Har­vick shakes off cheat­ing scan­dal to win pole

The Idaho Statesman - - Scoreboard -

Kevin Har­vick has won the pole for Sun­day’s fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing race for the cham­pi­onship. His team, mean­while, 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 will race Sun­day without his crew chief or car chief. Both are sus­pended for the fi­nal two races of the sea­son.

No­table

NASCAR: NASCAR sub­mit­ted a non-bind­ing of­fer to ac­quire all Class A and Class B com­mon stock of In­ter­na­tional Speed­way Corp. not al­ready owned by the con­trol­ling share­hold­ers of auto rac­ing se­ries. The in­tent is to com­bine ISC and NASCAR as one pri­vately run group of com­pa­nies led by the France fam­ily. ISC owns 12 tracks across the coun­try that host NASCAR Cup races, in­clud­ing Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

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