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Harvick favored to repeat in Phoenix


Kevin Harvick has been nearly unstoppable since he charged to his first Sprint Cup championship last season.

The overwhelming favorite to win today’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, Harvick could realistically have a shot at a three-race sweep of NASCAR’s current West Coast swing. He picked up his first win of the season last week at Las Vegas, has proved himself almost unbeatable at Phoenix, and has had strong showings at California, next week’s venue.

Although the possibility exists that he could sweep this trip, Harvick said his Stewart-Haas Racing team has not discussed it once.

“We never talk about stuff like that,” he said. “We don’t talk about things we’ve done. We always talk about the things we do wrong and we talk about the things that we need to do different. It’s never really anything about last week. It’s always about next week and the things that we have to do to try to be prepared when we come to the race track.”

There’s zero doubt that Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers came prepared to Phoenix.

Harvick won the pole, his first at Phoenix, and closed Saturday with both the fastest lap in final practice and the best 10-lap average.

He has won four of the last five races at Phoenix, and has six career victories at a track he considers one of his favorite on the circuit. As Harvick talked this weekend of how it will take a mistake by the No. 4 team or a fluke for him to lose today, the rest of the field worked on their equipment and tried not to accept their inevitable fate.

Xfinity: Logano wins

Joey Logano routed the field to win the Xfinity Series at Phoenix International Raceway.

The Daytona 500 winner raced to his first Xfinity Series victory since 2013 with his dominant win for Team Penske. He led 176 of the 200 laps and had the field covered.

Matt Kenseth was second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Erik Jones.

NHRA: Dixon OK

Larry Dixon sat down in the track tower Saturday afternoon and got cell service for the first time in hours.

His phone immediately started beeping. And beeping. And beeping. And beeping.

“Wonder what happened,” Dixon joked.

Just a harrowing crash at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, that gave Dixon, fellow drivers, crewmembers and fans some anxious moments.

The three-time Top Fuel champion managed to walk away from the wreckage.

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