Kevin Harvick secures Charlotte pole

Friday 7th October, 2016 - 12:29pm

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Harvick with his pole award

Harvick with his pole award

Kevin Harvick has scored his first pole of the NASCAR season with the fastest time in qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The opening race of the next phase of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, it was also Harvick’s first pole at Charlotte and 16th of his career. He is the 12th different pole winner of the season.

“The car was too loose the round before and I got to the green better that time and got through 1 and 2 good and felt like I gave up something in 3 and 4 coming to the chequered,” said Harvick.

“This has just been a fun car to drive today. Hopefully, we can get it dialled in for race trim.

“We struggled when we first rolled off the truck in race trim and we just got it better and better and better. We applied all that stuff to qualifying so hopefully we’ll what we learned in qualifying we can apply to the race trim stuff and go from there.”

A big result for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s substitute Alex Bowman who will share the front row with the 2014 series champion.

Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

QUALIFYING: Bank of America 500 – Charlotte Motor Speedway 

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME GAP
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Busch Hunting Chevrolet SS 196.029 27.547 Leader
2 88 Alex Bowman Chevrolet Axalta 196.000 27.551 –0.004
3 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 3M 195.759 27.585 –0.038
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries – ABC 195.228 27.660 –0.113
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Rev the Vote Chevrolet SS 195.228 27.660 –0.113
6 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Kroger / Stouffer’s / Stouffer’s FitKitchen 195.087 27.680 –0.133
7 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota Furniture Row / Denver Mattress 194.826 27.717 –0.170
8 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Stanley 194.553 27.756 –0.209
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 194.168 27.811 –0.264
10 22 Joey Logano Ford Pennzoil 194.049 27.828 –0.281
11 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 192.630 28.033 –0.486
12 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 188.547 28.640 –1.093
13 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS 194.161 27.812 –0.265
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 194.007 27.834 –0.287
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford SunnyD Ford Fusion 193.966 27.840 –0.293
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 193.868 27.854 –0.307
17 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 193.791 27.865 –0.318
18 21 Ryan Blaney Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 193.736 27.873 –0.326
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow Coating Materials 193.722 27.875 –0.328
20 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Wurth 193.625 27.889 –0.342
21 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Caterpillar 193.209 27.949 –0.402
22 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet Thrivent Financial 193.009 27.978 –0.431
23 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS 192.205 28.095 –0.548
24 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Pink Cosmo Motors Online 191.489 28.200 –0.653
25 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target / Belkin QP 191.980 28.128 –0.581
26 34 Chris Buescher Ford Love’s Travel Stops 191.829 28.150 –0.603
27 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare Ford Fusion 191.544 28.192 –0.645
28 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Valvoline / Menards 191.530 28.194 –0.647
29 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet GEICO 191.469 28.203 –0.656
30 44 Brian Scott Ford Jacob Companies 191.381 28.216 –0.669
31 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 190.954 28.279 –0.732
32 38 Landon Cassill Ford Rev the Vote / Snapchat 190.617 28.329 –0.782
33 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 190.564 28.337 –0.790
34 23 David Ragan Toyota Dr. Pepper 190.054 28.413 –0.866
35 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet Nikko RC / Toy State Chevrolet 188.864 28.592 –1.045
36 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet VYDOX Plus 186.002 29.032 –1.485
37 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J 185.976 29.036 –1.489
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford Can – Am 185.039 29.183 –1.636
39 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet VYDOX Plus 183.673 29.400 –1.853
40 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 183.343 29.453 –1.906