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Studs and Duds from action-packed Phoenix race weekend
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Studs and Duds from action-packed Phoenix race weekend

Published Mar. 14, 2016 5:13 p.m. ET

It was another action-packed weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, where Kevin Harvick edged Carl Edwards by 0.010 seconds to win the Good Sam 500 in the closest finish in track history.

And here's this week's studs and duds from the epic duel in the desert.

STUD -- Pole-sitter Kyle Busch wasn't happy finishing fourth, but he's the only driver to post top fives in all four races so far this season.

DUD --  None of Roush Fenway Racing's three drivers finished in the top 20, with Greg Biffle 21st, Trevor Bayne 23rd and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 37th.


STUD -- Kevin Harvick put on an incredible show to edge Edwards at the line in a finish that tied for seventh-closest in NASCAR history.

DUD -- Ryan Newman's season of woe continued as a melted tire bead put him into the wall and a last-place finish.

STUD -- Chase Elliott earned his second eighth-place finish in the last three races, which is good for a rookie.

DUD -- Paul Menard had exactly the same tire problem as his Richard Childress Racing teammate Newman, finishing 38th.

STUD -- Rookie Ryan Blaney scored his second consecutive top-10 finish and moved up to 12th in points.

DUD -- For the third time in four races, Clint Bowyer failed to finish in the top 30.

STUD -- Kurt Busch has finished in the top 10 in all four races, something only his brother Kyle and Kurt's teammate Harvick have also done.

DUD -- Last week's winner in Las Vegas saw Lady Luck drop him quick, as tire problems relegated Brad Keselowski to a 29th-place finish.


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