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Phoenix Raceway Race Results

United Rentals Work United 500

March 12,2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

William Byron

24 |

3

Running

317

64

59

6

2

Ryan Blaney

12 |

8

Running

317

0

43

0

3

Tyler Reddick

45 |

12

Running

317

0

46

0

4

Kyle Larson

5 |

1

Running

317

201

52

1

5

Kevin Harvick

4 |

15

Running

317

36

43

0

6

Christopher Bell

20 |

5

Running

317

0

43

0

7

Chase Briscoe

14 |

24

Running

317

0

31

0

8

Kyle Busch

8 |

9

Running

317

0

30

0

9

Alex Bowman

48 |

18

Running

317

0

28

0

10

Josh Berry

9 |

17

Running

317

0

0

0

11

Joey Logano

22 |

16

Running

317

0

26

0

12

Ryan Preece

41 |

25

Running

317

0

25

0

13

Michael McDowell

34 |

7

Running

317

0

24

0

14

Bubba Wallace

23 |

19

Running

317

0

23

0

15

Chris Buescher

17 |

21

Running

317

0

22

0

16

Austin Dillon

3 |

30

Running

317

0

21

0

17

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

13

Running

317

0

20

0

18

Brad Keselowski

6 |

4

Running

317

1

28

0

19

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

23

Running

317

0

18

0

20

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

22

Running

317

0

17

0

21

Erik Jones

43 |

10

Running

317

14

16

0

22

Daniel Suárez

99 |

11

Running

317

0

15

0

23

Denny Hamlin

11 |

2

Running

317

0

26

0

24

Ross Chastain

1 |

6

Running

317

1

19

0

25

Austin Cindric

2 |

20

Running

316

0

12

0

26

Corey Lajoie

7 |

28

Running

316

0

11

0

27

Justin Haley

31 |

26

Running

316

0

10

0

28

Ty Gibbs

54 |

14

Running

316

0

9

0

29

Noah Gragson

42 |

32

Running

316

0

8

0

30

Ty Dillon

77 |

35

Running

315

0

7

0

31

Zane Smith

38 |

34

Running

315

0

0

0

32

Todd Gilliland

15 |

29

Running

314

0

5

0

33

Aric Almirola

10 |

31

Running

313

0

4

0

34

Cody Ware

51 |

36

Running

311

0

3

0

35

Harrison Burton

21 |

27

Running

310

0

2

0

36

BJ McLeod

78 |

33

Fuel Pump

50

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    William Byron

    POS1

    LEADER

    William Byron

    Driver badge number 24 |

  • POS 2 | 0.330

    Ryan Blaney

    POS2

    0.330

    Ryan Blaney

    Driver badge number 12 |

  • POS 3 | 0.458

    Tyler Reddick

    POS3

    0.458

    Tyler Reddick

    Driver badge number 45 |

William Byron makes it two wins in a row with late effort at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz.—Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick hate late-race cautions. William Byron loves them.

After a two-tire call under the fourth caution flag in Sunday‘s United Rentals Work United 500 at Phoenix Raceway, Byron surged past Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson in overtime to win his second straight NASCAR Cup Series race.

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Byron can thank Ford drivers Aric Almirola and Harrison Burton, who on successive weekends spun with a handful of laps left — at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix, respectively — and gave Byron a chance to capitalize on the opportunity.

As a result, Byron scored his second victory of the season and a guaranteed ticket into the Cup Series Playoffs. The driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet won for the first time at Phoenix and for the sixth time in his career.

Byron credited crew chief Rudy Fugle with the two-tire call that got him out front with a chance to win.

“Owe the last couple weeks to him,” said Byron, who also won at Las Vegas on two fresh tires. “He’s done a really good job strategy-wise, and execution-wise we’ve done a good job to put ourselves in those positions on the front row with a shot at the end.

“Thanks to everybody back at Hendrick Motorsports, putting together great cars, doing a great job. This is a big credit to them, engine shop, (team owner, Rick) Hendrick, everybody.”

Harvick leaves his best track with a mountain of frustration as tall as spectator-friendly Rattlesnake Hill at the east end of the 1-mile speedway. That he posted his 20th straight top 10 at Phoenix — a Cup Series record for a single track — was of scant consolation.

“It’s what I would have done,” Harvick said of crew chief Rodney Childers‘ four-tire call. “I’d always rather be on offense. I just didn’t get a couple cars when that first caution came out. Kind of lost our chance. Still thought I had a chance there at the end. Those cars were quite a bit slower. They get all jammed up.

“That’s the way it goes. Just smoked ’em up until the caution. They did a great job with our Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang. Didn’t need the caution at the end.”

Harvick had a commanding lead when Burton spun at the start/finish line on Lap 302 of 312. Harvick took four new tires on the ensuing pit stop but came out seventh behind Larson, Byron, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin — all of whom opted for two tires.

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Larson took the lead on a Lap 310 restart, but an accident on the backstretch involving Noah Gragson, Ty Gibbs and AJ Allmendinger forced overtime, and Byron grabbed the lead after the restart on Lap 316. Blaney and Tyler Reddick, who had taken four tires, also got past Larson during the two-lap overtime to finish second and third, with Larson holding fourth. Harvick came home fifth after leading 36 laps.

For the first two stages, it appeared Larson and Byron would decide the race between them. Byron grabbed the lead from his teammate on Lap 2 and held it thought the end of Stage 1 on Lap 60. During the stage break, Larson regained the top spot under caution, taking advantage of the No. 1 pit stall he earned for winning the pole on Saturday.

Larson dominated the second stage on the way to leading a race-high 201 laps. But Harvick beat Byron off pit road for the second position during the Stage 2 break and kept Larson in his sights. After an exchange of green-flag pit stops that saw Harvick gain considerable ground, Harvick closed on Larson.

With NASCAR‘s new lower-downforce competition package in use for the first time, the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet struggled in traffic, and Harvick closed in. When Larson had difficulty passing Justin Haley and Austin Cindric in succession, Harvick was on his bumper.

On Lap 269, Harvick made the pass for the lead and pulled away to an advantage of nearly four seconds before Burton‘s spin slowed the field. Though Larson held the lead after one late restart, the second time proved the charm for Byron.

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For the second straight week, Larson was frustrated. At Las Vegas, he lost a big lead when Almirola hit the wall. At Phoenix, he was mad at himself.

“Restarts are just tough,” Larson said. “I felt like I ran William up pretty high. I was expecting him to lose some grip. But he did a really good job of holding it to my outside, clearing me down the back.

“Yeah, I’m pissed off. Great fight by the team, great car — way better than we were here last year. Yeah, I mean, it’s a long season, but hopefully we’re in the final four (Championship 4 race) when we come back here in November and can have a run similar to that with speed and try to execute a little bit better at the end.”

Christopher Bell ran sixth, and defending race winner Chase Briscoe finished seventh after a slow start. Kyle Busch was eighth, and Hendrick drivers Alex Bowman and Josh Berry (subbing for injured Chase Elliott) were ninth and 10th. Bowman has finished in the top 10 in each of the season’s first four races.

Chevrolet drivers have won all four Cup races this season.

Phoenix concludes the early season West Coast swing, leading up to next weekend’s Ambetter Health 400 (3 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 19. Byron is the defending spring race winner and inaugural winner on the reconfigured and repaved Atlanta layout.

Note: Post-race inspection after the NASCAR Cup Series race concluded without issue, confirming Byron as the winner. The Nos. 20 and 1 will be brought back to the NASCAR R&D Center for further inspection.

Contributing: Staff report