Harvick Earns First Pole Since 2006
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kevin Harvick earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole in more than eight years Friday afternoon at Kansas Speedway.
Harvick put the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet on the pole for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 with a 28.796-second lap at 187.526 mph. His last pole came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., in September 2006.
“I’m just proud of my Budweiser Chevrolet guys for obviously putting a fast car underneath me and being able to put it all together for a qualifying lap,” Harvick said. “I think the most exciting thing is the first pit stall. We know this race is going to have a lot of pit strategy and being able to have that (pit stall) down there is definitely going to be worth qualifying first.”
Rookie Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified second for Roush Fenway Racing, followed by championship contender Jimmie Johnson in third. Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and his Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano qualified fourth and fifth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., championship leader Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin completed the top 10.
Other Chase contenders qualified 14th (Jeff Gordon), Kasey Kahne (15th), 17th (Ryan Newman), 18th (Kyle Busch), 19th (Kurt Busch), 22nd (Clint Bowyer) and 26th (Greg Biffle).