The Monster Energy Cup Series caps off the final week of racing before the teams move to Homestead-Miami for the championship race. In the Arizona desert the teams will run 500 kilometers in the Can Am 500.

After winning the race last week in Texas, Kevin Harvick finds himself in a big hole after NASCAR assessed a major penalty for the spoiler and was docked 40 points as a part of the penalty. Harvick went from being near the top of the playoff leader board and a guaranteed spot in the final four to being just three points above the cut line and fighting for his playoff life.

Reigning Monster Energy Cup Series champion and playoff driver Martin Truex Jr’s team had inspection issues and had to make four trips through the inspection process before being passed. As a result, car chief Blake Harris has been ejected from the race but Truex will be allowed to keep his qualifying spot to start the race.

After three rounds of qualifying Kevin Harvick puts his number four Busch car on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Can Am 500:
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Paul Menard
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Austin Dillon
Clint Bowyer
Matt Kenseth
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Jimmie Johnson
Jamie McMurray
Ryan Newman
Michael McDowell
AJ Allmendinger
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Matt DiBenedetto
Ty Dilon
Regan Smith
Bubba Wallace
David Ragan
Landon Cassill
Ross Chastain
Cole Whitt
JJ. Yeley
Tanner Berryhill
Timmy Hill
D.J. Kennington
Cody Ware

Stages one and two of the race are 75 laps each with stage three lasting 162 laps for 300 miles around the one mile track.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch lead the pack.

With 19 laps completed, Kevin Harvick has led every lap with Chase Elliott just half a second behind with Ryan Blaney two seconds back.

Lap 24, Kevin Harvick is in the lead with Chase Elliott on his bumper; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Erik Jones round out the top five. There are 32 laps on the lead lap.

Lap 26, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of half a second on Chase Elliott.

With a tough handling car, Martin Truex Jr is falling back and is in 14th place.

Lap 29, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race with Chase Elliott right behind; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Guaranteed to be a part of the championship four, Joey Logano is also falling through the field.

Lap 38, Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the race with Chase Elliott in second; Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 41, Kevin Harvick has led every lap so far with Chase Elliott chasing him all the way. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer is having some radio issues, the crew cannot hear him.

Forty six laps into the race, drivers are beginning to spread out across the track from down on the yellow line to up along the wall.

Lap 49, Kevin Harvick holds on to his half second lead on Chase Elliott as he continues to pass slower traffic.

Timmy Hill is off the track.

Kevin Harvick has led all 53 of the 312 laps run of the race so far. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

The top five are Kevin Harvick Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.

While playoff drivers Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano have been falling back in the field, Kurt Busch is moving forward.

The top five are Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch has also fallen back and is now in eighth place.

Lap 67, Kevin Harvick is still out in front of the field and continues to lap cars. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

After leading 73 laps, Kevin Harvick slows on the track and Chase Elliott gets out in front for the lead. Kevin Harvick reports that he has a flat tire, with no inner liner, Harvick is doing damage to his car on his way down pit road.

Chase Elliott wins stage one.

The top 10
Kurt Busch
at the end of stage one:
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch
Erik Jones
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon

Taking fuel only, Chase Elliott wins the race off of pit road.

Pitting while pit road was closed, Kevin Harvick will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and edges out Kurt Busch to take the lead but Kurt Busch comes back and takes the lead of the race.

Lap 85 the top five are Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Denny Hamlin. Kevin Harvick is one lap down in 28th place.

Lap 90, Kurt Busch leads the race with Chase Elliott three quarters of a second back with Ryan Blaney in third.

Lap 92, Kevin Harvick gets around Jamie McMurray – the first car one lap down to get the “lucky dog” position…until leader Kurt Busch passes another car.

The caution flag comes out for Joey Logano after he blows a tire and spins out. Kevin Harvick is back on the lead lap in 19th place.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 106 and gets out in front for the lead.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch.

Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez are out of the race.

Lap 110, the top five are Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch. Kevin Harvick is in 17th place.

Lap 111, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott make contact as they battle for second place with Kurt Busch out in front with the lead.

Lap 114, the top five are Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap with Kevin Harvick in 17th.

Lap 123, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with Brad Keselowski in second; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 126, Kurt Busch has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; Chase Elliott is nearly a second and a half back.

Lap 129, Kurt Busch holds on to the lead nearly a second in front of Brad Keselowski; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five. Kevin Harvick is now in 14th place. There are 20 drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 134, Clint Bowyer gets into the wall after blowing a tire and brings out the caution flag.

Kurt Busch had pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski when the caution flag came out.

Leaders come down pit road for service; Kevin Harvick stays out on the track.

Kurt Busch is being held on pit road after passing the pace car coming down pit road.

Martin Truex Jr is listed as the lead with Kevin Harvick right behind him.

Martin Truex Jr is in th lead with Kevin Harvick in second; Kyle Busch is in third.

Alex Bowman and Erik Jones were also charged with pt road penalties.

The top five are Martin Truex Jr Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, William Byron, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap 144, Kyle Busch is on Martin Truex Jr’s bumper and on lap 145, Kyle Busch takes the lead of the race.

Lap 147, Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr with Brad Keselowski in third.

Kyle Busch wins stage two for his sixth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Aric Almirola

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 159 and holds on to the lead of the race.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Matt Kenseth.

Lap 163, Kyle Busch holds a narrow lead on Brad Keselowski with Ryan Blaney a second and a half back in third.

Lap 167, Kyle Busch has increased his lead on Brad Keselowski to nearly half a second.

Lap 174 Kyle Busch is in the lead by nearly a second on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott round out the top five with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 181, Kyle Busch has led 36 laps and is over a half a second ahead of Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 184, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Chase Elliott round out the top five with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 187, Kyle Busch is slowly pulling away from Brad Keselowski; his lead is now up to just under a second.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that his car is experiencing a tight condition.

Lap 194 the top five are Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 200, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second; Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 205, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski in second and Chase Elliott in third.

One lap down after his penalty, Kurt Busch is passing cars and has passed the eighth place car on his way to pass the leader and get back on the lead lap.

Lap 212, Kyle Busch leads the race but will have to make a pit stop soon for fuel.

Lap 215, the top five are Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 220, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott with Bad Keselowski in third.

Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road for a flat tire.

Lap 225, the top five are Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick.

Chase Elliott passes Kyle Busch to take the lead.

Lap 226, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for a green flag pit stop.

The caution flag comes out on lap 229 when Tanner Berryhill spins out. Kevin Harvick was on pit road when the caution flag came out.

Kurt Busch is the “lucky dog”.

Chase Elliott was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Brad Keselowski is the new leader of the race and will bring the field down for the green flag restart on lap 236. Brad Keselowski is the leader of the race with Martin Truex Jr in second.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, William Bryon, and Ryan Newman. Ryan Blaney is off the pace.

Ryan Blaney’s car was overheating. The caution flag comes out after Kevin Harvick makes contact with David Ragan and spins him out.

With 72 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road to check for a small repair and ensure he has fresh tires and plenty of fuel to finish the race.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with 68 laps remaining in the race. The drivers get five wide across the track and are getting very aggressive on the track as the tension grows to fill the spots for the final four.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones,Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron.

There are just 61 laps remaining in the race; Brad Keselowski leads the way with Kyle Larson in second; Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr, and William Byron round out the top five.

Just 56 laps to go, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second on Kyle Larson with Erik Jones in third; Martin Truex Jr and William Byron round out the top five.

Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch are running sixth, seventh, and eighth battling for position…and the right to be in the championship four.

Fifty to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr hits the wall with a flaming car. He gets the window net down quickly to signal that he is ok and to make a fast exit from the car.

Some drivers bring their cars down pit road for service, but others stayed out for track position.

Due to extensive track cleanup, NASCAR has displayed the red flag.

Just 45 laps remain in the race when the cars get moving again. There are a number of different tire combinations on the track.

Erik Jones and Kurt Busch bring the field down for the green flag restart but before the lap is through, the caution flag comes out for a multi car crash that includes a number of playoff drivers. Erik Jones to loose and sent Kurt Busch up the track, Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott were also involved. Kurt Busch hit the wall several times.

Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott’s playoff hopes have been dashed with the crash.

With 38 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch has clinched his spot as one of the championship four on points.

Kyle Busch and Erik Jones bring the field down for the green flag restart. Erik Jones is in the lead with Kyle Busch right behind.

With 36 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch passes Erik Jones to take the lead; Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 32 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Erik Jones. Kyle Larson passes Erik Jones to take second place with leader Kyle Busch two second ahead.

Twenty eight to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over two seconds over Kyle Larson with Kevin Harvick in third.

Alex Bowman brings out the caution flag with 26 laps remaining in the race with a flaming car. Bowman gets out of the car quickly.

NASCAR again displays the red flag to get the track cleaned up.

Once the cars get running again, there are only 24 laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Larson brings his car down pit road with a possible loose tire.

Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are on the front row and will bring the field down for the green flag restart.

There are 21 laps to go, Kyle Busch gets out in front for the lead with Aric Almirola fighting for his playoff life in second ad Kevin Harvick in third.

Aric Almirola gets loose and gets a challenge from Kevin Harvick.

Tanner Berry hill gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag with 17 laps remaining in the race.

There are only 16 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 12 laps remaining in the race. Kyle Busch gets out in front as Kevin Harvick shoves Aric Almirola up the track. Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola battle for second place.

With Kyle Busch over a second out in front, Brad Keselowski is in second with Aric Almirola in third.

Nine to go, Kyle Busch is a second ahead of Brad Keselowski.

Eight to go, Kyle Busch’s lead is down to under a second over Brad Keselowski.

Six to go, the top five are Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson, and Kevin Harvick.

Five to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on Brad Keselowski with Kyle Larson in third.

Four to go, Kyle Busch now has lead of over half a second on Brad Keselowski.

Two to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the half second lead over Brad Keselowski.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch wins the race for his eighth win of the season.

The final four to battle for the championship in Homestead-Miami are Kyle Busch, Joey Logano Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr.

The unofficial results of the Cam Am 500:
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Kevin Harvick
Jamie McMurray
Matt Kenseth
Austin Dillon
William Byron
Bubba Wallace
Ryan Newman
AJ Allmendinger
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Jimmie Johnson
Michael McDowell
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Ty Dillon
David Ragan
Matt DiBenedetto
Regan Smith
Chase Elliott
Ross Chastain
Cole Whitt
Landon Cassill
D.J. Kennington
Cody Ware
Paul Menard
Alex Bowman
Tanner Berryhill
Kurt Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
J.J. Yeley
Timmy Hill

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