Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kevin Harvick wins fourth straight Sprint Cup race at Phoenix

Kevin Harvick is rolling like few before in recent hostory
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR's highest level.

The defending NASCAR champion won his fourth consecutive race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday with yet another rout of the field. His 42 other competitors knew this was Harvick's race to win, and he made it look easy.

Harvick has won five of the last six races at Phoenix and a record seven overall.

More important, he continued a streak of dominance that dates to last season. He has seven consecutive top-two finishes and has won four of the last seven races, which includes the final two of last year's championship season.

He opened this season with two runner-up finishes, then won last week at Las Vegas and now Phoenix.

The last driver to open a season with four finishes of second or better? Hall of Famer Richard Petty in 1974. 500 Results

Phoenix Fast Facts
* Kevin Harvick won the 11th Annual 500, his 30th victory in 506 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
* This is his second victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2015.
* This is his seventh victory and 14th top-10 finish in 25 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
* Jamie McMurray (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 24 races at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2015.
* Ryan Newman (third) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 26 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
* Jeb Burton (34th) was the highest finishing rookie.
* Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 22 points over Joey Logano.
* Harvick is the first driver to win four straight races at a single track (Phoenix) since Jimmie Johnson won four straight at Charlotte from 2004 - 2005.
* Harvick is the first driver to finish in the top 2 seven consecutive times since NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty did it in 1975.


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