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Star-Studded Chase Finalists a Mix of NASCAR’s Past, Present and Future

In the summer, a journeyman catcher for the Boston Red Sox collected 20 hits in his first 40 at-bats. Sandy Leon wound up hitting .310. The law of averages caught up. That's what happened to Kevin Harvick in Sunday's Can-Am 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He had won five of the previous six NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the mile track. Harvick couldn't bat .833 forever. Harvick finished fourth but never led a lap. Joey Logano won. Harvick, who had never failed to qualify for a round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, didn't make the finals this time. Kyle Busch, who finished second at Phoenix, did. So did Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson, who had won the first two races in the round of eight. "We had a chance and could take a swing for it,...

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