What we learned during the TicketGuardian 500 — NASCAR Phoenix

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It wasn't until 2014 when SHR would expand to four cars, bringing in Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. Which in some ways made for an uneven playing field Sunday afternoon.

He had barely stepped out of his race vehicle Sunday at ISM Raceway after winning his third consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race after a rough week when he started with the zingers. Harvick came into the race, as he put it, mad.

Asked if the vehicle fell off later in the race, Truex said, "On that (one) long run, we just got really tight and lost our track position". And to take that away from those guys just really (ticked) me off last week.

After winning Sunday's race, Harvick climbed out of his auto and patted the rear window.

Logano was asked if he believed NASCAR was influenced by social media.

NASCAR stuck to the letter of its rulebook in determining that virtually any postrace technical violations warrant the loss of any playoff points earned in the event.

The previous two races were completely dominating victories, but not this one.

He then lost all of those points - and that could impact whether he advances through playoff rounds. Phoenix was pretty much a one groove-ish track on Sunday, and Hamlin wasn't giving up that preferred line, making for a great battle. "Vegas was one of those things where we all thought, 'Wow, maybe it wasn't just Atlanta.' Phoenix has always been a good track for him as well". Chevy has won the Phoenix Spring race four straight years and ten out of the last twelve. But he can't win forever and eventually we'll see a third different victor this season. "That's really all that really matters", he explained. I got relatively close, and I was counting on the 9 [Chase Elliott] to hold him up a little bit more, and be able to protect his spot a little bit longer than he did. [It's big] to drive it home for all those supporters out there. "Any time you can reach out and grab motivation, for me, that's just a piece of the puzzle".

Inspectors at NASCAR's research and development center in North Carolina found Harvick's vehicle violated a rule requiring rear window support braces to hold the glass rigid, and another requiring the right rocker panel extension to be aluminum.

Plus, there was little argument the vehicle violated the rules at Las Vegas.

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The Las Vegas auto had a steel panel extension instead of an aluminum one.

Harvick was extra-motivated following the NASCAR penalties from Las Vegas.

But Harvick might be a little different. In short, Harvick's 3rd-straight win holds a larger status than many of his other wins. The championship certainly pays better and creates more lasting memories, but Harvick had that bullheaded attitude of not going to be denied.

Harvick strolled to victory, or he would have if that was a thing you can do in a stock vehicle, at both Atlanta and Las Vegas. Everybody felt it. You didn't really have to say anything. Those are the moments that you just love to live in and be a part of and succeed in. As was when he stopped his vehicle on the front straightway on his celebratory victory lap, then got out and slapped the rear windshield while pointing at the grandstands.

After saying Friday he would jump up and down on the back of the vehicle if he won, Harvick completed his burnouts and pulled over next to his crew to celebrate.

"I made it very clear to pat my window and thank it for doing its job this week", he said.

"The side skirt material is on us", Harvick said.

Harvick said. "I don't understand that". Just proud of this team.

What more do some of you want? You may see crew chiefs call for two tire stops or try to win the race on fuel mileage.

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