Harvick Wins Pole For Saturday’s Kansas Race

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS was the Pole winner Friday
Alan Marler for Chevrolet

Kevin Harvick capitalized on all the speed to be found during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award qualifying at Kansas Speedway on Friday.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver smashed the former track qualifying record of 191.864 mph set by defending race winner Matt Kenseth in the second round with a speed of 194.568, and then blazed the 1.5-mile oval at a 194.252 clip in the final round to pick up his second pole of the season. Last fall, Harvick won the race at Kansas from the pole. It's his eighth career pole in the Sprint Cup Series.

"My qualifying record hasn't been great, but the team has really done a good job at getting our qualifying stuff situated after the first four or five weeks to the season to come here and sit on the pole," Harvick said. "I thought I had screwed it up. I felt like I got through (Turn One and Turn Two) all three laps pretty good, but three and four was a little bit too tight. I got a little bit concerned, but all in all it worked out OK."

Joey Logano (193.910) will start alongside Harvick on the front row, followed by a pair of Fords in Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski (193.507) and Missouri native Carl Edwards (193.188).

"We were fortunate to have some fast Fords out there," Keselowski said. "I didn't think we were very fast for much of the day and our first run we weren't, but this knockout qualifying gives us an opportunity to work on it and get better and that is what we did with our second, third and fourth runs."

Rookie Kyle Larson (193.050) starts fifth, while SHR's Kurt Busch (193.043) is sixth.

All four Hendrick Motorsports cars were knocked out in the second round, as Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 13th, 14th, 17th and 22nd, respectively. Hometown hero Clint Bowyer — set to make his 300th career Sprint Cup start — and Kyle Busch were also knocked out and will start 23rd and 24th, respectively.

Notable drivers who did not make the cut following the first session included defending pole and race-winner Matt Kenseth, his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and last week's winner at Talladega Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and AJ Allmendinger. Dave Blaney, who needed to qualify 36th or better to make the race lineup, will be the odd man out come race time after clocking the 40th-fastest time. His son, Ryan Blaney, qualified 21st and will make Sprint Cup debut Saturday night.

"It feels good to make it," Ryan Blaney said. "It is a shame my dad couldn't make it. it sucks. I really did want to race out there with him. It would have been really cool but hopefully we will get another chance."


“Just have to thank everybody on my Jimmy John’s Chevrolet for all that they do. It was ‘Freaky Fast’ today so just have to put it all together tomorrow night when it counts. The pole is great, these guys have done a great job for qualifying. It makes life a lot easier when you can have pit stall one. Hopefully we can have a good night tomorrow night, but the weekend has gone good we had a great test here a few weeks ago and everything has carried right over."

“It feels like you go faster through the corner than it does down the straightaway just because of that sensation of speed. As soon as you hit the banking it feels like the car accelerates. You can definitely feel the speed, but that has kind of been the way that these Gen-6 cars have been since we have had them on the race track this year. It’s been fun."

“Yeah ‘Freaky Fast’. I just have to thank everybody on my Stewart-Haas race team and everybody from Jimmy John’s, Budweiser and Outback for all the effort that they put into this car. My qualifying record hasn’t been great, but they have really done a good job at getting our qualifying stuff situated after the first four or five weeks to the season to come here and sit on the pole. I thought I had screwed it up. I never got through (Turns) three and four like (Turns) one and two. I felt like I got through (Turns) one and two all three laps pretty good, but three and four was a little bit too tight. I got a little bit concerned, but all in all it worked out okay."


Pos # Driver Make Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's 194.252 27.799 Leader
2 22 Joey Logano Ford AAA Insurance 193.910 27.848 –0.049
3 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Wurth 193.507 27.906 –0.107
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 193.188 27.952 –0.153
5 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 193.050 27.972 –0.173
6 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 193.043 27.973 –0.174
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Kwikset 192.816 28.006 –0.207
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops-Mobil 1 Chevrolet 192.548 28.045 –0.246
9 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy 192.452 28.059 –0.260
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M Novec 191.980 28.128 –0.329
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 191.782 28.157 –0.358
12 43 Aric Almirola Ford Farmland 190.328 28.372 –0.573
13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta Coatings 193.202 27.950 –0.151
14 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 193.043 27.973 –0.174
15 55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 193.023 27.976 –0.177
16 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Shrock / Menards 192.892 27.995 –0.196
17 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmers Insurance/Thankamillionteachers.com 192.823 28.005 –0.206
18 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet BRANDT Professional Agriculture 192.809 28.007 –0.208
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 192.692 28.024 –0.225
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Zest 192.637 28.032 –0.233
21 12 Ryan Blaney Ford SKF 192.630 28.033 –0.234
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet National Guard 192.246 28.089 –0.290
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Cherry 5-Hour ENERGY for Special Ops Warrior Foundation 191.809 28.153 –0.354
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 189.720 28.463 –0.664
25 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 191.980 28.128 –0.329
26 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 191.761 28.160 –0.361
27 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 191.680 28.172 –0.373
28 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 191.510 28.197 –0.398
29 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kingsford Charcoal 191.096 28.258 –0.459
30 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 191.049 28.265 –0.466
31 83 Ryan Truex Toyota Burger King 190.665 28.322 –0.523
32 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 190.148 28.399 –0.600
33 23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 189.873 28.440 –0.641
34 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Accell Construction 189.341 28.520 –0.721
35 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Phoenix Warehouse 189.195 28.542 –0.743
36 26 Cole Whitt Toyota Iowa Chop House 189.142 28.550 –0.751
37 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 189.029 28.567 –0.768
38 34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 188.943 28.580 –0.781
39 38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver's 188.488 28.649 –0.850
40 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Carsforsale.com 187.865 28.744 –0.945
41 32 Travis Kvapil Ford Mechanical Protection Plan 187.604 28.784 –0.985
42 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet Little Joe's Autos 187.188 28.848 –1.049
43 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Kansas Farm Bureau 186.380 28.973 –1.174

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