Har­vick shakes off cheat­ing scan­dal to win pole at Phoenix

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

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.”

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