Kevin Harvick Wins in Phoenix, Becomes First Driver to Win Three Straight Races Since 2015
By NASCAR // March 12, 2018
40th Monster Energy Series win of Harvick's career
ABOVE VIDEO: Relive Kevin Harvick’s victory in the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA– Kevin Harvick’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series dominance continued at ISM Raceway as he guided his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to Victory Lane for the third consecutive race in 2018 and for the ninth time, overall, in Phoenix on Sunday.
Harvick took the lead for good with 22 laps remaining in the TicketGuardian 500, emerging as the victor in a fierce late-race battle among Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott.
It was Harvick’s 40th Monster Energy Series win of his career.
Busch finished second in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and led a race-high 128 laps.
Chase Elliott was third in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, while Denny Hamlin and pole-starter Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.
Despite Harvick’s longstanding dominance in the desert — he won six of eight races from 2012-16 — he had not won at Phoenix since March 13, 2016.
He joins an exclusive list of drivers who have won three races in a row by accomplishing that feat for the first time in his career. Kyle Busch was the last driver to win three straight races, doing so in 2015.
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