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NSCS: Harvick Dominates at Phoenix for First Win With Stewart-Haas Racing

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By David Morgan – Senior NASCAR Writer (@damorgan86)

March 2, 2014

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Throughout the entire weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, many teams in the Sprint Cup Series garage had said that Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 team were going to be the team to beat in The Profit on CNBC 500 and Harvick backed it up with a dominating win on Sunday, his fifth at the 1 mile oval.

“Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. I’ve just got to thank all these guys at Stewart-Haas Racing and I’d like to thank Sprint and the fans; Jimmy John’s, Budweiser, Outback, Chevrolet, and everybody who makes this thing go ‘round. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys have put in, but what a race car,” Harvick said. “I’m just really happy and thank everybody at the Hendrick engine shop and all these cars sharing information. Dale Junior racing there for second was a lot of fun. Man, this is awesome!”

After starting on the front row, the Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano led the way for the first quarter of the race as Logano led all but three of the first 73 laps of the race, but Harvick took the lead on lap 74 and never looked back.

In total Harvick led a total of 224 of the 312 laps in the race. He was followed to the finish line by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who remains as the NSCS points leader by six points over third place finisher Keselowski. The remainder of the top 10 was Logano in fourth, Jeff Gordon in fifth, Jimmie Johnson in sixth, Ryan Newman in seventh, Carl Edwards in eighth, Kyle Busch in ninth, and Jamie McMurray in tenth.

The race was slowed for eight cautions for a total of 38 laps, including two cautions involving Danica Patrick. The first of the two involved Patrick and Justin Allgaier, while the second spin by Patrick was due to the damage from the first wreck cutting down her left rear tire. The remaining cautions consisted of a competition caution at lap 36, two debris cautions, a spin by David Gilliland after cutting down a tire, and one for Kurt Busch blowing his engine late in the race after suffering with an ailing car for the majority of the event.

While Harvick dominated the event, the race featured some great racing throughout the rest of the field, especially on the late race restarts where the drivers from second on back jockeyed heavily for position, beating and banging off of each other and going two and three wide to make passes on each other. All in all the second race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was entertaining and continues the great 2014 season as the drivers head a few hundred miles north to Las Vegas for next Sunday’s 400 miler on the 1.5 mile speedway in Sin City.

Race Results for The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix

Fin Car Driver Team Status TLd LLd
1 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet RUNNING 4 224
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet RUNNING
3 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford RUNNING 2 3
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford RUNNING 3 71
5 24 Jeff Gordon Pepsi MAX Chevrolet RUNNING 1 4
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet RUNNING
7 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet RUNNING 1 6
8 99 Carl Edwards SUBWAY Ford RUNNING 1 1
9 18 Kyle Busch Skittles Toyota RUNNING
10 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna / Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet RUNNING
11 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet RUNNING
12 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot / Husky Toyota RUNNING
13 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota RUNNING 1 1
14 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet RUNNING
15 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford RUNNING
16 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet RUNNING
17 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford RUNNING
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. NOS Ford RUNNING
19 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota RUNNING
20 42 Kyle Larson # Clorox Chevrolet RUNNING
21 9 Marcos Ambrose MAC Tools Ford RUNNING
22 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet RUNNING
23 27 Paul Menard Pittsburgh Paints / Menards Chevrolet RUNNING
24 3 Austin Dillon # American Ethanol Chevrolet RUNNING
25 55 Brian Vickers Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota RUNNING
26 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Fraganzia Chevrolet RUNNING
27 26 Cole Whitt # GEAR Speed Stick Toyota RUNNING
28 34 David Ragan Farm Rich Ford RUNNING
29 38 David Gilliland Love’s Travel Stops Ford RUNNING 1 2
30 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet RUNNING
31 36 Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet RUNNING
32 33 Brian Scott(i) Whitetail Chevrolet RUNNING
33 95 Michael McDowell K Love Ford RUNNING
34 7 Michael Annett # Accell Construction Chevrolet RUNNING
35 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota RUNNING
36 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet RUNNING
37 35 Blake Koch(i) MDS Transport Ford RUNNING
38 32 Travis Kvapil Ask More – Get More Ford RUNNING
39 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet Engine
40 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota RUNNING
41 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota Brakes
42 30 Parker Kligerman #  Toyota Engine
43 87 Morgan Shepherd(i) Morris / Hardwick / Schneider Toyota Brakes
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About David Morgan

David Morgan serves as the Associate Editor at Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@damorgan86). A native of Raymond, Mississippi, Morgan has covered NASCAR events all over the United States.

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