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November 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
By Jim Peltz AVONDALE, Ariz. - Carl Edwards never saw it coming. Edwards was poised to win Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway when his No. 99 Ford ran out of fuel as he entered the last lap, enabling Kevin Harvick to win. "I had no clue we were going to run out," Edwards said. His crew chief, Jimmy Fennig , "talked to me about saving a little bit to have some extra, and I did that a couple of laps, but Kevin closed in and was obviously not saving fuel," Edwards said.
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November 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday while Jimmie Johnson closed in on a sixth Sprint Cup championship. Harvick inherited the win when the Ford of Carl Edwards, who was leading, ran out of fuel as Edwards approached the final lap on the one-mile Phoenix oval. Johnson extended his Chase for the Cup playoff lead over Matt Kenseth to 28 points from seven points by finishing third in the AdvoCare 500, while Kenseth -- beset with an ill-handling car and a botched pit stop -- finished 23rd.
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November 10, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - As Kevin Harvick streaked to victory when Carl Edwards ran out of fuel on the last lap Sunday, Jimmie Johnson streaked toward a sixth NASCAR championship. Johnson finished third at Phoenix International Raceway to widen his lead in the Sprint Cup standings to a sizable 28 points over Matt Kenseth, who finished 23rd, with only one race left. The season finale, and the last of the 10 races in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff, is next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
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November 9, 2013 | Jim Peltz
Trying to pick a favorite between Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth to win NASCAR's Sprint Cup title? Don't ask Kevin Harvick. "It's a crapshoot at this point," Harvick said Friday. "Performance-wise it's a draw. " Johnson, seeking a sixth championship, has a slim seven-point lead over Kenseth with two races left, starting with Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Harvick is third in the standings, 40 points behind Johnson, which Harvick acknowledged "is a lot to overcome" at this late stage of the 10-race Chase.
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November 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth said Friday, "I'm as optimistic as I've ever been" this season about his chances in Sunday's NASCAR race and catching Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup title. "I feel like my race team and my race cars are capable on any given week," said Kenseth, who's seven points behind Johnson with two races left. The first race is Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale the next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
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November 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Jimmie Johnson took the first step toward trying to bolster his lead over Matt Kenseth in NASCAR's Chase title playoff by winning the pole for Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson, seeking a sixth championship, set a qualifying record at the one-mile PIR oval Friday with a lap of 139.222 mph in his No. 48 Chevrolet. The prior record of 138.766 mph was set a year ago by Kyle Busch. Kenseth, who enters Sunday's race seven points behind Johnson in the Sprint Cup standings, was 14th fastest after entering qualifying at a disadvantage.
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November 7, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - If NASCAR's championship battle were a major golf tournament, the two title contenders would be about to play the 17th hole of the final round. Only two races remain to decide NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship, with Jimmie Johnson holding a slim seven-point lead over Matt Kenseth. The next race is Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale a week later at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Regardless of what happens at Phoenix on the one-mile PIR oval, NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff is so close that the winner probably won't be decided until the next race in Florida.
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November 4, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Looking back at Jimmie Johnson's win at Texas, NASCAR's title Chase and other motor racing over the weekend, five things come to mind: --Johnson hasn't won his sixth title yet. It's down to Johnson and Matt Kenseth for the championship, with Johnson holding a seven-point edge with two races left, at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. But remember what happened last year? Johnson arrived in Phoenix with an identical seven-point lead, crashed and lost the title to Brad Keselowski. It likely will go down to the wire.
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September 30, 2013
Looking back at Sunday's motor-racing action, including NASCAR's Chase for the Cup at Dover and NHRA drag-racing at St. Louis, five things come to mind: -- Wouldn't it be something if Jeff Gordon won the Chase? Gordon, of course, got into the title playoff only because of executive fiat. NASCAR Chairman Brian France added Gordon to the 12-driver Chase on grounds that race-manipulation shenanigans by other teams prevented the four-time champion from earning a spot. Now, after Gordon finished fourth at Dover (Del.)
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September 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR will celebrate a different champion this year, perhaps a driver who hasn't won the Sprint Cup in a while. Someone like Jimmie Johnson. For all the hand-wringing in NASCAR Nation about how often Johnson wins, and how that makes the Cup series boring at times, in some ways the five-time champion has not been the series' preeminent driver this year. Yes, the Californian opens NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff this week with four victories this year - including the Daytona 500 - and it's true he led the Cup point standings for most of the season.
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