Kevin Harvick snapped a 44-race winless streak and Brad Keselowski captured the points lead in what turned out to be a wild and chaotic Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix ran relatively incident and drama-free until lap 235 when points leader Jimmie Johnson blew his right-front tire and smacked the outside wall, damaging the front suspension on his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Johnson, who entered this race with a seven-point advantage over Keselowski, spent 38 laps in the garage for repairs before he returned and then finished 32nd.
Keselowski finished sixth and took a 20-point lead over the five-time Sprint Cup champion.
Keselowski will clinch his first championship in NASCAR’s premier series if he finishes 15th or better in next Sunday’s season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
By: Mike Plourde for Great Lakes Radio Sports