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Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR race in Phoenix, Dale Earnhardt Jr. second

March 02, 2014|By Jim Peltz
  • NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick guides his No. 4 Chevrolet around a corner as he leads a pack of cars in the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick guides his No. 4 Chevrolet around a corner as… (Christian Petersen / Getty…)

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway in dominant fashion Sunday while Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second.

"This is awesome," said Harvick, who now holds the record for most Cup victories at PIR with five. "What a race car."

Harvick led 224 of the race's 312 laps around the one-mile oval, and he continually kept Earnhardt at bay on several restarts following caution periods.

"We didn't have enough race car all day long" to catch Harvick, Earnhardt said, adding that Harvick "feels good and confident about what he's doing here."

Brad Keselowski finished third, his Team Penske teammate Joey Logano was fourth, and Earnhardt's teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

This was the second race in the Cup series' 36-race season. The series moves to Las Vegas Motor Speedway next Sunday.

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