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Final Chase contenders decided at Phoenix

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Monday 16th November, 2015 - 4:28pm

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Earnhardt Jr. the "rain man" in the desert

Earnhardt Jr. the “rain man” in the desert

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has claimed the rain-shortened race in Phoenix with the big winners being Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., who will join Jeff Gordon in the fight for the NASCAR title next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Despite being run in the desert of Arizona, persistent rain throughout the afternoon pushed the race start well into the evening.

Kevin Harvick dominated the race leading a total of 143 of the contested 219 laps. However, a caution period during a pit stop cycle occurred after Joey Gase found the fence. Earnhardt Jr. was being serviced at the time and was in the pit box directly prior to the start finish/line. As he left his pit box he was scored as the leader when the caution was called.

A combination of a long clean-up and then rain locked the field into position with Harvick sitting second. That was more than enough to see him advance to the Final 4 next week along with the finishing positions of Kyle Busch and Truex Jr., as well as the victory to Gordon two weeks ago at Martinsville.

The drivers to miss out were the Penske duo of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards.

The NASCAR champion will be decided by whichever of the Final 4 driver finishes the highest at the season-ending race in Florida.

VIDEO: Race re-cap

RESULTS: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 – Phoenix International Raceway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 3 219 22 Running 47 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 8 219 143 Running 44 2
3 22 Joey Logano Ford 14 219 0 Running 41 0
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 10 219 1 Running 41 1
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 1 219 44 Running 40 1
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 11 219 4 Running 39 1
7 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 2 219 0 Running 37 0
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 13 219 0 Running 36 0
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 18 219 4 Running 36 1
10 43 Aric Almirola Ford 17 219 0 Running 34 0
11 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 22 219 0 Running 33 0
12 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 4 219 0 Running 32 0
13 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15 219 0 Running 31 0
14 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 5 219 0 Running 30 0
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 12 218 0 Running 29 0
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 21 218 0 Running 28 0
17 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 25 218 0 Running 27 0
18 55 David Ragan Toyota 29 218 1 Running 27 1
19 20 Erik Jones Toyota 7 218 0 Running 0 0
20 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 16 218 0 Running 24 0
21 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 6 218 0 Running 23 0
22 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 24 218 0 Running 22 0
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 27 218 0 Running 21 0
24 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 23 218 0 Running 20 0
25 16 Greg Biffle Ford 20 218 0 Running 19 0
26 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 9 217 0 Running 18 0
27 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 31 217 0 Running 17 0
28 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 30 217 0 Running 16 0
29 26 J.J. Yeley Toyota 33 216 0 Running 0 0
30 38 David Gilliland Ford 34 216 0 Running 14 0
31 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 28 215 0 Running 13 0
32 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 36 215 0 Running 12 0
33 35 Cole Whitt Ford 38 215 0 Running 11 0
34 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 26 215 0 Running 10 0
35 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 32 215 0 Running 0 0
36 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 40 215 0 Running 8 0
37 98 Ryan Preece Ford 41 214 0 Running 7 0
38 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 35 214 0 Running 6 0
39 23 Jeb Burton Toyota 37 213 0 Running 5 0
40 33 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 42 211 0 Running 4 0
41 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 19 194 0 Accident 3 0
42 32 Joey Gase Ford 39 161 0 Accident 0 0
43 62 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 43 127 0 Running 0 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 5000 Leader 35 3 22 27 1
2 Jeff Gordon 5000 Leader 35 1 5 20 1
3 Kyle Busch 5000 Leader 24 4 11 15 2
4 Martin Truex Jr 5000 Leader 35 1 8 22 2
5 Carl Edwards 2334 -2666 35 2 7 15 2
6 Joey Logano 2319 -2681 35 6 21 27 0
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr 2306 -2694 35 3 16 22 1
8 Brad Keselowski 2304 -2696 35 1 8 24 1
9 Kurt Busch 2297 -2703 32 2 10 20 0
10 Denny Hamlin 2293 -2707 35 2 14 19 2
11 Ryan Newman 2286 -2714 35 0 5 15 1
12 Jimmie Johnson 2280 -2720 35 5 14 21 1
13 Jamie McMurray 2264 -2736 35 0 4 10 2
14 Paul Menard 2239 -2761 35 0 2 5 1
15 Matt Kenseth 2197 -2803 33 5 12 19 4
16 Clint Bowyer 2174 -2826 35 0 2 12 2
17 Aric Almirola 937 -4063 35 0 3 6 2
18 Kasey Kahne 914 -4086 35 0 3 10 3
19 Greg Biffle 840 -4160 35 0 3 4 0
20 Kyle Larson 832 -4168 34 0 1 9 5
21 Austin Dillon 802 -4198 35 0 1 5 3
22 Casey Mears 752 -4248 35 0 0 1 3
23 AJ Allmendinger 734 -4266 35 0 0 3 3
24 Danica Patrick 696 -4304 35 0 0 2 4
25 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 690 -4310 35 0 1 3 3
26 Sam Hornish Jr 690 -4310 35 0 0 3 2
27 David Ragan 684 -4316 35 0 1 1 6
28 Tony Stewart 680 -4320 35 0 0 3 5
29 Trevor Bayne 629 -4371 35 0 0 2 3
30 Justin Allgaier 580 -4420 35 0 0 1 5
31 Cole Whitt 537 -4463 35 0 0 0 3
32 David Gilliland 521 -4479 35 0 0 0 3
33 Alex Bowman 419 -4581 34 0 0 0 6
34 Brett Moffitt 409 -4591 30 0 0 1 1
35 Matt DiBenedetto 392 -4608 32 0 0 0 1
36 Michael Annett 384 -4616 34 0 0 0 3
37 Josh Wise 249 -4751 23 0 0 1 4
38 Jeb Burton 216 -4784 28 0 0 0 4
39 Michael McDowell 202 -4798 15 0 0 0 1
40 Alex Kennedy 120 -4880 13 0 0 0 0
41 Reed Sorenson 74 -4926 9 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 60 -4940 4 0 0 0 1
43 Michael Waltrip 58 -4942 3 0 0 0 0
44 Brian Vickers 32 -4968 2 0 0 0 0
45 Ryan Preece 29 -4971 4 0 0 0 0
46 Will Kimmel III 11 -4989 2 0 0 0 0
47 Mike Wallace 8 -4992 1 0 0 0 0
48 T.J. Bell 7 -4993 1 0 0 0 0
49 Eddie MacDonald 7 -4993 1 0 0 0 0
50 Ryan Ellis 4 -4996 1 0 0 0 0
51 Kyle Fowler 3 -4997 1 0 0 0 1
52 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -4998 1 0 0 0 1
53 Ryan Blaney 0 -5000 15 0 1 2 5
54 Brian Scott 0 -5000 10 0 0 0 3
55 Erik Jones 0 -5000 3 0 0 0 0
56 Landon Cassill 0 -5000 35 0 0 0 6
57 Ty Dillon 0 -5000 4 0 0 0 0
58 J.J. Yeley 0 -5000 33 0 0 0 4
59 Regan Smith 0 -5000 4 0 0 0 0
60 Chase Elliott 0 -5000 5 0 0 0 1
61 Matt Crafton 0 -5000 1 0 0 0 0
62 Johnny Sauter 0 -5000 1 0 0 0 0
63 Chris Buescher 0 -5000 6 0 0 0 0
64 Boris Said 0 -5000 2 0 0 0 0
65 Brendan Gaughan 0 -5000 8 0 0 0 2
66 Justin Marks 0 -5000 1 0 0 0 0
67 Mike Bliss 0 -5000 10 0 0 0 0
68 Travis Kvapil 0 -5000 4 0 0 0 0
69 Joe Nemechek 0 -5000 1 0 0 0 0
70 B J McLeod 0 -5000 1 0 0 0 0
71 Jeffrey Earnhardt 0 -5000 2 0 0 0 0
72 Timmy Hill 0 -5000 12 0 0 0 2
73 Joey Gase 0 -5000 3 0 0 0 2
74 Derek White 0 -5000 1 0 0 0 0
75 Jeff Green 0 -5000 1 0 0 0 0
76 Tanner Berryhill 0 -5000 0 0 0 0 0

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