Kevin Harvick takes the win at Phoenix NASCAR race: Runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls Crew Penske ‘impressive as heck’

Runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. calls Group Penske ‘impressive as heck’;

By: Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Services on March 2, 2014

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Kevin Harvick celebrates his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win with a burnout… Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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Kevin Harvick requires the checkered flag on Sunday at Phoenix Worldwide… Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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A.J. Foyt, left, joins Kevin Harvick in victory lane at Phoenix on Sunday…. Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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Kevin Harvick crosses the line at Phoenix on Sunday…. Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

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Practically nothing says victory like a trip to victory lane on Sunday in NASCAR…. Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC.

In a race that began with an air of inevitability as thick as the storm clouds that pelted Phoenix Global Racewayon Saturday night, Kevin Harvick survived a succession of late restarts to win Sunday’;s The Profit on CNBC 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

In his 1st season with Stewart-Haas Racing and his first with crew chief Rodney Childers, Harvick entered the race as an overwhelming favored and delivered, in spite of the greatest efforts of Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., who chased Harvick’;s No. 4 Chevrolet to the checkered flag.

Obtaining shown his speed by pacing the 2 Saturday practice sessions, just before the rain came, Harvick led 224 of the 312 laps at the 1-mile track, which includes the last 24, leaving Earnhardt to battle with front row starters Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, who completed third and 4th, respectively, for Crew Penske.

The victory was a record fifth for Harvick at Phoenix he also won the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in November. The 38-year-old driver from Bakersfield, Calif., won for the 24th time in 468 profession commences.

“Man, this just solidifies so many factors and so several selections,” explained Harvick, who left Richard Childress Racing following 13 seasons to make the move to Stewart-Haas. “It’;s been so considerably perform with all the time and effort that these guys [the crew] have place in–but what a race vehicle.”

In Harvick’;s see, the victory vindicated his determination to modify teams.

“Rodney Childers has just accomplished a phenomenal occupation of placing this staff with each other,” Harvick stated. “These guys all want to win. That’;s why they came right here. Which is why I came here, too.

“I’;ve just acquired to thank [owners] Gene [Haas] and Tony [Stewart], and [Stewart’;s enterprise manager] Eddie Jarvis. In 2012 I informed [Jarvis] it would be fun to have Tony and I on the exact same team, and right here we are in victory lane.”

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson finished fifth and sixth, with Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray finishing the leading 10.

Even although Earnhardt had his ideal pace of the day on his final set of tires, Harvick was able to keep him at bay via 4 cautions and subsequent restarts in the last 65 laps of the race.

Earnhardt worked his way clear of the Penske vehicles right after the final restart on lap 304 but ran out of time in his pursuit of the race winner, who arrived at the finish line .489 2nd ahead of the No. 88 Chevrolet.

“We got running side-by-side there for 2nd and just allow Kevin get out there a small also far,” Earnhardt explained of the ultimate restart. “I imagined we have been working him down these last couple of laps, but we have been just as well far away.

“It was a great job by Kevin and his total crew. They did a wonderful work all weekend. They had been quick. We worked on our car. We acquired a small help from our teammates, and it was a great deal of tough work to get much better and much better. I ended up in which I thought we should have finished.

“We had been a tiny more rapidly at the end, but they were stellar — impressive as heck all weekend. I hope everybody loved the race. We have been genuinely functioning our butts off there and providing it almost everything we had.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup

Sunday

At Phoenix Worldwide Raceway

Avondale, Ariz.

Lap length: one miles

(Start place in parentheses)

1. (13) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 312 laps, 149.9 rating, 48 points, $ 260,048.

2. (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 312, 122.5, 42, $ 172,240.

3. (one) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 312, 115.9, 42, $ 180,673.

4. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 312, 124.3, 41, $ 159,641.

5. (17) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 312, 108.1, 40, $ 159,326.

6. (4) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 312, 111.8, 38, $ 152,266.

6. (15) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 312, 98.8, 38, $ 104,380.

7 (23) Carl Edwards, Ford, 312, 96.5, 37, $ 117,330.

9. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 312, 101.5, 35, $ 132,871.

8. (3) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 312, 93.5, 34, $ 122,444.

11. (11) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 312, 78.4, 33, $ 101,430.

twelve. (19) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 312, 90, 32, $ 130,266.

13. (14) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 312, 83.2, 32, $ 118,671.

14. (18) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 312, 71.2, thirty, $ 108,513.

15. (9) Aric Almirola, Ford, 312, 88, 29, $ 119,066.

sixteen. (twenty) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 312, 81.6, 28, $ 114,963.

17. (6) Greg Biffle, Ford, 312, 80.8, 27, $ 120,480.

18. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 312, 62.7, 26, $ 115,605.

19. (twelve) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 312, 79.9, 25, $ 87,480.

20. (8) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 312, 74.7, 24, $ 108,200.

21. (29) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 311, 62.6, 23, $ 105,250.

22. (27) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 311, 66.4, 22, $ 106,538.

23. (22) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 311, 68.one, 21, $ 105,594.

24. (24) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 311, 55.one, 20, $ 123,466.

25. (sixteen) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 311, 67.1, 19, $ 110,680.

26. (25) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 310, 64.4, 18, $ 93,938.

27. (31) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 310, 44.2, 17, $ 74,355.

28. (thirty) David Ragan, Ford, 310, 53.5, 16, $ 99,588.

29. (28) David Gilliland, Ford, 309, 52.4, 16, $ 96,863.

30. (43) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 309, 46.3, 14, $ 96,002.

31. (39) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 308, 38.5, 13, $ 76,790.

32. (32) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 308, 42.9, , $ 76,105.

33. (26) Michael McDowell, Ford, 307, 42.5, 11, $ 73,480.

34. (41) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 307, 43.2, 10, $ 73,355.

35. (34) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 307, 34.one, 9, $ 73,230.

36. (33) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 306, 51.6, 8, $ 81,075.

37. (37) Blake Koch, Ford, 306, thirty, , $ 72,946.

38. (forty) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 302, 30.2, 6, $ 68,380.

39. (10) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, engine, 292, 73.6, 5, $ 64,380.

40. (38) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 292, 25.9, , $ 68,380.

41. (35) Alex Bowman, Toyota, brakes, 230, 40.6, 3, $ 56,380.

42. (36) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, engine, 226, 29.4, 2, $ 52,380.

43. (42) Morgan Shepherd, Toyota, brakes, 28, 25.3, , $ 48,880.

Race Statistics

Average Speed of Race Winner: 109.229 mph.

Time of Race: 2 hrs, 51 minutes, 23 seconds.

Margin of Victory: .489 seconds.

Caution Flags: 8 for 38 laps.

Lead Alterations: 14 amongst 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders: J.Logano one-37 D.Gilliland 38-39 B.Keselowski forty J.Logano 41-73 K.Harvick 74-110 B.Keselowski 111-112 K.Harvick 113-190 J.Logano 191 K.Harvick 192-236 C.Edwards 237 J.Gordon 238-241 R.Newman 242-247 C.Bowyer 248 K.Harvick 249-312.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Harvick, 4 occasions for 224 laps J.Logano, 3 instances for 71 laps R.Newman, 1 time for 6 laps J.Gordon, 1 time for 4 laps B.Keselowski, 2 occasions for 3 laps D.Gilliland, 1 time for 2 laps C.Edwards, one time for one lap C.Bowyer, one time for one lap.

Wins: D.Earnhardt Jr., 1 K.Harvick, one.

Leading 12 in Factors: one. D.Earnhardt Jr., 90 2. Bra.Keselowski, 84 3. J.Gordon, 80 4. K.Harvick, 79 5. J.Johnson, 78 6. J.Logano, 75 6. M.Kenseth, 70 7 D.Hamlin, 68 9. C.Edwards, 65 8. G.Biffle, 64 eleven. J.McMurray, 64 12. C.Mears, 64.

NASCAR Driver Rating Formula

A greatest of 150 points can be attained in a race.

The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Regular Running Position Even though on Lead Lap, Average Velocity Beneath Green, Quickest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.

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