Kevin Harvick takes the field to school at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick celebrates his win at Phoenix Sunday. (Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick celebrates his win at Phoenix Sunday. (Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick celebrates his win at Phoenix Sunday. (Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick is no doubt a fan of NASCAR’s Western Swing. The Bakersfield California native continued his dominance at Phoenix International Raceway winning Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup 500 in dominating fashion. Harvick started from the pole and led 225 of the 312 laps in route to his seventh win and his fourth in the last five races at Phoenix.

“The restarts were just really slippery and I learned that in the race yesterday,” Harvick said. “You had to really maintain your entrance speed and really slide the thing through the center of the corner to try to help keep it pointed up off. This is a really special place of all these West Coast race for us to win.”

Jamie McMurray was second, a career best at Phoenix, Ryan Newman third, and Kasey Kahne fourth. Kurt Busch in his first race back after being suspended staged an impressive performance running second in the closing laps. He pitted on the last pit stop and rallied back from 10th to finish fifth.  MORE>>>

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