Among other things, Harvick is known for driving the No. 4 Jimmy John's auto. Now, he'll try to have the same success on the mile-long ISM Raceway track, where he's only won more times than any active driver.
"I could tell that myself and Kyle and Denny were going to be the top three", said Bakersfield native Harvick.
Though ultimately the result was similar, Harvick didn't steamroll over the field in the same manner he did at Atlanta Motor Speedway or Las Vegas.
"I knew I wanted to get Kyle behind me", said Harvick.
Harvick got in front of Busch on the last series of pit stops.
"I don't think anybody's got anything for Harvick, considering we got our butt beat so bad last week, then we just got beat a little bit this week", said Kyle Busch after leading a race-high 128 laps at Phoenix.
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"We lost the race on pit road today", Busch said. "We didn't stomp 'em but we won and that's really all that matters".
Harvick, whose team were hit with an L1 penalty on Wednesday after his Las Vegas-winning vehicle was found with two violations stemming from a rear-window malfunction, took the lead away from Ryan Newman on lap 291 (of 312) and was able to hold off Kyle Busch for his ninth career victory at Phoenix.
Busch didn't seriously challenge Harvick after that, finishing 0.774 seconds back.
Current crew chief Rodney Childers didn't have to say anything. "To sit down there in the corner and watch these guys race like that was like my short track days". Busch would hold on to win Stage 1.
"It was an awesome day for us, that's probably what I'm most proud of", said co-owner Tony Stewart.
Inspectors at NASCAR's research and development center in North Carolina found Harvick's auto violated a rule requiring rear window support braces to hold the glass rigid, and another requiring the right rocker panel extension to be aluminum. Harvick had swept both stages and won the Las Vegas race to earn seven playoff points. He was docked 20 regular points and the team lost 20 owners' points.
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Let's go there with confidence we can put in a good show and do the best we possibly can to get through to the next round. We played a game, a massive game against Parma when they were first and we were second.
Harvick was extra-motivated following the NASCAR penalties from Las Vegas.
"How many appeals have you seen overturned?" he explained. He was.7 seconds behind Harvick at the finish.
The victory lane interview was vintage Harvick in every sense, filled with pointed barbs that exemplified his don't-back-down mentality. After the penalty, Harvick now has six playoff points to five for Daytona 500 victor Austin Dillon. And he also is the first driver to win three of the first four races of a season in any order since Elliott did it that year.
The 2014 series champion has 14 NASCAR national-series victories at the track, also winning an Xfinity event and four Truck races. If Johnson can avoid an accident he should post a top-15 finish.
It doesn't matter how it happened, or that Bourdais was gifted the victory, only that he could indeed win again. The victory also was the milestone 40th of Harvick's Cup career.
Truex started from the pole and was a top-five performer for nearly the entire 312-lap race in his No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry. "I needed to be a little more aggressive".
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"Everything inside the auto quit", Bowman said.