On Sunday afternoon the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed west for a race at Phoenix International Raceway. It was a Team Penske front row but Kevin Harvick was the driver to beat coming into the race on Sunday.
Due to weather that moved in on Saturday NASCAR would throw a competition caution on lap 35.
Joey Logano would lead early on with his teammate, and polesitter Brad Keselowski running in second. Harvick quickly took the lead after the restart and held stationed there for much of the first part of the race.
Under a caution for debris, Brian Vickers cut a tire and hit the outside wall hard. He would have gotten the lucky dog but instead he was forced to pit road to make repairs.
The first caution for contact was when Justin Allgaier and Danica Patrick made contact setting off a chain reaction wreck. Everyone involved was able to continue on.
Harvick continued to lead in dominating fashion with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Keselowski, Logano and Jimmie Johnson trying to keep pace.
With less than 120 laps to go Kyle Busch reported that his engine wasn’t running at full power. Ky. Busch’s brother, Kurt Busch told his crew that he thinks they dropped a cylinder with just 100 laps to go.
With 70 laps to go Logano would hit pit road and start what should be the final scheduled stops on pit road.Caution would wave with the top six having not pitted under green they would hit pit road and would trap a few of the lead lap cars one lap down.
With 26 laps to go David Gilliland cut a tire and spun out bringing out the caution. Earnhardt and a few others were close on fuel and even with the late cautions they were close on making it.
Caution would wave for Ku. Busch’s engine let go with only 14 laps to go. Nobody had anything for Harvick on Sunday. He dominated in the desert and pulled into victory lane for the first time with Stewart Haas Racing.
Harvick wins for fifth time at PIR and most among active drivers.
The rest of the top 10 were Earnhardt, Keselowski, Logano, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Ky. Busch and Jamie McMurray.
Next up is Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Sunday at 1:30 ET on Fox.