The story Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway was the crashing of Jimmie Johnson into turn four. The wreck removed Johnson as the Sprint Cup Series points leader while his competition Brad Keselowski contended for a win.
Kyle Busch started on the pole and jumped out to the early lead. Martin Truex Jr. who started the race along side him began losing speed on lap 7 and by lap 11 headed down pit road. Championship contenders Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson started 12th and 24th.
The first caution came on lap 17 when Mike Bliss slid up the track and made contact with Timmy Hill. Bliss then made contact with the wall and went to the garage. Both Johnson and Keselowski pitted under the ensuing caution, Keselowski lost multiple spots after stalling his car on pit road.
Caution waved again on lap 52 when David Gilliland wrecked. On pit stops Mark Martin would take only two tires and grab the lead. It did not take long before Busch reclaimed the spot. Late in the run Denny Hamlin wou...