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SportKevin Harvick wins Phoenix pole; Martin Truex Jr. car chief ejected

03:30  10 november  2018
03:30  10 november  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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Martin Truex Jr . failed inspection three times before qualifying so car chief Blake Harris was ejected from the garage. Truex also will lose 30 minutes in With this chapter of their careers over and new challenges in front of them – like the Cup Series’ own “Big 3” in Kevin Harvick , Kyle Busch and

Among those joining Martin Truex Jr . and crew chief Cole Pearn in moving to Joe Gibbs Racing will be car chief Blake Harris and an engineer, Truex said in Las Martin Truex Jr . failed inspection three times before qualifying so car chief Blake Harris was ejected from the garage. Truex also will lose 30

Kevin Harvick wins Phoenix pole; Martin Truex Jr. car chief ejected© Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Coming off the mid-week penalty that stripped him of an automatic advance to the championship four, Kevin Harvick posted a lap of 139.340 mph to win the pole for the Cup race at Phoenix. Suspended crew chief Rodney Childers, who was watching qualification from the shop back in North Carolina, tweeted out his approval.

Harvick has one previous pole at Phoenix (spring, 2015). He won that race.

He beat fellow playoff contender Chase Elliott (139.152 mph) by .035 seconds.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (139.007), Ryan Blaney (138.867) and Alex Bowman (138.739) rounded out the top five.

NASCAR's title in sight as playoffs continue at Martinsville

NASCAR's title in sight as playoffs continue at Martinsville NASCAR begins the third round of the playoffs at Martinsville Speedway with eight drivers still remaining in contention for the championship. A win at Martinsville on Sunday, or at one of the next two races, earns one of those drivers an automatic berth into the championship finale. Kyle Busch will start from the pole as he represents the so-called Big Three at the front of the field at Martinsville. Busch has combined with Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. to dominate most of this season, and all three are trying to earn one of the four slots at the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale.

Kevin Harvick , Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr . clinched the last three spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup finale after enduring a long day that ended with a rain-shortened race at Phoenix . Dale Jr . wins Phoenix as trio nab last Chase spots.

NASCAR StatWatch: Can Martin Truex Jr . make it three playoff wins in a row? Harvick lost 40 points and the services of crew chief Rodney Childers and car chief Bob "Cheddar" Smith for the final two races of the season for an infraction involving the placement of the rear spoiler on last Sunday's

Martin Truex Jr. failed inspection three times so Blake Harris, car chief on the No. 78 has been ejected from the garage area. Truex will also lose 30 minutes in final practice on Saturday. He posted a lap of 138.339 mph and qualified 13th.

Other playoff contenders: Kurt Busch (138.180) qualified 14th, Clint Bowyer (137.878) qualified 16th and Aric Almirola (137.720) qualified 18th.

Click here for the complete qualification results.

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