Harvick shakes off cheating scandal to win pole at Phoenix
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.
Needing a trouble-free run at ISM Raceway outside Phoenix to get back into the finale, Harvick put his No. 4 Ford in the top starting spot.
“It’s more about people than it is about cars and we’ve got a lot of good people,” Harvick said. “You can’t drive a slow car fast and you can’t beat good people.”