AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards twice bumped on the final lap before Harvick inched over the finish line first in an overtime finish Sunday for his record eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Phoenix International Raceway.
Harvick had the lead on the restart finish before a charging Edwards made it a side-by-side duel. After the cars banged a second time, Harvick nosed to the line 0.010 seconds ahead to continue his dominance at the mile oval.
It’s the same margin of victory as Denny Hamlin’s thrilling win last month in the Daytona 500.
Harvick made up for qualifying 18th by shooting toward the front early in the race. His took the lead for good in the No. 4 Chevrolet when he immediately passed Carl Edwards on a restart with 77 laps to go.
Harvick built a lead approaching 3 seconds before Kasey Kahne hit the wall with six laps left to bring out the caution.