External News Wire | 03/02/14

Kevin Harvick won The Profit on CNBC 500, presented by Small Business Fueling America, with a dominating performance at Phoenix International Raceway.

Harvick led an astounding 224 of the 312 laps run in the race for his fifth Sprint Cup Series victory at the track and his second straight victory in the desert.

The win was also the first for Harvick with Stewart-Haas Racing, the team he joined this offseason after 13 seasons with Richard Childress Racing.

Harvick, who led both of Saturday’s practice sessions, wasted no time moving up from his starting position of 13th place and into top three. Harvick eventually took the lead on Lap 74 and dominated from there but had to manage several late restarts to keep the lead.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., a week removed from his second Daytona 500 win, had a strong showing as well, with a second-place finish. Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finished third and fourth, respectively. Jeff Gordon rounded out the top five.

The early portion of the race saw the Team Penske duo of Logano and Keselowski running strong as they would for much of the race. Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the race but Logano took the lead from him on the first lap and went on to lead for the first 37 laps and 70 of the first 73 laps.

Engine trouble derailed a promising day for Kurt Busch, who ran in the top 10 early in the race, before seeing his engine blow late, bringing out the caution on Lap 296.

The Sprint Cup Series returns to action on March 9 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt 400.

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