Phoenix NASCAR: Kevin Harvick dominates as title contenders set

Kevin Harvick dominated the Phoenix NASCAR Sprint Cup race and will go up against Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman for the 2014 title in next week's Homestead finale

Phoenix NASCAR: Kevin Harvick dominates as title contenders set

Second place for Jeff Gordon was not enough to keep him in Chase contention, with Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski also eliminated despite taking third and fourth in Arizona.

Carl Edwards was the other man knocked out, finishing off the pace in 15th.

The result guarantees a first-time champion this season, with all remaining past title-winners in the Chase now out.

Harvick led 264 of the race's 312 laps in his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet and had little trouble extending a lead despite being interrupted by 12 yellow flags and one red flag to clear up debris from a collision between Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer.

The win was Harvick's fourth from the last five Cup races at Phoenix.

The three drivers who will join Harvick in the title showdown all had tough days.

Polesitter Denny Hamlin fell to 37th with a cut tyre early on, was briefly a lap down, but eventually made it back to fifth.

Joey Logano also spent a while off the lead lap following a penalty for leaving a pitstop with the fuel can still attached, before recovering to sixth.

He will be the only Penske driver in the shootout as fourth was unsufficient for Brad Keselowski.

Gordon's title hopes ended at the penultimate corner, when Ryan Newman - who had been off the pace all day - moved up to 11th in a collision with Kyle Larson. That gave Newman sufficient points to finish ahead of Gordon in the standings at the final cut-off.

As the identity of the 2014 title showdown participants was settled, outgoing champion Jimmie Johnson had a terrible race.

He was involved in a pitlane tangle with Justin Allgaier then had long-running electrical problems before eventually crashing.

Results - 312 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet 3h07m13.000s 2. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Chevrolet +1.637s 3. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Toyota +2.587s 4. Brad Keselowski Penske Ford +3.072s 5. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Toyota +5.439s 6. Joey Logano Penske Ford +5.631s 7. Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +6.222s 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Chevrolet +6.428s 9. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Ford +7.422s 10. Marcos Ambrose Petty Ford +7.874s 11. Ryan Newman Childress Chevrolet +8.410s 12. Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row Chevrolet +8.652s 13. Kyle Larson Ganassi Chevrolet +9.005s 14. Jamie McMurray Ganassi Chevrolet +9.502s 15. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Ford +9.605s 16. AJ Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Chevrolet +10.217s 17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Ford +10.855s 18. Aric Almirola Petty Ford +11.052s 19. Brian Vickers Waltrip Toyota +11.130s 20. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +11.724s 21. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Chevrolet +12.268s 22. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Chevrolet +12.624s 23. Paul Menard Childress Chevrolet +13.048s 24. David Gilliland Front Row Ford +13.467s 25. David Ragan Front Row Ford +14.691s 26. Michael Annett Baldwin Chevrolet -1 lap 27. Ty Dillon Childress Chevrolet -2 laps 28. Reed Sorenson Baldwin Chevrolet -2 laps 29. Landon Cassill Hillman Chevrolet -2 laps 30. JJ Yeley BK Toyota -3 laps 31. Michael McDowell Leavine Ford -3 laps 32. Alex Bowman BK Toyota -4 laps 33. Joey Gase Go FAS Ford -4 laps 34. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Toyota -4 laps 35. Casey Mears Germain Chevrolet -7 laps 36. Mike Wallace Robinson Toyota -9 laps 37. Justin Allgaier HScott Chevrolet -10 laps 38. Austin Dillon Childress Chevrolet -29 laps Retirements: Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Chevrolet 235 laps Clint Bowyer Waltrip Toyota 211 laps Josh Wise Parsons Chevrolet 204 laps Cole Whitt Swan Toyota 147 laps Mike Bliss Baldwin Chevrolet 16 laps 

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Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman

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