Har­vick shakes off scan­dal, wins pole

Albuquerque Journal - - HIGH SCHOOLS -

AVON­DALE, Ariz. — The cheat­ing scan­dal that knocked Kevin Har­vick out of NASCAR’s cham­pi­onship round didn’t slow him a bit at one of his fa­vorite race tracks.

Har­vick won the pole for Sun­day’s fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing race for the cham­pi­onship fi­nale with a strong run that briefly over­shad­owed the con­tro­versy his Stew­art-Haas Rac­ing team cre­ated with an il­le­gal part.

Har­vick turned a lap at 139.340 mph Fri­day around ISM Race­way out­side Phoenix to put him­self in po­si­tion to re­qual­ify for the cham­pi­onship. His win­ning car from last week was found to have an il­le­gal spoiler and the pun­ish­ment cost him his au­to­matic berth into the fi­nal four.

As for what ex­actly hap­pened with his race-win­ning car last week, Har­vick didn’t of­fer any new in­for­ma­tion af­ter claim­ing the top start­ing spot at ISM Race­way out­side of Phoenix.

“I don’t build the cars. I can’t tell you what’s good and what’s bad. I just show up and drive the cars,” Har­vick said Fri­day.

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