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Racing / May 7, 2020

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR's foray into Phoenix proved to be fruitful for Kevin Harvick, who took home the checkered flag over Carl Edwards in a nail-biter

Harvick's victory was an historic one at Phoenix, as Jayski noted after the race:

Jayski @jayski

Todays margin of victory (.010 sec) is the closest in series history at Phoenix. Previous record was 0.13 sec. in 2010 (Newman over Gordon)

2016-3-13 23:03:07

Here's the full leaderboard from Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway:

2016 NASCAR at Phoenix Results - March 13
Kevin Harvick
Carl Edwards
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kurt Busch
Matt Kenseth
Chase Elliott
Austin Dillon
10 Ryan Blaney
11 Jimmie Johnson
12 Kyle Larson
13 Aric Almirola
14 Martin Truex Jr.
15 Ty Dillon
16 Jamie McMurray
17 AJ Allmendinger
18 Joey Logano
19 Danica Patrick
20 Matt DiBenedetto
21 Greg Biffle
22 Kasey Kahne
23 Trevor Bayne
24 David Ragan
25 Landon Cassill
26 Michael McDowell
27 Brian Scott
28 Regan Smith
29 Brad Keselowski
30 Chris Buescher
31 Clint Bowyer
32 Joey Gase
33 Michael Annett
34 Josh Wise
35 Casey Mears
36 Cole Whitt
37 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
38 Paul Menard
39 Ryan Newman

This year's Good Sam 500 was all about four drivers. Pole-sitter Kyle Busch held the top spot for 75 total laps before relinquishing things to Earnhardt, who went inside to take the lead, via NASCAR:

NASCAR @NASCAR Phoenix Raceway @PhoenixRaceway

Lap 90 Leader: @DaleJr #GoodSam500

2016-3-13 20:35:30

As good as Earnhardt has been overall at Phoenix Raceway, his three victories on the track have come at November's Can-Am 500. He did finish second at this event in 2014, but he brought up the caboose last year after blowing a tire on Lap 181.

Busch didn't have an incident that bad, though there was an amusing moment when he attempted to pull into pit row just after the halfway mark, via NASCAR:


Trouble for the Pole sitter. #GoodSam500

2016-3-13 21:28:29

After falling back to 18th in the standings, Busch was able to battle back late. He climbed all the way back up to the third spot with less than 80 laps to go.

Harvick and Edwards were in a battle for the lead while Busch was making his comeback. The duo went into pit road around the 230-lap mark, with ESPN's Bob Pockrass providing the scene as they were coming back on the track:

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

Edwards beats Harvick off pit road for the lead. "Got you by an inch, " Harvick told. #nascar

2016-3-13 21:49:26

Even though that moment didn't go Harvick's way, he would quickly vault into the top spot, leading a race-high 139 laps.

Harvick's resume at Phoenix has been more impressive than Earnhardt's, as noted by Phoenix Raceway on Twitter:

Phoenix Raceway @PhoenixRaceway

Kevin Harvick has now won 6 of the last 8 NSCS races at PIR! #GoodSam500

2016-3-13 22:44:14

Dustin Swedelson of SiriusXM's Speedway summed up Harvick's success in Phoenix nicely:

There were questions about Harvick's fuel late in the race, though Pockrass noted his team wasn't holding him back from opening things up:

Bob Pockrass @bobpockrass

They haven't told him to keep saving, so I am thinking Harvick should be good. But you never know. #nascar

2016-3-13 22:22:51