Closest NASCAR Finishes In History – Updated with Kevin/Carl Phoenix Battle

pir_nscs_checkered_031316Today’s race at Phoenix International Raceway ended with a margin of victory (MOV) of .010 seconds, as Kevin Harvick narrowly beat Carl Edwards to the finish line for his eighth victory at PIR. It was the second race of this young season with a finish that close.

Below are the top 10 closest finishes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since the inception of electronic timing and scoring in 1993, two of which have now come in the first four races of 2016.

Date Track Winner Runner Up MOV
3/16/03 Darlington Ricky Craven Kurt Busch 0.002
4/17/11 Talladega Jimmie Johnson Clint Bowyer 0.002
7/7/07 Daytona Jamie McMurray Kyle Busch 0.005
7/25/93 Talladega Dale Earnhardt Ernie Irvan 0.005
3/11/01 Atlanta Kevin Harvick Jeff Gordon 0.006
7/2/94 Daytona Jimmy Spencer Ernie Irvan 0.008
2/21/16 Daytona Denny Hamlin Martin Truex Jr. 0.010
3/13/16 Phoenix Kevin Harvick Carl Edwards 0.010
2/22/04 Rockingham Matt Kenseth Kasey Kahne 0.010
3/12/00 Atlanta Dale Earnhardt Bobby Labonte 0.010