Kevin Harvick Wins AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix
Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Sunday at the Phoenix International Raceway. The race also saw a brawl in the pits and a change in the championship-points standings.
Kyle Busch had the dominant car throughout the race, but Harvick snuck past Busch on the restart of a green-white-checkered finish for the victory. Denny Hamlin also passed Busch to claim second place. Busch finished third and Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. Brad Keselowski came in sixth, helping him regain the points lead over Jimmie Johnson. Johnson’s #48 Chevrolet blew a right-front tire, putting him into the wall on lap 234. He ended in 32nd, now 20 points behind Keselowski.
The race also saw action in the pits, as a big brawl broke out between Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon’s pit crews. Bowyer ended up cutting a tire on Gordon’s car earlier in the race, and Gordon retaliated with two laps left. Bowyer jumped out of his car to confront Gordon, and then the fight with the crews broke out. The crash red flagged the race for 15 minutes and eliminated any chance Bowyer had for the championship.
For Keselowski and Johnson, It all comes down the final race of the season at Homestead Miami Speedway next Sunday. Much like last year with Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards, it is a two-car race for the championship, as all other drivers have been mathematically eliminated. Either Keselowski will win his first championship, or Johnson will claim his sixth.
SPRINT CUP STANDINGS
1. Brad Keselowski, 2,371 points
2. Jimmie Johnson, 2,351
3. Kasey Kahne, 2,321
4. Clint Bowyer, 2,319
5. Denny Hamlin, 2,309
6. Matt Kenseth, 2,297
7. Greg Biffle, 2,293
8. Kevin Harvick, 2,285
9. Tony Stewart, 2,284
10. Jeff Gordon, 2,281
11. Martin Truex Jr., 2,260
12. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,211