Harvick at ease in must-win situation at Phoenix

If Harvick gets the win, that leaves one spot available to the three remaining Gibbs drivers, and don't expect them to race each other with kid gloves in the closing laps. The Can-Am 500 takes place today at 2:45PM ET from Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ.

Kevin Harvick has dominated in the desert, winning five of the last six races.

Harvick has a stellar record at Phoenix, where he's an eight-time Cup victor. Four competitors are right on top of each other for the final two available spots. And they don't care one bit who's racing for a championship.

Busch noted he'd learned something about the tires by running the Xfinity race, and he planned to confer with his Cup team to get better prepared for Sunday's main event.

"I think it's totally just - if there's five seconds in front of you and five seconds behind you and there's nothing you can do about it I don't know that it matters", Kenseth said. "Everything that goes into that is intriguing for me". But really when you look at it now, winning matters most.

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That's where Harvick - who has never been eliminated from a round in the current Chase's two-plus season format - can use his Phoenix edge. Every race in this (Round of 8) -Texas, Martinsville and Phoenix - it's an elimination race. "But, hey, we did what we had to do", Sadler said. "I have a specific way that I like to let off the brake and get back to the throttle". Logano was very good at Texas and I expect he will be very good at Homestead, but none of that matters if he isn't good this weekend in Phoenix. "We could take one of their (Hendrick Motorsports) backup speedway cars, call it Greg Ives Racing and go from there". "We are usually searching for something that I like that they are good to try and adapt to". This time around, Harvick will be in a must-win situation as he, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch will all be looking to advance in the Chase.

"We're just trying to see what we need in race trim", Bowman said after concluding his practice runs. Hamlin is two points behind the cutoff line for the Chase, so he will need to at least finish in the top 10 Sunday. Suffice it to say Harvick and Busch's only hopes are to win. "There are two more weeks [for possibly payback]", Dillon said after the incident. None of that matters now and all Harvick needs to do is win.

"I think the 22 auto has to feel confident that if they can make it through Phoenix that they're going to be good at Miami and they're going to contend for a championship knowing how well they've ran there". He crew chief came and said, 'don't worry about it, we'll manage the gap'.

"My grandmother was giving me the ride of my life", said Wallace, almost sobbing. He is mad and he should be mad.


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