The Latest: Harvick gets flat tire while leading at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s elimination race at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

Stewart-Haas Racing had a disastrous sequence that cost two of its drivers a shot at the championship.

Clint Bowyer wrecked during the second stage of Sunday’s race at ISM Raceway. During the caution period for Bowyer’s accident, leader Kurt Busch passed the pace car and was penalized for one lap.

Busch was leading the race when he was penalized. He argued that the pace car was driving slower than pit road speed, and that’s how he passed the car as he ducked off the track.

The penalty on Busch gave the lead to Martin Truex Jr.

Kevin Harvick restarted third.


1:25 p.m.

Championship contender Joey Logano has crashed out of the final warmup race.

Logano is the only driver already qualified for next week’s championship race. He earned his berth by winning at Martinsville three races ago and it allowed him to relax at ISM Raceway. He had nothing on the line and is already looking ahead to the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Seven drivers are racing for the final three slots in the championship round.

Meanwhile, Kevin Harvick has driven through a pack of traffic after falling to 30th and down a lap because of a flat tire. By the time Logano crashed, Harvick had already moved to 19th in the field and back to the lead lap.

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