Originally posted on On Pit Road  |  Last updated 3/3/14
Last weekend, JR Motorsports was on top of the world with Regan Smith’s win at Daytona in the DRIVE4COPD 300. Everybody wondered whether the organization would keep the momentum going this weekend out west and the answer was an easy yes as all three cars came home inside the top 10. While Kyle Busch went on to take the eventual victory, Kevin Harvick brought his No. 88 Great Clips Chevrolet home solidly in the second position behind him after running inside the top five all-day. “We could kind of maintain (with Kyle Busch) but you never know how hard he was running his car and once he gets to a certain point,” Harvick said. “His car was really fast on restarts and our car was really, really loose on restarts so we’d lose two or three seconds and then kind of maintain from there. We had a good car.” The race at Phoenix marked his first race with JR Motorsports, however he was working with long-time crew chief Ernie Cope, whom he started a relationship with at Richard Childress Racing. Cope
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