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AVONDALE, Ariz. — Crew chief Rodney Childers had only one word to say after Kevin Harvick earned the Busch Pole Award on Friday evening at ISM Raceway.
— Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) November 10, 2018
Harvick will start at the head of the field for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), two days after the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team received an L1-level penalty following its win at Texas Motor Speedway.
The penalty resulted in a two-race suspension for Childers, a loss of 40 driver and owner points and a loss of the Championship 4 automatic bid — and left Harvick just three points above the cutline ahead of teammate Kurt Busch.
Tony Gibson, veteran crew chief and current production manager at SHR, will serve as crew chief for Harvick at ISMR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs finale Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“Everything went smooth,” Harvick said during his post-qualifying press conference. “I think as you guys are quickly figuring out it’s more about people than it is about cars, so we’ve got a lot of good people and obviously a lot of experience with Tony and those guys did a great job filling the roles.
“You can’t drive a slow car fast and you can’t beat good people.”