Stewart-Haas Racing AdvoCare 500k Race Report


Date:                Nov. 10, 2013
AdvoCare 500k (Round 35 of 36)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Phoenix International Raceway (1-mile oval)
Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing (Chevrolet)

SHR Finish:
Ryan Newman (Started 17th, Finished 10th / Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Mark Martin (Started 16th, Finished 15th / Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)
Danica Patrick (Started 32nd, Finished 33rd / Running, completed 302 of 312 laps)

SHR Points:
Ryan Newman (11th with 2,259 points, 125 out of first)
Danica Patrick (27th with 622 points)
Tony Stewart / Mark Martin (not applicable)

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, led the three-car Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) contingent Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway by finishing 10th in the AdvoCare 500k NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Newman started 17th and led three times for 31 laps around the 1-mile oval en route to his 18th top-10 of 2013 and his ninth top-10 in 23 career Sprint Cup starts at Phoenix.

Mark Martin, interim driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS as he subs for the injured Tony Stewart, finished 15th.

Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for SHR, finished 33rd. It was Patrick’s 45th career Sprint Cup start and her third at Phoenix. Patrick, who is competing for Rookie of the Year honors against Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished 21 spots behind Stenhouse, who placed 12th.

Kevin Harvick won the AdvoCare 500k to score his 23rd career Sprint Cup victory, his fourth of the season and his fourth at Phoenix.

Kasey Kahne finished 1.796 seconds behind Harvick in the runner-up spot, while Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five. Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Newman comprised the remainder of the top-10.

There were eight caution periods for 49 laps, with eight drivers failing to finish the 312-lap race.

Newman is representing SHR in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and entered the penultimate race of the 10-race Chase 12th among the 13 Chase drivers, 118 points behind Chase leader Johnson. Newman leaves Phoenix in 11th, 125 points behind Johnson.

Just one race remains before a champion is crowned following the Ford EcoBoost 400 Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Heading into the season finale, the top-13 Chase drivers rank as follows, with only Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Harvick eligible for the title.

1.      Jimmie Johnson (2,384 points) +/-0 position
2.      Matt Kenseth (2,356 points, -28) +/-0
3.      Kevin Harvick (2,350 points, -34) +/-0
4.      Kyle Busch (2,327 points, -57) +/-0
5.      Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2,321 points, -63)+/-0
6.      Jeff Gordon (2,304 points, -80) +/-0
7.      Greg Biffle (2,301 points, -83) +1
8.      Clint Bowyer (2,297 points, -87) -1
9.      Joey Logano (2,287 points, -97) +/-0
10.    Kurt Busch (2,285 points, -99) +/-0
    Ryan Newman (2,259 points, -125) +1
12.    Kasey Kahne (2,252 points, -132) +1
13.    Carl Edwards (2,250 points, -134) -2

The Ford EcoBoost 400 begins at 3 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by ESPN beginning with a pre-race show at 2 p.m.

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