Casey Mears 703 -1681 35 0 0 1 3

25

David Gilliland 631 -1753 35 0 1 2 6

26

Mark Martin 624 -1760 27 0 1 5 2

27

Danica Patrick 622 -1762 35 0 0 1 5

28

David Ragan 617 -1767 35 1 1 2 6

29

Tony Stewart 594 -1790 21 1 5 8 0

30

Dave Blaney 520 -1864 34 0 0 0 5

31

Travis Kvapil 489 -1895 35 0 0 0 9

32

J J Yeley 460 -1924 34 0 0 1 8

33

David Reutimann 452 -1932 35 0 0 0 9

34

Bobby Labonte 412 -1972 28 0 0 0 6

35

AJ Allmendinger 402 -1982 17 0 0 1 2

36

David Stremme 362 -2022 25 0 0 0 3

37

Michael McDowell 209 -2175 32 0 0 1 25

38

Timmy Hill 190 -2194 19 0 0 0 3

39

Michael Waltrip 114 -2270 4 0 2 2 0

40

Ken Schrader 108 -2276 9 0 0 0 1

41

Scott Speed 99 -2285 12 0 0 1 9

42

Terry Labonte 87 -2297 5 0 0 0 1

43

Boris Said 48 -2336 2 0 0 0 0

44

Ron Fellows 31 -2353 2 0 0 0 0

45

Alex Kennedy 21 -2363 3 0 0 0 2

46

Justin Marks 14 -2370 1 0 0 0 0

47

Scott Riggs 11 -2373 7 0 0 0 7

48

Victor Gonzalez Jr 10 -2374 2 0 0 0 1

49

Brian Keselowski 9 -2375 2 0 0 0 2

50

Tomy Drissi 8 -2376 2 0 0 0 1

51

Jacques Villeneuve 3 -2381 1 0 0 0 1

52

Jason Leffler 1 -2383 1 0 0 0 1

53

Brian Vickers -50 -2434 17 1 2 6 5

54

Cole Whitt 7 0 0 0 2

55

Austin Dillon 11 0 0 0 1

56

Kyle Larson 3 0 0 0 2

57

Trevor Bayne 11 0 0 0 1

58

Regan Smith 6 0 0 2 0

59

Josh Wise 34 0 0 0 15

60

Johnny Sauter 2 0 0 0 2

61

Parker Kligerman 1 0 0 0 0

62

Brendan Gaughan 1 0 0 0 0

63

Blake Koch 1 0 0 0 1

64

Tony Raines 10 0 0 0 7

65

Owen Kelly 1 0 0 0 0

66

Brian Scott 1 0 0 0 0

67

Justin Allgaier 4 0 0 0 1

68

Joe Nemechek 32 0 0 0 15

69

Morgan Shepherd 1 0 0 0 1

70

Paulie Harraka 1 0 0 0 0

71

Elliott Sadler 4 0 0 0 1

72

Ryan Truex 3 0 0 0 1

73

Kevin Swindell 1 0 0 0 0

74

Max Papis 1 0 0 0 0

75

Reed Sorenson 6 0 0 0 6

76

Landon Cassill 32 0 0 0 8

77

Sam Hornish Jr 1 0 0 0 1

78

Mike Bliss 12 0 0 0 11

 

 

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