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Harvick Dominated in Phoenix, Winning the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

Kevin Harvic Dominates in Phoenix, Winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 500

Avondale, ARIZ. (November 9, 2014) – Kevin Harvick qualified 3rd for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, but it wasn’t long before he took the lead, a lead he would hold for 264 of the 312 lap race.  That lead would include the last lap, landing Harvick in the Winner’s Circle and guaranteeing himself a spot in the Championship race in Homestead-Miami on the 16th.  Staring in 7th position, Jeff Gordon took second, Matt Kenseth 3rd, Brad Keselowski 4th, Denny Hamlin 5th, Joey Logano 6th, Kurt Bush 7th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8th, Greg Biffle 9th and Marcos Ambrose 10th.

Kevin Harvic would run in clean air for most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500.

Kevin Harvic would run in clean air for most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500.

Mike Bliss’ day was over after having brake trouble only 16 laps into the race.  Cole Whitt parked his Toyota in the garage after completing 147 laps.  Damage from an wreck would end his day early.  On a restart on lap 211, Clint Boyer would put it hard into the wall in turn 2, ending his day in Phoenix.  By lap 235, Jimmie Johnson would be involved in two on track incidents.  The second would end his day as he pulled the No. 48 into the garage.

Pole sitter Denny Hamlin would only hold the lead position for 24 laps, but his race efforts would be good enough to make him a championship contender.  Joey Logano would lead the race for 17 laps, Dale Earnhardt Jr.4 laps, David Ragan 2 laps, and Michael Annett for 1 lap.  Logano will also be competing for the Championship in Homestead-Miami next weekend.

Other than Brad Keselowski being booed by the sold out fans at Phoenix International Raceway, the tension that filled the air all weekend long seemed to have faded as Sunday’s racing got underway.  Jeff Gordon, who started 7th and finished 2nd, caught and passed Brad Keselowski without incident early in the race.  Keselowski started 2nd and finished 5th.  The heightened sense of security seems to all have been for not.  Ryan Newman believes the Ford EcoBoost 400 Championship race will one to watch for sure.

Heading into Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman will be competing for the Championship on November 16th during the Ford EcoBoost 400.  Newman bumped Gordon by a single point by making a last lap pass on rookie Kyle Parson.

We’ll be posting some more race photos in the near future.  Check back here to see more from NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway.

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