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  • NASCAR suspends crew chiefs for Keselowski and Harvick (The Associated Press)

    Brad Keselowski makes a pit stop during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

    NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on Wednesday for violations at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski's car failed post-race inspection on Sunday and NASCAR suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races. Wolfe was also fined $65,000 and Team Penske was docked 35 driver and owner points.

  • Column: Larson finishes 2nd again, takes over points lead (The Associated Press)

    Kyle Larson (42) drives out of Turn 4 ahead of Kyle Busch during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, March. 19, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. Larson finished second in the race. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Kyle Larson finished second at Phoenix International Raceway and then headed to the beach for a brief family vacation. There was no lamenting his third consecutive runner-up finish because Larson is the current points leader of NASCAR's top series. A two-tire stop put him in position to win Sunday at Phoenix in overtime, but a slip on the restart cost him any chance of running down leader Ryan Newman in the two-lap sprint to the finish.

  • Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix (The Associated Press)

    Ryan Newman celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    A big gamble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan Newman. When just about everybody else decided to take a tire-changing pit stop in the final few laps on Sunday, Newman figured he'd be going in with them. It was a decision that earned Newman a victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, ending his 127-race winless streak.

  • Allgaier holds on to win Xfinity, his 1st victory in 5 years (The Associated Press)

    Justin Allgaier celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

    Justin Allgaier acknowledges there were some very down moments in his long NASCAR Xfinity victory drought. Allgaier held off Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones. Blaney, who started the day 33rd after missing the qualifying, pulled ahead of Jones before the final lap to finish second.

  • Fresh generation of drivers emerging on NASCAR circuit (The Associated Press)

    Joey Logano waits to qualify for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race, Friday, March 17, 2017, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

    Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR's lineup for its Monster Energy Series race on Sunday are 26 or younger. Ryan Blaney, starting next to pole-sitter and teammate Joey Logano on the front row, is 23. Larson won at Michigan last year and finished second in the last two Cup races.