NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix 2014: Live Results, Updates and Analysis

Michael GuadalupeFeatured ColumnistMarch 2, 2014

USA Today

Phoenix started out with one of the longest green flag stretches seen at the track in the last three years.

By the time the race finished though, we saw eight different cautions.

Joey Logano was strong during the first part of the race, but eventually Kevin Harvick drove his way to the front.

And even when three cautions came out during the middle of the race, Kevin Harvick continued to stay out in front and dominate the majority of the race.

As the track become completely shaded, Harvick continued to increase his lead.

Phoenix quickly looked like it was becoming a fuel strategy race around Lap 79 as drivers came in to fill up and were asked to save fuel to make it to the end.

But as drivers were gambling on fuel, others were waiting for a caution which they got at Lap 248 for debris.

16 cars wouldn't pit and Kevin Harvick found himself back out in front once again. He continued to lead as the race started to wind down to the final laps.

With nine laps to go Kevin Harvick continued to lead and would lead for the remainder of the race.

Harvick earned his first win for Stewart Haas Racing, and also locked himself into the Chase. He dominated in the desert, and clearly made the right move by joining SHR.


Winner of the race at Phoenix: Kevin Harvick