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Stewart-Haas Racing - 2014 Phoenix I Race Report
Event: The Profit on CNBC 500k (Round 2 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile oval)
Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet)
SHR Finish: Kevin Harvick (Started 13th, Finished 1st / Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Tony Stewart (Started 20th, Finished 16th / Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Danica Patrick (Started 33rd, Finished 36th / Running, completed 306 of 312 laps)
Kurt Busch (Started 10th, Finished 39th / Engine, completed 292 of 312 laps)
SHR Points: Kevin Harvick (4th with 79 points, 11 out of first)
Tony Stewart (20th with 37 points, 53 out of first)
Kurt Busch (30th with 29 points, 61 out of first)
Danica Patrick (39th with 13 points, 77 out of first)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, led the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway by winning The Profit on CNBC 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was the 20th point-paying Sprint Cup victory for SHR since the team’s inception in 2009.
Harvick started 13th and led four times for a race-high 224 laps en route to his fifth Sprint Cup win at Phoenix, where he is now the all-time leader in Sprint Cup victories. It was also Harvick’s 24th Sprint Cup victory in 468 career starts.
Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 16th.
Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 36th after getting caught up in a lap-172 accident.
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for SHR, ran in the top-10 for much of the day but finished 39th after his engine expired on lap 298.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished .489 of a second behind Harvick in the runner-up spot, while Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five. Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray comprised the remainder of the top-10.
There were eight caution periods for 38 laps, with four drivers failing to finish the 312-lap race.
With round two of 36 complete, Harvick leads the SHR contingent in the championship point standings. He is fourth, 11 points behind series leader Earnhardt. Stewart is 20th, 53 points out of first. Kurt Busch is 30th, 61 points out of first. Patrick is 39th, 77 points out of first.
The next event on the Sprint Cup schedule is the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live coverage provided by FOX beginning with its pre-race show at 2 p.m.