"We didn't have enough race car all day, and he was just a little bit faster," Earnhardt said. "For whatever reason, that last run, we reeled him in a little bit and cut the lead probably in half. We just needed another 10 laps, I guess."
Harvick and Childers targeted an early-season victory, and Phoenix resulted in mission accomplished. It's obvious that Harvick is -- well, happy -- in his new environment at SHR.
"There's a lot of pressure when you have a fast car, especially when you're so early in a situation with a new team and everything," he said. "This is a hard sport; it's difficult to win. You need to enjoy each win because it might be your last one.
"This just solidifies so many things and so many decisions," he added. "It doesn't seem like a job; it seems like everyone wants to be here and have fun doing it. It's just a different atmosphere for me."