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NASCAR at Phoenix 500 2013 Leaderboard: Results and Updated Sprint Cup Standings

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 10, 2013

Kevin Harvick pulled out a surprising win after Carl Edwards ran out of gas with just over a lap to go at NASCAR at Phoenix 500 on Sunday. It was Harvick's second win of The Chase.

Edwards was coasting to victory when his car began to slow, and Harvick quickly took advantage and seized the victory. After leading for 36 laps, Edwards' gas issues forced him to fall back to a disappointing 21st-place finish.      

That has to sting.

Here are the final results:

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kasey Kahne
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5. Kurt Busch
6. Juan Pablo Montoya
7. Kyle Busch
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Joey Logano
10. Ryan Newman

Click here to see the full results, per NASCAR.com.


Harvick entered the race third in the Sprint Cup standings. His opportunistic win won't allow him to overtake Jimmie Johnson for first or Matt Kenseth for second, but heading into the last race in The Chase, Harvick is definitely in the mix.

Here's a look at the standings after Sunday's race.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
PosDriverPoints
1Jimmie Johnson2,384
2Matt Kenseth2,356
3Kevin Harvick2,350
4Kyle Busch2,327
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.2,321
6Jeff Gordon2,304
7Greg Bifle2,301
8Clint Bowyer2,297
9Joey Logano2,287
10Kurt Busch2,285
NASCAR.com

 

Best Moves

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10:  Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 10, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Stay close, for you never know what might happen. That was certainly an effective theory for Team Harvick on Sunday. His car was fast all day and his consistent run kept him in position to take advantage of Edwards' miscue.

He doesn't have a great chance to catch Kenseth or Johnson, but he's still alive and that's more than every other driver in The Chase.  

Johnson showed his success isn't just about having an amazing car.

On two instances he nearly crashed. He showed great control and instincts in saving himself from disaster. Had he not made those saves, things could be a lot tighter in the standings heading into Homestead, Fla., on Sunday. It was truly amazing he finished third considering what could have been.

 

Biggest Mistakes

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 08:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, looks olooks onduring qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennif
Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Matt Kenseth finished 23rd after a day where he and his entire team seemed out of sync. There were pit issues and other miscommunications. Some may blame Kenseth for racing in a Nationwide event on Saturday for the discombobulation.

We'll never know for sure, but it would seem that a man in an intense battle with Johnson for precious points in the standings would be focused on the bigger picture. I'm just saying.

 

Looking Ahead

It all comes down to the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 17. Johnson will try to protect his 28-point lead over Kenseth and claim his sixth Sprint Cup championship. Can he do it? We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out. 

 

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