In a wild battle to mark a place in history, two drivers headed into the AdvoCare 500 with each trying to outperform the other by sufficient points to top the standings heading to the series finale at Homestead.
The talk was all about who would make the fewest mistakes between Jimmie Johnson and his Lowe's No. 48 team versus Brad Keselowski and his Penske No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team.
The race at Phoenix wasn't all about the championship contenders. There were at least five drivers who were candidates to grab the win on the slick, somewhat single-grooved one-mile track.
Little did we know that drivers would really "have at it" in the final laps and a melee would break out with sights that were good, bad and ugly.
When the race was over, it was Kevin Harvick who was first to take the checkered flag in a green-white-checker finish. Let's take a look at the primary reasons behind his win.