PHOENIX, Ariz. - Ryan Blaney used a late-race pit strategy to work his way to a runner-up finish, one of three Mustangs to come home in the top-10 at Phoenix Raceway Sunday afternoon.
Blaney was joined by Kevin Harvick, who looked poised for victory before finishing fifth, and Chase Briscoe who was seventh.
Harvick had the car to beat late in the race, especially on the long run, leading 36 laps -- all in the final Stage of the race -- before the caution flew for a Harrison Burton spin and flat tire on lap 301.
The ensuing pit stops saw many in the field take two tires, whereas the 4 team took four, falling from the lead to 10th on the restart. Harvick worked his way up to seventh before another caution flew, forcing overtime, where he climbed two more positions to finish fifth.
While not a checked flag, Harvick did extend his streak of top-10 finishes at Phoenix to 20 consecutive, dating back to 2014 - the most all-time at a single track.
The NASCAR Cup Series resumes next Sunday, Mar. 19 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NCS RACE TOP-10 FINISHERS
- William Byron
- Ryan Blaney
- Tyler Reddick
- Kyle Larson
- Kevin Harvick
- Christopher Bell
- Chase Briscoe
- Kyle Busch
- Alex Bowman
- Josh Berry
REMAINING FORD FINISHER
11th - Joey Logano
12th - Ryan Preece
13th - Michael McDowell
15th - Chris Buescher
18th - Brad Keselowski
25th - Austin Cindric
31st - Zane Smith
32nd - Todd Gilliland
33rd - Aric Almirola
34th - Cody Ware
35th - Harrison Burton
RYAN BLANEY, No. 12 Dent Wizard Ford Mustang (Finished 2nd) –
“The last restart I thought… I got to the bottom of those guys into Turn 2… that I was in a good spot for Turn 3. I think the No. 45 kind of helped the No. 24 – got him a push down the back and got him a good spot. He had an advantage going in there. Close… but I wasn’t really close enough to the No. 24 going into Turn 3 to do anything. Overall: Pretty good day. We got a lot better all day. We finished a little better than I thought we’d run. So, that was positive.”
KEVIN HARVICK, No. 4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang (Finished 5th) –
“That one is not fun to swallow. We had a great car and didn’t need that caution at the end. We had a strong car and a chance to win. Just hate missing an opportunity when you have a car that strong.”
CHASE BRISCOE, No. 14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang (Finished 7th) –
“I think we overall had a pretty strong and solid day. Starting that far back in the pack, it just takes forever to get up there. I thought my car was good enough – if you would have put it in the lead, I would have been fine staying there. But, it was just a matter of getting up there – it takes a long time. It’s like every green flag run you pick up three or four, every pitstop you maybe get one and the restart you get one. It just takes forever to get up there when you start 24th. I thought we ran it pretty good as a complete race. On that second-to-last restart, I think we could have done a better job and been in a little bit better position. Overall, we really needed that type of run. We were fast all day, and not scratching our heads. Hopefully we can build on this and get that going.”
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
- Riley Herbst led Ford with a fourth-place finish.
- Cole Custer finished 12th; Brett Moffitt 13th.
- Custer was awarded pole position for the race.
- The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway, Saturday, Mar. 18 at 5:00 p.m. (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM).