The real NASCAR season begins in Phoenix.
Preseason championship favorite Kevin Harvick made sure the rest of the Sprint Cup field knew that there would be no skipping a beat after his move to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 campaign.
Harvick's Rodney Childers-prepared Chevrolet was the class of the field all weekend long, so it was no surprise when the 38-year-old Californian crossed the finish line first, essentially securing his spot in the 2014 Chase.
It was Harvick's fifth win on the one-mile oval in the Valley of the Sun, setting a new track record.
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't make it easy on Harvick, though, nearly winning his second straight race.
There were a multitude of other winners and losers in NASCAR this week. Beginning with…
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