Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch top NASCAR Cup qualifying at Pocono then fail inspection

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There will be some extra heat between two of NASCAR’s hottest drivers, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, after a controversial finish at New Hampshire.
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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch shared laughs side-by-side on a podium only days after they tangled on a bump-and-run on the track.

The front row starters were connected again when their cars failed post-qualifying inspection and the times were disallowed.

Harvick had turned a lap of 177.750 mph on Saturday to briefly win the pole and Busch was a few ticks behind him at Pocono but they’ll start at the rear of the field.

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suarez is the pole winner at Pocono. He’s the first Mexican to win a pole in the Cup series.

But over 400 miles on a 2 1/2-mile triangle track, there’s ample time for Harvick and Busch to race their way to the front.

“I’ve screwed it up here a lot,” Harvick said.

He could pin this screw up on his team.

Harvick, the 2014 Cup champion, has 43 career wins but has yet to win a Cup race at Pocono or Kentucky Speedway….

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