NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
       === Harvick wins at Phoenix again, Johnson takes 28-point lead ===
 
 Avondale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Harvick won the Chase race at Phoenix
 International  Raceway for the second year in a row, while Jimmie Johnson took
 a  big  step towards claiming his  sixth Sprint Cup Series championship with a
 third-place finish in Sunday's AdvoCare 500.
 
 Johnson grabbed a 28-point lead over Matt Kenseth, who finished one lap behind
 in  23rd after  dealing with an ill-handling car throughout this 312-lap race.
 Kenseth  had  been seven points behind.  If Johnson finishes 23rd or better in
 next   weekend's  season-finale  at  Homestead,  he  will  clinch  the  title,
 regardless of what Kenseth or any other driver does.
 
 "We're heading into Homestead in the position we want to be in," Johnson said.
 "I'll  have to go down there and run 400 miles. It's far from over. You've got
 to finish that race. Although we have a nice cushion, we still have to go down
 there and take care of business."
 
 Johnson  had two dramatic  moments on the track when he was almost involved in
 an  incident. He started  on the pole, but Denny Hamlin pulled ahead of him on
 the opening lap to take the lead. Joey Logano then bumped Johnson from behind,
 which moved him up the track and shuffled him back to sixth.
 
 Just  before a caution on lap 163, forced when J.J. Yeley spun around, Edwards
 and Johnson made contact. Johnson nearly wrecked, as he fell back to 26th.
 
 "The  race was  challenging," Johnson said. "Everybody says it's a short event
 here,  but man, it  seemed like it took 600 miles worth of time to get through
 this  race.  We had a  very strong race  car, so that  made life a lot easier,
 especially  comparing  this effort to last  year's effort in the Chase. We did
 what we should have."
 
 In last year's Chase race at Phoenix, Johnson blew a tire and crashed into the
 wall,  which  led to  a 32nd-place  finish and  put him  20 points behind then
 leader  Brad Keselowski.  One week later, Keselowski clinched the series title
 at Homestead.
 
 Edwards,  who  won at Phoenix  in March,  held the lead  late in the race, but
 Edwards  ran out  of fuel  just before  he crossed  the line  to complete  the
 second-to-last  lap. That allowed second-place runner Harvick to take over the
 top spot. Harvick then beat Kasey Kahne at the finish by 1.8 seconds.
 
 "I  wasn't  really expecting that," Harvick  said about Edwards running out of
 fuel.  "We  had a really,  really fast car  all day. We  were able to make our
 ground through traffic. It was just a great day."
 
 Harvick  claimed his fourth victory of the season, including his second in the
 Chase,  and  the 23rd  of his  Sprint Cup  career. He  won the  Oct. 6 race at
 Kansas.  Johnson, Kenseth  and Harvick, who is  34 points out of the lead, are
 the  only  drivers  who  remain  eligible  for  the  championship  heading  to
 Homestead.
 
 "That's  all you  can ask for is  just to be in it," Harvick said. "Obviously,
 there's  going to have  to be a lot that happens. But anything can happen. You
 got  to  be in it  to win it.  We've done  a good job  in winning races in the
 Chase. We'll see what happens."
 
 Harvick  is  in his last season  with Richard Childress Racing before he moves
 over  to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season. He led the most laps in this
 race with 70. It was his fourth Sprint Cup win at Phoenix, which placed him in
 a tie with Johnson for most victories here.
 
 After  Yeley's  incident, Kenseth had  a very slow  pit stop (25 seconds) when
 there  was  confusion on  his team  about their  tire change.  An air hose was
 caught  under one  of his  tires during  the stop  as well.  Kenseth had  been
 running in the top-10 before pitting but returned to the track in 29th.
 
 "We  still got  a week to go,"  Kenseth said. "Hopefully, we can contend for a
 win at Homestead."
 
 Dale  Earnhardt  Jr. finished  fourth, followed  by Kurt  Busch and Juan Pablo
 Montoya.  Kyle Busch,  Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Newman completed
 the top-10.
 
 Edwards finished as the last car on the lead lap in 21st.
 
 "I  tried  to save a  couple of  laps, but the  29 (Harvick) was catching me,"
 Edwards  said. "I don't know if I could have save two laps in hindsight. I did
 not  think  I was  going to run  out of  fuel. These Fords  get such good fuel
 mileage. That's the first time I've run out in a long time."
 
 11/10 20:35:11 ET

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