NASCAR visited Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, and the four drivers who will race for the championship were determined.
Kevin Harvick was able to take the win on Sunday after leading for most of the race, which automatically transferred him to the championship round. Joining him there will be Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman.
For much of the race, it looked like Hamlin, Logano, and Newman would be unable to advance to the next round of the Chase. Hamlin and Logano both had issues on pit road and went down a lap at least once during the race. Newman was not in a position to advance until the last lap, when he nudged rookie Kyle Larson out of the way for a pass. Hamlin was able to finish fifth, Logano came in sixth, and Newman crossed the line in 11th.
Not advancing to the next round are Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards, all of whom had a strong finish on Sunday. Gordon was the highest finisher of the four, coming in second, Keselowski finished in fourth, Kenseth came in third, and Edwards came in 15th.
Keselowski and Gordon have also had strong seasons this year. Keselowski has six wins this season, which is the highest this season. Gordon has four wins and led the points for much of the season.
There were 12 cautions during the race, most of which were for debris, which was a new record for the track. There was even a red flag to clean up debris following a lap 211 spin when Kyle Busch spun and made contact with Clint Bowyer and Cole Whitt.