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Kevin Harvick wins wild Advocare 500K

In the wildest race of the 2012 Sprint Cup campaign - one that saw the point leader crash and a brawl between two rival teams - it was Kevin Harvick who got his first win of the 2012 campaign. Brad Keselowski finished sixth and took over the point lead with a race remaining.

Tom Pennington

Kevin Harvick survived the wildest race of the 2012 Sprint Cup campaign and won the Advocare 500K at the Phoenix International Raceway. It is his first win of 2012, his first since Richmond in September 2011, and the 19th of his career.

Denny Hamlin finished second. A dominant Kyle Busch was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman.

Brad Keselowski finished sixth to take the point lead - more on that in a moment - with Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, and Mark Martin rounding out the top-five. Newman, Biffle, Busch, Menard, and Martin all crashed across the finish line after hitting oil dropped by Danica Patrick's wrecked machine.

The race was extended for a green-white-checkered after a stunning accident in which Jeff Gordon intentionally sent Clint Bowyer slamming into the wall. Joey Logano and Aric Almirola were also involved. The Gordon and Bowyer pit crews erupted in a brawl in the garage area, NASCAR officials got everything calmed down, and Bowyer re-ignited it by running to Gordon's transporter and trying to get at the four-time champ.

The fight somehow could have overshadowed an even more stunning moment on lap 235 when Jimmie Johnson's right-front tire blew and sent his Chevy into the wall. Johnson, who entered the day with a seven point lead, finished 33rd. Keselowski now heads to Homestead-Miami next week with a 20-point lead.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.