Kevin Harvick edges Carl Edwards in photo finish for eighth Phoenix win


In an overtime shootout, Kevin Harvick beat Carl Edwards by a hundredth of a second after making contact multiple times coming to the checkered flag in the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

The eighth victory for Harvick at the 1-mile track represented the closest margin of victory at PIR since the advent of electronic monitoring and scoring.

The final shootout was set up with Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Austin Dillon as the only cars to not pit following a Kasey Kahne crash.

After restarting fourth behind Harvick on Lap 312 with fresh right-side tires, Edwards’ final effort to earn the win started by getting under Harvick in the final corners.

“That was not the car that I wanted to see behind me,” Harvick told Fox. “I knew I could beat him (in Turns 1 and 2). I tried to protect the bottom in (Turns) 3 and 4, and I just missed the bottom with all the rubber buildup on the tires and everything.”

After pulling even on the inside, Edwards side-drafted Harvick, making contact once. Harvick returned the favor, causing enough separation to put his bumper ahead of Edward’s.

“I should have wrecked him!” Edwards joked with Fox. “But we were faster and I thought ‘I’ll just move him out of the way and get by.’ I just didn’t move him far enough. Then he got up to (my) door and I was trying to time it (and thought) ‘I think he’s going to beat me’ so I tried to side swipe him, but I needed to be in front of his front tire.”

Harvick led twice for a race-high 139 laps on the way to his first win of the season. It’s the No. 4 team’s first win since the fall Dover race last year.

It was the 23rd time Harvick has led the most laps in a race since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, but only the eighth time it translated into a win for the No. 4 team.

“It’s just one of those places where I feel like I’ve been here enough times to where I can move around and find something to make our car work,” Harvick said. “We struggled a lot this weekend to get the balance where we wanted to, but we knew the feel that we were looking for.”

The top five was Harvick, Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Earnhardt.

MORE: Race results for the Good Same 500

MORE: Points standings

HOW KEVIN HARVICK WON: Harvick led the final 79 laps, which included one overtime lap after a late caution, as he fended off Carl Edwards and his two fresh tires in a photo finish.

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Denny Hamlin bounced back from an uncontrolled tire penalty to finish third for his best result since winning the Dayton 500 … pole-sitter Kyle Busch finished fourth for his eighth straight top-five finish … Dale Earnhardt Jr. started 26th but was in the lead by Lap 75, where he stayed for 34 laps. Earnhardt was second on the final restart, before quickly falling back to fifth on old tires .. After three frustrating weeks, Matt Kenseth quietly earned his first top-10 finish by placing seventh … Matt DiBenedetto finished 20th, one lap down. The BK Racing driver’s career best result is 18th.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Goodyear and its right-side tires. The Richard Childress Racing entries of Ryan Newman and Paul Menard hit the Turn 3 wall on laps 53 and 105 respectively as a result of a melted tire bead from brake heat. … Ricky Stenhouse Jr.‘s car also was a victim when the No. 17 went into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 163.  …  With 86 laps to go, Brad Keselowski lost his right-rear tire, but did not hit the wall. Debris from the No. 2 brought out the fourth caution. Keselowski finished 29th …. A melted bead sent Kasey Kahne into the Turn 4 wall to bring out the final caution. Kahne finished 22nd, one lap down.

NOTABLE: Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney both finished in the top 10 for the second time this season.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We had an awesome car and that’s three weeks in a row I’ve enjoyed the hell out of driving it.” – Dale Earnhardt Jr. after finishing fifth.

NEXT: Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on March 20 at 3:30 p.m. ET

COTA Truck starting lineup: Ross Chastain wins pole


Ross Chastain will start on the pole for Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas.

Chastain earned the top starting spot in Friday’s qualifying with a lap of 91.877 mph. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch (91.490 mph).

More: COTA Truck starting lineup

Ty Majeski qualified third with a lap of 91.225 mph. Rookie Nick Sanchez (90.993) will start fourth, and Christian Eckes (90.937) will complete the top five.

Alex Bowman failed to make the race. Bowman had a flat right front on his qualifying lap.

Tyler Reddick leads Cup practice at COTA


Tyler Reddick posted the fastest lap in Friday’s Cup practice at Circuit of the Americas.

Reddick, who won two road course races last season, topped the field in his 23XI Racing Toyota with a lap of 92.989 mph. Kyle Larson was next, posting a lap of 92.618 mph around the 3.41-mile road course.

MORE: COTA Cup practice results

Ross Chastain, who won this race a year ago, was third on the speed chart in practice with a lap of 92.520 mph. He was followed by Kyle Busch (92.498 mph) and Daniel Suarez (92.461 mph).

Jordan Taylor, subbing for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, was 10th on the speed chart in practice after a lap of 92.404 mph.

Former world champion Jenson Button, driving for Rick Ware Racing, was 28th in practice with a lap of 91.759 mph. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen, driving the Project 91 car for Trackhouse Racing, was 32nd in practice after a lap of 91.413 mph.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, driving in his first race for Legacy Motor Club since the Daytona 500, was 36th in practice after a lap of 91.072 mph. IndyCar driver Conor Daly was last among the 39 cars in practice with a lap of 90.095 mph.

Cup qualifying is Saturday. The series races Sunday.


Saturday COTA Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather


Austin Hill, the dominant driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series through the early weeks of the season, will be looking for his first Xfinity road course win Saturday.

Hill has won three of the season’s first five races, scoring victories at Daytona, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Hill has been close in previous road course runs. He has a second at COTA, a third at Portland, a fourth at Road America and a ninth at Indianapolis.

MORE: Dr. Diandra takes a look at top Cup road course drivers

Kyle Busch and AJ Allmendinger own wins in the previous Xfinity races at COTA.

Allmendinger and three other Cup Series regulars — Aric Almirola, William Byron and Ty Gibbs — are scheduled to race in the Xfinity event.

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 5:08 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled at 5:19 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 2 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Jordan Thiessen of Pit Boss Grills at 5 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by recording artist Payton Keller at 5:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 46 laps (156 miles) on the 3.41-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 14. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 5 p.m. … NASCAR RaceDay airs at 4 p.m. on FS1. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. and can be heard at …SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Mainly sunny. Temperature of 82 at race time. No chance of rain.

LAST TIME: AJ Allmendinger won last March’s Xfinity race at COTA. Austin Hill was two seconds behind in second place. Cole Custer finished third.

NASCAR Friday schedule at Circuit of the Americas


NASCAR’s new Cup Series aerodynamic package for short tracks and road courses will be tested in competition on a road circuit for the first time this weekend as the tour stops at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

All three major national series will be in action at the 3.41-mile, 20-turn track this weekend. The schedule begins Friday with practice for all three series and qualifying for Xfinity and Trucks.

MORE: Drivers say North Wilkesboro’s worn surface will be challenging

The Friday practice was added for Cup teams because of the new competition package, providing 50 minutes of on-track time for adjustments. Teams also will be racing with a new tire compound this weekend.

Chase Elliott (2021) and Ross Chastain (2022) are winners from the previous Cup races at COTA. Elliott won the inaugural event in a race shortened by rain, and Chastain won after a last-lap battle with AJ Allmendinger and Alex Bowman. The victory was Chastain’s first in the series.

A look at Friday’s schedule:

Circuit of the Americas (Cup, Xfinity and Truck)

Weekend weather

Friday: Thunderstorms in the morning. Mostly sunny later. High of 87 with an 80% chance of rain.

Friday, March 24

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. — Cup Series
  • 11:30 a.m. .- 6:30 p.m. — Truck Series
  • 1:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Xfinity Series

Track activity

  • 2:05 – 2:55 p.m. — Cup practice (No live broadcast; tape-delayed version airing at 8 p.m. on FS1)
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m. — Truck practice (No live broadcast)
  • 5 – 6 p.m. — Truck qualifying (No live broadcast; tape-delayed version airing at 9 p.m. on FS1)
  • 6:30 – 7 p.m. — Xfinity practice (FS1)
  • 7 – 8 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying (FS1)