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Archive for Sunday, April 23, 2006

Harvick claims crown at Phoenix

Kenseth finishes third, takes lead in Nextel Cup standings

April 23, 2006

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— Kevin Harvick dominated in the desert again Saturday night, winning the Nextel Cup race for a weekend sweep at Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick, who won the Busch Series race Friday night, passed Greg Biffle with 10 laps to go to win for the first time in more than a year. Once Harvick got by Biffle, it was clear sailing because the top challengers had late fuel problems.

Biffle ran out of gas, then Mark Martin's tank went dry. It left only Tony Stewart, who started last, to chase Harvick down and he never came close.

Harvick coasted to the finish line, then celebrated with a smoky celebratory spin on the frontstretch.

Stewart was second, and Matt Kenseth finished third to take over the Nextel Cup points standings lead. Carl Edwards was fourth, and Clint Bowyer, Harvick's teammate, was fifth.

Martin, who led three times for 111 laps, wound up 11th, and Biffle ended up 16th. It was a heartbreaking defeat for Biffle, who had the car to beat for at least the third time this season only to fall victim to yet another bad break.

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