AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The dishonest scandal that knocked Kevin Harvick out of NASCAR’s championship spherical did not gradual him a little bit at one in every of his favourite race tracks.

Harvick received the pole for Sunday’s ultimate qualifying race for the championship finale with a robust run that in short overshadowed the talk his Stewart-Haas Racing crew created with an unlawful phase.

Harvick became a lap at 139.340 mph Friday round ISM Raceway out of doors Phoenix to position himself in place to requalify for the championship. His profitable automotive from ultimate week used to be discovered to have an unlawful spoiler and the punishment value him his automated berth into the overall 4.

Wanting a trouble-free run at ISM Raceway out of doors Phoenix to get again into the finale, Harvick put his No. four Ford within the most sensible beginning spot.

“It is extra about other people than it’s about automobiles and we have were given a large number of excellent other people,” Harvick stated. “You’ll be able to’t power a gradual automotive rapid and you’ll’t beat excellent other people.”

Harvick is operating this weekend with an period in-between staff leader and automotive leader as a result of his had been suspended for the overall two races of the season. Rodney Childers, the common staff leader, watched qualifying on tv in North Carolina and tweeted a easy response to Harvick’s qualifying run: “Increase,” Childers wrote.

Harvick is a nine-time winner at Phoenix, maximum lately in March. He additionally received at Phoenix in 2014 when a victory used to be the one factor that will qualify him for the Home-Miami Speedway finale, the place he captured his best Cup championship.

As for what came about together with his automotive at Texas ultimate week, or Childers’ clarification previous Friday in that the manufactured spoiler used to be completed since the crew noticed different groups had been manipulating the phase, Harvick had not anything to supply.

“I do not construct the automobiles. I could not inform you what is at the automotive. What is excellent, what is unhealthy,” Harvick stated. “That is their task and I power it. I display up and do the most efficient that I will be able to and clearly you will have noticed the statements and the issues from Stewart-Haas Racing and the most efficient factor that displays up are effects at the race observe. I power and check out to do the most efficient that I will be able to and we move from there.”

Chase Elliott, a playoff contender, certified 2d and used to be adopted by means of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman, none of who’re racing for the 3 closing spots within the finale at Home-Miami Speedway. Best Joey Logano is already locked into Home and he certified 9th.

The remainder of the playoff drivers are unfold all through the sphere. Kyle Busch certified 6th, reigning collection champion Martin Truex Jr. used to be 13th and adopted by means of Kurt Busch. Clint Bowyer certified 15th and Aric Almirola used to be 18th, lowest of the playoff drivers.

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