Har­vick shakes off cheat­ing scan­dal to win pole

Centre Daily Times - - Sports -

Kevin Har­vick has won the pole for Sun­day’s fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing race for the cham­pi­onship. The strong run came as his team is snared in a cheat­ing con­tro­versy.

Har­vick’s win­ning car from last week was found to have an il­le­gal spoiler and the pun­ish­ment cost him his au­to­matic berth into the fi­nal four. Need­ing a trou­ble-free run at ISM Race­way out­side Phoenix to get back into the fi­nale, Har­vick stepped up with a strong qual­i­fy­ing ef­fort to put him in the top start­ing spot.

Har­vick is a nine-time win­ner at Phoenix, most re­cently in March. He also won at Phoenix in 2014 when a vic­tory was the only thing that would qual­ify him for the Homestead­Mi­ami Speed­way fi­nale, where he cap­tured his only Cup cham­pi­onship.

Har­vick will race Sun­day with­out his crew chief or car chief. Both are sus­pended for the fi­nal two races of the sea­son.

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