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Harvick Dominates Phoenix Once Again

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Kevin Harvick has been known as “The Closer” throughout his career. But since last season, he has become “The Dominator”. Moving to Stewart-Haas Racing is the best thing to ever happen to Harvick. Since his early troubles at the start of last season, they have turned it around ever since and never looked back again. Harvick created some firsts the last two races. He won his first ever race at Las Vegas, he won his first ever pole at Phoenix and became the first ever driver to win four straight races there. You could almost call him “The History Maker” if you wanted to.

Harvick becomes the all-time leader with 1,202 laps at Phoenix winning the CampingWorld.com 500. He has now won seven races and leads all drivers at the track. Harvick also led the most laps with 224. Kurt Busch made a triumphant return after his suspension ended. He raced in the Top 10 for most of the race and got as far as second challenging Harvick late in the race. Both their laps were identical as far as timing was concerned, but Busch was unable to catch Harvick in the end and was forced to take two tires during a caution. Busch did finish strong though, ending up taking fifth place.

Boss Tony Stewart once again had his woes continue. He blew two right front tires and hit the wall twice on laps 238 and 290. After starting 17th, Stewart wound up finishing 39th. Danica Patrick also got spun around on lap 297 by David Ragan. Joey Logano once again started in the front row along with Harvick leading for 35 laps finishing eighth. Teammate Brad Keselowski led the second most laps with 52 and finished sixth. Only four drivers led the entire race with a combined eight lead changes. Jamie McMurray led one lap throughout the entire race and finished second. Ryan Newman once again finished strong in third.

After two straight dominating performances, Kevin Harvick once again has the points lead. Joey Logano jumped one spot to second and Martin Truex, Jr. who got as high as second in Phoenix, moves up to third while finishing seventh. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fell four spots to sixth after a right rear tire blowout which handed him his first DNF of the season. Earnhardt had three straight Top 5 finishes to start the season before the accident. Kasey Kahne also is beginning to run well this season after a fourth place finish at Phoenix along with moving up two spots in the standings to fourth. Despite a 17th place finish, A.J. Allmendinger remains in fifth. Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth round out the Top 10 in the point standings.

Thanks to Harvick’s second straight win, no one was able to lock into the Chase this week. Final stop on the West Coast swing is Fontana. Kyle Busch won the last two races, but is still sidelined. Jimmie Johnson has the most wins with five, Jeff Gordon has three. Harvick has won at Fontana once while Joey Logano’s best finish is third in 2013 and led 41 laps.

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