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Kevin Harvick fastest in final Cup practice at Phoenix

Greg Zipadelli of Stewart-Haas Racing spoke about the week following Kevin Harvick's penalty that stripped him of his Championship 4 spot.

Kevin Harvick was fastest in the final Cup practice session at ISM Raceway Saturday, posting a top speed of 135.125 mph.

Harvick, who won the pole for Sunday’s playoff elimination race (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC), swept both of Saturday’s practice sessions.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver was followed by Brad Keselowski (134.484 mph), Kyle Busch (134.308), Erik Jones (133.998) and Martin Truex Jr. (133.929).

Harvick also had the best 10-lap average at 134.072 mph.

Jamie McMurray (11th fastest) recorded the most laps with 60.

Paul Menard wrecked in Turn 3 with one minute left in the session. He will go to a backup car.

“The left-rear (tire) was soft,” Menard said. “I got kind of loose off of (Turn) 2 and about the time I started braking I knew I was in trouble. I was trying to spin it so I would back it in and it came all the way around and killed the car. It’s unfortunate.”

Click here for the practice report.