Kevin Harvick scores third win of 2018 at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick the driver of the Jimmy John's car tells ABC15's Jason Snavely what his go-to order

Kevin Harvick the driver of the Jimmy John's car tells ABC15's Jason Snavely what his go-to order

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota wasn't as fast as the No. 4 Ford of race victor Kevin Harvick, but Hamlin did an admirable job of keeping Harvick behind him for 46 laps in Sunday's TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.

Harvick got in front of Kyle Busch on the last series of pit stops.

For Chase Elliott, Sunday's TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway was a strong run that ended with a sigh of relief - that he finally got a finish worthy of the position he maintained throughout the afternoon. "Actions speak a whole lot louder than words".

"Everything inside the auto quit", Bowman said. I'm proud of everybody.

Busch said he entered the race knowing Harvick was the guy to beat.

"When you have Kyle Busch sticking his finger out of the window with his thumb up talking about having fun and sending messages on the radio, you know everybody is having fun", Harvick said.

"I needed a little bit of forward drive there at the end", Elliott said.

"Obviously our pitstop wasn't stellar, and then I got back up pretty good". Through much of the race today I actually managed to out-race the 4 (Harvick) and beat him.

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From lap 232 through lap 244, Hamlin, Harvick and Busch staged a spirited and crowd pleasing fight for first. Kurt stayed out during a caution and swiped the second in a one-lap shootout.

"How many appeals have you seen overturned?" he explained.

The pulse in the garage was that while the violations didn't contribute totally to the Harvick dominance at Las Vegas, it certainly didn't hurt a team that has everything going for it at the moment - other than a pesky NASCAR tech process. NASCAR said inspectors at its research and development center in North Carolina found the Ford violated a rule requiring rear window support braces holding the glass rigid and another requiring the right rocker panel extension to be aluminum. Harvick was penalized the seven playoff points he earned for winning the Las Vegas race and the first two stages.

After adding Clint Bowyer and Aric Almirola over the past two seasons, the lineup of drivers that team co-owners Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have put together are paying immediate dividends for the Ford Performance team.

DiBenedetto qualified 30th. He finished 27th at Daytona, 31st at Atlanta and 22nd at Las Vegas. In fact, two different drivers pulled off the hat trick in 2015: Kyle Busch, who won at Kentucky, New Hampshire and the Brickyard; and Joey Logano, who won Charlotte, Kansas and Talladega during the Chase (but didn't win the title).

The 2014 series champion has 14 NASCAR national-series victories at the track, also winning an Xfinity event and four Truck races. The finish was also his third career top five at Phoenix.

Harvick is coming off consecutive victories in Atlanta and Las Vegas and has a record eight Cup victories at the track. Wickens was only the third driver since 1993 to win the pole for his IndyCar debut - Nigel Mansell did it in '93 in Surfer's Paradise and Bourdais at St. Pete in 2003 - and the victory would have been a firm announcement of his arrival in the American open-wheel series.

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